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Thomas, Jacob (ca. 1800–unknown)

Biography Entry

Jacob Thomas, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a labor of land now in Waller County on August 24, 1824. He is probably not the J. Thomas of Alexandria, Louisiana, who wrote many letters of introduction to Austin and told Austin in December 1824 that he hoped one of his younger brothers would join the Texas colony and that he himself planned to visit in Texas in the summer of 1825. The subject of this article is possibly the Jacob Thomas who was born in 1800 and lived in the Sims Bayou area near Houston with his wife Nancy and daughter in 1835. A Jacob Thomas, born in New York about 1786, was living in Galveston County in 1850.

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). Villamae Williams, Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families (Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson, 1984).

Time Periods:

  • Mexican Texas

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

Anonymous, “Thomas, Jacob,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 21, 2021,

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July 1, 1995

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