DescriptionColonel James Morgan 1835 Texas Land Document A manuscript document dated October 11, 1835 at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in which Francis W. Delesdernier quitclaims to James Morgan "a title for the one half-of-the-land to which I am entitled as a colonist or settler in Texas as soon as I shall myself obtain a title for same..." This document is dated in the same year that Morgan obtained a twenty year old mulatto woman named Emily West in New York to be an "indentured servant" on his settlement in Texas. This very Emily is best known as the "Yellow Rose of Texas" because, as the story goes, she was helping to load a flatboat when Santa Anna's army arrived. Emily was captured and, being very attractive, was made a personal "servant" of Santa Anna. The decisive Battle of San Jacinto was probably lost by the Mexicans owing to the fact that Emily was closeted in his tent at 4:30 p.m., April 21, 1836, at the time the cry went up: "The enemy! They come! They come!" Santa Anna was caught with his pants down (literally) and order could not readily be restored. General Sam Houston's Texian army won the day, and Texas' Independence. Today, the heroic acts of the young slave woman from New York are still respectfully commemorated by the members of the Knights of the Yellow Rose of Texas each spring at San Jacinto. Morgan's Point, Texas was named for Colonel Morgan. Not signed by Morgan and in only fair condition, a bit tattered and separating at folds but still very desirable. A great association item.
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