HARRIS, WILLIAM (?–?). William Harris, Brazoria County official and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was a native of Maine and received title to a sitio of land in what is now Brazoria County on July 10, 1824. He is probably the William Harris listed in the 1826 census as a farmer and stock raiser aged between twenty-five and forty. He had a wife, Ruth, and two sons. Ruth was the daughter of Alexander Hodge. Since three of the original colonists were named William or William J. Harris, their exact identification is difficult. The William Harris of Brazoria County was presiding officer at the election at Chocolate Bayou in February 1836, when delegates were chosen for the Convention of 1836.
Another William Harris sold part of his land to Henry Austin. At the time of his death in 1833 he owned a sawmill and 2,362 acres on Chocolate Bayou and one unlocated labor of land plus stock, household furniture, and fixtures.
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