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 Our Texans Within the Vines involve  the time frame of 1849-1907 and four counties: Nacogdoches, Rusk, Wood and Camp.
See United States 1845 Map showing large portions of current Texas and the entire American South west as  part of Mexico, ceded with the ending of the Mexican American war 1846-1848 in which Mexico recognized the U.S. annexation of Texas [occuring 10 years before],  and in which it also ceded to the United States California and  New Mexico (including all the present-day states of the Southwest). 
These events  led to the precense of our Surnames in Texas from 1849 onward. 
Our last direct Texan (Martha Ann [nee FOWLER] Howard) died 1907 at Pittsburg, Texas (Camp County) at the home of her daughter Annie Mae. Movement of our direct lines from Texas involved the states of Alabama and Georgia from 1896 on and finally New York due to the orphaning of Martha Ann's grandchildren, among whom was our direct Benjamin Patterson HOWARD, who had by force been parcelled out to live with various family members. See Our Surnames Of Texas 

1887 map of Texas
detailed,easily negotiable, 
showing counties formed 
from Nacogdoches
Zoomable 1841Texas 
from Lib of Congress 
showing Nacogdoches Co
before its breakup
1895 Texas Atlas
Perry Castaneda Library 
Map Collection includes
Historical and current maps of Texas. [UTAustin] 
Wood County Texas GenWeb
Wood County History from The Handbook of Texas Online
Nacogdoches Rootsweb Page
Nacogdoches County, Texas History [A good one]
Nacogdoches history from Handbook of Texas online
 Henderson Texas Info Page
 the Texas Online History ofHenderson  the best
Nacogdoches County 
at Rootsweb, a geneological 
and history resource
Lonestar Geneology
The history of the regions in which are Texans are found all are relevant to Nacogdoches County, the other counties being partitioned off from it in advancing stages of settlement.  It is in Nacogdoches the  town, within the county, that our FOWLER line is found residing 1850 having come likely in 1849. It is also  in Nacogdoches that Virginia born Dave HOWARD married Martha Anne FOWLER, although he  resided in Henderson, Rusk Co.,  since  year 1850 & took his bride there. 
The towns and counties of Texas relevant to our surnames involve Nacogdoches [1849 and FOWLER relevant] , Rusk  County [Henderson (town)  1850 onwards and HOWARD relevant] , Wood County [Mineloa, town, precense from 1868 and COFIELD Relevant] and Camp County  [Pittsburg town in which our last FOWLER direct is found dying at the home of her daughter] . All four counties are located in East Texas. For purposes of Census study and historical research the following information on the counties is provided. 
  • Nacogdoches County has a long European history and the town proper contains 'North Street' believed to be the oldest public thoroughfare in the U.S.   Long before the Spanish discovered and named it, it was a major Indian road. Nacogdoches the town is found in the county with its name. See the zoomable 1841 Map of Texas from The Library of Congress showing within it  the region encompassed by the city and county of Nacogdoches from which our other pertinent counties were taken.
  •  Nacogdoches County was partitioned into Rusk County in Jan 1843 by the Congress of the Republic of Texas which  decreed that an election be held to select five commissioners to select a site for the county seat to be named "Henderson."  Gibsonville was the site chosen, and the name was changed. 
  • Mineola pertains to now Wood County. Mineola was created from a town called Sodom. "Up to the year of 1848, Wood County was included in Nacogdoches County, when Van Zandt County was segregated from Nacogdoches. Van Zandt County then included the present counties of Van Zandt, Wood and Rains. Wood County was organized in 1850, but not in time to be counted separately in the federal census of that year. Wood County residents are included in the Van Zandt County federal census for 1850. Quitman was designated as the county seat and remains so today. " Wood County Texas GenWeb
  • Camp County was separated from Upshur County in 1874 and named for John Lafayette Camp,qv who was serving as state senator from Upshur County . Upshur was originally part of Nacogdoches County, later incorporated into Harrison County. In 1846, in the first Legislature of the New United Statesian Texas, Upshur was created,; at that  time the county included the area of  present Camp County and part of  modern Gregg County

In Regards to the Towns of Residence for our Texans:

Henderson in Rusk County is the town of relevance to our HOWARD Texans. The HOWARD home is of historical significance and the  home has its own dedicated webpage as a result . Henderson is just west of the Louisiana/Texas state line. Settlement in the area began as early as 1832 with the establishment of Mount Enterprise, and in 1838, Captain W.A. Miller, from Georgia, settled near the present site of Henderson in a community then known as Gibsontown. After the defeat of the Cherokee Indians in the battle of the Neches, the
 population boomed, and by 1842, had grown sufficiently to form its own county. On January 16,1843, the Congress of the Republic of Texas enacted a bill creating Rusk County and decreeing that an election be held to select five commissioners to select a site for the county seat to be named "Henderson."From  Online Highways . See Henderson Texas Info Page and the best the Texas Online History of Henderson

