Historical Marker


Solomon Barrow

Marker Erected 1984
Marker Located: Mont Belvieu, Chambers County


Marker Text:

Area pioneer Solomon Barrow (c. 1801-1858) was the eldest of three sons of Reuben and Mary Jane (Johnson) Barrow. About 1824, Solomon, his two brothers, and five sisters migrated from Louisiana to Texas, which was at that time under the control of the Mexican government. He was given permission to settle on the lands between the Trinity River and San Jacinto Creek and later received a lang grant in what was known as the Atascosito District. The 1850 census listed Barrow as 49 years of age, living near this site with his wife, Elizabeth, and ten children. By that time, he had become a wealthy farmer, with many head of horses, sheep, cattle, hogs and oxen. He possessed much farming equipment and set up one of the first land drainage systems in the area. He and his family often hosted such noted Texans as Dr. Ashbel Smith and General Sam Houston. Solomon Barrow died of poisoning in 1858, the year Chambers County was created from Liberty County. Representative of the hardy pioneers who first settled this section of the state, Solomon Barrow lived during some of the most eventful years in Texas history. Many of his descendants and those of his siblings have been active leaders in the county.

Marker Number: 9082
Subject Codes: PI
Marker Size: 27" x  42"
UTM Zone: 15