AIKEN, HERMAN (1809–1860). Herman Aiken, soldier, surveyor, and pioneer, was born in 1809 in Deering, New Hampshire, reared in Illinois, and left home at age fourteen to support himself. He arrived in Texas in 1833 and in 1835 was captain of a vessel carrying men and supplies for the revolutionary army from New Orleans to Galveston. After Texas won its independence, he established a general store at Old Nashville and later another at Caldwell. Aiken undertook several exploratory trips to the future area of Bell County in the mid-1840s, and from 1846 to 1848 he served as captain in the Mexican War. In 1851 he moved to his home, Casa Blanca, in Bell County; he moved to Troy in 1857 and to Salado in 1859. When Coryell County was established in 1854, Aiken was hired to survey the new county. In the same year he helped build the Cumberland Baptist Church in Belton. During the 1850s he assisted in the promotion of two Bell County communities-Aiken, which flourished briefly during the 1850s and 1860s, and the more permanent community of Salado. Herman Aiken was a member of the founding board of trustees of Salado College in 1859. He married a German emigrant named Margaret in the 1830s and had at least four children. He died on November 27, 1860, and was the first person buried in the old cemetery at Salado.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, L. W. Kemp, "Aiken, Herman," accessed September 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fai01.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.