Stockman, Frederick (ca. 1749–1838)

By: Lee T. Stockman

Type: Biography

Published: July 1, 1995

Updated: May 4, 2016

Frederick Stockman, early German immigrant, son of John and Mary (Smith) Stockman, was born around 1749 in Siglan, Germany. He immigrated to British North America in 1785 and was living in New Madrid, Upper Louisiana, in 1790. Stockman and his family moved to Texas in 1806, landing at Atascosito at the mouth of the Trinity River and moving upriver to Villa Trinidad de Salcedo. He occupied a parcel of land at the post and engaged in cattle ranching on two leagues of land granted to him. His brand was registered around 1810 by the Spanish authorities. He married Catherine Disponet, and they had eight children, two of whom were born in Texas. In January 1812 Stockman was ordered to leave Texas and never return. The reason for this expulsion is not known. On January 12, 1812, he and his family left the province by way of Nacogdoches. They settled in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, in the Neutral Ground. Catherine and three of Stockman's sons, Henry, Peter, and Joseph Anthony, returned to Texas around 1822 and settled in Nacogdoches permanently. Stockman returned to South Carolina and eventually made his way back to Nacogdoches, where he died. His probate was filed on February 21, 1838.

Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection, Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University; Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Texas State Archives, Austin; Houston Public Library, Houston. Jack Jackson, Los Mesteños: Spanish Ranching in Texas, 1721–1821 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1986).

  • Peoples
  • Germans
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers
  • Ranching and Cowboys

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July 1, 1995
May 4, 2016