Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 149 of 1,110
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oSR-j1~~ITO~ OF DALLA COU Y 4L
went out to hunt for the wagon. They had
gone only a short distance, only to the east
side of Elm Fork,-near which point the
little town of Carrollton in Dallas county
is now situated,-when they undertook to
fell a tree which was believed to contain
honey. and while engaged in doing so Rattan
wats killed by a squadron of Indians concealed
in the brusl. One or two of the Indians
were killed by Webb and Silkwood, then they
ecapled to reach their homes in safety and
convey the sad news of the murder of their
compan)ionM . From the exposure endured on
this trip, as it was exceedingly cold, the snow
being at least six or eight inches deep, Silkwood
was stricken down with sickness and
died after lingering only a short time. After
this one of tlese brave pioneers entered the
hunlit alone for this relief wagon, and on passingl
by1 this place, made sad by the killing of
their esteetned citizen, Rattan's faithful dog
was found guardinlg the dead body of his
kind master !
TIEI EAARLITERL SETTLERS.
INDUCIEMEN:TS' OFFEI:ElI) BY ACT OF LEGISLAT
ltCE--CI)TIACOTS FOR L I'PETEIRS' COLONY.
()O the 4th day of Febrllary, 1841, the
TIexttl Congress passed an act to attract attrtitiit,
and be all ilnducement to emigrrants
to ci4:,u alnd populate this then uncivilized
We give tie act in full to show the eagerlt.e;s
and lblitality show\ to get the interest
AN ACT GRANTING LAND TO IMMIGRANTS, PASSED
" Be it enacted, etc., That every head of
a family who has emigrated to this republic
since the first of January, one thousand eight
hundred and forty, or who may emigrate before
the first of January, one thousand eight
hundred and forty-two, with his family, and
who is a free white person, shall be entitled
to six hundred and forty acres of land; provided,
he settle and actually reside on the
same for the term of three years, and cultivate
an amount of the same not less than ten
acres; and further, provided, he shall have his
land surveyed and plainly marked, so as to
include his improvements.
SEC. 2.-That each single man over the
age of seventeen, who has or may emigrate
as provided in the first section of this act,
shall be entitled to three hundred and twenty
acres of land, upon the same conditions and
restrictions as the heads of families.
SEo. 3.-That in no instance shall a patent
be issued under the provisions of this act
unless the party produce the official certificate
of the chief justice of the county where he
may reside, that he, the said applicant, has
proven by two respectable and creditable witnesses,
that he has resided on the land for
which he wishes to receive a patent, and that
he has cultivated the quantum of land required
by this act for the term of three
years, and that he has done and performed
all the duties required of other citizens; and
that lie has taken the oath of allegiance to
this republic, provided always, the applicant
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/149/: accessed May 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.