Moses Daniel Shipman, a native of North Carolina and an Old Three Hundred colonist, the son of Edward Charles and Elizabeth (Merrill) Shipman, was born in Rutherford County, North Carolina on September 22, 1774. He married Mary Robinson of South Carolina on January 19, 1798; they had ten children. The family lived in Buncombe, North Carolina, until March 6, 1814, when they began a series of westward immigrations. James Burleson was a relative, and the father of Edward Burleson, who had moved to Tennessee and encouraged the Shipman family to join their relocation to Texas. The family settled for a year at a time in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Arkansas. By 1819 they had moved west to Missouri, where they remained until October 1821, when they started for Texas; they crossed the Red River near Jonesboro on March 9, 1822. After a favorable report by Moses's son Daniel Shipman on the Austin colony, the family moved to the Brazos River area in March 1823 and located in the fork of Mill Creek and the Brazos River near San Felipe. On July 19, 1824, Shipman received title to a sitio of land that later became part of Fort Bend County and a labor of land now in Austin County. In 1825 the family moved from the Austin County location to a league on Oyster Creek twenty miles below the site of present Richmond in Fort Bend County. Shipman welcomed early Baptist preachers into his home, including Joseph L. Bays, who delivered his first sermon in the state at Shipman’s home in 1825. The census of March 1826 listed a household consisting of Shipman, his wife Mary, and their eight children. In April 1834 Shipman attended court under live oak trees at the home of Dr. Pleasant W. Rose. On March 7, 1835, Shipman purchased a part of a league situated on Davidson’s Creek from James H. Bell. In February 1836 he was president of the election at John Owens's home to choose delegates to the Convention of 1836. As the Mexican army of Antonio López de Santa Anna approached the Fort Bend area, Shipman and his family joined their neighbors in the Runaway Scrape. The family had reached Lynchburg when the news of the battle of San Jacinto halted their exodus. On their return home the Shipman family camped one night on the field at San Jacinto, surrounded by hundreds of unburied Mexican corpses. At home the Shipmans found destroyed fences and slaughtered cattle and began to rebuild. Shipman died on January 1, 1838, and was buried in the family cemetery near Arcola, Texas.