A Guide to the James Kerr Papers, 1830, 1846-1850
James Kerr, soldier, attorney, surveyor, and physician, was born near Danville, Kentucky, on September 24, 1790. In January 1825, Kerr was appointed surveyor general of the Texas colony of Green DeWitt and that same year he joined the colony of his close friend, Stephen F. Austin. In 1927, Kerr received title to a league in Jackson County. During the period of the republic, Kerr represented Jackson County in the House of the Third Congress and introduced anti-dueling legislation and a bill to make Austin the capital. He died in his Jackson County home on December 25, 1850.
Thomas Jefferson Chambers, lawyer and land speculator, was born in Orange County, Virginia, on April 13, 1802. By 1826 he traveled to Mexico City, where he became acquainted with Vice Governor Victor Blanco of Coahuila and Texas. With Blanco's influence Chambers became a certified surveyor and in 1829 was named surveyor general of Texas. He and land commissioner Juan Antonio Padilla were appointed to survey claims and issue titles to Texans who had lived on their land before 1827 but remained without deeds. He died on March 1865.
Stephen L. Hardin, "KERR, JAMES," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 17, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Margaret Swett Henson, "CHAMBERS, THOMAS JEFFERSON [1802-1865]," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 17, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Modified on March 4, 2011. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The James Kerr Papers, 1830, 1846-1850, include fifteen pages of the notary public memorandum book kept by James Kerr for Jackson County, Texas, and a letter sent to Kerr by Thomas Jefferson Chambers concerning land surveys.
This collection is open for research use.
James Kerr Papers, 1830, 1846-1850, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, November 2014.
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