Description[Burnet's Colony] Manuscript Document Signed "Philip A. Sublett" as Judge in the municipality of San Augustine and "Thos H. Garner," witnessed by "R.B. Irvine" and "George English," 5pp., 8.25" x 12", front and verso. San Augustine, August 14, 1835. Each sheet is imprinted at top with Third Seal notation: "Sello Tercero Para El Bien de/Dos Reales 1834 y 1835." Thomas H. Garner "acknowledged himself and does by these presents acknowledge himself indebted to Augustus Hotchkiss of the municipality of San Agustine [sic], in the sum of one thousand nine hundred and ninety nine dollars... The conditions of the above obligations is such that whereas the aforesaid Thomas H. Garner has been received by Arthur Henni (agent of David G. Burnett) as a colonist in the colony of said Burnett, and whereas he the said colonist has received from George A. Nixon commissioner of said colony an order of Survey for one league of land on the waters of Trinity river three miles north of the San Antonio road. Now therefore of the said Augustus Hotchkiss shall... cause said land to be surveyed and pay all expenses incident..." Minor dampstains on two sheets doesn't affect legibility. On watermarked laid paper. Fine condition.
Philip A. Sublett (1802-1850) participated in the battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 and was chosen as the delegate from Ayish Bayou, the San Augustine community, to the conventions of 1832 and 1833. On November 1, 1834, he was elected second judge of the San Augustine municipality. In 1835 he was elected chairman of the San Augustine Committee of Safety and Correspondence and, on October 6, 1835, he submitted a resolution appointing Sam Houston commander in chief of the forces of San Augustine and Nacogdoches districts until the Consultation took place. Sublett was present at the siege of Bexar, December 5-10, 1835. On August 15, 1836, Sublett nominated Sam Houston for President of the Republic of Texas. Thomas H. Garner, one of the first settlers in Leon County, established a sawmill on a tributary of Beaver Dam creek. George A. Nixon was land commissioner for the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company which sold land in Burnet's Colony, arriving in Nacogdoches in 1834. Augustus Hotchkiss was the first Judge and Chief Justice of San Augustin and Chairman of the Committee of Vigilance and Safety.
Robert B. Irvine (1813-1838) enlisted in a San Augustine company of volunteers in October 1835 and fought in the battle of Concepción on October 28th. President Houston nominated and the Texas Senate confirmed Irvine as a Major of Infantry in Col. Amasa Turner's regiment in the regular army on May 22, 1837, making Irvine the first Major commissioned in the regular Army of the Republic of Texas after the permanent government was formed. Irvine died less than a year later at the age of 25. George English (1808-1876) was the first Sheriff of the Ayish Bayou District under the Mexican government in 1827 and was still Sheriff when San Augustine Municipality was organized in 1834. He was appointed a First Lieutenant by the General Council of the provisional government of Texas on November 29, 1835. Promoted to Captain, he fought at the siege of Bexar.
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