The Early History
Historic Montgomery County, Texas
175th Birthday of Historic Montgomery, Texas was
Celebrated on July 7, 2012
Click here to download the pdf file,
The Early History of Montgomery, Texas. This is a brief
account of the early history of Montgomery, Texas prepared
for the 4th and 7th grade school children in MISD.
The early History of Montgomery
County, Texas has been searched and researched by Kameron Searle
for almost a decade. Using primary documents almost
exclusively, Searle has discovered a number of critical errors in
Montgomery County's earlier published histories. It is time to
replace the myth and folklore previously held up as the early
history of Montgomery County with the actual facts contained within
the numerous and readily available primary sources dating from the
time of the events themselves.
Searle re-discovered the Lake Creek Settlement a
pre-Republic of Texas settlement in Stephen F.
Austin's Colony. Once discovered, Searle began to
appreciate the historical importance of the Lake Creek
Settlement to the early history of the Town of Montgomery as well
as Montgomery County. In studying the Lake Creek
Settlement and the historiography of Montgomery County, Searle
also discovered that the story of a Montgomery Trading
Post, cited as fact in just about every history of Montgomery
County, Texas, was actually an invention of a woman by the name of
Mary Davis in 1925.
In 2008, Searle introduced a number of
his surprising discoveries regarding the early history of
Montgomery County to several genealogical and historical societies
in Montgomery County including the Lone Star Chapter of the Sons of
the Republic of Texas and the Montgomery Historical Society.
His presentations and his papers have created a great deal of
renewed interest in the research, study and correction of early
Montgomery County history. Searle continues his talks and
presentations and plans on publishing a book about the early
history of Montgomery County in approximately two years.
Below are a series of
articles being written by Kameron Searle for the Texas History
Page. These articles will be edited and included in Searle's
forthcoming book on the early history of Montgomery County,
Texas. Searle has no desire to hide his research from the
general public prior to publication. In a display
of intellectual openness, he encourages anyone to point out
any errors they may find or corrections that need to
be made in his work. He also strongly encourages other
researchers and students to use his data as a starting point for
their own research.
Much more will be added to these
articles from Searle's extensive collection of documents, so
bookmark this page and keep checking back.
History of the Lake
Evolution of the Montgomery Trading Post
History of the
Indian Trading Post
Church - Montgomery, Texas
- Marriage of Charles Bellinger Stewart
Article about the marriage of Charles Bellinger Stewart during the darkest days of the Texas Revolution while he served as a delegate to the Convention at Washingto-on-the-Brazos in March 1836.
- Owen Shannon Will
Last will and testament of Owen Shannon. Probate records from the estate of Owen Shannon a citizen of Austin's Colony in the State of Coahuila and Texas, Mexico.
- Owen Shannon Died in 1834
Evidence that Owen Shannon died in 1834. This page also explains why Owen Shannon only had one quarter of his Headright League left at the time of his death.
- Montgomery County, Texas Commissioners Court March 1,1838
Minutes of the first Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting on March 1, 1838. W. W. Shepperd induced Commissioners Court to make the Town of Montgomery the county seat of Montgomery County, Texas.
- Montgomery County Centennial Monuments
In 1936, two monuments were erected in Montgomery County, Texas to commemorate the centenary of Texas Independence. One monument commemorating the founding of Montgomery County and another commemorating the founding of the Town of Montgomery, Texas.
- Austin's Register of Families
Stephen F. Austin's Register of Families proves that Andrew Montgomery and Owen Shannon were farmers and NOT the owners of a trading post.
- Act Creating Montgomery County, Texas
Text of the Act creating Montgomery County, Texas on December 14, 1837.
- Shepperd, W. W.
Biography of W. W. Shepperd, early Texas settler and founder of the Town of Montgomery, Texas.
- W. W. Shepperd - First Postmaster of Montgomery, Texas
W. W. Shepperd was the first postmaster of Montgomery, Texas. Documents and records.
- C. B. Stewart Attorney for W. W. Shepperd
Copy of a note signed by John Crane in behalf of W. W. Shepperd. Notes on back are in the handwriting of C. B. Stewart as attorney for W. W. Shepperd concerning filing with the probate court of Montgomery County, Texas
- Shepperd Sells Town of Montgomery to McCown for Slaves
In 1839, W. W. Shepperd sold his interest in the town of Montgomery, Texas to James McCown. The sale was unusual because James McCown paid Shepperd for the town with seven slaves.
- Founding Towns - A Shepperd Family Tradition
Towns founded by the Shepperd family in North Carolina, the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas.
- Town of Montgomery Incorporated - 1848
In 1848, the Town of Montgomery, Texas was incorporated by the Texas Legislature. Chapter 191. An Act to Incorporate the Town of Montgomery. Copy of Act with transcription.
- Charles B. Stewart
Biography of Charles B. Stewart written by Sam Houston Dixon in 1924. Stewart was the first Secretary of State of Texas and a signer of the Texas Declarartion of Independence.
- The First Montgomery County Courthouse - Texas
Historical information about the first Montgomery County courthouse in Montgomery County, Texas.
- Jacob Shepperd
Biography of Jacob Shepperd, early Texas settler and revolutionary soldier in the Texas army in its fight for independence against Mexico. Jacob Shepperd saved the life of Santa Anna by delivering an express from Sam Houston to the Texas army.
