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    John E. Garvin Autograph Document Signed "John E. Garvin," one page, 7.75" x 3.25". No place, May 13, 1835. In full, "Due A Zumw[a]lt or bearer nine dollars and Twenty cts for value recvd." "A Zumwalt" was Gonzales merchant and hotelier Adam Zumwalt. At the time of the Texas Revolution, John E. Garvin was a resident of Gonzales. He was a Private artilleryman in Capt. Carey's Company. Garvin received one fourth sitio on the Guadalupe River southeast of Gonzales as single settler in the DeWitt Colony arriving on February 20, 1831. On December 14, 1835, he joined the Texas artillery under Lt. Col. James C. Neill at San Antonio de Béxar. Garvin was at home in Gonzales when the Alamo was surrounded and he joined the relief force to return to his post on March 1, 1836. John E. Garvin died in the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. Alfred Kelso was a First Corporal in Captain William J. Heard's Company of the Army of the Republic of Texas. On April 21, 1836, Alfred's twenty eighth birthday, he fought in the Battle of San Jacinto, for which he was awarded a league and a labor of land. On verso of this document, Kelso has penned, "I Accept the within July 2d 1840. Alfred Kelso/Admr." Edmund Bellinger, who had participated in the Battle of San Jacinto, was a member of the Council of the City of Gonzales in 1840. He has signed beneath Kelso: "Allowed & Registered/Edmd Bellinger" and, two years later, to the right, "Recd pay in full of A Kelso adm. Aug. 3rd 1842. Edm. Bellinger." There are also calculations, seemingly in the hand of Bellinger, that appear to indicate that the $9.20 Garvin owed in 1835, with seven year's interest, was now $13.05. A fine Texian document signed by a defender of the Alamo and two veterans of San Jacinto, one of whom fulfilled Garvin's obligation after he died for his country. Tear at top edge with small portion missing affecting "a" of "Zumwalt." Overall, fine condition.

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