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The property that Mr. Houston owned in Dallas totaled 274.85 acres in the two
tracts. The Dallas Development Company developed Country Club Estates, bounded by
Lakewood Boulevard on the North and Greeneville Avenue on the West. They also sold
part of the land to Lakewood Country Club.
Descendants of residents of at least nine other places, from Iowa to Maine, would
be interested in seeing this Pennsylvania will for the relationships that it defines. With a
little research one can easily do a four or five generation chart of the descendants of Mr.
Houston's grandparents, as well as the descendants of his mother and father-in-law.
In 1996 the dwelling "Druin Moir" still stands in Chestnut Hill. It is palatial,
surrounded by spacious grounds, although some of the grounds are now occupied by a
private girls school The Church of St. Martin-in-the-Field is still there and is elegant,
beautiful and well-kept. Descendants of Mr. Houston are still members of the church, as
far as I could determine.
What a wealth of information this document contains, and what lessons it gives
us. We seldom find the insights into a man's character that Item 58 gives. And wouldn't we
like to find that inventory book to see what it contained that he didn't want recorded or
1 Patent No. 908, Vol. Q, from State of Texas to Heirs of E. Bennett, deceased, recorded in Vol. E, Page 559, Deed
Records of Dallas County, Texas. Filed Nov. 15, 1856 in possession of Hallie Price Garner.
Patent No. 451, Vol. 11, Certificate No. 72 from State of Texas to William James. Recorded in Vol. P, p. 424,
Dallas Co., Texas, Filed 27 Mar 1872. Copy in possession of Hallie Price Garner..
The land was purchased in several parcels. (A) Warranty Deed from L. C. Mayes to Henry H. Houston, 26 Aug
1889 (Filed 31 Aug 1889). Dallas County, Texas. Deed Book 114, p. 324. (B) Warranty Deed from Susan A Good,
widow, to Henry H. Houston, 26 Aug 1889 (Filed 31 Aug 1889)). Dallas County, Texas. Deed Book 112, p. 294.
(C) Warranty Deed from A. Devereux and wife E. A. Devereux to H. H. Houston, 26 Sep. 1889 (Filed 11 Nov 1889)
Dallas County, Texas Deed Book 115, p. 298. and (D) Warranty Deed from E. B. Peter to H. H. Houston, 26 Sep
1889 (Filed 11 Nov 1889). Dallas County, Texas Deed Book 116, p. 217. All in Dallas County Clerk's Office,
Dallas, Texas. Copies of all in possession of Hallie Price Garner.
4 Warranty Deed, lien retained from Sallie L. Houston et al to the Dallas Development Company, 7 Feb 1912 (filed
26 Feb 1912), Dallas County, Texas Deed Book 542, p. 173. Release of lien 31 Oct 1917 (filed 12 Nov 1917),
Dallas County, Texas Deed Book 728, p. 65. Dallas County Clerk's Office, Dallas, Texas. Copies in possession of
Hallie Price Garner.
5Will of Henry H. Houston dated 2 Feb 1892, Original filed in Orphan's Court, Philadelphia, PA. Filed for Texas
record 21 Apr 1906, recorded in Vol. 353, p. 123 Deed records of Dallas County, Texas. Dallas County Clerk's
office, Dallas, Texas. Copy in possession of Hallie Price Garner.
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