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El Tivoli Place History
about 3 1/2 miles S 65 W from the town of Dallas located by virtue of Certificate No 18
Vol. 2 issued by the Commissioner of Peters Colony Aprillst 1850 and being the land
Secured to the said McCracken by letter Patent No.1465 Vol. 11 bearing date the 31st
day of May A.D. 1855. Beginning at a stake and mound in prairie the S W corner of M
Merrifield survey No. 98 from which a Pecan brs S _ E _ an Elm brs S 26 degrees E
19 0/0 vs Thence West 830 vs a branch 1900 8/10 vs a stake in prairie. Thence North
1900 8/10 vs a stake from which an Elm brs and another bears S 29
degrees E 46 vs Thence East 1900 8/10 vs to a stake and mound in prairie the N W
corner of sd survey. Thence South with said survey crossing branch 1900 8/10 varas to
place of beginning. Bearings marked X to have and to hold the aforesaid tract of land
containing six hundred and forty acres with the said F Cantragrel Agent and Trustee as
aforesaid to hold in trust for the sole use and benefit of said European & American
Society of Colonization to Texas their heirs or assigns forever, and we the said Anson
McCracken and Mahala Ann McCracken do hereby warrant and will forever defend the
title to the aforesaid premises. Together with all the improvements therein with him the
said F Cantragrel an Agent and Trustee as aforesaid free from the claims of all persons
claiming the same or any part thereof by through or under or otherwise. In testimony
whereof we hereinto set our hand or scrawls for seals this 13th day of September 1855.
Mahala A McCracken
The State of Texas Dallas County
Personally appeared before the undersigned County Clerk in and for said County Anson
McCracken and Mahala Ann McCracken, his wife, who unto me well known and
acknowledged the execution of the foregoing deed to be their own free act and for the
purpose and considerations therein specified and the said Mahala Ann McCracken being
by me examined formally and apart from her said husband and having the contract and
objects of said deed by me fully explained to her declared that she executed the same of
her own free will and accord without the fear force and persuasion of her said husband
and that she wished not to retract it. In testimony whereof I herewith set hand and affix
my official seal this 13th day of September 1855
W W Peak clk
Filed or record 13th September 1855
at 3 0/2 O'clock P.M.
W W Peak clk
In 1855, a Frenchman, Jacob Maximilien ,
Reverchon and his son, Julien, and a daughter, -
Louise, arrived in America to join the La Reunion
Colony. Not long after they arrived, the Colony
began to lose families because of the hardships of .
farming and climate. Reverchon and his little
family stayed on, and settled on the La Reunion
land which now contains the El Tivoli
(Photo courtesy of Marie Caillet, great-granddaughter of
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