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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents note

Arrangement note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Contract records and correspondence, 1824-1835

Titles and testimonios, 1835-1845

Plat maps, 1835, undated


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Milam's Colony Records, 1824-1845



Overview

Creator: Milam, Benjamin Rush, 1788-1835
Title: Milam's Colony Records
Inclusive Dates: 1824-1835; 1845
Abstract: In 1826, Benjamin Rush Milam received an empresario contract to settle 300 families between the Guadalupe and Colorado Rivers north of the San Antonio Road. Talbot Chambers was appointed land commissioner and issued fifty-three land titles to settlers in Milam's Colony in 1835. The records of Milam's Colony includes land titles, testimonios, unfinished titles, blank titles, correspondence, and plat maps.
Identification: SC.MC
Quantity: 8.54 Linear feet, (4 document boxes, 2 bound volumes, 3 maps)
Location: File Vault, Map Vault
Language: Materials written predominantly in Spanish. Some materials written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

Benjamin Rush Milam is best known for leading one of the two companies at the Seige of Bexar in the fall of 1835. He came to Texas in 1818 and became involved in the struggle for Mexican independence. In 1826, he received an empresario contract to settle 300 families between the Guadalupe and Colorado Rivers north of the San Antonio Road.

Talbot Chambers was appointed land commissioner and issued fifty-three land titles to settlers in Milam's Colony in 1835.

For more information on Milam and Milam's Colony see the entry for Ben Milam (1788-1835) at the Handbook of Texas Online.

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Scope and Contents note

The records of Milam's Colony includes land titles, testimonios, unfinished titles, blank titles, correspondence, and plat maps, 1824-1835. The Records also include a volume of transcribed titles dated October 7, 1845. The correspondence includes Milam's empresario contract and other documents relating to the management of the colony.

The contract records and correspondence with a preceding number come directly from the Catalogue of the Spanish Collection, Part II and can be viewed onilne. See the Texas General Land Office Land Grant Database and input the number into the Certificate field.

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Arrangement note

The Records are arranged into 3 series:
1. Contract records and correspondence, 1824-1835: arranged chronologically.
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 2 document boxes while only adding 0.25 linear inches of material to the collection.
2. Titles and testimonios, 1835, undated: arranged per physical order.
3. Plat maps, undated; arranged in original order.

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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

Chambers, Talbot W., (Talbot Wilson), 1819-1896
Elguézabal, Juan José, Governor
Gonzales, Rafael, Governor
Navarro, Jose Antonio, 1795-1871
Padilla, Juan Antonio, -1839
Saucedo, José Antonio
Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806–1890
Williamson, Robert M.
Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)--History--Sources
Emigration and immigration--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Mexico--History--1821-1860--Sources
Public records--Texas
San Patricio (Tex.)
Spanish Collection
Surveying--Texas

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Related Material

See also Milam’s Register of Families, 1830 in the Milam Papers at the Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas.

It lists 122 families showing the names of each family member, age, profession, and place of origin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Milam's Colony Records (SC.MC). 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 contract records and correspondence, enter the number into the Certificate field.

For the plat of surveys, see Map 29, 88, 91: Texas General Land Office Maps and Sketches database.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Contract records and correspondence, 1824-1835

