Thursday, December 26, 2013

Texas Land Grant for Robert Jackson Wheatley, Part 1

In August 2012 I wrote about the parents of my 2nd-great-grandfather, Thomas Whitley. I had meant to return to the story of Robert Jackson Wheatley, my 3rd-great-grandfather. I knew he had left Warren County, Kentucky for Mills County, Texas, sometime after the 1880 US Census and before the 1900 US Census. Today I found Robert's Texas Land Grant. I'm posting the document in two parts.

The land grant file (source: Texas General Land Office website) states that on 8 December 1888, the family occupied 160 acres of public land 8 miles northwest of Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas, along Browns Creek (a tributary of the Pecan Bayou). The land was part of the Travis Preemption, and includes a field survey conducted on the land in May 1889. The document is a great find and I am thankful that it has been scanned and made freely available online.
Source: Texas General Land Office

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