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Historical Note

Scope and Contents note

Arrangement note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Contract records and correspondence, 1828-1835

Titles and maps, 1831-1835


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the McMullen & McGloin's Colony Records, 1831-1835



Overview

Creator: McGloin, James, 1799-1856
Creator: McMullen, John, 1785-1853
Title: McMullen & McGloin's Colony Records
Inclusive Dates: 1828-1835
Abstract: John McMullen and James McGloin received a contract from Coahuila y Texas in 1828 under the state colonization laws to settle 200 Irish families in an area located between the Nueces and Medina rivers. The records of McMullen and McGloin's Colony consist of land titles and one plat map relating to the distribution of land in the colony.
Identification: AR.87.MM
Quantity: 3.0 Linear feet, (5 document boxes, 1 map)
Location: File Vault, Map Vault
Language: Materials are written in Spanish.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

John McMullen and James McGloin received a contract from Coahuila and Texas in 1828 under the state colonization laws to settle 200 Irish families in an area located between the Nueces and Medina rivers. The town of San Patricio was also founded as part of the colony. José Antonio Saucedo and José Maria Balmaceda were appointed land commissioners to issue land titles.

For more information see the entry for McMullen & McGloin's Colony Records at the Handbook of Texas Online

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Scope and Contents note

The records of McMullen and McGloin's Colony consist of land titles and one plat map relating to the distribution of land in the colony. The titles to the town lots and the town tract of the city of San Patricio are included.

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Arrangement note

The records are arranged into two series:
1. Contract records and correspondence, 1828-1835 are arranged in chronological order with each entry containing a general note description.
Because the Records are physically part of the Spanish Collection, the contract Records and correspondence are mixed in with material from other collections which accounts for the addition of 3 document boxes while only adding 1 linear inch of material to the collection.
2. Titles and maps, 1831-1835 are arranged in physical order, with the plat map at the end.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Unrestricted access.

Conditions Governing Use note

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.).

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Index Terms

Balmaceda, José María
Campos, Juan Vicente
Carvajal, José M. J.
Doyle, Festus
Elozúa, Antonio, ca. 1783-1833
Garza, José Manuel de la
Letona, José María de, Governor, 1799–1832
Mier y Terán, Manuel de, 1789-1832
Músquiz, Ramón
Salinas, José María,
Saucedo, José Antonio
Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806–1890
Viesca, José María
Ximénez, Manuel
Zavala, Lorenzo de, 1788-1836
Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)--History--Sources
Emigration and immigration--Texas
Land titles--Texas
McMullen & McGloin's Colony (Tex.)
Mexico--History--1821-1860--Sources
Public records--Texas
San Patricio (Tex.)
Spanish Collection
Surveying--Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. McMullen & McGloin's Colony Records (AR.87.MM). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Digital Copies

Materials have been digitized. See the Texas General Land Office Land Grant Database and input the surname of the individual grantee.

For the plat of surveys, see Map 30: Texas General Land Office Maps and Sketches database.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Contract records and correspondence, 1828-1835

