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“A nation can only be free, happy, and great in proportion to the virtue
and intelligence of the people.”

Stephen F. Austin

The Descendants of Austin's Old 300


The objectives of our organization, The Descendants of Austin’s Old Three Hundred, are to keep alive, for this and succeeding generations, the memories of the spirit, courage and character of the men and women belonging to Stephen Fuller Austin’s first colony, known as the “THE OLD THREE HUNDRED”.  We encourage and foster research, preservation and publication of the history and records of this first group of Texians.    



The name "Old Three Hundred" refers to the settlers who received land grants in Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Mexico.  Although not originally enthusiastic about the project, Austin continued the colonization activities after the death of his father, Moses Austin.  He traveled to San Antonio, where he met with the Spanish governor Antonio María Martínez. The governor acknowledged Stephen F. Austin as his father's successor, allowing the colonization activities to proceed.

Austin agreed with Martínez to be responsible for all administrative tasks after he arranged for settlers to come to Texas in exchange for land; in payment for his services, Austin would collect 12½ cents an acre in compensation. Austin returned to New Orleans and sought willing colonists and by the end of the summer of 1824 most of the Old Three Hundred were settled in Texas.

Dear Old 300 Members and Friends,

We are thrilled to share the group picture from our 2022 Annual Gathering.  It was a great weekend and we are so appreciative of those who attended the Blanco event and missed those of you who were unable to attend.

Being able to see each other in person and celebrate our heritage was truly delightful! Thank you all for coming and many thanks to our hard working Board of Directors for all that was done to make it such a success and enjoyable. I want to also thank the spouses for their time and energy.  We could not have done it without your help.  

You will find the minutes from the meeting also on the site. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch and I will do my best to get the answer for you.

Thanks to you all for your support of the Old 300 and we look forward to a bright future,

Toni J. Franklin

President General

Old 300

Click Here to see the minutes of our meeting.


Descendants of Austin's Old 300

PO Box 690

San Felipe, TX  77473