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    [Republic of Texas Land Bounty Document] Partly-printed Document Signed "B T. Archer" as Secretary of War and Navy. 1 page, 7.5" x 8.25", Austin, December 11, 1841 granting a land bounty of 320 acres to John Ingham for serving for serving three months in the Texas Army. John Ingram (1808-1896), was a soldier and farmer originally from Kentucky. He left Arkansas Territory in the fall of 1821 with Thomas J. Williams, Jesse Burnam, and James Gillaspie and reached the Brazos River on December 29, 1821. Due to the severity of the weather they camped there until spring. Then they pressed on to a spot on the Colorado River some twenty-five miles below the site of present La Grange. There Ingram helped Williams plant a crop of corn before returning in June to his guardian in Arkansas. When his guardian refused to allow him to return to Texas the next year, he ran away from home with William Rabb and James Gillaspie and made his home with Rabb's family in the colony of Stephen F. Austin. From that time until the Texas Revolution. Ingram was employed in farming and in almost constant battles with the Karankawa, Waco, Tonkawa, and Tawakoni Indians who menaced the colony. In a letter to Austin written on August 16, 1826, Ingram said that he had "been one of the first settlers in this Colony, and ha[d] never been backward in doing a soldier's duty." In September 1835, he enlisted with Col. John H. Moore's command and in October 1835 fought against Gen. Martín Perfecto de Cos's cavalry at the battle of Gonzalez and served with great distinction at the siege of Bexar. In 1836 he and three others volunteered to guard the Atascosito Crossing of the Colorado River to prevent the Mexican army from crossing below Sam Houston's army. Ingram led this party through the night and returned the next day to report to Houston.

    Another John Ingram arrived in Texas in 1834 and was granted a league and a labor of land in 1838 by the Board of Land Commissioners for Jasper County. This Ingram served as a first lieutenant with Capt. Martin B. Lewis's company (Jasper Volunteers) from November 16 to December 13, 1835, and was present with this company at the siege of Bexar. He may have been the J. Ingram listed as a member of Capt. William R. Carey's artillery company, which was at Bexar in February 1836 under the command of Col. James C. Neill. On July 16, 1836, as a resident of the District of Jasper, Ingram enlisted as a captain for three months with the First Regiment, First Brigade of Volunteers, commanded by Col. Edwin Morehouse; on September 9 he was furloughed for the remaining thirty-six days of his enlistment. Imprint from the Intelligencer office at Houston. Laminated, dampstains at right margin, slightly toned at weak folds, reinforced on verso. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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