DescriptionMoses Austin Bail Bond Signed as a witness. One page, 7" x 12", [St. Genevieve, Missouri], September 17, 1808. Also signed by Elias Bates and John Paul to "H. Dodge Sheriff of the District of St. Genevieve in the sum of one hundred and Twenty Dollars to be paid to the said Sheriff or his Successors in office." All text is very clear. The paper is toned with minor staining. Docketing on the reverse.
The document begins, "Know all Men by these present that we Jn. Paul Elias Bates and Moses Austin are held and firmly bound unto H. Dodge Sheriff of the District of St. Genevieve in the kind sum of one hundred and Twenty Dollars lawful money to be paid to the said Sheriff or his successor."
In 1796, Moses Austin (1761-1821), the father of Stephen F. Austin, settled in Missouri, then part of Upper Spanish Louisiana. He mined lead in southeastern Missouri and shipped it from the Mississippi River port town of Ste. Genevieve. Austin's Missouri lead business venture was not successful, and he ran into trouble in after 1812 for not paying his debts, so he traveled to Texas in 1820 in search of other opportunities. In addition to serving as sheriff of St. Genevieve County, Henry Dodge (1782-1867) also served as a captain in the Missouri militia.
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