Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 1, January, 1994 Page: 36
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13, 1897, the charges were dropped at the request of the district
attorney, who gave as his reason that "it is no longer possible to identify
the defendants" (see Criminal Minutes 1, pages 557-558, Office of the
District Clerk, Colorado County, Texas).
In Columbus and vicinity have lived some eminent personages.
Zumwalt concludes his history with a section based on an article
attributed to S. M. Lesesne that was reprinted from The Galveston News
by The Weimar Mercury on October 3, 1913. That article is reprinted in
Count de Serin of Paris, France, for awhile made this his abiding place.
Leon de Serin, apparently with his wife, Zelie, and daughter, Mary, came
to Texas on the same ship as William Bollaert. In a journal that was based
on and encompassed diaries that he kept, Bollaert related that the ship
left London on December 9, 1841 and traveled directly to Galveston,
arriving there February 20, 1842 (see William Bollaert's Texas, pages 4
and 11). The day after they arrived, de Serin, Bollaert, and others wrote
a letter to Sam Houston asking that they be made eligible for land grants.
Houston replied that he could not comply with their request, as the law
then in force entitled emigrants to land only if they arrived prior to
January 1, 1842 (see Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, editors,
The Writings of Sam Houston, Austin: University of Texas Press, 1939,
page 489). Later that year, de Serin was camped on Buffalo Bayou,
where, on July 7, Bollaert visited him. He and his family were ill, and,
according to Bollaert, he was considering returning to France (see
William Bollaert's Texas, pages 108-109). He stayed, however; and on
December 29, 1847, he purchased 320 acres on Harvey's Creek in the
Asa Townsend Survey west of Columbus (see Deed Book H, page 148,
Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas). He may have
moved onto the land around the same time. Certainly in 1850 he was
living in Colorado County, as is evidenced by his presence on the census
of the county taken that year. He is listed as a 46 year old farmer from
France. Living with him were his 36 year old wife, Zilla, his 14 year old
daughter, Mary, both born in France, and his four year old daughter,
Leonia, born in Texas (see Seventh Census of the United States (1850),
Colorado County, Texas). Just over four years later, in February 1852,
in a not-altogether-clear series of events, de Serin bought another 233
acres about ten miles west of Columbus for consideration said in the
deed to be one dollar, then sold both his tracts in the county for $2200
(see Deed Book H, pages 153 and 154, Office of the County Clerk,
Colorado County, Texas). These sales probably signal his departure
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