August 29, 2017

William B. Bridges

William B. Bridges (Bridgers), early Texas farmer and public official and one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred, immigrated from Arkansas with his wife Cynthia to Texas as early as April 1824 and received a sitio of land now in Jackson County on July 21 of that year. In April 1831 Mexican officials filed a character certificate and a land application under his name, listing him as a single farmer (his wife had recently died) from Arkansas who was twenty-three years of age with three daughters. In 1838, Bridges received a headright certificate for a labor of land in Gonzales County.

He was a member of Capt. John Alley's company, which rushed to aid Col. John H. Moore of Fayette County during the Texas Revolution. He married Eliza Lyons Tribble and moved to Fayette County. They owned land in four counties and were the parents of six children. A farmer, rancher and hat maker by trade, Bridges served as a Fayette County justice of the peace and postmaster of Lyons in 1843. On September 17, 1871, the Columbus Citizen reported the burial of a "William Bridge", who had come to Texas around 1825. Whether this is William Bridges is extremely likely.

Unmarked. Most historians believe that Bridges was buried in the Lyons Family Cemetery, which is shown below in it's entirety. It is now completely enveloped by Schulenburg's City Cemetery.

GPS Coordinates
29° 41.121, -096° 55.164

Lyons family plot
Schulenburg City Cemetery

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