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BYRD, MICAJAH (?–?). Micajah Byrd, early colonist, was in Texas by January 31, 1824, when he served on a jury to try a theft case. As one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, he received title to a sitio now in Washington County. The census of 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser, aged between twenty-five and forty. He had a wife, Hannah, and one daughter. Byrd was a judge in the alcalde election in December 1826 and in January 1827 was appointed to a committee to wait upon the political chief to register the protest of Austin's colony against the activities of the Fredonian Rebellion.


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). J. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6–7 (January, April, July 1903).


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

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