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    Thomas William (Peg Leg) Ward Land Document Signed "Thos. Wm. Ward" as Clerk, "J G Hutchinson" as President, and "John Woodruff" as Associate Commissioner, one page, 10" x 7.75". Houston, August 3?, 1838. Partly printed, completed in manuscript. Headed: "Republic of Texas,/County of Harrisburg." In full, "This is to Certify that E.D. Corbit has appeared before us, the Board of Land Commissioners for the County aforesaid, and proved according to law, that he arrived in this Republic subsequent to the Declaration of Independence, & previous to August 1836 and that he is a Single man & was Honorably discharged is entitled to One third of a League of Land, to be surveyed the first day of August 1838." One third of a League is approximately 1,476.1 acres. These land grant certificates were not issued for a specific tract of land. It was the responsibility of the certificate holder to find vacant public land, obtain a survey and apply for the patent.

    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. The last resolution passed at the Convention of 1845 at which the delegates signed the Constitution of the State of Texas, was one thanking Ward for his service to the Republic. Numerous dockets on verso including a transfer of title signed "Edmund Corbit." Soiled with damage at a right, portion missing from top right blank margin, and a vertical fold at the right has holes and separation, but the entire document has been expertly strengthened with mesh and is in good condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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