A Guide to the Board of Veterans Records, 1879-1881
Under an Act granting land to indigent veterans drawing a state pension, the law stipulated that "a certificate shall be produced by a board of three surviving veterans of the revolution of 1836, who shall be appointed by the governor and one of whom shall be the president of the Veteran Association, stating that they believe that the applicant is entitled under the provision of this act to its benefits..." ( Acts 1879, 16th R.S.,ch. 156, General Laws of Texas)
A second Act ( Acts 1881, 17th R.S.,ch. 45, General Laws of Texas) broadening the definition of eligibility (and increasing the acreage) maintained the Board of Veterans functions.
The Board of Veterans Records include 2 items. The Board of Veterans Journal is a summary of the review and approval or rejection of applicants by the board created by the Acts of 1879 and 1881. The opening section includes copies of correspondence to and from the Attorney General asking and receiving clarification as to exactly who was eligible to receive a land certificate.
The Abstract of Claims is a loose collection of spreadsheet pages with one column for the "name of applicant" and a second for "action of Board." The pages are in alphabetical order by surname. The two items contain the same information in different formats; the Journal is chronological; the spreadsheet is alphabetical.
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Board of Veterans Records (LGR.BVJ). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.
Detailed Description of the Collection