Welcome to Fort Bend, Texas, Genealogy!
My name is Mary Ann Hetrick, I am the Coordinator for Fort Bend County. I don't live in Fort Bend,
but I will do my best to add what I can to help you find your ancestors. I can't do
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An act establishing Fort Bend County and fixing its boundaries was passed on December 29, 1837;
Fort Bend County is located in the Houston metropolitan area of southeast Texas. It encompasses
a total of 879.0 square miles (562,560 acres). The terrain varies from level to gently rolling with
elevations from 46 to 127 feet above sea level, with an average elevation of 85 feet. US 59
traverses the center of the County from northeast to southwest, while US 90A crosses from east to
west. State Highways (SH) 6 and 36 provide important north-south routes. Neighboring counties
are Austin, Brazoria,
"Fort Bend County holds a prominent place in Texas history. Karankawa Indians once roamed the
plains and inhabited the river bottoms. In the early 1820's, the Anglo-American colonization of
Texas under grants from the Spanish government was initiated. The arrival of Stephan F.
Austin's original colony of 300 families at the bend of the Brazos River was delayed until 1822
by the death of Moses Austin and the independence of Mexico. Ninety miles inland from the
coast the settlers built a two-room cabin that was known both as Fort Settlement and Fort Bend.
Fifty-three of the land grants to the early settlers were in Fort Bend. They found the area suitable
for crops and livestock.
In 1837, the Congress of the Republic of Texas incorporated Richmond and eighteen other towns.
Later in the same year, the County of Fort Bend was created from portions of Austin, Harris and
Brazoria County. Notable citizens of the county included Jane Long, Mirabeau B. Lamar, and Samuel May Williams."2
2. Fort Bend County Gov.