On the 1st of May, 1848, a sale of Town lots was had, at which lots were sold, to the amount of seventeen hundred and
eighty-five dollars, for which notes with security were taken, falling due 12 and 18 months from date.
The land on which Corsicana was located was originally granted to
a Mexican settler, Jesus Ortez, by virtue of his certificate of settlement,
dated March 16th, 1838. This certificate was traded and passed through
several hands, prior to its final location; being at one time owned by G. A.
Campbell, and finally passing to David R. Mitchell, who was Surveyor of
Robertson County Land District.
He held in his name the title to this for himself and associates
Thos. I. Smith and J. C. Neill.
The title was finally cleared, and the hundred acres known as the
"Old Town Plot" was conveyed to the Commissioners on June 30th, 1850.