The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 118
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
The special grant was practically a gift from the state.1 It was
intended primarily as a means of rewarding individuals for either
civil or military service. But in reality almost any applicant,
regardless of merit, might secure in this way large tracts of choice
lands. This is well illustrated by the few special grants that were
made within the limits of De Witt's colony. The following are the
reasons assigned by the persons to whom these grants were made
for applying in this way for lands. In some cases these reasons
were evidently good; in others they were hardly worth considera-
Joseph de la Baume had lived in B6jar since 1806 and had been
Jesus Cantu was poor. He had been in the country twenty-
two years, and had married a Mexican.
Marjila Chirino claimed that land had been given her husband,
who had been a lieutenant and an alcalde of B6jar, and she now
asked for it.
Joseph D. Clements gave no reason.
Benjamin and Graves Fulshear2 had spent seven years in mili-
Eligio Gortari desired property.
James Kerr had served against Indians and laid out roads.
Byrd Lockhart in 1827 had opened a road from B6jar through
Gonzales to San Felipe de Austin and another from Gonzales along
the right bank of the Lavaca River to Matagorda Bay. The actual
cost of these roads had been over four thousand pesos, and a mod-
erate price for the labor expended was one thousand pesos. He
therefore asked, by way of compensation, for four leagues of land.
Anastacio Mansola had been in the country forty-two years. He
had served as presidial at Bejar, and for this he had been poorly
Edward Pettus had been in the country since 1822. His father
was very poor and had suffered many hardships.
William Pettus had fought the Indians and had helped to keep
quiet in the country. He had also helped De Witt and had given
to him and to poor people both money and property.
Jose Maria Salinas was one of the first settlers in the country and
he desired lands.
1 The fees appear to have been the same as when the title was secured
through an empresario.
2 This name was variously spelled by the men that bore it (see appen-
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905, periodical, 1905; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/m1/120/: accessed January 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.