DescriptionTexas Third Class Head Right Grant of Land San Augustine County Signed "E.O. LeGrand" as Ex-Officio President Board Land Commissioners, "A.M. Davis" and "Henry Morgan" as Assistant Commissioners, and "Jesse Monteith" as late Emigrant, one page, 7.75" x 7.75", irregular lower edge. Two witnesses' signatures on verso with slight show-through. San Augustine County, April 25, 1839. [San Augustine: Printed at the Red-Lander Office, 1839.] In July or early August 1838, W.W. Parker bought the press of the Texas Chronicle of Nacogdoches and moved it to San Augustine, where he began the publication of the Red-Lander in September. The Austin City Gazette of May 6, 1840, stated that the Red-Lander "died...about the month of December ." "Class 3" and five-pointed star at top, with a glaring misspelling: "THE REPUBLIC OF TEAXS." Partly printed, completed in manuscript, "I do Solemnly Swear that I was a resident citizen of Texas on the 15 day of April 1838 and that I am a Single man and conceive myself justly entitled, under the provisions of an Act, passed January 4th 1839, extending donations of Land to late Emigrants, to three hundred and Twenty acres of Land." Third Class Head Rights were issued to every "free white person" who arrived in Texas between October 1, 1837 and January 1, 1840. Heads of families received 640 acres, while single men received 320 acres. If they lived in Texas for three years, they would receive an unconditional deed from the government.
In February 1836, Edwin O. LeGrand was elected as a San Augustine delegate to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos. He signed the Declaration of Independence on March 2nd and the Constitution of the Republic of Texas on March 17th. After the convention adjourned, he enlisted as a private in Capt. William Kimbrough's company of Col. Sidney Sherman's Second Regiment, Texas Volunteers, and took part in the battle of San Jacinto. From 1836 to 1838, he served as Chief Justice of San Augustine County. Alexander M. Davis later served as Chief Justice of San Augustine County and was one of the original trustees of Wesleyan College of San Augustine (1844). Lightly soiled, usual folds. Fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.
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