Help Wanted - Town Creek
Over the last 80 years or so, several histories of Montgomery, Texas and
Montgomery County, Texas have been written. These histories take the form of high school history papers,
theses and published history books. In recent research concerning the Lake Creek Settlement and the founding of the Town of
Montgomery, Texas, much of the early history of Montgomery County, Texas as previously reported has been
proven to be incorrect. This information has been misreported for so long many have accepted the
misinformation as the absolute truth. I have dubbed much of this misinformation as the "Montgomery
Trading Post Myth." The Montgomery Trading Post Myth is not a single misstated detail, but a whole series
of incorrect details. This article is about one of those details.
With the exception of recent research, every previous history in the last 80
years has mentioned a creek called Town Creek as though a creek by that name existed prior to the founding of the
Town of Montgomery in July of 1837. For instance, on page 24 of Montgomery County, Texas,
Picture of a Dream Coming True, Simpson wrote, "It was here that Owen Shannon established a trading post on
Town Creek around 1830." As proved in the article about the Lake Creek Settlement, Owen Shannon never established
or operated a trading post and did not arrive until 1831. These obvious errors aside, Owen Shannon is
portrayed as having done something on Town Creek in 1830. Rather than say that Owen Shannon did something in
1830 on the creek that would later be known as Town Creek, Simpson did what everyone else before her did and
reported the history as though the creek was already named Town Creek in 1830.
Yes, of course the creek was there before the settlers came and would later be called
Town Creek. But when was it called Town Creek? What year did it first come to be known as "Town
Creek?" This has never been an important detail to other Montgomery County historians and has resulted in yet
more confusion regarding the early history of Montgomery, Texas. Because of this, more mythology has crept
into the early history of the town and county. For instance, it has led many to incorrectly believe or
surmise that there was a previous town or communtiy prior to the founding of the Town of Montgomery. Some
have even mistakenly offered the name of the creek as evidence for a previous community, town or trading post while
at the same time offering no primary documentary evidence whatsoever to support such a
My research reveals the following:
1. Prior to the founding of the Town of Montgomery in July 1837, the creek (that would later be known as
Town Creek) was not known as Town Creek.
2. Prior to the founding of the Town of Montgomery in July 1837, there had been no town in
existence anywhere in the Lake Creek
3. Prior to the founding of the Town of Montgomery, there was no trading post operated by Andrew
Montgomery, William Montgomery, Owen Shannon or Margaret Montgomery Shannonin (near the creek that would later
be known as Town Creek) in the Lake Creek Settlement.
4. Prior to July 1837, the name "Town Creek" does not appear in letters, maps, newspapers, deeds,
wills or any other primary historical documents. It appears to have been without any name prior to
the founding of the Town of Montgomery.
In 8 years of research, I have not seen a single primary historical document of any
kind that refers to a creek by the name of Town Creek anywhere in the Lake Creek Settlement prior to the founding
of the Town of Montgomery in July of 1837.
I have already credited several people for the discovery of some of the Lake Creek
Settlement documents on this site. It has been wonderful hearing from people all over the United Sates who
have kindly provided information. If you are aware of any evidence that disproves my conclusions, please
let me know and I will give you credit for the discovery if I use it. Please don't tell me about such a
document unless you have actually seen it and know where it is located.
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