Roans Prairie is at the intersection of State highways 30 and 90, seventeen miles northeast of Navasota in central Grimes County. It was named for Willis I. Roan, who moved from Alabama to the vicinity of the headwaters of Rocky Creek about 1841. The area was first settled during the early 1830s, but it was not until the mid-1840s that a community began to develop. Roan, with a large contingent of slaves, constructed a substantial log house, opened a general merchandise store, and in 1849 became the settlement's first postmaster. A stage route from Huntsville to San Antonio passed through the town, and a stage depot was erected there. An early school, known as the Coon Ridge school, was established north of the settlement. A second school, at Oakland, was established one mile east of town on the lower floor of a two-story frame building; the local Baptist church, organized in 1854 as Oakland Baptist, used the building as a meetinghouse. The upper floor served as a Grange hall during the late 1870s.
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.
Charles Christopher Jackson | © Texas State Historical Association
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