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WILLIAM D. SIMPSON TO COLONEL ROGERS
Steubenville, Ohio, Sept. the gist AD 1844
Dr. Joseph Rogers Esqr.-Dr. Sr.
Our Belmont County Com. Pleas Court being in session have been
unable to inform you of the fate of George Weeks25 till this moment.
I maid a grate effort for him. Sent five persons out with pirtitions
for him. Sent a messenger to the Gov. for him. His sentance was
cummuted and he is well in the work house in Columbus, Ohio.
From your kind letter and the statements maid by Weeks I bought
his claime from him on the Texas Government. I took his conveyance
partaking of a quitt clame and fee simple deed and power of attorney,
before 2 justices of the county to which I have the clerks certificate
of the Court of Com. Pleas of Belmont County also the Pres. Judges
of our Court to which I will add the Secretary of State and the Gov.
of our State.
I paid Weeks abought $3oo.oo dollars for his claim, about $2oo.oo
was given to his si [s] ter, the remainder spent for his liberation.
He said he new you would give me any information you could to
assist me in obtaining the land. He sais he done your washings and
also Capt. Owen's. He sais he worked at the Black-smith Bisnys. You
give leave for him to work when you was incamped neare Peter
Hyneses in Texas.21 He also laft abought stealing a dimagon of
whiskey from you while in camp. He sais he cooked the dinner when
Gen. Samuel Houston and Lady came to the army and vizit.21 Sais
25The editor was unable to find the military record of George Weeks in the
General Land Office. He probably joined the army under his true name which he
changed later to Weeks.
26Peter Hynes received title on September 9, 1834, to one and one-fourth leagues
of land in the colony of Power and Hewetson, situated in the present county of
Refugio. On December 2o, 1835, he was one of the signers of the Goliad Declara-
tion of Independence. In 1846 he was chief justice of Refugio County.
27President Houston was at Camp Independence on January 16, 1837. On that
date he wrote a letter from there to Lieutenant Colonel Juan N. Sequin.-Amelia
W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker (eds.), The Writings of Sam Houston, z8Z3-z863
(8 vols.; Austin, 1938-1943), II, 33.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 55, July 1951 - April, 1952. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101139/. Accessed September 1, 2014.