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SMITH, CHRISTIAN (1774–1839). Christian Smith, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, was born in North Carolina in 1774. Around 1797 he married Rachel Pafford. He received title to a sitio of land in what became Harris and Chambers counties on July 19, 1824, and is recorded as having two Spanish land grants. He was living in the San Jacinto district in November 1824, when he signed a petition for appointment of a surveyor in the area. The census of 1826 classified Smith as a carpenter aged over fifty. At that time he was building a schooner. His household included his wife, four sons, a daughter, and two servants. In 1835 he lived near Cedar Bayou and was síndico procurador. He died at Cedar Bayou on May 2, 1839.


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-). Andrew Forest Muir, "The Municipality of Harrisburg, 1835–1836," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 56 (July 1952).


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