February 19, 2013
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June 14, 1830 - San Felipe de Austin, Texas
Old Three Hundred colonist. Precious little is known of the history of Joseph White; details such as when he was born, when he first arrived in Texas and the circumstances of his death are all unknown. He applied for land in Stephen Austin's First Colony, possibly in 1821 or 1822, and was awarded one sitio of land in present-day Brazoria County on August 16, 1824. He was a farmer by profession and evidently well-respected by the rest of the original settlers, as he was elected the town magistrate on December 21, 1828. Obviously very successful at his profession, he bought several town lots during the following year, and in December, purchased half a league of land just west of Galveston Bay. Six months later, Joseph died of unknown causes and shortly afterwards a large part of his estate was auctioned off.
Note: Unmarked. During the Texas revolution, the entire town of San Felipe was burned to the ground, destroying all of the wooden grave markers. So although Joseph White is known to be buried in this cemetery, the exact location has been lost. The photo below is representative of the oldest section of the cemetery where it is possible he still rests.
San Felipe de Austin Cemetery