James Elijah Brown Austin

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James Elijah Brown Austin

Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
Death: August 14, 1829 (25)
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Place of Burial: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses Austin and Maria Austin
Husband of Eliza Martha Austin
Father of Stephen Fuller Austin, II
Brother of Stephen F. Austin ("Father of Texas"); Emily Margaret Perry; Eliza Fuller Austin and Anna Maria Austin

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About James Elijah Brown Austin

James Elijah Brown Austin was a Texian settler and brother of empresario Stephen F. Austin, "The Father of Texas." Counted also as one of the Old Three Hundred, he is listed in Spanish and Mexican records as "Santiago E.B. Austin". James and Stephen F. Austin are both brothers of Emily Margaret Brown Austin.

Born in Missouri, James attended high school in Washington, Connecticut before joining Stephen in Texas in December, 1821. Three years later, having established residence, he was granted title to three leagues west of the Brazos River, including Eagle Nest and Manor lakes; a labor in west Brazoria County; and another labor in Waller County. He went back to Missouri in May 1824 to bring his mother Maria Brown Austin and sister Emily down to Texas but returned the next year without them.

James entered into a partnership with John Austin to participate in the coasting trade and retail, opening a store together in Brazoria, Texas. He lobbied in Saltillo, the capital of Coahuila and Texas, for the continuance of slavery and succeeded in protecting the ownership of settlers already established. He returned from the capital with 300 Spanish horses. With his brother, he opposed the Fredonian Rebellion of 1827.

James married Eliza Martha Westall March 20, 1828. He named his son Stephen F. Austin Jr. James died in New Orleans of yellow fever.

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James Elijah Brown Austin's Timeline

October 3, 1803
Potosi, Washington County, Missouri, United States
August 14, 1829
Age 25
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States
New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, United States