[Power and Hewetson Colony]. John Dunn Signed Land Deed Issued to Maria Josefa Travieso. Four pages of a bifolium, 8.5" x 12.5", "Villa del Refugio", September 20, 1834. The deed begins: " El ciudadano Jose Jesus Vidaurri, commissioned by the Supreme Government of the State, for the establishment of the colony contracted by the Empresarios Power and Hewetson..." and grants land to Maria Josefa Travieso, a neighbor of Goliad and a widow, and her son Jose Maria Valdez. According the Handbook of Texas, when the lands for the new Power and Hewetson colony were surveyed in 1834, the officials recognized Goliad priest Father Juan Antonio Valdez's prior possession of ranch land in the colony. However, a portion of his land was allocated to MarĂ­a Josefa Travieso and her son. Valdez was reputed to be the father of this child, who was born around 1813. The present land deed offered is likely the very deed transferring ownership to Maria Josefa. Signed "Juan Dunn" and "Jose Jesus Vidaurri", with a third illegible signature on page three.

    On page four is a Republic of Texas land transfer conveying half of the tract by Maria Josefa Travieso and Jose Antonio Valdez to Andrew Neill, dated August 30, 1839. Heavy wear and deep folds, with ragged margins and dampstaining.

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