Stephen Fuller Austin, Son of Moses and Mary (Maria) Brown Austin, was born in this community on November 3, 1793. His father and uncle Stephen Austin operated the lead mines here from about 1789 to 1798. The family and numerous members of the community moved to the lead mines in Missouri, when Stephen was five years old. Following his father’s death, Stephen became a colonizer and political. For his help in assisting Texas settlers gain their independence he became know as the “Father of Texas”.