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    [Galveston Island]. Abstract of Title with Related Map. Abstract of Title to Lots Numbered Five Hundred and Seven and Five Hundred and Eight in Section One, Galveston Island, Galveston County, Texas. From the law and abstract offices of Maco & Clegg Stewart. Maco & Clegg Stewart purchased the "Abstract of Title Books" as compiled by the Gulf City Abstract Company and the Galveston Trust, Title Guaranty and Abstract Company comprising "the records of the 'Joseph Franklin Abstract Office'...and contains the history of the Marriages, Deaths, Heirship and Community Estates, Registration of Deeds, Deeds of Trust, Mortgages, Vendor's Liens, Judgment Liens, and the Proceedings of the District, County and United States Courts in all matters affecting or pertaining to Real Estate in the City and County of Galveston." Notable names include Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar, doctor and Republic of Texas Congressman Levi Jones, Federal Judge John C. Waltrous, who went through a trial of impeachment charged with dealing fraudulent land certificates in 1851, Benjamin A. Shepherd, landowner and founder of the First National Bank of Houston, and others. Wrapper is heavily damaged and detached near the top. Evenly toned, with some chipping of page edges through the first few pages. Pencil notations scattered throughout.

    Also a hand drawn map of "Lot 511 Section I Galveston Island/Galveston, Texas/January 31, 1898," drawn for Maco L. Stewart, showing lots owned by "Mr. Jno. Kennelly" and "B. A. Shepherd." From the papers of B.A. Shepherd.


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    Benjamin Armistead Shepherd was born in Virginia on May 14, 1814. Due to the poor conditions of the land and a dwindling family fortune, he left Virginia in the 1830s and arrived in Galveston, Texas. He married Mary Dobson in 1841 and settled in the growing town of Houston. A personal friend of General Sam Houston (whom he had met at age 19), Shepherd established himself as a prominent landowner and one of the foremost citizens of Houston, involving himself in many entrepreneurial adventures before founding and serving as president of the First National Bank of Houston in 1866. In 1875, he arrived in the newly formed San Jacinto County where he organized the town of Shepherd along the proposed Houston, East, and West Texas Railway. He died in Houston in 1891.



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    March, 2012
    3rd Saturday
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