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    Town of Matagorda Lot/Block Certificate Signed. One partially-printed page, 8" x 10", Matagorda, September 16, 1832, granting permission to "Thos. Decram to take posession [sic], occupy, settle, and improve . . . Lot No. 3 in Block No. 3 . . . the improvements to be completed by the first day of March 1833." Signed by Ira Ingram as president of the board of proprietors and his brother, Seth Ingram, as secretary. Docketed on the verso. Weakened folds are separating at the edges, which show moderate toning. Areas of ink burning have caused some loss of paper. Ink ghosting in places.

    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.

    Seth Ingram (1790-1857), the younger brother of Ira Ingram and a veteran of the War of 1812, was also a member of Austin's Old Three Hundred and worked for Stephen F. Austin as a surveyor where he laid out the town of San Felipe de Austin (late 1823-early 1824). He spent sixteen months of imprisonment for the killing of John G. Hotham, who had accused his brother Ira of being a "coward, a rogue, and a man without honor," and was finally released in January of 1832. He was arrested a second time for murder shortly after, but was acquitted a few months later.

    Reference: Streeter 18.2.

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