Box Folder
SC 117 32 76. John McMullen and James McGloin’s empresario contract, August 16, 1828
General note
McMullen and McGloin's empresario contract, with a copy of McMullen and McGloin's petition to the governor for the right to settle 200 Irish families in the area of the contract abandoned by Lovell (8/14/1828), the terms and conditions of the colonization contract (8/16/1828), and a letter from Lovell to the governor formally renouncing his interest in his 1825 colonization contract with the government. (Expediente, copy, 8 pp.). Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 156.
Box Folder
SC 127 21 1023. John McMullen and James McGloin’s empresario contract (copy 2), August 16, 1828
General note
John McMullen and James McGloin's empresario contract, with copies of the following: the terms and conditions of John G. Purnell and Benjamin Lovell's colonization contract (10/22/1825) transcribed by Governor Gonzales to the political chief of Texas (pp. 163-164); copy of the terms and conditions of McMullen and McGloin's contract to settle 200 families (8/16/1828) and another copy of Purnell and Lovell's terms and conditions; and a third copy of the terms and conditions of Purnell and Lovell's contract. (Saltillo, L.S., copy, 10 pp.) Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 76-78; 156-158.
22 1024. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to Antonio Elozúa, Principal Commandant of Texas, April 7, 1830
General note
Requiring him to go in person to McMullen and McGloin's colony to ascertain certain facts and also to prohibit the settlement of the colonists on the coast leagues and the clandestine importation of goods and slaves into the colony. Encloses copies from various authorities relative to these matters (see Box 127:22, pp. 172-174). (Matamoros, L.S., 4 pp.)
22 1025. [Mier y Terán, Manuel de,] Commandant General to [Antonio Elozúa,] Principal Commandant of Texas, April 7, 1830
General note
Communication of 2/16/1830 from the commissary general of San Luis Potosí to the commandant general transmitting a communication from the commissar and administrator of customs at Goliad on the importation of goods by McMullen. Copy made by J. Mariano Guerra. (Matamoros, copy, 1 p.)
22 1026. [Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General] to [Antonio Elozúa, Principal Commandant], April 7, 1830
General note
Copy of communication (1/1/1830) from José Bonifacio Galán, administrator of customs at Goliad, to Lucas de Palacio, commissar general of San Luis Potosí, regarding the importation of goods by John McMullen. Copy made by J. Mariano Guerra. (Matamoros, copy, 4 pp.)
Box Folder
SC 123 7 378. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María Viesca,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, RTEC, p. 296, May 24, 1830
Box Folder
SC 127 22 1027. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to [Antonio Elozúa,] Principal Commandant of Texas, June 19, 1830
General note
Transcribing a letter sent by Mier y Terán to the governor of the state on the difficulties between the colonists and empresarios McMullen and McGloin, accompanying a copy of his communication to the colonists (see Box 127:22, p. 175). (Matamoros, L.S., 3 pp.)
22 1028. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to John McMullen and James McGloin, June 19, 1830
General note
Copy of the communication addressed by Mier y Terán to McMullen and McGloin's colonists assuring them of the government's interest in their welfare and encouraging them to resolve their differences with the empresarios. (Matamoros, copy, 4 pp.)
22 1029. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, June 19, 1830
General note
Transmitting a copy of his communication to McMullen and McGloin's colonists (see Box 127:22, p. 179) and requesting the political chief's assistance in bringing calm to these new settlers. (Matamoros, L.S., 1 p.)
22 1030. Mier y Terán, Manuel de, Commandant General, to [Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar], June 19, 1830
General note
Copy of a communication addressed by Mier y Terán to McMullen and McGloin's colonists. This copy made by J. Mariano Guerra. (Matamoros, copy, 2 pp.)
22 1031. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Alcalde of Goliad, July 7, 1830
General note
Notifying him of the commandant general's communication of 6/19/1830 (see Box 127:22, p. 177) regarding the dissatisfaction of McMullen and McGloin's colonists and requesting a report on the situation. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
22 1032. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [Manuel de Mier y Terán,] Commandant General, July 14, 1830
General note
Acknowledging his communication of 6/19/1830 (Box 127:22, p. 177) on McMullen and McGloin's colonists and reporting on measures taken in regard to establishing their colony. (Béxar, L., 3 pp.)
22 1033. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to [José María Viesca,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, July 19, 1830
General note
Communicating what his sources had reported about the minor nature of the dissatisfaction of McMullen and McGloin's colonists and reporting on his instructions concerning these colonists. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
22 1034. Saucedo, José Antonio to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, February 20, 1831
General note
Transcribing a communication from the governor dated 1/29/1831 appointing him commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
22 1035. Salinas, José María, Alcalde of Béxar, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, March 11, 1831
General note
Salinas acknowledges his appointment as commissioner to issue titles to residents of the municipality of Béxar who had obtained grants from the government; inquires whether his commission extended to land located within the area of McMullen and McGloin's colony. A draft of Músquiz' response, dated 3/24/1831, indicating that McMullen had agreed to the issuance of such titles if allowed to count them toward the number of families required by his contract, is found on verso of p. 185 1/2. (Béxar, L.S., 3 pp.; Df., 1 p.)
23 1036. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to John McMullen, March 12, 1831
General note
