The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966 Page: 65
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Land Grants to Confederate Veterans and Widows
Nancy Cecil of Walker County sold certificate No. 1972 on
January 31, 1885, to J. H. Collett for $1oo.
J. B. Gee of Walker County sold certificate No. 2049 to R. M.
Thomson on July 26, 1883, for $85.
Mrs. Sarah E. Maddox of Delta County sold certificate No. 255
on June 30, 1886, to J. A. Templeton of Clay County for $50o.
John Winn sold certificate No. 2067 to William Von Rosenberg
on April 16, 1883, for $1oo.
Austin A. Gibbons of Travis County sold certificate No. 2047
to Martin V. Crenshaw for $100oo on December 2, 1882, the same
day he received it.
John W. Grace sold certificate No. 353 on January 1g, 1884,
to G. B. Grassis for $1oo.
Mrs. L. Bartlett sold certificate No. 2048 to E. A. Giraud on
March 23, 1885, for $135.
Jane Gilley sold certificate No. 778 on April 21, 1883, to Powell
and Gage for $5.oo. It seems inconceivable that a 1,280 acre land
certificate actually sold for so little; after the "$5" was a blank,
but nothing like "and other valuable consideration" was added.
Nancy Ayres sold certificate No. 602 on February 16, 1882, for
$75 cash and a note for $125, to Stephen Thompson.
As to the value of the grants to ex-Confederates, one cannot
but think it would have been better for the act to have made the
certificates non-transferable. In the twenty cases cited and studied,
nineteen recipients sold their certificates and only one used it to
claim the land for himself. If the $5.oo figure for Mrs. Gilley be
correct, the nineteen certificates sold from as low as $5.oo up to
$400. To add the prices and then divide by nineteen would not
give an accurate estimate of what most received for their cer-
tificates. Only one certificate sold for more than $200; six brought
less than $1oo; and eleven netted $1oo to $2oo inclusive, which
seems to be about the average.
Thus it would appear that, although Texas provided 1,280 acre
grants of land to assist Confederate veterans and their widows,
the great majority of the beneficed sold their certificates and
realized less than $200 from the gift.
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