Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 197 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
to wit: tlat is to say, I do give and bequeath
to mny son Joseph, clloiW of my horses, saddle
and bridle, one head. Secondly, I do
give and bequeath unto mny beloved wife,
llannah S. Simmons, all the rest of my
property, Ibth real and personal, and all
money that I have on hand or may have
cining to tne in any way, during her natural
life, andi at her death it is my will that after
giving to tlhe younger children equal to what
I have given the five oldest, that the rest be
cl-uallv divided atnongst all my children;
and lastly I do hereby appoint Hanlnah S.
Simttnuon my sole executor, to act without
giving sTcurity in any way and be at liberty
to ,move property where sho pleases.
Witness mny hand and seal.
"J. A. SI:.r3MMONS."
"Ac knowledge, sealed and delivered in
"JOIOIN G. GLIDEW\VIELL
" DANIEL FI REE.MAN."
"STATE: OF TbXiAs,
" C(oiv OF I).ALLAS.i
" Slptlembler 17. 1846), personally appeared
inform ime, William M. Coclran, at office,
fD),ie Freman,, tandl made oatl in Idue form
of law tha t heo seen J. A. Simmons sig, n tlhe
twilhin will for the purposes therein named,
atd that t he said J. A. Sitnmnons was of sound
mind when hle signed the same day and date
aloue writtl. Witness my hand and l)ivate
Jal, having 1no 1etl of office.
" WL.L,.a., M. CocH,:xlst
" County Clerk DI)llas County."
Thi tirt d (lel recorded in the county was
from Joth Necly IBryun and wife to Ienry
Hlortsr datedt Octolbr 7, 1841, autlhenticated
t4ireK William 1. () Ocilltree, district judge,
vtnihl.r 120, IS3-t, conveying lots 5 and 6
in block 3, in the town of Dallas, for a consideration
of $160. It was recorded on the
28th day of November, 1846.
Among other things of interest in the first
records can be found an oddity in the forml
of a bill of sale to a runaway slave, recorded
June 19, 1847, which reads as follows:
" STATE OF TEXAS, |
"COUNTr OF DALLAS. J
R( unaway Slave Henry, sold by Sheriff.
"To all whoml it may concern: Know ye
that by virtue of the power in me vested by
law, concerning the sale of runaway slaves
in this State, I, John Hewitt, sheriff of Dallas
county, State aforesaid, have this day sold
at public outcry, at the courthouse in the
town of Dallas, county aforesaid, a negro
man named Henry, a runaway slave, said
slave having been in my custody, and due
notice given of the fact according to law.
Now, this is to say that for the sum of $350,
cash in land to me paid, S. G. Newton and
William J. Walker became the purchasers,
and they have according to law all right to
keep, sell or dispose of said Henry, a slave,
in any way for their own or their heirs' interest
"' Given under Iny hand this the 11th day
of May, the year of our Lord 1847.
" JOHN IIEWITT,
"Sherip,' Dallas County, Texa."
I)STIICT JUDGES OF DALLAS.
1846 To 1847.
After the creation of district courts in the
State, the following district judges presided
over the district courts of Dallas county,
although residing elsewhere than in the
county, as their district ellbraced a large territory
from 1846 to 1856.
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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/m1/197/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.