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“A nation can only be free, happy, and great in proportion to the virtue
and intelligence of the people.”

Stephen F. Austin

The Descendants of Austin's Old 300



The name "Old Three Hundred" refers to the settlers who received land grants in Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Mexico.  Although not originally enthusiastic about the project, Austin continued the colonization activities after the death of his father, Moses Austin.  He traveled to San Antonio, where he met with the Spanish governor Antonio María Martínez. The governor acknowledged Stephen F. Austin as his father's successor, allowing the colonization activities to proceed.

Austin agreed with Martínez to be responsible for all administrative tasks after he arranged for settlers to come to Texas in exchange for land; in payment for his services, Austin would collect 12½ cents an acre in compensation. Austin returned to New Orleans and sought willing colonists and by the end of the summer of 1824 most of the Old Three Hundred were settled in Texas.

Upcoming Events

Due to the current conditions, we will not be hosting our annual meeting in June. A new date, for mid- October, will be posted very soon. We look forward to seeing you at that time.



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The objectives of our organization, The Descendants of Austin’s Old Three Hundred, are to keep alive, for this and succeeding generations, the memories of the spirit, courage and character of the men and women belonging to Stephen Fuller Austin’s first colony, known as the “THE OLD THREE HUNDRED”.  We encourage and foster research, preservation and publication of the history and records of this first group of Texians.    


Each year we meet in June, on or about, the last Saturday of the month and again in October or November.

Stephen F. Austin's

Original Capitol of TX, San Felipe


Descendants of Austin's Old 300

PO Box 690, 147 3rd Street

San Felipe, TX  77473