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    Texas First Class Head Right Grant of Land Jasper County Signed "John Bevil" as President, "W.H. Stark" as Commissioner, and attested to by "A.G. Parker," one page, 7.75" x 9.75". Jasper County, September 6, 1839. [San Augustine: Printed at the Red-Lander Office, 1839.] Imprinted with a five-pointed star at top center, partly printed, completed in manuscript, "This is to certify that Simpson Bray has appeared before the Board of Land Commissioners for the County of Jasper and proved according to law that he arrived in this Republic in the year A.D. 1830 and that he is a married man and entitled to One League & one Labor of Land upon the condition of paying at the rate of Three Dollars & fifty cents for each labor of irrigable land Two Dollars & fifty cents for each labor of temporal or arable land and One Dollar & twenty cents for each labor of pasture land which may be contained in the survey secured to him by this Certificate." Head Right grants were issued to individuals by Boards of Land Commissioners in each county. A First Class Head Right Grant was issued to every "free white person" who arrived in Texas before independence, March 2, 1836. Heads of families received one league (4,428 acres) and one labor (177.1 acres), while single men received 1/3 league (1,476.1 acres). Bevil's Settlement was a community of pre-Republic of Texas settlers who settled between the Neches and Sabine rivers on land that was eventually organized as Jasper and Newton counties. The settlement was named for John Bevil, who moved there before 1829. Bevil served as Chief Justice of Jasper County and as a member of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Texas from 1839-1840. William H. Stark of Orange, Texas, had a successful career in lumber, oil, rice, insurance and banking. He was recognized as one of the outstanding financial and industrial leaders of Texas. Argalus G. Parker was Clerk of the Jasper County Court, working in the office of County Surveyor Martin B. Lewis. Uniformly toned. Light offset from folding before the ink dried. Overall, in fine condition. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

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