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    Ira Ingram Matagorda Proprietors "In and Out" Lots Certificate Signed. One partially-printed page, 8" x 5", Matagorda, April 4, 1831[?]. In part, "This Certifies, That, at the sale of In and Out Lots in said town, held on the date hereof, Lewis L. Vuder became the highest bidder for Lots No 4 in Block No. 1 . . . No. 4, and for No. 2 in Block No. 2 . . . No. 4 in the Colorado front of said town, at $50.00 Fifty Dollars. The payment of which purchase money, in conformity with the terms of said sale . . . shall entitle him the said Lewis L. Vuder his heirs, assignees, executors, or administrators, to receive a transfer of the said Lot he or they paying the fees therefore." Signed by Ira Ingram as president of the board of proprietors and Elias Wightman as secretary. Docketed on the verso. Weakness and separation of the folds at the edges. Uneven, moderate toning.

    The "out" lots referred to in this certificate were the lots not included in the laid-out blocks making up the center of the town. Stephen F. Austin held an interest in this venture, having secured permission in 1827 from the Mexican government to build a town to protect immigrants to Texas. Matagorda was incorporated in 1830. This certificate is, in effect, a form for a deed. It was undoubtedly printed on the press Godwin B. Cotton had set up at San Felipe in the fall of 1829. The date of printing was probably 1830 or early 1831.

    Elias Wightman (1792-1841), also a member of the Old Three Hundred, arrived in Texas sometime around 1824 and became a surveyor for Stephen F. Austin in 1826. In 1828, Austin sent Wightman and David G. Burnet to the United States to help recruit settlers for his colony. Wightman went to New York, returning with approximately fifty to sixty colonists. During the Revolution, his family participated in the Runaway Scrape.

    Reference: Streeter 18.1.

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    Ira Ingram (1788-1837) arrived in Texas in January 1826 as a member of Austin's Old Three Hundred where he settled in what is now Waller County. In the Convention of 1832 he served as a representative for the Mina District and for San Felipe during the Convention of 1833. He was the first alcalde of Matagorda in 1834 and authored the Goliad Declaration of Independence the following year. During the Texas Revolution, he first was involved in the capture of Goliad and later served in the Matagorda Volunteers. By April 1836 he was a major in the Texas Army ordered on a recruiting mission to the United States by General Sam Houston. After the war, he served as the first speaker of the House for the Republic of Texas.

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