Matagorda lot certificate transferred to S. Rhoads FisherIra Ingram Matagorda Proprietors "In and Out" Lots Certificate Signed. One partially-printed page, 7.8" x 4.75", Matagorda, April 4, 1831. In part, "This Certifies, That, at the sale of In and Out Lots in said town, held on the date hereof, Henry Williams became the highest bidder for Lots No 4 in Block No. 6 & tier No 1 at $10.00 on the Matagorda front of said town..." Signed by Ira Ingram as president of the board of proprietors and Elias Wightman as secretary.
On the verso, Henry Williams transfers the certificate to S. Rhoads Fisher: "I hereby transfer for value Recd. all my rights and title to the within certificate to S. Rhoads Fisher. September 2d 1834."
Matagorda was incorporated in 1830, and Samuel Rhoads Fisher was one of its earliest settlers and served on the board of proprietors for the town. Beneath Williams' transfer is a second endorsement transferring the rights to Fisher's heirs on November 18, 1839 with a second signature by Ingram.
The "out" lots referred to in this certificate were the lots not included in the laid-out blocks making up the center of the town. Stephen F. Austin held an interest in this venture, having secured permission in 1827 from the Mexican government to build a town to protect immigrants to Texas. This certificate is, in effect, a form for a deed. It was undoubtedly printed on the press Godwin B. Cotton had set up at San Felipe in the fall of 1829. The date of printing was probably 1830 or early 1831. From the Robert E. Davis Collection.
Condition: With uneven moderate toning, and some showthrough from endorsements on verso. Uneven edges along left and bottom.
Reference: Streeter 18.1.
Samuel Rhoads Fisher arrived in Texas in 1830 and settled in Matagorda. He attended the Convention of 1836 representing Matagorda, and was a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. He served briefly as Sam Houston's Secretary of the Navy, but would be removed a year later after being brought up on charges of abuse of office.
Ira Ingram (1788-1837) arrived in Texas in January 1826 as a member of Austin's Old Three Hundred where he settled in what is now Waller County. In the Convention of 1832 he served as a representative for the Mina District and for San Felipe during the Convention of 1833. He was the first alcalde of Matagorda in 1834 and authored the Goliad Declaration of Independence the following year. During the Texas Revolution, he first was involved in the capture of Goliad and later served in the Matagorda Volunteers. By April 1836 he was a major in the Texas Army ordered on a recruiting mission to the United States by General Sam Houston. After the war, he served as the first speaker of the House for the Republic of Texas.
Elias Wightman (1792-1841), also a member of the Old Three Hundred, arrived in Texas sometime around 1824 and became a surveyor for Stephen F. Austin in 1826. In 1828, Austin sent Wightman and David G. Burnet to the United States to help recruit settlers for his colony. Wightman went to New York, returning with approximately fifty to sixty colonists. During the Revolution, his family participated in the Runaway Scrape.
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