Bastrop sits on the Colorado River, about 35 miles southeast of Austin. It is home to the Lost Pines of Texas, an isolated stand of Loblolly Pines that grow thickly within Bastrop County, but stop abruptly when you leave the County.
Here are some sites that will give you more information about Bastrop County.
One of my prized possessions is this picture taken of a group of Bastrop County Civil War veterans, sometime around the turn of the 20th century.
(From the man in front with the crutches, go up one row and right to the second
man in the dark hat with a greyish beard. This is James Jefferson Frankum. The
man immediately to the right of Jeff is Gabriel Moore Lentz,
in a light colored hat and white beard.
New speculation is that the man just behind and to the right of the man
sitting cross-legged on the ground may be Hezekiah "Mac" Mobley. He
has a white beard and no hat. If this is Mac Mobley, it is also possible that
the man two to the left, with the white beard and white hat with band could
be his brother Joseph Mobley.
A new correspondent has made a possible identification of the man at far right
in the second row seated from the bottom, wearing a wide-brimmed
black hat, as John D. Claiborne.
If you can identify any other man in the picture please email me.)
My roots in Bastrop run deep. Great great great grandfather Jacob G. Lentz obtained a league of land from the Mexican government in 1832. Part of that original land grant, close to Red Rock, Texas, remains in the hands of some of Jacob's descendants. Jacob's daughter Amanda married her cousin Gabriel Moore Lentz, who moved to Texas well before the beginning of the Civil War. Gabe would serve the Confederacy from Texas as a Bastrop County "Rawhide" in the 12th Texas Cavalry, a division of Parson's brigade.
Great great grandfather Joseph Mobley left Coweta County, Georgia, and moved to the Paige area of Bastrop County in 1870 where he became one of the first ministers of the Ridgeway Baptist Church.
Great great grandfather James Jefferson Frankum also moved to Bastrop County, after the Civil War to settle in the Watterson area about 1877.
Great great grandfather Henry Hodge, originally of Crittenden County, Kentucky, was practicing medicine in Paige at the turn of the century.
Great great grandmother Mary Harworth Mason Cox and children made the trip to Smithville from Pike County, Indiana, by covered wagon sometime prior to 1880.
And great great grandfather Albert McAfee followed a circuitous route through Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas before coming to settle in Texas in 1882, living first in Travis County and then moving in 1902 to Cedar Creek in Bastrop County.