DescriptionGalveston Bay and Texas Land Company Land Transaction Signed by Archibald Hotchkiss. Two and a quarter pages of a bifolium with seal stamps on the first and third page, 8.5" x 12". Villa de San Agustin; June 22, 1835. A legal document filed before judge Agustin [Archibald] Hotchkiss, and witnesses in which Susana Horton by right conceded by article 36 of the law passed on March 26, 1834, divides a league of land into 2 parts for the purpose of selling one part to her son Wade Horton. According to the filing, she received the league of land on February 24, 1835 from Jorge (George) Antonio Nixon, agent for empresario Lorenzo de Zavala. The land is located about seven miles of the town of Santa Anna. The remainder of the agreement outlines the terms of the sale and responsibilities of each party. Susana Horton signs with her mark alongside Archibald Hotchkiss, who signs as the judge. Also signed by E. O. Legrand, who signs as a witness.
Zavala had received a grant in March 1829 which authorized him to settle 500 families in southeast Texas. Zavala was forced into exile in June 1830 moved to New York, where he would transfer his interests in the grant to the Galveston Bay and Texas Land Company to Archibald Hotchkiss. However, for the purpose of this particular transaction, Hotchkiss is listed as the judge signing off on the agreement. George A. Nixon is the agent of record for this transaction. Nixon issued more than 1000 titles during the year 1835. Another interesting thing to note about this particular transaction is that the scribe who writes out the agreement states that he is not an official scribe, but that one was not available. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
Condition: Lightly toning, with overall wear resulting in a partial separation along the vertical fold and small chips at margins affecting a few words. Small separations along two horizontal folds have been repaired with paper, with heavy wear along those two folds. Filing docket on verso, with heavier toning occurring on that exterior panel.
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