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    Anson Jones Document Signed "Anson Jones" as President and "Thos Wm Ward" as Commissioner of the General Land Office, one page, 15.25" x 13.25". Austin, August 19, 1845. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. Grant to Joseph Marshall of "One Twelfth of a League of Land situated and described as follows: In Milam County on the head waters of the middle Yegua..." As families moved into Milam County after independence, roaming bands of Kickapoo, Lipan, Kiowa, and other Indians forced them to flee the area. Available land in other parts of Texas was becoming scarce and the government needed to populate the district. For that reason, most of the land grants of this period were for property in Milam County. Jones was the last President of Texas, serving from December 9, 1844 to Texas statehood. On December 29, 1845, President Polk signed the annexation resolution that admitted Texas to the Union. On February 19, 1846, at the ceremony setting up the government of Texas as a state in the Union, Jones declared, "The Republic of Texas is no more." Joseph Marshall served under Major Robert McNutt in forming a company of Austin volunteers to relieve the Alamo, then joined in the retreat from Gonzales with McNutt's company under the command of Gen. Sam Houston. Marshall received a first class head right grant of one league and one labor of land (4,600 acres). He apparently divided his total land allowance since this grant is for one twelfth of a league; General Land Office records reflect first class land patents issued to him totaling a league and a labor of land. Thomas William (Peg Leg) Ward had fought at the siege of Bexar in December 1835. During the battle, at the head of an artillery company, Capt. Ward lost his leg to a cannonball. He returned to New Orleans to be fitted with a peg leg. Ward served as Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas from 1841-1848. Blind embossed seal of the General Land Office affixed with red wax at lower left. "Jas. Harris Engraver 58 Nassau St. New York" printed at lower edge. Creases, with tears at edges with paper loss, some touching border. There are small holes in the upper horizontal fold. Overall, in apparent very good condition. Matted and framed to 22.75" x 29.25". From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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