Stephen Cottle

 Stephen and Sarah Cottle

Bastrop County was one of the original 23 Counties established by The Republic of Texas. Sarah and Stephen Cottle and their children came to Texas from Missouri with Stephen F. Austin in 1827. Stephen Cottle died shortly after that. The widow Sarah Cottle applied for a land grant in March of 1831. She promised to settle and cultivate the land. Her request for a League of land was granted in April of that same year. Sarah and her children settled here. One of those children was Zebulon Pike Cottle. He grew up and married Lydia Dancer. Zeb and Lydia had 15 children. Not all reached maturity. But those who did were the nucleus of the town that Zeb named Cottletown. There was a store and a gin and a syrup mill. There was a grist mill and a blacksmith shop. Joe and Stephen Cottle had a tannery. Adeline Cottle Cord and her husband ran the store. Zeb had a kiln for making brick. He made brick for the fireplaces in the family homes. He also sold bricks to some of the other settlers moving into the area. Zeb, Joe and Stephen Cottle all had cattle. They raised hogs, chickens and turkeys. Most of the Cottle children planted several acres of cotton. Joseph Cottle had a peanut house. The town even had a Doctor. He was not a Cottle. Zeb and Lydia’s daughter Eliza married a young man named Obed Baker from the near by community of Antioch in 1867. Eighteen years later, Obed and Eliza struck out for Williamson County. The population of Cottletown dwindled steadily after that. Cottle Family Descendents are spread out all over Texas now. But this was home….before Texas was ever a Republic. Thanks to the pioneer spirit of Sarah (Sally) Turner Cottle