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FIELDS, JOHN F. (?–?). John F. Fields, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a labor of land in Brazoria County on August 24, 1824. The colonial census of 1826 listed him as a single man aged between forty and fifty. Fields was likely the same person who captained the Rob Roy and sailed between New Orleans and Texas ports carrying freight, passengers, and mail. The fact that he was a seaman and probably had little desire to farm or ranch possibly accounts for the relatively small size of his grant. He may also have been the John Fields, born in South Carolina about 1785, who lived in Harrison County in 1850.


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). Texas General Land Office, First Census of Austin's Colony, 1826 (MS, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin).


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

"FIELDS, JOHN F.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.