Box Folder
SC 127 1 942. Victoria, Guadalupe, et al, Supreme Executive Power, to Benjamin Milam, July 30, 1824
General note
Benjamin R. Milam's Mexican letter of citizenship. The file contains two copies dated August 1, 1827, one of them signed by José Antonio Saucedo, political chief of Texas. (Béxar, copies, 4 pp.). Record of Translations of Empresario Contracts, p. 92.
Box Folder
SC 117 22 65. Benjamin Milam’s empresario contract, January 12, 1826
General note
Includes a copy of Milam's petition to the governor for the right to settle 300 families (1/12/1826) and the terms and conditions of the contract (1/12/1826). (Saltillo, expediente, copy, 5 pp.)
Box Folder
SC 127 2 943. Gonzales, Gov. Rafael to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, January 12, 1826
General note
Transcribing the conditions of Benjamin R. Milam's colonization contract. This copy dated 2/1/1826. Circulated to the ayuntamientos of Béxar and La Bahía on 3/2/[1826]. (Saltillo, L.S., 4 pp.)
3 944. Milam, Benjamin R. to [José Antonio Saucedo,] Political Chief of Dept. of Texas, July 16, 1827
General note
Acknowledging Saucedo's official letter communicating the order of 6/2/1827 from the minister of relations relative to admitting in the empresario colonies only those families specified in the contracts and prohibiting settlement of families in the border or coast leagues without approval from the supreme government. (Béxar, L.S., 2 pp.)
3 945. Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, to Secretary of the State Government, September 9, 1834
General note
Setting forth the advantages that would accrue to the country by permitting the settlement of Milam’s colony and asking that these be brought to the attention of the governor for purposes of granting the extension of the contract sought by Robert M. Williamson, agent for Milam’s colony. (Béxar, Df., 2 pp.)
Box Folder
SC 40 1 23. Padilla, Juan Antonio, Secretary of the State Government, to Talbot Chambers, October 31, 1834
General note
Transcribes Governor Elguézabal's order appointing Talbot Chambers commissioner for Benjamin Milam’s colony and encloses copies of the pertinent laws and instructions (not found here). This document filed in the General Land Office by James Webb in 1848. (Monclova, L.S., 3 pp.)
1 24. Padilla, Juan Antonio, Secretary of the State Government, to Robert M. Williamson, Agent for Milam’s Colony, October 31, 1834
General note
In response to Robert M. Williamson's communication dated 10/24/1834, transcribes Governor Elguézabal's order appointing Talbot Chambers commissioner for Milam’s colony, Milam being given the right to petition Congress for an extension of his contract due to the interruption caused by the law of April 6, 1830. This document filed in the General Land Office by James Webb in 1848. (Monclova, L.S., 3 pp.)
Box Folder
SC 127 3 946. Chambers, Talbot, December 30, 1834
General note
Transcribing the decree of the governor of 10/31/1834 on the status of Benjamin R. Milam's empresario contract and the appointment of Talbot Chambers as commissioner for the colony. (Mina, copy, signed, 2 pp.)
3 947. Chambers, Comm. Talbot to [Juan Nepomuceno Seguín,] Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, December 30, 1835 [1834]
General note
Informing the political chief of his acceptance of the appointment from the governor as commissioner for Milam’s colony. (Mina, copy, signed, 1 p.)
3 948. Chambers, Comm. Talbot to [José Angel Navarro,] Acting Political Chief of Dept. of Béxar, February 5, 1835
General note
Advising the political chief of a petition to the governor soliciting an extension of the boundaries of Milam’s colony (see Box 127:11, p. 12) and asking for his endorsement of this request. (Mina, copy, signed, 1 p.)
3 949. Chambers, Comm. Talbot to [Juan José Elguézabal,] Governor of Coahuila and Texas, February 5, 1835
General note
Soliciting an extension of the boundaries of Milam’s colony. Refers to a map of the colony (not found here) that was enclosed with the original communication. (Mina, copy, signed, 2 pp.)

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Titles and testimonios, 1835-1845

Box
39 Titles, 1835
Volume
SC Aisle Transcribed copies of Milam's Colony land titles, "Record of Spanish Titles, Volume I, p. 1-81, October 7, 1845
Box Folder
SC 40 2-5 Testimonios (copies of land titles),
6-16 Unfinished land titles,
17-20 Blank land titles, undated
Volume
SC Aisle Milam's Register of Families (English), February 19, 1835-September 24, 1835
General note
Register includes 65 oaths of colonists at Mina (Bastrop) before Land Commissioner Talbot Chambers. Gives age, whence from, marital status, and occupation, signed by settlers and Chambers.

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Plat maps, 1835, undated

Map-case
24 [Surveys in Milam's Colony between the Colorado River and northwest of the San Antonio Road], Map 29, undated
[Surveys in Milam's Colony along the Colorado River, Onion Creek, Cedar Creek, and north of the San Antonio Road], Map 88, undated
[Surveys in Milam's Colony along the Colorado River and Onion Creek], Map 91, 1835

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