Wilbarger, Mathias (1807–1853)

By: Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell and Brett J. Derbes

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 17, 2021

Mathias Wilbarger, son of John and Ann (Pugh) Wilbarger, was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1807 and came to Texas in September 1837 to join his brother Josiah P. Wilbarger at the Wilbarger’s Bend settlement ten miles north of present Bastrop. He married Sarah Margaret (Stewart) in 1840 and the couple had five children. Wilbarger accumulated hundreds of acres of land in Bell, Burnet, Travis, and Williamson County. In 1850 Mathias Wilbarger resided in Williamson County, where he worked as a surveyor. He died intestate on February 20, 1853, at Georgetown, and is buried at the Old Georgetown Cemetery.

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  • Exploration
  • Surveyors and Cartographers
  • Founders and Pioneers
  • Pioneers
Time Periods:
  • Republic of Texas
  • Antebellum Texas

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Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell and Brett J. Derbes, “Wilbarger, Mathias,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 22, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/wilbarger-mathias.

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November 17, 2021