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    [James Kerr]. Group of Three Documents spanning the years 1828 through 1849. The collection includes: Jose Maria Viesca Texas Naturalization Papers Signed "J. Ma. Viesca" as governor. One page with integral blank, 8.25" x 12.5", in Spanish, Leonia Vicario [Mexico], October 1, 1828. Kerr is identified as "Santiago Kerr" in this document. Countersigned by J. Antonio Padilla as secretary of state. A Mexican law of 1828 offered its citizens eleven-league grants in Texas for $100 to $250 each. A native-born or naturalized Mexican citizen could make an application for a land grant immediately, but a non-Mexican settler could only petition for citizenship, then pledge his loyalty to both Mexico and the Roman Catholic Church. After a year's probation, he could receive citizenship and petition for a land grant. was governor of Coahuila and Texas from 1827-1831. Creases at top, slight tears, minor soiling. [and:] James Kerr Business Card. 3.5" x 2.5". In full: "Texas Land Agency / James Kerr, Surveyor, / will locate / Head [Righ]ts, Bounty Land, / and Scrip. / References: / Hon. S. Rhoads Fisher, Seat of Government / Col. Ira R. Lewis, Thomas M. Duke, Esq. S.B. Brigham & Co. Matagorda." Undated, but circa 1836-37, the years Fisher served as secretary of the navy. Lightly soiled with "Righ" of "Head Rights" rubbed off. Tear at blank lower margin. Vintage blue backing on card. [and:] Postmaster Appointment. One partially-printed page with integral address leaf, 8" x 10", Washington, December 12, 1849. To James Kerr, Esq. In part, "The Postmaster General has established a Post Office by the name of Morales De Lavaca in the County of Jackson and State of Texas and appointed you Postmaster." Soiling and water stains do not affect legibility. Small hole at lower left.

    In January 1825, James Kerr (1790-1850) was appointed surveyor general of the Texas colony of Green DeWitt. In April or May, he took his family and about eight slaves to Brazoria, where he joined the colony of his close friend, Stephen F. Austin. In May 1827, as one of Austin's Old Three Hundred, Kerr received title to a league now in Jackson County. In 1831, Kerr was granted land directly from the Mexican government by personal authority of Land Commissioner Jose Navarro. A major in the Texas Rangers, he was elected a delegate to the Consultation of 1835, but did not serve because he was involved in a campaign against the Lipan Apaches. He served as an officer in the Texan Army during the Revolution, taking part in the Battle of Lipantitlán (November 4, 1835). In 1838, he served in the Third Texas Congress.

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