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PREWITT, PLEASANT M. (1797?–?). Pleasant M. Prewitt (Pruit, Prewett?), one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred settlers, was in Texas as early as 1823, when a census of settlers in the Colorado District listed him as a twenty-six-year-old saddler with a wife, Hanna (Hannah), twenty-two, one young child, and one horse. This may have been the Prewett family that came on a boat from St. Louis, Missouri, with Horatio Chriesman and others in 1822. Prewitt received title to a sitio of land on Caney Creek in what is now Matagorda County on July 24, 1824. He voted in an alcalde election in San Felipe de Austin on December 22, 1824.


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). Worth Stickley Ray, Austin Colony Pioneers (Austin: Jenkins, 1949; 2d ed., Austin: Pemberton, 1970). Texas General Land Office, First Census of Austin's Colony, 1826 (MS, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). E. W. Winkler, comp., Manuscript Letters and Documents of Early Texians (Austin: Steck, 1937).


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

"PREWITT, PLEASANT M.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 28, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.