Frazier, James (unknown–ca. 1832)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: October 16, 2019

James Frazier came to Texas probably with David Fitzgerald as early as March 1822. In April 1824 Frazier voted for the Baron de Bastrop as elector for the colony of Stephen F. Austin. Frazier was a partner of David Shelby and John McCormick as one of Austin's Old Three Hundred settlers. They received title to a league of land on the west bank of the Brazos River two miles below the site of San Felipe de Austin in what is now southeast Austin and northwest Fort Bend counties on July 24, 1824. The census of March 1826 listed Frazier as a farmer, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. Evidently he married between 1826 and 1832 and died before February 1832. Thomas Barnett offered land of the James Frazier estate for sale in February 1832, and a land title on Buckner's Creek in Fayette County was granted in 1832 to Peggy Browne, widow of James Frazier.

Another James Frazier, an early resident of Texas, claimed prize money from the capture of the brig Pocket in 1836. A James Fraizer enlisted in Col. Robert M. Coleman's rangers to serve from November 1, 1836, to December 31, 1836. A James Frazier was an agent in Monclova for the estate of Dr. James Grant in 1838.

Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). QSMNH, Telegraph and Texas Register, November 2, 12, 1836. Texas Gazette, February 18, 1832. Clarence Wharton, Wharton's History of Fort Bend County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1939).

Time Periods:
  • Mexican Texas

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October 16, 2019

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