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BROWN, WILLIAM S. (?–?). William S. Brown, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio now in Washington County on July 29, 1824. He was commissioned first lieutenant in the colonial militia on November 26, 1824. The census of 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. He had three servants. The William S. Brown of the Old Three Hundred may have been the William S. Brown who designed the Goliad flag and who later served in the Texas Navy, or he may have been the second lieutenant under Ira Westover who was killed in the Goliad Massacre in March 1836.


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). Harbert Davenport, "Men of Goliad," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 43 (July 1939). Telegraph and Texas Register, November 9, December 22, 1836.


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

"BROWN, WILLIAM S.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed August 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.