Brazos County Historical Timeline
1850-1874

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1850
Brazos Co 1850 Census reports Brazos Co population is 614.
Jan 29 Boonville C.C. Seale appointed postmaster at Boonville.
Jul 9 Washington D.C. President Zachary Taylor dies. He got sick after eating cherries and milk at a July 4 celebration. Vice-President Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th President of the United States.
Dec 23 Boonville Robert Johnson appointed postmaster at Boonville.
1851
Jan 27 Boonville Harvey Mitchell appointed postmaster at Boonville.
1852
Nov 2 National Election Day
Franklin Pierce elected 14th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D)Pierce.
1853
1854
Jul 13 Boonville Wm. McIntosh appointed postmaster at Boonville.
1855
Mar 17 Brazos Co The Texas State Gazette reports that mail is delivered twice a week in four horse coaches from Washington, by Millican, Boonville, and Wheelock.
1856
Sep 25 Irishtown Harvey Mitchell appointed postmaster at Irishtown.
Nov 4 National Election Day
James Buchanan elected 15th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D)Buchanan.
1857
Oct 21 Irishtown Irishtown post office discontinued.
Oct 23 Millican Martin Waldorff appointed postmaster at Millican.
1858
1859
Nov 1 Millican Benjamin H. Peverly appointed postmaster at Millican.
1860
Brazos Co 1860 Census reports Brazos Co population is 2776.
Nov 6 National Election Day
Abraham Lincoln elected 16th President of the United States.
Texas votes for (SD)Breckenridge.
1861
Jan 28 Austin A convention for Secession meets in Austin.
Feb 1 Austin Delegates to the Secession Convention approve the ordinance of secession by a vote of 166 to 8.
Feb 23 Election Day Texans ratify the ordinance of secession by a vote of 44,317 to 13,020.
Mar 5 Austin The Secession Convention reassembles, declares Texas independent and takes steps to join it to the Confederacy. All current officeholders are required to swear a loyalty oath to the Confederacy. Gov. Sam Houston refuses and the convention declares the governorship vacant and instructs Lt. Gov Edward Clark to assume the office of governor.
Jul 12 Boonville Wm. McIntosh appointed postmaster at Boonville. (Confederate post office)
Jul 12 Millican S.C. Brasher appointed postmaster at Millican. (Confederate post office)
Nov 6 National Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederate States.
1862
Jul 2 Washington D.C. Approval by President Abraham Lincoln of the Morrill Land-Grant Act, donating public lands to the several states for collegs to benefit agriculture and the mechanic arts.
1863
1864
Nov 17 Boonville W.C. Bulkey appointed postmaster at Boonville. (Confederate post office)
1865
Mar 17 Millican L.F. Fletcher appointed postmaster at Millican. (Confederate post office)
June Millican Federal troops arrive.
Oct 18 Millican Mrs. Louisa Loftin appointed postmaster at Millican.
Oct 30 Boonville Benjamin Hubert appointed postmaster at Boonville.
Nov 27 Millican The Houston Tri-Weekly Telegraph reports, "We learn that Mrs. L. Loftin has been appointed Post Master at Millican. We are glad to hear it, & hope every office in the State will be filled by ladies. They are fully competent."
Dec Bryan W.W. Davis opens a Freedmen's school.
1866
Jan 23 Boonville Harry W. Jones appointed postmaster at Boonville.
Feb Freedmen's schools open in Boonville and Millican
Mar 23 Boonville Cemantha J. Thompson appointed postmaster at Boonville.
Apr 16 Millican Richard P. Samuel appointed postmaster at Millican.
Jul 25 Boonville Taylor Bean appointed postmaster at Boonville.
Nov 1 Austin The Texas Legislature accepts the provisions of the Morrill Act.
Nov 30 Bryan Post Office site report: Located 8 miles east of Brazos River & 3 miles east of Thompson's Creek; about 800 inhabitants lived in this village; signed Mercer Phelan.
Dec 19 Boonville The post office moved from Boonville to Bryan at 27th and Tabor.
Bryan Mercer Phelan appointed postmaster at Bryan.
1867
Bryan H&TC reached Bryan and the first telegraph line installed.
Bryan First general merchandise store opened by Hill and Moseley at corner of 26th and Tabor.
Millican William Lambdin started the Millican News Letter Newspaper. By the end of the year Lambdin moves the paper to Bryan and renames it The Bryan News Letter.
Mar 19 Millican Thomas H. Waldron appointed postmaster at Millican.
May Millican The Freedmen Methodist Episcopal Church purchase land.
Sep 14 Millican The postmaster at Millican, after closing the post-office, addresses the following letter to the Telegraph: P.O. Millican, Texas, Sept. 9th, 1867. P.M. Houston, Texas: Sir: Yellow fever is in our midst--4 deaths have already occurred and several more cases exist. The citizens are badly frightened, all who can, have left; `twill be useless to send mail matter to this place from this date, as no one will be here to receive it. I have my goods packed & am ready to leave, will send you notice upon my return. I am, very respectfully, Chas. W. Gardiner, Acting P.M.; P.S.--Please inform citizens.
Oct 2 Bryan The Galveston Daily News recieved from Bryan City....Please mail our paper to this place. The P.O. at Millican is now discontinued. The postmaster has fled to the woods, & the telegraph operator is dead.
Nov 8 Bryan James M. Speaker appointed postmaster at Bryan.
