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Harris, Abner (unknown–unknown)

Biography Entry

Abner Harris, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, moved to Texas before 1826 and was the partner of William Barrett. The census of 1826 listed him as a farmer and stock raiser, single and aged between sixteen and twenty-five. On June 4, 1827, he and Barrett received title to a sitio of land now in Fort Bend County. In April 1830 Harris was operating a gin for John Austin. In February 1837 notice of his petition to administer the estate of William Harris appeared with news of the Brazoria probate court, dated January 24, 1837. In April 1845 Harris attended an annexation meeting at Brazoria. He died before January 26, 1850, for on that date the Texas State Gazette (see AUSTIN STATE GAZETTE) reported that in 1848–49 Indians stole seven horses from Abner Harris, deceased.

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). Telegraph and Texas Register, February 3, 1837, April 30, 1845. Texas State Gazette, January 26, 1850.

Time Periods:

  • Mexican Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Harris, Abner,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 28, 2021,

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