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McFarland, Achilles (unknown–unknown)

Biography Entry

Achilles McFarland, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, and his brother, John McFarland, had a cabin in the area of present San Felipe as early as May 1823. Achilles McFarland voted in deputy and alcalde elections in April and December 1824. He received title to a league and 1½ labors of land now in Brazoria and Waller counties on July 10, 1824. The census of March 1826 classified McFarland as a farmer and stock raiser aged between twenty-five and forty. His household included his wife, Polly, four sons, two daughters, and two servants. He was buying cattle from Abner Kuykendall in December 1828, and he may have been the McFarland who was agent for a Mrs. White, who owed direct taxes in Washington County in 1840.

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).

Time Periods:

  • Mexican Texas

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

Anonymous, “McFarland, Achilles,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 24, 2020,

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