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 conclusion.
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
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 Settlement.
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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