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Posted on: August 5, 2019

Winfields Recognized as one of League City's Founding Families


The history of League City has been shaped by many influential people and early settlers, including Alexander Winfield and his family, who arrived in League City in the early 1900’s.

The Winfields were one of the first African-American families to settle in League City along a 40-acre tract of land that is now Hobbs Road. To this day, several members of the Winfield family continue to live along the road. In addition to purchasing the land, Alexander Winfield was also the first Buffalo Soldier in League City and helped establish the Methodist Episcopal Church.

“My mother planted some of the trees that are now by the freeway in what used to be part of our family settlement,” said 87-year-old Ange Bookman, a descendant of the Winfield family.

On Saturday, July 27, over a hundred family members gathered at Walter Hall Park for a bi-annual family reunion. During the gathering, Mayor Pat Hallisey presented the Winfields with a resolution to acknowledge them as a founding family of League City.

“Their lineage has been somewhat forgotten in the 20thcentury and the resolution tells them how much we appreciate them and their contributions to League City,” said Hallisey.

Mayor Hallisey also declared July 27, 2019 as “Winfield Family Day” in League City.

"We are proud of Alex Winfield and we are proud of our roots,” said Virginia James, descendant of Alexander Winfield.

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