Dr. Peter Walter Herbert Plantation on Caney
Peter Walter Herbert, also known as P. W. and P. Walter, was born December 31, 1804 in Newberry, Newberry County, South Carolina. His parents were Walter Herbert (1773-1851) and Mary Galbreath Herbert (1773- c1847). He moved to Dallas County, Alabama and there married Mary Bellefield Webb on May 28, 1833. Mary was born in 1819 in Georgia and was the daughter of James Webb (1792-1856) and Rachel E. Lamar (1796-___).
P. W. Herbert
2 males under 5 - (1 is P. W., Jr. - son)
1 male 20 - 30
1 male 30 - 40 - (Peter Walter, Sr.)
1 female under 5 - (Mary Rowena - daughter)
1 female 20 - 30 - (Mary B. - wife)
On March 12, 1846, P. Walter Herbert and James B. Hawkins received a quit claim deed from Abram Sheppard to a parcel of land on Lake Austin in the original Thomas M. Duke league for which they paid $450.
The Herbert Plantation was established on Lower Caney near the plantations of Henry Jones and James B. Hawkins. Herbert registered his cattle brand on May 24, 1845. At a meeting of the Commissioners on February 6, 1846, he and his slaves were assigned to work on a road from Matagorda to the beach.
Peter Walter Herb died November 30, 1846 at the age
of 41 and was buried on his plantation. His tombstone read:
I, Edward F. Gilbert Editor and proprietor of a newspaper called The Colorado
Tribune published and printed in the City of Matagorda, do hereby certify the
annexed notice was published in said Paper for more than three weeks previous
to this date.
Matagorda March 27th, 1848. Signed Edward F. Gibson.
Probate records filed September 1849 for division of
property between the widow and minor heirs of the late P. Walter Herbert
and passed in Matagorda Commissioners Court on August 3, 1849 stated,
“making the following report and division, finding it most expedient we
have divided the estate into two equal parts giving one to said widow
and other jointly to said Three minor children.”
Statement of Property Divide, Total Inventory.
fifteen head of horses and mules $355
Lot of Cattle-$270
Carriage - $150
Library and Medical instruments-$100
Lake Austin Land in Matagorda Co-$150
Travis County land purchased of Bartlett Sims-$1200.
The Commissioners reported that the "1111 acres of land lying on Caney in Matagorda Co. which is cultivated is unnecessary to divide at this time, September 1, 1849." Signed by James B. Hawkins and F. F. Gibson.
A Matagorda County deed dated August 24, 1850 between H. L. Kinney and Mary B. Herbert states that Mr. Kinney "in consideration of said marriage, has agreed to convey certain real estate to the said Mary B. Herbert her heirs & assigns, in order that she and her family may be secured, beyond the casualties of fortune or accident in a proper support and maintenance." He deeded two tracts of land in Nueces County to her. The first was 100 acres of land on Corpus Christi Bay and the other was 7680 acres known as the Oso Ranch. Both tracts had buildings and improvements.
The 1850 Census of Matagorda County enumerated Mary’s
family on October 1, 1850 with the following members in the household.
P. W. Herbert, age 16, b Alabama
Rowena, Age 9, b. Alabama
Theresa, age 4, b. Texas
The census should have indicated who was living in
the household as of June 1st, but by the time the enumerator arrived,
Mary had married and thus used Kinney as her surname.
Mary, Rowena and Theresa were living in Galveston
when the 1860 Census was taken. P. W. Herbert, Jr. was listed as a
planter on the Matagorda County Census in 1860. The real estate was
valued at $62,000 and there were 38 slaves listed on the slave schedule.
His overseer was James Tate from North Carolina.
Peter Walter Herbert, Jr. died prior to January 21, 1862 as his mother and two surviving sisters went to court for a “Family Settlement” on the Herbert Plantation property.
Theresa Pauline Herbert and Christopher H. Williams, son of Robert H. Williams were married before January 1, 1862 as they appear as husband and wife on a deed dated that day. The plantation, once called the Dr. P. W. Plantation then became known as Rotherwood Plantation. Theresa died in 1873.
B. Herbert Kinney died c1866.
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