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The Republic of Texas and before

This is a group for anyone who has ancestors going back to the Republic days in Texas, as well as before that to the first of Stephen F. Austin's colonies (the Old Three Hundred). Share your lineages and your Republic and before stories here!

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Texas Land Grant

Started by Margaret M McClure May 13, 2011. 0 Replies

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Comment by Peter Stines on June 29, 2011 at 9:33am

My R.O.T. ancestors are hard to research. William, Mary and Anna Maria Smith were from New York and came to Anahuac Texas in 1831. Anna had been born in Sept. 1830. William deserted his family the following year and Mary found another husband. Oddly enough, husband No. 2 was named William A. Smith and he was also from New York. He arrived in Anahuac in 1831 and possibly travelled on the same ship as Mary and her family. I've searched NY records and have had no luck. I've exhausted all the Texas records. Courthouse fires destroyed a lot of what I would need. Any ideas how to find my NY Texas ancestors ?

  Any my great-great grandfather, William Staines came to Galveston Texas from England in 1840. I'm still trying to track him in the U.K. Once he's here, he leaves a fair paper trail.

Comment by Patricia Quinn on May 13, 2011 at 9:59pm

When I downloaded the documents for my Merriweather USSERY, it was in a "batch" of several other land grants that were apparently granted on the same day.  Not only was his in there, but several others were also attached to it.  I wanted to share the names that were included in Merriweather's paperwork, in case someone here might be related.  The names are listed exactly as they were written on the documents, and in most cases also exactly as the person signed his/her name to the paper:

Hesikiah MCKELVY; Elithabeth MELTON; Cheryl FREELAND; William HINES; John MCINTYRE; Washington ORRMENT (this one might be ORSMENT - it was hard to tell... even the signature itself could be read either way); Elbert HINES; and Almon HARRISON.


Hope this might help someone - they were found by doing a search for Merriweather USSERY land grant information.  Patty

Comment by Patricia Quinn on May 13, 2011 at 9:27am

Just joined the group.  I go back to Daniel REEL and Merriweather USSERY.  I have copies of their original land grants, and hope to maybe someday see the actual originals on file, if it's possible.  When I go through the online files, I do see other family names in the original grants, but have not yet had time to really look into them.


Anyone out there who connects to the REEL and/or USSERY families, say hi!  Am always on the lookout for more family!  Patty

Comment by Brownie MacKie on January 19, 2011 at 9:11am
For old documents from the Austin Colony try Texas State Library & Archives.
Comment by jammie barker on January 19, 2011 at 7:04am
does any one know where the documents would be  from trials held in the Austin colony?  I am researching the infamous Whitaker hog thieves and would like to find the records. All i can find is the writings in Austin papers of the summary and that they were expelled from the colony.
Comment by Brownie MacKie on November 7, 2010 at 4:29pm
Here goes again! Remember the Alamo! RT ancestors were Bridget McGary, her daughters Anne, m. Daniel Boone Friar; Mary Eleanor, m. Joseph Lawrence; Elizabeth m. David Kornegay, and Sarah Ann (widow of J. Wright) m. John Wilson McKisick. Also James Butler Bonham is from my 4th gt. grandfather Absalom Bonham by his first wife Jemima Harker. I am from the second wife Rebecca Cox, so James Butler Bonham and I would be half cousins....

I am a member of DRT and am sixth generation Texan! :-)
Comment by jammie barker on September 17, 2010 at 7:28pm
this site is free to search and has only a few counties but some go back pretty far, copies u have to buy
Comment by Trenton Engledow on July 18, 2010 at 9:40am
Hi Stacy - thanks for the welcome! My ggggg-grandfather John Engledow moved to Texas and received a land grant from Mexico on May 25, 1835 (I found scanned archived copies a while back). I have a ton of information but I am always on the lookout for more!
Comment by Keith Hunter on June 30, 2010 at 10:06pm

There's a great book that will help with your MENEFEE research. It's Anne H. Sutherland's "The Robertsons The Sutherlands and the Making of Texas" (2006).

The book is history, genealogy and sociology all rolled into one.
Comment by Keith Hunter on June 30, 2010 at 12:19pm
My (maternal) gg-granfather was Samuel G. Wells who came to Texas in the early '30s. He married into the Parker family (Phebe of Parker's Fort) and received his first land title in 1834, which was part of the Burnet Grant (later Anderson & Freestone counties).

For those of you looking, many of the Texas GLO records have been digitized and are available on-line.

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