Dec 3 Bryan Charles W. Gardiner appointed postmaster at Bryan.
1868
Feb Brazos Co Stephen Curtis, an African American, elected as a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention
Apr 27 Millican Robert I. Shelton appointed postmaster at Millican.
May 25 Bryan Post Office site report: Local name "Bryan City"; 8 miles east of Brazos River & 14 miles west of Navasota "Creek"; signed C.W. Gardiner.
July Millican The Millican riot takes place.
Oct 3 Wellborn's Station Post Office site location report: located 2 miles east of Brazos River; 30 families lived with 2 miles of post office; proposed Mrs. M.A.E. Boyd as p.m.; signed by L.F. Fletcher.
Oct 14 Wellborn's Station Mrs. E.A. Boyd appointed postmaster at Wellborn's Station.
Nov 3 National Election Day
Ulysses Grant elected 18th President of the United States.
Texas is not allowed to vote due to continued reconstruction.
1869
Brazos Co Chatham Gin Factory locates 1.5 miles north of Bryan.
Mar Galveston The Galveston Daily News, in March 1869, said, "The Bryan News Letter ... is doing well, and it is certainly deserving of a liberal patronage. Mr. Lambdin, the popular proprietor, is a gentleman who reflects credit on the profession. ..."
Bryan William Lambdin sold the Bryan News Letter to "radical Republican" Dr. W.H. Farmer. Farmer proved to be unpopular and a poor businessman and within four months he had gone broke. He sold the Bryan News Letter back to Lambdin for $2,100 less than he had paid for it. Lambdin then began publishing the Bryan Appeal in place of the News Letter.
Apr 5 Bryan Robert Mills appointed postmaster at Bryan.
May 5 Houston The Houston Daily Times reports: The postmaster at Bryan has been removed and one Robt. C. Mills appointed. Mills is on his way out from New York, but has not yet arrived. Of course he is simply a radical spy, ordered here by Reynolds, "Hamilton's friend."
1870
Brazos Co 1870 Census reports Brazos Co population is 9205.
Bryan First oil mill started and operated until 1885.
May 2 Wellborn's Station Wellborn's Station Post office discontinued.
Sept Bryan Shiloh Baptist Church purchases land.
Dec Bryan Conference of African American Methodist Episcopal Church meets.
1871
Jan 17 Bryan Henry A. Moore appointed postmaster at Bryan.
Feb 1 Austin The Daily State Journal reports: The Washington (D.C.) Chronicle informs us that H.A. Moore, one of the proprietors of the Brazos Eagle, has been appointed postmaster for Bryan, Texas. Those who are in a position to know, say that this is a good appointment, and one that will give general satisfaction to the people of Brazos Co.
Feb 9 Wellborn Jesse M. Neeley appointed postmaster at Wellborn.
Mar 7 Wellborn Post office site location report: 3 miles east of Brazos River & mile east of Peach Creek; signed Jesse M. Neeley.
Mar 13 Austin Legislation provided for the incorporation of The Town of Millican. "Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas, as follows: Article 1. That all that part of the county of Brazos, to-wit: Having for a centre point the store house of R. J. Shelton, and ex- tending from there north, one mile; south, one mile; west, one mile; east, one mile; shall constitute the town of Millican."
Apr 17 Austin Establishment of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas by act of the Texas Legislature. Appropriations of $75,000 for buildings.
Jun 20 Brazos Co Site for A&M picked near Bryan after Harvey Mitchell met with state locating committee in Houston and pledged 2,250 acres of land, with clear titles, within 48 hours.
Jun 26 Millican Benjamin F. Boldridge appointed postmaster at Millican.
Nov 29 Austin Legislature provided for "An Act to re-organize the town of Bryan, in Brazos county, Texas, and incorporate said town as the City of Bryan." Courthouse completed. "The corporation now existing and known as the Town of Bryan, in Brazos county, Texas, shall continue to be a body corporate in fact by the name and style of the City of Bryan.
Dec 1 Austin Legislature provides an act to incorporate the Odd Fellows' Hall Association of Bryan, Texas.
Bryan Bryan Male and Female Seminary founded under charter from the State.
Brazos Co Construction begins on the first building for the new Agricultural & Mechanical College of Texas.
1872
Bryan Texas Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home opened and operated for three years.
Sep 18 Millican Albert G. Prewitt appointed postmaster at Millican.
Nov 5 National Election Day
Ulysses Grant is re-elected President of the United States.
Texas votes for (D)Greeley.
1873
Bryan Money lending office established by Guy M. Bryan,Jr.
Jul 25 Millican Nicholas R. Goin appointed postmaster at Millican.
1874
Feb 18 Curds Prairie Post office site location report: 7 miles southwest of Navasota River & 3 miles north of Mathew's Branch; signed Henry D. Lawless.
March Bryan The city sells the "Freedmen Burying Ground" to local churches.
Apr 2 Austin $40,000 appropriated for the construction of a "Main" building for the A&M College.
May 25 Millican William H. McMichael appointed postmaster at Millican.
Jul 2 Macy Post office site location report: population of village 100; post office would service 1,000 people; located 2 miles west of Navasota River & 7 miles east of Cedar Creek; signed S.J. Lipscomb.
Jul 13 Macy Samuel J. Lipscomb appointed postmaster at Macy.
Dec 7 Benchley Dan J. Lewis appointed postmaster.

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