The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 68, July 1964 - April, 1965 Page: 389
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ly, neither the original volume nor this reprint contains a contents
page or an index. Each colony or empresario grant, however, is
shown separately with the grantees listed in alphabetical order.
The first 49 pages contain the titles of those settlers who were
granted land in Austin's Colony, followed by a list of Mexican
nationals who obtained titles in 1832 and 1833 to land in that
colony directly from the State of Coahuila and Texas. On pages
53 and 54 are the titles issued by Commissioner Talbot Chambers
for land in Milam's Colony; pages 57 to 65, the titles issued by
Jos6 Antonio Navarro in Green DeWitt's Colony; pages 67 to
75, the titles in Powers' and Hewetson's Colony issued by Jose
Jesis Vidaurri; pages 77 to 83, the titles issued by Commissioner
George W. Smythe to land in "various places, in 1835"; pages 85
to 1oo, the grants made by various commissioners and alcaldes
at Nacogdoches from 1791 to 1835; pages lo1 to 110, the titles
issued by Charles S. Taylor, "Commissioner for the Frontier
Settlers east of Austin's Colony during the years 1835 and 1836";
pages 12 to 122 are the land grants in Burnet's Colony, pages
123 to 136 in Vehlein's Colony, and pages 137 to 152, in Zavala's
Colony, all issued in 1834 and 1835 by George Antonio Nixon,
the commissioner for these three colonies. Then, on pages 154
to 168 are the grants issued in 1834 and 1835 by William H.
Steel in Robertson's or Austin's and Williams' Colony; pages 170
to 172 show the special grants in DeWitt's Colony and Bexar
County issued by Jos6 Antonio Navarro; pages 174 to 176 con-
tain the titles of lands sold by the State of Coahuila and Texas
under the contract of S. M. Williams, F. W. Johnson, and Robert
Peebles; and, finally, pages 178 to 182 list the grantees to lands
sold by the state in May, 1835, and "Sundry Miscellaneous."
Mary Lewis Ulmer of the Houston Public Library, who wrote
the preface, says there are but eight complete copies of the orig-
inal book of which only three in Texas are available to the pub-
lic. Though cumbersome and time-consuming to use without an
index, this reprint will be helpful to a historian or genealogist
in locating the settlers in Texas from 1791 to 1836 who obtained
land grants from Spain and Mexico. Many of the titles listed
were later held to be invalid, but it is desirable to have all of
them, whether valid or invalid, available in a single book. A cas-
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