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Amanuensis Monday: John Hamilton’s Republic of Texas claim

This document is part of my 4th great-grandfather John Hamilton, Jr’s (ca 1810-1860) Republic of Texas claim.


No 246

This is to certify that John Hamilton has appeared before us the Board of Land Commissioners for the county of Bastrop and proved according to law that he arrived in this Republic in April 1836 as a Vol and has served a tour of duty in the Army of Texas and has an honorable discharge and is a married man and entitled to one League and Labor of land, upon the condition of paying at the rate of five dollars for each Labor of usable land and two dollars and forty cents for each Labor of pasture land which may be contained in the survey secured to him by this Certificate. Given under our hands this the 2nd day of April 1838.

    Attest                                                                                                                                                   S B Patton, Pres

R B Craft, Clerk                                                                                                                                          Moses Gage, Asst Comm


The Republic Claims series of Comptroller’s records includes claims for payment, reimbursement, or restitution submitted by citizens to the Republic of Texas government from 1835 through 1846. It also includes records relating to Republic pensions and claims against the Republic submitted as public debt claims after 1846. The files include supporting documents such as vouchers, financial accounts, military records, receipts, notes, or letters.

A league of land equals 4,428 acres and a labor, 177 acres, combined they add up to 4,605 acres [19 km²]. This was the
amount of a headright (first-class) granted to “all persons except Africans and their descendants, and Indians, living in Texas
on the day of the Declaration of Independence… if they be heads of families… and if a single man, 17 years or older, one-third
league” (1,476 acres).

A special headright was issued for military service. Soldiers who arrived in Texas between March 2, 1836 and August 1, 1836 received the same amount of land given to original colonists in a first class headright (4,605 acres for the head of a family).

On 15 Dec 1837, in accordance with the provisions of the Land Law, Samuel B Patton, Moses Gage and R B Craft were elected officers for Mina (later Bastrop County), Texas.




52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week # 47: Small Genealogy Vendors

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich small genealogy vendor is your favorite one to see at genealogy conferences? What does this vendor offer to the genealogy community? Why do you like visiting this vendor in the exhibit hall? Share web site links or contact information for this vendor so others can benefit from their products.

While probably not technically a vendor, I would like to meet the folks behind the BetterGEDCOM project:

BetterGEDCOMBetterGEDCOM was organized in the fall of 2010, by DearMyrtle, Greg Lamberson and Russ Worthington, after Myrt and Russ had problems sharing genealogical information about a mutual line. Their data had become lost or mangled in the transfer. Knowing many others shared the same frustrations, these dedicated technologists and users fostered the BetterGEDCOM grassroots effort. The project’s original goal was to develop a standard for genealogy data archiving and transfer that would be accepted internationally.

I know that when I moved my database from Family Tree Maker to RootsMagic 4 years ago, the GEDCOM file that I exported from FTM and then imported into RootsMagic brought with it some rather odd added characters that to me were gibberish. Non-seamless transfer seems to be a common problem between the different genealogy programs.

And wouldn’t it be nice to be able to sync an online database, such as Geni, with my desktop RootsMagic program?

DearMYRTLE discusses the BetterGEDCOM project here.



52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.