Cases argued and decided in the Supreme Court of Texas, during the latter part of the Tyler term, 1874, and the first part of the Galveston term, 1875. Volume 42. Page: 441
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1875.] ROGERS V. RAGLAND. 44t
Opinion of the Court.
one hundred baras square, each block having four lots fifty
Afterwards, at different times, and outside of the town proper,
under the orders of the town council, the lands were surveyed
for sale, and laid off into tracts of different sizes, but generally
into blocks of one hundred and sixty acres, subdivided into
lots of forty acres. In these surveys, streets were laid out but
were not sold. The maps accompanying the statement of facts
show the sub-divisions of the four leagues and divisions of the
town into blocks and lots.
In 1847, Dr. Ragland purchased lot No. 4, in block No.
71, on the mile square, or town proper, as called by the
witnesses, and soon afterwards built a dwelling-house, and
made other improvements upon it, and took possession and
continued to reside upon it with his wife and children, and
family servants, until his death, in 1867.
The lands in controversy, described as 0, P, and W, and the
fractional lot, were not surveyed and offered for sale until after
the year 1868, and in that year the town council offered for
public sale a large amount of land situated within the limits of
the town tract, on the east and west side of the river, in quantities
to suit purchasers, describing the land as of the best
quality, well timbered, and well adapted for sugar and cotton
Dr. Ragland's purchases were made at different times between
1850 and 1855. The map refers to these lots by the
letters 0, P and W, giving the quantity of each. The deeds
describe them by these letters, and as lots or surveys, or as
"farm-lots," amounting in the aggregate to one hundred and
fifty-eight acres, and a fraction over, situated on the west side
of the river, about one mile and a half from lot 4 in block
71, with farms intervening. That the land in controversy
consisted of lots called and recognized by the public authorities
rand by the community as "farm-lots," or terms expressing
the same meaning, as distinguished from " buildings
"lots," or terms of the like import in the town proper, on the
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