Asking for a statement from McMullen in response to the inquiry from the alcalde of Béxar whether his commission to issue possession of lands extended to the area covered by McMullen and McGloin's contract (see Box 127:22, p. 185). (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
23 1037. McMullen, John to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, March 12, 1831
General note
In response to Músquiz’ letter of 3/12/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 186), states that he had no objection to the issuance of possessions by the alcalde of Béxar in the area of his contract provided he be allowed to count them toward the number of families required by his contract and to select for himself the premium lands to which he was entitled. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
23 1038. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to John McMullen, April 13, 1831
General note
Advising that he had forwarded to the governor the conditions set out in McMullen's communication of 3/12/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 187). (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
23 1039. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María Viesca,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, March 12, 1831
General note
Transferring for his decision the communication of 3/12/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 187) from Empresario McMullen accepting the issuance of titles by the alcalde of Béxar in the area of his contract on certain conditions. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
23 1040. Letona [Gov. José María de] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, April 28, 1831
General note
In response to the communication from Músquiz dated 3/26/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 189), authorizes McMullen and all other empresarios to count toward the number of families required by their contracts those persons locating lands within the area of their contracts by right of purchase or settlement granted by the government. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
Box Folder
SC 123 8 383. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Alcalde of Béxar, May 22, 1831
General note
Transcribes the governor's decision that Mexican colonists could be admitted under McMullen's and all other empresario contracts and could count as part of the families they were required to introduce. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.), Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 299.
Box Folder
SC 127 23 1041. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to John McMullen, May 22, 1831
General note
Transcribing the order of the governor of 4/28/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 190) concerning individuals that could be counted toward the number required by the empresario contracts. (Goliad, Df., 2 pp.)
23 1042. McMullen, John to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, May 23, 1831
General note
Asking the political chief to provide a certified copy of the notice sent by McMullen in July 1832, indicating the families that were put in possession of their lands by Commissioner José Antonio Saucedo and those that failed to obtain title due to his demise. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
23 1043. Salinas, José María, Alcalde of Béxar, to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, June 7, 1831
General note
Acknowledging receipt of the governor's order on the individuals that could be counted toward the number required by the empresario contracts (Box 127:23, p. 190). (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
23 1044. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Comm. José Antonio Saucedo, September 21, 1831
General note
Asking Saucedo to submit a list of the grantees, date of title, and amounts due the government upon completion of his duties as commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
23 1045. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Comm. José Antonio Saucedo, September 21, 1831
General note
Enclosing copies of four resolutions of the state Congress in regard to surveying lands (copies not found here). (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
23 1046. Saucedo, Comm. José Antonio to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, October 11, 1831
General note
Acknowledging receipt of four resolutions of the state Congress in regard to surveying land. (San Patricio, L.S., 2 pp.)
23 1047. Saucedo, Comm. José Antonio to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, October 11, 1831
General note
Asking for a leave of absence of two months from the position of secretary [of the political chief's office] while he fulfilled his duties as commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony. (San Patricio, L.S., 1 p.)
23 1048. Letona [Gov. José María de] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, October 12, 1831
General note
Granting him permission to fill the office of secretary of the department vacated by the appointment of José Antonio Saucedo as commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
23 1051. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María de Letona,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, November 5, 1831
General note
Notifing him that he had appointed José María Carbajal interim secretary of the department of Béxar effective 11/1/1831. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
23 1049. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Comm. José Antonio Saucedo, November 9, 1831
General note
Transmitting the governor’s order (Box 127:23, p. 198) in regard to the position of secretary of the department and advising Saucedo that José María Carvajal had been appointed to the position. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
23 1050. Saucedo, Comm. José Antonio to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, November 21, 1831
General note
Acknowledging the communication from Músquiz (Box 127:23, p. 199) in regard to the position of secretary and asking Músquiz to take into account Saucedo's letter of 10/11/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 197). (San Patricio, L.S., 2 pp.)
23 1052. Saucedo, Comm. José Antonio to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, November 21, 1831
General note
