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Name: Old Three Hundred

Historical Note: The Old Three Hundred is a term applied to the original settlers who received land grants from Stephen F. Austin's first colony between 1823 and 1824. In all, 307 titles were issued to 297 people of "better" classes for the purpose of farming and stock raising on lands by the Brazos, Colorado, and San Bernard Rivers (The New Handbook of Texas: in Six Volumes, v.4, p. 1142). These land grants were given to families, with single men joining together in partnerships of two and three which were defined as families. The lands were granted to colonists with the stipulation that they be occupied and improved upon within two years of receiving the deed. Only seven of the land grants were forfeited.
Sources: For a complete list of the settlers and land grants in Austin's first colony, please see Lester G. Bugbee's "The Old Three Hundred" in the October 1897 issue of The Quarterly of the Texas Historical Association.

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