- JOIN | SUPPORT TSHA
BEVIL'S SETTLEMENT. Bevil's Settlement was a loosely defined community of pre-Republic of Texas settlers who settled between the Neches and Sabine rivers on land that was eventually organized as Jasper and Newton counties. The settlement was named for John Bevil, who moved there before 1829. Additional immigration was somewhat facilitated by Lorenzo de Zavala's grant to settle 500 families in Southeast Texas in 1829. The next year George W. Smyth found about thirty families scattered between the Sabine and Neches rivers. The area received a form of recognition when Juan Antonio Padilla was appointed comisario of the Bevil's Settlement precinct as part of Nacogdoches Municipality. Several residents participated in the Anahuac Disturbances and the battle of Nacogdoches.qqv The municipality, established in 1834, was renamed Jasper in 1835. Though most of the residents of Bevil's Settlement were apparently clustered near the site of present-day Jasper, a few early settlers established roots to the east, in what later became Newton County. In 1836 Mary Austin Holley described Bevil's Settlement as being on the Sabine River within the jurisdiction of the Department of Nacogdoches. "It is a populous neighborhood," she wrote, "but cannot be called a town." Newton County secured its separation from Jasper County in 1846.
BIBLIOGRAPHY:Mary Austin Holley, Texas (Lexington, Kentucky: J. Clarke and Company, 1836; rpts., Austin: Steck, 1935; Texas State Historical Association, 1985). James M. McReynolds, A History of Jasper County, Texas, Prior to 1874 (M.A. thesis, Lamar State College of Technology, 1968).
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Robert Wooster, "Bevil's Settlement," accessed April 30, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvb58.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.