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Poe, paymaster-general of the Army of Texas, but they were
never accepted as valid by the General Land Office of Texas. No
complete list of the "Poe" warrants can be made because any
record which may have been made originally was destroyed in
a fire which razed the adjutant-general's office on October lo, 1855.
Sixty-nine "Poe" warrants, either the actual warrant or a dupli-
cate warrant issued in lieu of the "Poe" warrant, have been lo-
cated. It seems quite probable that many more "Poe" warrants
were issued, but unless a survey was returned to the land office
with the warrant, no record of the issuance of the warrant exists.
When "returns" (surveys) were made to the land office on the
basis of "Poe" warrants, they were rejected. For example, the
General Land Office file for Travis Bounty 403 contains field
notes of a 16o acre survey made by virtue of bounty warrant 369,
issued by George W. Poe to John McCoy on September 28, 1836.
The survey was not patented and the notation on the file explains
that "This was made by virtue of Poe warrant which is not in
this office and was never authority for issuing patents to holder.
May 18, 1875."
The first valid bounty warrant for 32o acres was issued by
Secretary of War Bernard Bee to the heirs of R. H. Douglass on
November 1, 1837.27 During the period of the republic, secretaries
of war Bernard Bee, George W. Hockley, Albert Sidney Johnston,
William G. Cooke, and Branch T. Archer and the chief clerk
of the Department of War and Marines Charles Mason issued and
signed all of the original bounty warrants.
After annexation the State of Texas retained title to its public
domain and continued to issue bounty warrants. Up to October,
1855, the adjutants-general issued the warrants. The numbering
of the warrants was begun anew with those issued by the state.
The first bounty warrant issued by the state was executed by
Adjutant General William G. Cooke on April 30, 1846, to the
heirs of Joseph H. Clark for i,920 acres.28 The last bounty war-
27Bounty Register. Warrant Nos. 1 to 4499, 1-11-37 to 12-4-38 (MSS., General
Land Office, Austin), 2; for this grant see also Rusk Bounty No. 37 (MS., General
Land Office, Austin).
28Bounty Register. Warrant Nos. 1 to 4499, 1-11-37 to 12-4-38, p. 470. This
valuable source is incorrectly labelled; actually the warrant numbers go through
number 10,113 for the republic and through number 2,095 for the state.


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