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ROARK, ELIJAH ANDREW (?–1829). Elijah Roark, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, moved his family overland to Texas from Illinois. He voted in colony elections in April and December 1824 and received title to a league and a labor of land on July 10, 1824, in an area that is now part of Fort Bend and Waller counties. The census of March 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser aged between twenty-five and forty. His household at that time included his wife, Cynthia (Fisher), and three children. On December 24, 1829, while en route to San Antonio to sell produce, Roark was killed by Indians. One of his sons, Leo Roarkqv, returned home with a company of Mexican soldiers some three months later to report his father's death to his mother and his six siblings.


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