Roads in the Lake Creek Settlement

Mentioned in the Washington County Commissioners' Court Minutes  

 by: Kameron Searle

   This article is about early references to the Lake Creek Settlement when it was located in Washington County, Texas. Originally the Lake Creek Settlement was located in Austin's Second Colony during the Mexican colonial period. During the Texas Revolution (1835-1836), the Lake Creek Settlement was located in Municipality of Washington.  Following the Texas Revolution, the Lake Creek Settlement was located in Washington County until Montgomery County was created on December 14, 1837.

   The WPA (Works Progress Administration) transcribed the minutes of the Washington County Commissioners' Court from April 3, 1837 to January 7, 1846.  These transcriptions can be found in the archives of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. The original minutes of the Washington County Commissioners' Court from this period (Republic of Texas) are no longer located within the Washington County Clerk's Office so historians are very fortunate that the WPA preserved these records by transcribing them during the Great Depression.

File Box 4E 418 - Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

File Box 4E 418 - Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

   See File # 4E 418, "WPA Historical Records Survey - Washington Co. - Min. Comm. Court," 2. Book I, (Carbon & MSS).

WPA Transcription

Washington County, Book 1 (4-3-[18]37 - 1-7-[18]46), Minutes Commissioners Court.

   The first meeting of the Washington County Commissioners' Court was held on April 3, 1837.  At this meeting, Justice of the Peace/Commissioner George Galbraith from the Precinct of Lake Creek made a motion to lay a road from the Lake Creek Settlement to the City of Houston.

George Galbraith - Road Lake Creek Settlement to Houston

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   On motion of George Galbraith. Resolved that a road be ordered to be laid out from Lake Creek Settlement to the County line in the most direct and practicable rout to the City of Houston and Benjamin Rigby  Raleigh Rodgers, Hiram Rosin   Charles Garrett and William Rankin...

Surveyors Lake Creek Settlement Road

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...be appointed to survey said rout to this Court at the next regular term thereof:

   The Court adjourned until Tuesday Morning 9 o'clock

Tuesday 4th April 1837

   The next day, April 4, 1837, Justice of the Peace/Commissioner William Robert from the Precinct of San Jacinto moved that the road from the Lake Creek Settlement to the City of Houston be continued north from the Lake Creek Settlement to the town of New Cincinnati. 

William Robert - Road from Lake Creek Settlement to New Cincinatti

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   On motion of William Robert.  Resolved that the road from the City of Houston to Lake Creek Settlement be Continued to run North from Lake Creek Settlement in the most direct and practicable rout to New Cincinnatti on the Trinity and that William Clark  Job Collard       H. M. Crabb  John Caruthers and Ranson Alfin be appointed to survey said rout and report to this court at the next regular term thereof.

 

Road from Baptiste Village to Road from New Cincinatti to Houston via Lake Creek

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   On motion of William Robert. Resolved that a road be laid out from Baptiste Village to intersect the road from New Cincinnatti to Via Lake Creek to the City of Houston and that Ralph McGee  Joshua Lumley  Harriss  Elisha Collard and John Corner be appointed to survey said rout and report to this Court at the next regular term. 

Lake Creek Settlement Road Commissioners

 

Road Reviewers for Lake Creek District/Lake Creek Settlement

 

Pleasant Gray Appointed Overseer for Road from Cincinatti to Lake Creek