- Alfred and Matilda Morris House
The Alfred and Matilda Morris House in Montgomery, Texas. Also known as the Patton House. Matilda Parmer was the daughter of Martin Parmer who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.
- 1845 Montgomery Patriot Advertisment - Lake Creek Settlement
Advertisement for lots in the town of Montgomery, Texas in July 2, 1845 editon of the Montgomery Patriot newspaper. Makes clear reference to the Lake Creek Settlement.
- Help Wanted - Montgomery Prairie
Historian asks for your help in finding specific documents and information relating to the Montgomery Trading Post or Montgomery Settlement.
- Help Wanted - Lake Creek Settlement
Historian asks for your help in finding specific documents and information relating to the history of the Lake Creek Settlement prior to the founding of the Town of Montgomery, Texas in 1837.
- Help Wanted - Major John Wyatt Moody
Where did Major John Wyatt Moody get his military rank? Help wanted. Author seeks your help with a question about Texan J. W. Moody.
- Help Wanted - George M. Crittenden
Trying to get information about Geroge M. Critteden for a Montgomery County, Texas history book that is being written. G. M. Crittenden is said to have written a group of Grimes County Texas history papers commonly referred to as the Critteden Papers.
- Zachariah Landrum and Related Families
Zachariah Landrum family and related families in Austin's Second Colony, the Lake Creek Settlement, Washington Municipality, later Washington County and later Montgomery County, Texas. Includes Landrum, Springer, Worsham and Rankin.
- Montgomery Founded in Two Phases
The town of Montgomery, Texas was founded by W. W. Shepperd in two distinct phases. History.
- No Shannon Trading Post in 1826
There was no trading post being operated by Owen or Jacob Shannon near the current location of Montgomery, Texas in 1826 as many poorly researched histories teach. Documents prove that the Shannons were still living in Nacogdoches as late as 1830.
1845 Advertisement in Montgomery
Sale of Lots in the Town of
July 2, 1845 Edition of the Montgomery
Patriot, Page 4
Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Special Thanks to Mac Woodward, Curator
In writing his book, Searle is seeking
to correct a number of problems that have severely interfered
with the accurate reporting of Montgomery County
history. Famed historian, David Hackett Fischer, in his
book Historians' Fallacies, (New York, Harper and
Row, Inc., 1970), has provided a number of rules of thumb
for writing history. On page 64, Fischer writes:
"Fourth, the burden of proof, for any
historical assertion, always rests upon its author. Not his
critics, not his readers, not his graduate students, not the next
generation. Let us call this the rule of
With one or two exceptions, this
responsibility has been shirked by Montgomery County
historians. Many Montgomery County
historians provided no footnotes or citations for any of
their sources. They just made dogmatic assertions regarding
various aspects of Montgomery County history without providing any
specific sources or supporting evidence.
Another major problem in the reporting
of Montgomery County history has been false citation. Many
institutions of higher learning view false citation as academic
fraud. For example, the University of Virginia in its
Statement of Academic Fraud includes:
False Citation: "False citation is falsely citing a
source or attributing work to a source from which the referenced
material was not obtained. A simple example of this would be
footnoting a paragraph and citing a work that was never
Georgetown University also
addresses false citation in its "2009-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin,
Academic Regulations, IV. The Honor System, (3) (c)" as
False citation is academic
fraud. False citation is the attribution of intellectual
property to an incorrect or
fabricated source with the intention to deceive. False
attribution seriously undermines the integrity of the academic
enterprise by severing a chain of ideas which should be traceable
link by link.2
In an effort to correct the problems
of no citation and false citation found in some
earlier Montgomery County histories, Searle has deliberately
overcompensated by providing his own form of instant
citation. Though using some footnotes, Searle has tried to
provide as much data regarding every source, especially primary
documentary sources, immediately following the first use of
each source in his histories. The reader will
know instantly where a particular record or document came from
without having to go all the way to the end of the web page to
look it up. And in most cases the reader will be able to see
an actual scan of the source document.
Another serious problem in the writing
of Montgomery County history has been the overuse of secondary and
tertiary sources and the failure to verify the accuracy of
those sources. Searle believes that, "A history,
whose author draws conclusions from other than primary
sources or secondary sources actually based on primary
sources, is by definition fiction and not history at
all." Having found so many critical errors in Montgomery
County histories, Searle has gone the other way. He has
focused almost exclusively on primary historical sources to
discover and re-construct the true early history of the county.
Far too many Montgomery County
historians have relied solely on what previous Montgomery County
historians have written without doing any of their own research or
making any effort to verify the conclusions of their
predecessors. The satirist, Max Beerbohm, put it best when he
wrote, "History does not repeat itself. The historians repeat
one another." This is what has happened to much of the
reporting of early Montgomery County history. The
most outstanding example of this of course is the oft repeated
story of the Montgomery Trading Post. Begun as folklore
presented in a high school student's history essay in 1925, it
was repeated so often that it has now been elevated
to a point where it is regularly presented as an
To report errors and corrections regarding any of
listed on this page, contact Kameron K.
Mr. Kameron K. Searle
908 Town & Country Blvd., Suite
Houston, Texas 77024