Isaac Best (1774 - 1837)

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Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in San Felipe, Austin, Texas, United States
Occupation: altb 1770
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About Isaac Best

This Isaac, of the Old 300 Settlers of the Austin Colony, and son of Stephen Best and Sarah Humphrey, is sometimes confused with an Isaac Best, son of Humphrey Best and Mary Polly Cartwright. The two Isaacs were cousins.

Isaac was one of the Old 300 Settlers of the Austin Colony, but he spent his early life in Pa. & Ky, and moved to Missouri about 1808. There he built a mill and Best's Fort, which was a pioneer refuge from the Indians, especially during the 1812 War. About 1822 Isaac, Mary Margaret, and several of their children came to Texas by Wagon Train. Aug. 19, 1824 he was granted land east of the Brazos River and about 30 miles north of S. F. Austin's Capital San Felipe. He sold the land and bought other tracts, later owning about 8,000 acres. He owned four slaves.

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Isaac Best's Timeline

Pennsylvania, United States
April 5, 1793
Age 19
Garrard, Kentucky, United States
April 7, 1794
Age 20
Garrard, Kentucky, United States
February 8, 1837
Age 63
San Felipe, Austin, Texas, United States