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CLARKE, ANTHONY R. (?–?). Anthony R. Clarke, one of the Old Three Hundred and an alcalde at Nacogdoches, was the son of James and Catherine (Lynsen) Clarke. After corresponding with Stephen F. Austin between February and June 1824 about a move from East Texas to the Austin colony, Clarke received title to a labor of land in what is now Brazoria County on August 24, 1824. In January 1825 he still wanted his move to the colony kept secret lest he lose money on his improvements at Attoyac. He planned to move to San Felipe, get land with his sister, Mrs. Eliza Page, take two town lots and a labor to furnish timber and vegetables, and help his sister start a tavern. He was listed in the census of 1826 as a farmer and stock raiser, a single man aged over fifty, with two servants. In May 1827 he had a business in San Felipe. His character certificate, dated at San Felipe on December 23, 1829, stated that he was a native of New York and was fifty-five years old. Clarke reportedly died of cholera in Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Austin Land Papers, Spanish Collection, Archives and Records Division, Texas General Land Office, Austin. 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). Mrs. Harry Joseph Morris, comp. and ed., Citizens of the Republic of Texas (Dallas: Texas State Genealogical Society, 1977).

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