Colony played important role in development L B W . I S V I L L E -Residents -Residents of The Colony, an " unincorporated housing development just east, of Lewisville, now reside on land that played an important important part of area history. Bridges Settlement, -named after William^ Bridges, was once located within what is now The Colony.-Bridges came to the area at age 23 from Ten- nessee some 135 years ago. Bridges Settlement -- the first, settlement in Denton County--was later known as Stewarisville, named after Willis Stewart, one of the principles in the Texas Agricultural, Commercial and Manufacturing Company. Company. Forerunner of. the company was the Peters :CoIony, established in 1841 by the legislature of the Republic of Texas. W. C. Peters was a principal founder of the company. Peters Colony embraced ir' whole or part of these counties: Grayson, Collin, Dallas. Ellis, Tarrant, Denton, Cooke, Montague, Wise, Parker, Hood, Erath, Palo Pinto. \Jack, Clay. Wichita. Archer, Young. S t e p h e n s , E a s t l a n d , C a U a h a n . Shackelford, Baylor and Wilbarger. ,!Vhe legislature established /the Peters Colony in order to attract emigrants to settle there. In 1847, the land company appointed Henry 0. Hedgecoxe as land agent. Unpopular with the colonists, Hedgecoxe's office was raided in 1832 by a group planning to seize the land records and depose Hedgecoxe. Hedgecoxe escaped with many of the records, and the armed raiders confiscated the remaining papers and burned down the cabin. The incident is known in Texas history as the Hedgecoxe War, although no shots were fired. Â·' Hedgecoxe's office and store were located at the south end of today's Colony development, on Office Creek; Just east of today's Colony is the Bridges Cemetery where many of the original colonists, including Williams . Bridges, are buried. The cemetery is on private property, not open to the public. Confusion concerning the validity of land claims by colonists in the Peters Colony resulted in an act by the legislature in 1853 allowing colonists to file their claims directly with General Land Office in Austin rather than through Peters Colony. . Most of the early colonists in the Peters Colony came from Kentucky, Missouri, I n d i a n a and Tennessee. Names of early settlors in the area included the Var- dcirrians, M c W h o r t Duncans, Stowes, Bran- damans, Bates, Bridges and others. They wore formers attracted to the fertile land.