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Bounty and Donation Land Grants in Trinity County

The Republic and the State of Texas both issued land grants as additional compensation for those who served Texas in the military.  The government of Texas, for the most of the 19th century, had very little cash with which to pay soldiers, so our most abundant resource-land- was used to supplement the meager military pay.

For descriptions of Land Grants in Texas visit the Texas General Land Office website: 

http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/history-and-archives/_documents/categories-of-land-grants.pdf

To search for a particular Abstract use this link on the Texas General Land Office site:

http://www.glo.texas.gov/cf/land-grant-search/index.cfm  (Select Trinity County from county list, then insert the Abstract No.)

I compiled a list of Military Bounty and Donation Grants that are shown for Trinity County and included some brief notes that could be found in the documents.  If you find a particular person of interest, I suggest you go to the Search link above, select Trinity County and insert the Abstract No. and it will show you the documents for that abstract/person.  My list just highlights some of the materials found, some documents are very hard to read, so be sure to double check!  One thing to remember is that in 1830's Trinity County did not exist, so often the county was named as Houston County as Trinity County didn't become a separate county until 1850.  The surveys do include lands that are now a part of Trinity County.

 Source:  Texas General Land Office, Trinity County

Abstract No. District Class File Number Grantee Patentee Notes
65 Houston Bounty 000141 Aldredge, Samuel Wright, B.F. 140 acres for 3 mo service in 1836
66 Houston Bounty 000244 Austin, William T. Austin, William T. 320 acres for service 1835-1836 (Aid to Gen. Sam Houston)
67 Donation Grant 000210 Aldridge, Isaac Aldridge, Isaac 640 acres, "Fallen with Fannin in massacre at Goliad" 4Mar1857
95 Houston Bounty 000238 Barker, George Barker, George 640 acres for service in 1836
96 Houston Bounty 000223 Booker, Ferdinand C. Nixon, Benjamin 320 acres for service in 1836-1837
97 Houston Bounty 000309 Bryan, John Bryan, John (Heirs) 960 acres, served under Col. Fannin in 1836
98 Liberty Bounty 000100 Burch, Valentine Burch, Valentine 320 acres for service in 1836
151 Houston Bounty 000072 Cole, David Parker, Isaac 320 acres for service in 1836
152 Donation Grant 000284 Cox, Lewis Cox, Lewis 320 acres in Trinity Co., 221 acres in Polk Co. fought in Battle of San Jacinto, 1836
177 Houston Bounty 000002 Denson, C. Denson, C. 320 acres for service in 1836
178 Houston Bounty 000296 Dearst, John Dearst, John 320 acres for service in 1836
179 Houston Bounty 000258 Dixon, Phillip Dixon, Phillip 1280 acres for 12 mo. service 1837-1838
196 & 197 Houston Bounty 000142 Evans, W.M. Evans, W.M. 1280 acres for 12 mo. service 1837-1838
216 Houston Bounty 000132 Frederick, Albert Frederick, Albert (Heirs) 640 acres, for service 1836-1839
239, 240, 241 Houston Bounty 000298 Goff, Felix W. Goff, Felix W. 960 acres for service in 1836
243 Houston Bounty 000262 Gaines, John B. Woodson, J.J. 320 acres (no Bounty certificate online)
244 Houston Bounty 000315 Gage, Calvin Gage, Calvin 160 acres, (no Bounty certificate online)
245 Houston Bounty 000308 Gage, Calvin Gage, Calvin 320 acres for service in 1836
267 Houston Bounty 000226 Henderson, Stephan W. None Shown 160 acres, (no Bounty certificate online)
279 Houston Bounty 000060 Hicks, Isham Miller, Stewart A. 320 acres for 3 mo. service
280 Houston Bounty 000239 Harding, Samuel F. Harding, Samuel F. (Heirs) 320 acres for 3 mo service
281 Houston Bounty 000274 Henderson, Joseph A. Henderson, Joseph A. 640 acres for 6 mo service in 1836-1837
