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    Mirabeau B. Lamar Document Signed "Mirabeau B. Lamar" as President and "Thos Wm Ward" as Commissioner of the General Land Office, one page, 14.5" x 12.25". Austin, March 8, 1841. Grant to John Prewett of "Eight and one third Labors or 8,333,333 1/3 Square varas of Land" (approximately 1.480 acres) in Milam County "on the second Yegua above the San Antonio Road..." 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. Lamar was President of Texas from 1838-1841. 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. John Prewitt served in Commander John P. Gill's company of mounted gunmen under Cpl. John C. Neil from September 1839 as part of the Texas Militia and also guarded the western frontier of Brazoria. The acts and ordinances of 1837 granting bounty lands allowed Prewitt to receive up to 1,280 acres for military service and an additional 240 acres for guarding the frontier. This grant is for his service. Blind embossed seals of the Texas Republic and the General Land Office are at lower left. This vellum document has the usual vertical and horizontal folds, not passing through either signature. Lightly soiled. In apparent fine condition. Matted and framed to 22" x 28.25". From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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