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    [Alamo Defenders]. A Land Indenture Conveying Land From Umphries Branch to Thomas R. Miller, Signed Twice by John Benjamin Kellogg. Two pages of a bifolium, with seal at top for the years 1834 and 1835. "State of Coahuila & Texas, Department of the Brassos [sic]", December 31, 1834. In part: "Witnesseth that the said Umphries Branch & Rebecca Branch for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars to them in hand paid before delivery of the presents [sic] the accept whereof is hereby acknowledged hath granted bargained and sold Aliend [sic] conveyed and confirmed and by these presents [sic] doth Grant Bargain Sell + Alien [sic] convey and confirm unto the s'd Thomas R. Miller his heirs and assigns, one half of the League of Land that he the said Umphries Branch obtained as a sitler [sic] in the Colony of Green De Witt, And obtained a deed for the same from the Commissioner of the Gov't, Jose Antonio Navarrow [sic]..." Written entirely in English, and signed at the end by Branch and his wife Rebecca. Alamo defender John Benjamin Kellogg signs twice as witness.

    Thomas R. Miller (1795-1836) immigrated to Texas from Virginia in 1830, settling in DeWitt's Colony, where he owned a general store and the only hotel in Gonzales. In 1834, he was serving as the town's sindico procurador. He was one of the "Old Eighteen" who refused to give up to Mexican authorities the only cannon in Gonzales, leading to the Battle of Gonzales and the beginning of the Revolution. Both Miller and Kellogg joined the Gonzales Rangers, attached to the command of Colonel William B. Travis of the Provisional Republican Army, and entered the Alamo as part of the Gonzales Alamo Relief Force. They perished with the other defenders of the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

    Condition: Written on Mexican sealed paper for the years 1834 and 1835. Gently toned, with flattened folds. Filing docket appears on the integral page.

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    March, 2016
    12th Saturday
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