282 & 283 Donation Grant 000267 Hudson, Henry G. None shown 185 and 455 acres, (no Bounty certificate online)
284 Donation Grant 000332 Haley, Charles Q. Duren, Jesse 428 acres, (no Bounty certificate online)
285 Donation Grant 000327 Haley, Richard None shown 460 acres (no Bounty certificate online)
286 Houston Bounty 000320 Hickey, James Hickey, James 1280 acres, (no Bounty certificate online)
288 Donation Grant 000313 Helms, Wilson Helms, Wilson (Heirs) 1280 acres "having been killed on 27Mar1836"
381 Houston Bounty 000236 Kinnard, William S. Kinnard, William S. 320 acres for 3 mo. service in 1836
396 Houston Bounty 000235 Loony, David M. None shown 320 acres for 3 mo. service in 1836
437 Houston Bounty 000001 McDermot, John McDermot, John 640 acres for 6 mo. service in 1836
438 Houston Bounty 000248 Williams, Richard Conner, W.R. 320 acres for 3 mo. service in 1836
439 Houston Bounty 000289 McMahan, Isaac Cox, William 320 acres for 3 mo. service in 1837
440 Donation Grant 000294 Morgan, Hugh Morgan, Hugh 640 acres "participated in Battle of San Jacinto"
441 Houston Bounty 000337 McMahan, Isaac None shown No certificate online
442 Houston Bounty 000304 McMahan, Isaac None shown No certificate online
466 Houston Bounty 000297 Oakley, Jesse A. Roane, Willis J. 640 acres for 6 mo. service in 1836-37
483 Houston Bounty 000016 Pritchard, Sion None shown 320 acres for 3 mo. service in 1836
484 Houston Bounty 000005 Probert, William E. Kessler, Henry 640 acres for 6 mo. service in 1836
485 Donation Grant 000241 Penny, George W. Penny, George W. (Heirs) 1920 acres "having been massacred with Fannin at Goliad"
486 Houston Bounty 000299 Parker, James W. Parker, James W. 640 acres for 6 mo. service in 1835-36
487 Houston Bounty 000285 Perry, James Perry, James (Heirs) 247-1/2 acres for 18 mo. service in 1836-1838
488 Donation Grant 000275 Pennington, Sidney A. Pennington, Sidney A. 640 acres for "participation Siege at Bexar"
489 & 490 Houston Bounty 000383 Patterson, Edward Patterson, Edward 160 acres for 3 mo. service in 1836
491 Houston Bounty 000317 Purdy, Letsom None shown (no Bounty Certificate found online)
532 Houston Bounty 000243 Read, J.C. Read, J.C. 320 acres for 3 mo. service in 1836
568 Donation Grant 000126 Stephanes, Charles Stephanes, Charles 640 acres "participated in Battle of San Jacinto"
569 Houston Bounty 000106 Smith, William H. Hagood, William A. 960 acres for 10 mo service in 1837-1838
570 Houston Bounty 000280 Stilts, David Stilts, David 640 acres for service in 1838
571 Houston Bounty 000291 Sharp, A. Sharp, A 1280 acres for 15 mo. service in 1836-1837
572 Houston Bounty 000277 Shackleford, M.B. Vandever, Christopher 320 acres for 3 mo service in 1836
611 Houston Bounty 000281 Toby, John H. Toby, John H. 320 acres for 3 mos. service in 1836
626 Liberty Bounty 000117 Vannardstrand, Abraham Holshouson,C. 320 acres for 3 mos service in 1836
627 Donation Grant 000321 Vaughn, John Dunn, Jesse 640 acres for "participation at the Siege of Bexar"
669 & 670 Donation Grant 000300 Ward, John Ward, John (Heirs) 960 acres "In consideration of the service and death of Maj. John Ward with Col. Fannin in 1836"
671 Donation Grant 000295 Ward, John Ward, John (Heirs) 640 acres "Maj. John Ward, having fallen with Fannin in 1836" 
672 Houston Bounty 000261 Winn, john B Winn, John B. (Heirs 320 acres
673 Houston Bounty 000261 Winn John B. Winn, John B. (Heirs [Same file as above]
674 Houston Bounty 000334 Wooderson, William Wooderson, William 320 acres
761 Houston Bounty 00347 Day Land and Cattle Co. None shown 1280 acres
783 Veteran Donation Grant 000343 Lacy, W.Y. Trinity and Sabine Lumber Co. 1280 acres
806 Veteran Donation Grant 000343 Lacey, W.Y. Trinity And Sabine Lumber Co. [Same file as above]
831 Houston Bounty 000129 Schneider, Conrad Collard, Julia L. 640 acres for 13 mos. service 1836-1837

    

 

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