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FURNASH, CHARLES

FURNASH, CHARLES (?–?). Charles Furnash, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists and reportedly one of the first American settlers in Texas, received title to a league of land on the west bank of the Brazos River in what is now eastern Burleson County on August 19, 1824. The census of 1826 listed him as a farmer and stock raiser aged between forty and fifty. His household included his wife, Sally, five sons, two daughters, and a servant. He resided in the Brazos bottoms south of the Old San Antonio Road in an area known as Furnash Prairie, halfway between Yegua Creek and Tenoxtitlán. He was an excellent marksman and woodsman but utterly uneducated; he was described as good-natured and an incessant talker whose humorous manner of speaking made him a general favorite. Although his name appeared on the Washington County tax roll in 1837, he seems to have died shortly thereafter. Furnash's son John served in the Texas army during the Texas Revolution. Another son, Charles, was arrested for theft in Robertson's colony in late 1831 but was residing in Washington County when he married Miss E. A. Franks on March 1, 1838.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Malcolm H. Addison, Reminiscences of Burleson County, Texas (Caldwell, Texas, 1886; rpt., Caldwell: Caldwell Printing, 1971). Eugene C. Barker, ed., The Austin Papers (3 vols., Washington: GPO, 1924–28). Burleson County Historical Society, Astride the Old San Antonio Road: A History of Burleson County, Texas (Dallas: Taylor, 1980). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). John Milton Swisher, Memoirs (San Antonio: Sigmund, 1932).

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Furnash, Charles," accessed September 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/ffu14.

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