Liberty County History

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Kevin Ladd is director of the Wallisville Heritage Park at Wallisville, Chambers County, TX and lives in Hardin, TX. He is chairman of the Liberty County Historical Commission and writes for "Texas Illustrated," a monthly publication of the Liberty Gazette newspaper, which is devoted to local history and folklore.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Sale of Lots in the Town of Liberty (1837)

The Telegraph & Texas Register
Thursday, October 4, 1837



Sale of Lots in the
TOWN OF LI BERTY .

NOTICE IS HEREBY given that a sale of the lots in the town of Liberty will take place in said town, on the 25th day of October next, and continue from day to day, until a sufficient number of lots are sold. This town is the county seat and is situated in an elevated and beautiful prairie, near the east bank of the Trinity river, about thirty miles above its mouth. The country adjacent embraces some of the richest cotton lands of Texas. The climate is remarkably healthy, and the water pure and wholesome. A channel has recently been discovered at the mouth of the Trinity, admitting vessels drawing five feet water; this will permit a direct communication to be opened between this place and Galveston, making this the depot of a very extensive and fertile section of the country. It is only forty miles from Houston, and eighty from Ballou's ferry, on the Sabine.

TERMS: -- One-third of the purchase money to be paid in hand, one-third in three months, and the other in six months. For the security of the corportion, the title will not be issued until the last payment is made; and any person failing to make the second or last payment, will forfeit the lot or lots, together with the money already paid.

October 1, 1837. 91-t

D. P. COIT, Secretary
H. W. FARLEY, Mayor.


Note from Kevin Ladd: This advertisement in the Telegraph & Texas Register tells us several things. If one scrolls down this blog, there can be found the Joint Resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives for the Republic of Texas formally incorporating the "Town of Liberty" and instructing the voters of that town to select seven trustees for the "Corporation." That was approved in June 1837 and promptly signed by President Sam Houston. The Chief Justice [what we now call the County Judge] for Liberty County and the four county commissioners then in office were further instructed to call the election and oversee the same. By the time this notice was signed on October 1, 1837, it would appear that the seven trustees [what we now call council members] had been duly elected. The Joint Resolution also compels the seven trustees, once duly elected, to select from their number one individual to be the mayor of the town and another to be the secretary. All of these things would appear to have been accomplished by this same date. Dr. Henry Wise Farley appears here as the mayor of the Town of Liberty. Daniel P. Coit is listed as the secretary. The Corporation apparently has decided to generate some revenue by the sale of town lots. The terms are not overly generous, although the selling price for the lots is not given here. What makes this notice especially interesting to me is that this is the earliest document I've run across showing an individual as the mayor of Liberty. Miss Miriam Partlow's book, Liberty, Liberty County and the Atascosito District, which was published in 1974 by Pemberton Press, gives a list of all mayors and council members. But that list begins with George Loving as the first mayor in 1838, and this document would suggest that Dr. Farley would probably trump Loving with this October 1, 1837 date. As always, more research is needed here, and I will share it here as we continue to work through newspaper accounts and records of 1837 and 1838.

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