Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Agents Reports, 1838-1839



Overview

Creator: Texas. Board of Land Commissioners.
Title: Agents Reports
Dates: 1838-1839
Abstract: Similar to a clerk return, the Agent Reports document the legitimacy of those who had received a land grant certificate. The records are incomplete and document only 1838-1839 and it is believed that they were used to inform the clerk returns filed at the GLO.
Identification: AR.85
Quantity: 0.21 Linear feet, (1 document box)
Location: File Vault
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Administrative History

The Agent Report for the Board of Land Commissioners was only a part of a broad attempt to track land transactions throughout the Republic of Texas. It is unknown exactly why the Agent Reports exist in tandem with the Clerk Returns. It is supposed that those individuals that could not or would not attend the quarterly Board meetings were visited by the Agent who was appointed by the Board. The Report would then be added to the Clerk Returns which would in turn be filed at the GLO, recording the legitimacy of the land certificates granted to individuals.


Scope and Contents of the Records

The records contain one document box of Agent Reports tracking land grant certificates issued by the Board of Land Commissioners for each county. The records are incomplete and document only 1838-1839.

Some of the documents are in narrative form; a copy of a legal instrument such as a certificate transfer or an affidavit. Others are formatted similarly to a Clerk Return, in a table listing the following:

- Certificate number

- Name of Grantee

- Acreage

- Date of Emigration

- County

- Remarks


Arrangement

The Agents Reports are arranged in alphabetical order by county name. The full list of counties represented can be found in the Index Terms.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

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.).


Index Terms

Burton, J. W., Agent for the Board of Land Commissioners
Farley, H. H., Agent for the Board of Land Commissioners
Grayson, Benjamin S., Agent for the Board of Land Commissioners, -1849
Menefee, John Sutherland, Agent for the Board of Land Commissioners, 1813-1884
Moorwood, Thomas, Agent for the Board of Land Commissioners
Western, Thomas G., Agent for the Board of Land Commissioners, 1792?-1847
Bastrop County (Tex.)
Bexar County (Tex.)
Brazoria County (Tex.)
Clerk Return
Colorado County (Tex.)
Fannin County (Tex.)
Fayette County (Tex.)
Fort Bend County (Tex.)
Goliad County (Tex.)
Gonzales County (Tex.)
Harrisburg County (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Jackson County (Tex.)
Jasper County (Tex.)
Jefferson County (Tex.)
Land Certificates
Land ownership--Texas
Legal documents
Matagorda County (Tex.)
Milam County (Tex.)
Montgomery County (Tex.)
Nacogdoches County (Tex.)
Red River County (Tex.)
Republic and State Land Grant Programs
Robertson County (Tex.)
San Augustine County (Tex.)
Shelby County (Tex.)
Texas General Land Office
Victoria County (Tex.)
Washington County (Tex.)

Related Archival Materials note

A Guide to the Clerk Returns Collection, 1837-1873

A Guide to the District Clerk Returns, 1839-1874


Administrative Information

Preferred Bibliographic Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Agents Reports (AR.85). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Agents Reports, 1838-1839

Box
OS 123 Agent Report, Benjamin S. Grayson, Bastrop County, May 25, 1839
Box Folder
G052 1 Agent Report, Thomas G. Western, Bexar County, August 1839
Box Folder
OS 60 3 Agent Report, Benjamin S. Grayson, Brazoria County, February 23, 1839
4 Agent Report, Benjamin S. Grayson, Colorado County, undated
5 Agent Report, H. H. Farley, Fannin County, May 16, 1839
6 Agent Report, Benjamin S. Grayson, Fayette County, May 24, 1839
7 Agent Report, Benjamin S. Grayson, Fort Bend County, undated
Box Folder
G052 2 Agent Report, Thomas Moorwood, Goliad County, May 18, 1839
3 Agent Report, Thomas Moorwood, Gonzales County, May 8, 1838
4 Agent Report, Ben Grayson, Harrisburg County, undated
Box
OS 129 Agent Report, E. Lawrence Stickney, Houston County, May 10, 1838
Box Folder
G052 5 Agent Report, J. S. Menefee, Jackson County, May 21, 1839
Box Folder
OS 60 8 Agent Report, H. H. Farley, Jasper County, July 13, 1839
Box Folder
G054 6 Agent Report, Jefferson County, June 20, 1839
7 Agent Report, Thomas Moorwood, Matagorda County, undated
Box Folder
OS 60 9 Agent Report, E. Lawrence Stickney, Milam County, May 17, 1839
Box Folder
G052 8 Agent Report, E. Lawrence Stickney, Montgomery County, May 6, 1839
Box
OS 123 Agent Report, E. Lawrence Stickney, Montgomery County, May 6, 1839
Box Folder
OS 60 10 Agent Report, Thompson, Nacogdoches County, March 10, 1838
11 Agent Report, E. Lawrence Stickney, Robertson County, May 14, 1839
Box Folder
G052 9 Agent Report, H. H. Farley, Red River County, May 24, 1839
11 Agent Report, J. W. Burton, San Augustine County, June 1, 1839
Box Folder
OS 60 12 Agent Report, J. W. Burton, Shelby County, May 24, 1838
Box Folder
G052 12 Agent Report, Thomas Moorwood, Victoria County, May 18, 1839
Box
OS 123 Agent Report, E. Lawrence Stickney, Washington County, May 22, 1839