Austin Colony Pioneers

A Collection of Early Families Who Came to Stephen F. Austin’s Colony in Texas and Their Descendants

by Betty Smith Meischen



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/28/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 598
ISBN : 9781796042993

About the Book

Austin Colony Pioneers is a collection of many families that came to Texas in its earliest days and the German settlers and their influences upon the growth of Texas. The book is filled with many anecdotes, short stories, obituaries and articles gleaned from area newspapers. These early families intermarried and not only filled Austin’s original colony but their descendants went to every corner of America. The book traces many of these early pioneers into the present day and also gives their roots before they came to Texas. Colonel William Barret Travis of the Alamo has been a constant element of Betty’s historical research because her family was connected to him in many ways. There are descriptions of persons of historical note such as that of General George Custer and his command of Hempstead, Waller County, after the Civil War. There are stories of towns that once flourished and today are no more. The pages are packed with accounts such as the Bell-Schaffner feud and Shootout in Sealy, Texas and tales of infamous Six Shooter Junction, of Elizabeth Ney, the famous sculptress, and many other historical places and persons of interest.

About the Author

Betty Smith Meischen is a 7th generation Texas whose earliest family members journeyed to the wilderness colony in 1822.  Betty was born in Bellville, Austin County, Texas and graduated from Bellville High School and the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the author of four historical based novels and three previous books on Texas and U.S. history.  Betty has researched Texas and national history for nearly fifty years.  She is passionate about investigating the historical accuracy of accounts and following their leads, discovering the stories in the manner of an investigative journalist.