Reporting that most of the land in McMullen and McGloin's colony was suitable only for grazing and that he sensed some discontent among the settlers on learning that they were to receive but one-fourth frontage of their lands upon watercourses. Recommends granting a full league frontage on watercourses. (San Patricio, L.S., 2 pp.)
24 1053. [Músquiz, Ramón,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Comm. José Antonio Saucedo, December 22, 1831
General note
Notifying Saucedo of the transmittal to the governor of his communication of 11/21/1831 (Box 127:23, p. 202). (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
24 1061. Letona [Gov. José María de] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, January 30, 1832
General note
Advising that he could not accede to Commissioner José Antonio Saucedo's recommendation (Box 127:23, p. 202) that the settlers of McMullen and McGloin's colony be granted a league frontage on watercourses. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
24 1054. Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to Commissioner [José Antonio Saucedo], February 8, 1832
General note
Sketch of a letter intended to transcribe the governor's resolution in response to the political chief's communication of 12/18/1831 concerning Saucedo's recommendations of 11/21/1831 (see Box 127:23, p. 202). The governor's resolution in full can be found in Box 127:24, p. 211. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
Box Folder
SC 123 8 389. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [Juan Vicente Campos,] Acting Governor of Coahuila and Texas, May 7, 1832
General note
Reporting the death of José Antonio Saucedo and informing that Músquiz had taken charge of his records as commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony pending the governor's instructions in this matter. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.), Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 303.
Box Folder
SC 127 24 1055. Letona [Gov. José María de] to [Ramón Músquiz,] Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, May 25, 1832
General note
Asking for a report on the activities of the deceased José Antonio Saucedo as commissioner [of McMullen and McGloin's colony] for purposes of determining how to complete this work. (Leona Vicario, L.S., 2 pp.)
24 1056. McMullen, John to Ramón Músquiz, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, July 17, 1832
General note
Reporting the number of families put in possession of their lands by Commissioner José Antonio Saucedo and the number still waiting to receive title. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
24 1057. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Acting Governor of Coahuila and Texas, September 22, 1832
General note
Transmitting Empresario McMullen's letter of 7/17/1832 (Box 127:24, p. 206) and recommending the appointment of a commissioner to examine the titles issued by José Antonio Saucedo and to resolve the differences between McMullen and James Power over the boundaries of their colonies. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
24 1058. [Ximénez, Manuel,] Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar to John McMullen, May 24, 1833
General note
Sketch of a letter transcribing, at McMullen's request, the political chief's communication to the governor dated 9/22/1832 (Box 127:24, p. 207). (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
24 1059. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to John McMullen, June 12, 1832
General note
Sketch of a letter transcribing the governor's communication of 5/25/1832 (Box 127:24, p. 205) asking for a report on the work performed by José Antonio Saucedo as commissioner of McMullen and McGloin's colony. For McMullen's response see Box 127:24, p. 206. (Béxar, Df., 1 p.)
24 1060. Músquiz, Ramón, Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to [José María de Letona,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, June 16, 1832
General note
In answer to the governor's letter of 5/25/1832 (Box 127:24, p. 205), indicates that he would provide a more detailed report when information was received from empresarios McMullen and McGloin. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
24 1062. Carvajal, José M. J., Principal Surveyor of Béxar District, to Manuel Ximénez, Alcalde of Béxar, June 10, 1833
General note
Asking for information on the boundaries of McMullen and McGloin's colony. (Béxar, A.L.S., 2 pp.)
24 1063. [Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar] to Comm. José María Balmaceda, December 23, 1833
General note
Acknowledging his appointment as commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony and enclosing the documents related to this assignment found with the papers of José Antonio Saucedo, the former commissioner. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
24 1065. Balmaceda, Comm. José María to [Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar], December 23, 1833
General note
Communicating his appointment as commissioner for McMullen and McGloin's colony and requesting instructions from the political chief. (Béxar, A.L.S., 3 pp.)
24 1064. Balmaceda, Comm. José María to [Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar], December 25, 1833
General note
List of titles and other documents pertaining to the business of McMullen and McGloin's colony delivered to Balmaceda and his receipt for them. (Béxar, D.S., 1 p.)
10 969. Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to José Manuel de la Garza, Alcalde of Béxar, February 13, 1834
General note
Decree No. 250, Congress of Coahuila y Texas, dated 1/27/1834, granting an extension of four years for completion of the contracts of John McMullen and Lorenzo de Zavala. Transmitted by Seguín to the alcalde of Béxar. (Monclova, imprint, 1 p.)
24 1066. Balmaceda, Comm. José María to Festus Doyle, July 12, 1835
General note
Certificate concerning the sale to Festus Doyle of a lot in the town of San Patricio. (San Patricio de Hibernia, certified copy, 2 pp.)

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Titles and maps, 1831-1835

Box
SC 101 Titles, 1831, 1834-1835
Box Folder
SC 102 1-34 Titles, 1831, 1834-1835
35 Title to the town tract of San Patricio de Hibernia, October 24, 1831
36 Title to the town lots of San Patricio de Hibernia, June 26, 1835
Map-case
24 Plat of surveys in McMullen and McGloin’s County along the San Antonio River, Map 30, 183~

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