Snider, Gabriel Straw (ca. 1793–1837)

By: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: February 15, 2020

Gabriel Straw Snider, born about 1793, was in Texas by March 1823 when the Colorado district census described him as a farmer in possession of an unspecified number of mules and cattle. On May 28, 1824, he and Mary “Polly” Bright, the daughter of pioneer David Bright, signed a marriage bond in the Colorado District. As one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, Snider received title to a sitio of land on the east bank of the Colorado River in the southern reaches of what is now Colorado County on August 7, 1824. The census of March 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser aged twenty-five to forty, with a wife, one child, and five servants. Snider's home was the site of Indian depredations in 1825 and 1826. He died some time prior to November 25, 1837, when his widow married Patrick Reels; Gabriel Snider was also survived by two daughters.

Lester G. Bugbee, “The Old Three Hundred, A List of Settlers in Austin’s First Colony,” Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (July 1897). Colorado County Historical Commission, Colorado County Chronicles from the Beginning to 1923 (2 vols., Austin: Nortex, 1986). Moritz Tiling, History of the German Element in Texas from 1820-1850 (Houston: Moritz Tiling, 1913).

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  • Mexican Texas

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