TONE, THOMAS J.
TONE, THOMAS J. (?–?). Thomas J. Tone, surveyor and soldier, was one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists. He and his partner, Thomas Jamison, received title to a sitio of land now in Matagorda and Brazoria counties on July 24, 1824. The census of 1826 listed Tone as a farmer and stock raiser, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. In January 1827 he met with other colonists of the Mina District to declare loyalty to the Mexican government and opposition of the Fredonian Rebellion. In November 1830 Tone was appointed by the ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin to a committee to report on a road from Jennings' Crossing to Brazoria. In October 1831 he was appointed surveyor for the Fifth District. He was in Aylett C. Buckner's company at the battle of Velasco in 1832. In 1833 Tone was appointed one of three members of a commission to oversee the construction of a proposed canal from old Caney Bayou to Matagorda Bay. He received 320 acres of land for his service in the Texas Revolution in 1838 and an additional 320 acres in Hamilton County in 1854. "T. T. Tone," listed as a member of Captain Stewart's Matagorda Volunteers, was probably Thomas J. Tone; the troop returned on July 15, 1836. In 1839 Tone was a deputy surveyor and made a survey on Blue Creek.
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