A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas Page: 83
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LIMESTONE, FREESTONE AND LEON COUNTIES.
he was a Mexican judge; this was Thomas
Jefferson Chambers, whose survey was
madeon September 23d of that year (1834).
The other ante-revolution surveys were
made about a year later, under the resurrected
Burnet Colony of 1826: Rachel
Leach, 27th October, 1836; Jehu Peoples,
27th October 1835; John Taylor, 12th October;
Enoch Frier on the 11th; Michael
Shire and also Jeremiah Latham, both on
the 11th; Martin Latham on the 5th;
John McNeal on the 15th, and John Choat
on the 18th of October, 1835. These were
large surveys located chiefly in the northeast
and south central parts of Navarro's
The di spute as to whether this territory
was properly in the Burnet Colony, is well
shown in the syllabus of the litigation over
the Rachel Leach survey in 1866; it reads:
"The boundaries of Burnet's colony, under
his contract with Coahuila and Texas, of
the 22d December, 1826, are thus described
in the record: 'Beginning at the town of
Nacogdoches; thence on a north course,
the distance of fifteen leagues, to a point
clear of the twenty boundary leagues parallel
with the river Sabine, which river is
the boundary or dividing line with the
United States of the North; here a landmark
shall be made; and thence on a line
run west to Navasota creek; thence down
said creek with its meanderings, by its left
bank, to the place where it is crossed bythe
road leading from Bexar to Nacogdoches;
thence with said road to the fork of
the Bull's Hill (Lomo del Toro) road, before
arriving at the military post on the
Trinity, with said road to its junction with
the old road; and with said old road to the
town of Nacogdoches and place of beoinning.
Leaving at the right, all the lands
granted yesterday to citizen John Luci s
Woodbury, attorney for Messrs. Jose Vehlein
& Company.' * * *
" If the northern line of Burnet's colony,
being run directly west, would pass north
of Navasota creek, it must be so varied as
to strike the most northern branch of that
' The condition of the country in 1835
requires that liberal construction be given
in favor of grants and locations then made.
" If the lines of Burnet's colony had been
established, the survey of a colonist, claiming
under that colony, must, if valid, have
been made within its limits.
" But if, as is believed to have been
the case, the lines of the colony had never
been surveyed, or otherwise established by
certain boundaries, the tact that the colonihl
commissioner and a colonist located the
land of the latter a short distance without
the limits of the colony, as since ascertained,
did not necessarily invalidate the title of
the colonist to the land located.
"If it can fairly be concluded that the
commissioner and the colonist reasonably
believed that the land located for the colonist
was within the limits of the colony,
the title of the colonist is valid, notwithstanding
it may have since been ascertained
that the land is not comprised within the
This colony divided Navarro with the
old defunct Edwards colony on the north,
in 1835, but no Edwards' colonists came
upon the territory. The Robertson or
Nashville colony on the west, hung in an
uncertain boundary about the head of the
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Lewis Publishing Company. A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, book, 1893; Chicago, Illinois. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1/85/: accessed May 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.