Although he already owned or served as the manager of thousands of acres of Texas land, in 1847, Brazoria attorney William G. Hill joined with A.E. Westall, a relative of Hill’s wife, Eliza, to buy more.

Together, they purchased 66 head of horses and mules and 909 acres of land valued at $1.50 per acre at an estate auction held in Brazoria.

Marie Beth Jones is a member and former chairwoman of the Brazoria County Historical Commission. Contact her at 979-849-5467 or

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