Guide to the Estate document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851 MS 087
Samuel A. Burton was a property owner of Houston County, Texas, the first county established by the Republic of Texas. The document authorizing public sale of his property was filed on April 14, 1849, in the county courthouse in the town of Crockett (the county seat). The town had been named for David Crockett, who was a friend of the man who had given the land for the county seat. Other names in the document are J.H. Gillespie, clerk of the county court; J.M. Hall, deputy; John I. Burton, administrator of the estate of Samuel A. Burton; and David L. Burton, joint owner with Samuel A. Burton of some of the property concerned.
The document is an instrument entered in the records of Houston County, Texas, authorizing that all the personal property belonging to one Samuel A. Burton and all the property real and personal owned jointly by David L. and Samuel A. Burton be sold to the highest bidder at a public sale to take place on June 3, 1851, at the courthouse door in Crockett, Texas. Content on the first of the two pages ends with a statement that John I. Burton did sell, at the specified time and place, to the highest bidder, “the following described property belonging to said estate: viz.” The second of the two pages lists property, including 430 acres of land, eleven slave Negroes (identified by name, age, and gender), fifty head of hogs, and various pieces of equipment. The document concludes with the statement that the listed property was bought by David L. Burton for $3500.
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Estate Document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851, MS 087, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
This document was purchased at auction.
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