Mann’s Crossing is at the intersection of Old Pearsall Road and the Medina River in southwest Bexar County. It is named after the Mann family who immigrated to Texas from Alsace-Lorraine as part of the original Henri Castro Colony (see CASTRO’S COLONY) on the upper Medina River. The Mann family operated a ferry at Mann’s Crossing as late as the 1880s. Mann’s Crossing is part of the land granted to Sam McCulloch, Jr., a free black soldier in the Texas Revolution who settled in the area in 1852. In 1857 the Medina Baptist Church was organized at Mann's Crossing. Members of this church eventually left and founded Somerset, Texas. Sam McCulloch donated land to the church to use as a cemetery, which is now known as the Sam McCulloch Cemetery.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Art Martínez de Vara | © Texas State Historical Association
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