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ROBBINS, WILLIAM (?–1836). William Robbins, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio of land now in Brazoria County and a labor now in Austin County on July 19, 1824. He took part in the colony election at San Felipe in 1824 and in 1825–26 made his home eight miles above San Felipe. The census of 1826 classified Robbins as a farmer and stock raiser aged between forty and fifty. His household included his wife, Mary (Reed), known as Polly, three sons, three daughters, one servant, and two slaves. In January 1827, during the Fredonian Rebellion, Austin sent Robbins as a messenger to the Cherokee Indians. Robbins died in October 1836 in Austin County. Whether or not the privateer named the William Robbins, which was bought by Texas in January 1836 and renamed the Liberty, had any relationship to this William Robbins is not certain.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: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). Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas (Austin, 1963-). Alex Dienst, "The Navy of the Republic of Texas," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 12–13 (January-October 1909; rpt., Fort Collins, Colorado: Old Army Press, 1987). J. H. Kuykendall, "Reminiscences of Early Texans," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 6–7 (January, April, July 1903). Texas Gazette, October 9, 1830.
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