The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 362
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Ten days later Jackson was elected district alcalde5 and ex officio
militia captain of the San Jacinto neighborhood, including most
of present Harris County.6 In November, Stephen F. Austin for-
warded his commission, but doubtlessly Jackson had already en-
tered upon the prosecution of his duties.7
Immediately his neighbors resorted to legal actions to reconcile
their squabbles. James Strange complained of encroachment upon
his labor that lay between the leagues of Nathaniel Lynch at
Lynchburg and William Scott near present Baytown. Lynch
moved his eastern boundary a number of times, thereby making
Strange's labor smaller and smaller. Apparently he justified his
action by claiming that Scott's boundary had been placed too
far west. Strange wrote to Austin, who directed Jackson to settle
the matter. With the assistance of four arbitrators, Jackson laid
off the disputed line on January 1, 1825.8
In April, Jackson had a case that proved difficult and unpleas-
ant. The schooner Mary, with Benjamin Carrico captain and
W. B. Allen mate, left New Orleans on March 13, 1825, with a
load of tobacco, flour, whiskey, and other goods on deck and a
number of passengers, among them Jesse Nelson and Jesse H.
Cartwright, below deck. On March 26, the schooner entered
Galveston Bay and sent its boat ahead to make soundings. Despite
that precaution the schooner went aground on Red Fish Reef,
but it got off without difficulty. Immediately, however, the tide
and the wind ran it aground once more and threatened to beat
it to pieces. To avoid destruction of the ship and loss of life,
Carrico ordered the craft lightened by tossing the freight over-
board. Later, Cartwright and Nelson went before Jackson and
filed suit against Carrico for the loss they had sustained. Jackson
approached Carrico and Allen in an attempt to reach a settle-
ment. Allen admitted the responsibility of the ship's officers and
For a description of the duties of a district alcalde, see Eugene C. Barker, The
Life of Stephen F. Austin, Founder of Texas, 1793-1836: A Chapter in the West-
ward Movement of the Anglo-American People (Austin, 1949), lo8-111, 185.
6Austin to Flores, August 26, 1824, in Eugene C. Barker (ed.), The Austin
Papers (Vols. I and II, Annual Report of the American Historical Association for
the Years 1919 and 1922, Washington, 1924, 1928; Vol. III, University of Texas
Press, Austin, 1926), I, 934-935.
?Austin to Jackson, November, 1824, ibid., 980.
sJackson to Austin, January 6, 1825, ibid., II, logo-loxl.
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