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At another point in this statement, it is said, with respect to John
Austin: "He died in the month of August 1833 at the residence of
Thomas Westall at Gulf Prairie, Brazoria County, Texas."
The affidavit was made on August 1, 1871, before William R.
Johnson, a notary public of Galveston County, at the city of Gal-
veston. This statement was taken in connection with a lawsuit being
heard in a district court of Harris County at about that time, in
which title to land lying within the orginal grant to John Austin
by the Mexican government in 1824 was at issue.
If William T. Austin knew the facts, and properly recited them,
this statement would seem to indicate that it was at the Thomas
Westall residence, at Gulf Prairie about ten miles from Brazoria,
that John Austin and his two children died, rather than at certain
other places sometimes mentioned.
On Sunday afternoon, March 25, 1962, the Heritage Society of
Austin conducted its pilgrimage of historical homes. Four homes
were visited on the tour: Millbrook, a former water mill built in
185o by James E. Bouldin; Rocky Cliff, built in 1845 by a former
postmaster of Austin, H. B. Kinney; Sweetbrush, originally built
in the 185o's by Abner Cook for John W. Swisher, a former treas-
urer of the Republic of Texas; and Sunnyridge, a portion of which
was built in the late 183o's by Francis Dieterich, a prominent
Mrs. Kate Duval Pitts, daughter of Burr G. Duval whose diary
was published in the April, 1962, Quarterly, is seeking oils and
pastels painted by her mother Ella Moss Duval for an exhibit.
After studying art in Europe, Ella Duval painted and sold her
paintings in Austin and San Antonio between 1878 and 1898. At
present four paintings have been located including the portrait
of Duval "Buddy" West which was reproduced for use with the
William Wallace McCullough, Jr. of West Chester, Pennsyl-
vania, has added to his recent contributions to the Association six
copies of the Cactus for the years 1906-1911.
J. Frank Jungman, enthusiastic member of the Association
from Houston, calls attention to the recognition given American
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed October 20, 2014.