Mineola Texas becomes significant with the emmigration there in 1868 for the COFIELDS in our Lines.  "Mineola, Wood County Texas is at the crossing of U.S. highways 69 and 80, eighty miles east of Dallas in southwestern Wood County. Before 1873 the place was called Sodom". Mineola "The town came into existence when the railroads built lines through this part of the state. In 1873 the Texas and Pacific and the I-GN raced to see which could get to Mineola  first. The I-GN reached the finish fifteen minutes earlier. A city government was organized in 1873, a post office opened in 1875, and the town incorporated in 1877, but a fire in the 1880s destroyed eighteen buildings. The town's oldest paper, the Mineola Monitor, was founded in 1876. By 1890 the town had seven churches, several schools including a black free school, hotels, banks, and a population of 2,000. In 1895 Mineola became the site of the Wood County Fair. "Mineola Entry in Handbook of Texas online. See Mineola Texas Ch of Commerceo page for a brief history of same which describes its development in the 1870s related to Railroad expansion.

Nacogdoches, the county seat of Nacogdoches County, is located southeast of Dallas between Lufkin and Henderson  near the Angelina River and the Sam Rayburn Reservoir on State highways 7, 21, 59 (a principal artery to Houston), and 259, fifty miles west of the Sabine River and 100 miles north of Beaumont in the central part of the county. It was named for the Nacogdoche Indians, a Caddo group. Handbook of Texas online
See Nacgodoches a Brief history and Nacogdoches' own homepage an

Howard, David P. (Patterson?)
               David P. Howard (the P standing most probably for Patterson as it is a name which continued in succesive generations),
               was born in or around Richmond, Virginia in 1825. He came first to Nacogdoches, where he stayed some time, and it is
               there that he married Martha Anne Fowler, of Tennessee, on May 1 1856. Little more is known of Martha, except that
               she is said to have been a cousin of Sam Houston, and it is documented that Martha and Dave entertained Sam in their
               home in Henderson with some frequency. I have been unable to substantiate the claim of kinship thus far, but letters in the
               local library from a daughter attest to the frequent visits. David P. was joined by his brother James Logan Howard and
               together they made the first bricks in East Texas and built the first brick home in Rusk County, located on a hill
               overlooking Hendersonís South Main street and now, through the good work of the Rusk County Heritage Association,
               open for viewing and appointed with period furnishings and items pertaining to the Howards, and later Dickinsons, who
               inhabited it. The home itself speaks to the Howard brother's taste and talents.The now ìHoward-Dickinson homeî was
               completed in 1855 , a time when Henderson had 5 newpapers and was the capital of the largest county in the state of
               Texas. The house was home to both brothers, as Logan never married, and Dave, his wife Martha, and their many
               children. Dave and Logan were brick masons and carpenters, and they were involved in most of the construction in
               Henderson at the time. 5 of their buildings are still standing and in use on the public square. A most impressive structure
               was the courthouse , now burned, but the photos of it attest to the importance of these two men in the architecture of
               East Texas. The Howard brothers made bricks first with a mud mill and later with a patented machine and kiln, which
               besides serving a very practical purpose, apparantly delighted as well, felt entertaining and certainly novel enough that
               visitors travelled some distance to see it work. It was my motherís good fortune in her 6th decade to recieve the
               information in her Pennsylvania home that she and her sister were the two Howards born with that name directly related
               to David P. Howard. Through a series of multi-generational misfortune, her own heritage had been unavailable to her and
               she did not live long enough to explore her new found Texan roots. Although I can not lay claim to the state emblem of
               pre 1846 Texas residency for this Howard line, it does also lead me to the birth of J. Everett (Fabin E.?) McGehee in 1838
               in Dallas, another grandfather, who himself married Francis Cofield and I welcome anyone with information on the
               Fowler, McGehee, Howard, and or Cofield line in Texas. I am a graduate of UT Austin, and I have never, despite my
               distance from her and need to return to my northeastern roots, lost my love for, or interest in Texas. That Texas and her
               history are now more personal is a great delight to me. I and my family are deeply indebted to the Rusk County Heritage
               Association for following the Howard line to my motherís door.

                                       Contributed by: Cynthia Swope on February 12, 2001.