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[Bills of Sale of a Slave Named Nancy, June 18, 1838]

Description: Bills of sale of a slave named Nancy. The initial bill was written by notary William Christy in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jacob Sevy is selling Nancy, approximately 15, to John Covington Thomas of Gainsville, Alabama, for $1,200. Handwritten bills are added explaining that John C. Thomas sells Nancy to James Chessher in August 1838 for $3,000, who in turn sells her to Stephen Jackson of Jefferson County, Texas, in 1840 for $1,000. A separate paper is included with a description of this document.
Date: June 18, 1838
Creator: New Orleans (La.)
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[Bill of Sale of a Slave Named Adam (or Tircis), December 15, 1859]

Description: Bill of sale witnessed by notary Selim Wagner, containing details of the sale of a slave named Adam or Tircis. Adam was sold for $1,225 by auctioneer for the estate of the deceased Pierre Riviere of New Orleans as directed by his executor, Nicolas Tourne. The buyer was Lucretia Van Woert of Sabine Pass, Texas, though her husband, Theodore Gripon, accepted on her behalf.
Date: December 15, 1859
Creator: New Orleans (La.)
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

Annual Occupation Tax Recepit Number 230

Description: Occupation tax receipt given to P. B. Bundick of Matagorda County, Texas for his occupation of Ferryman. Mr. Bundick paid ten dollars for both a state and county tax. The transaction was confirmed by the comptroller of public accounts, whose signature can be seen on the bottom left corner.
Date: 1885-11/1886-09
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Quarterly Occupation Tax Receipt Number 1040

Description: Quarterly occupation tax receipt given to P. B. Bundick of Matagorda County, Texas for his occupation of Ferryman. Mr. Bundick appears have paid a total of $2.62 on this particular quarter. The transaction was confirmed by the comptroller of public accounts, whose signature can be seen on the bottom right corner.
Date: 1886
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Quarterly Occupation Tax Receipt Number 164

Description: Quarterly occupation tax receipt given to P. B. Bundick of Matagorda County in Texas for his occupation of Ferryman. Mr. Bundick paid a total of $2.62 in state and county taxes for this particular quarter. The transaction was confirmed by the comptroller of public accounts, Jno. D. McCall, whose signature can be seen on the bottom right corner.
Date: 1887-10/1888-07
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Quarterly Occupation Tax Receipt Number 273

Description: Quarterly occupation tax receipt given to P. B. Bundick of Matagorda County, Texas for his occupation of Ferryman. Mr. Bundick appears have paid a total of $2.63 on this particular quarter. The transaction was confirmed by the comptroller of public accounts, Jno. D. McCall, whose signature can be seen on the bottom right corner.
Date: 1888
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Quarterly Occupation Tax Receipt Number 35

Description: Quarterly occupation tax receipt given to P. B. Bundick of Matagorda County, Texas for his occupation of Ferryman. Mr. Bundick appears have paid a total of $2.62 on this particular quarter. The transaction was confirmed by the comptroller of public accounts, Jno. D. McCall, whose signature can be seen on the bottom right corner.
Date: 1889
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Articles of Agreement for Warranty Deed]

Description: Deed recording the transaction between Laurits J. Lykke and his wife Hanna with Carl Harton regarding the sell of 70 acres of land in Wharton County, which was sold to Carl for a total sum of $8,298.12. The document goes on to give specific payment schedules and other relevant information. The deed is held together with a second document, a smaller piece of paper that was signed by a notary of Wharton County authenticating the transaction.
Date: 1899
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Articles of Incorporation of the Danish Mutual Insurance Company]

Description: Legal document inaugurating the Danish Mutual Insurance Company's corporate membership, filed through the Secretary of State's office in Austin, Texas, and signed under a notary. The document specifies a twenty year lifetime minimum and the seven men of the first board of directors who will be in charge of insuring both Wharton and Matagorda counties. They are as follows : Neils Christian Jensen, Marcus Nielsen, Helvig Jensen Berndt, H. P. Hermansen, Jasper J. Juhl, Marcus Christensen, and Niels M. Hansen.
Date: 1901-05/1901-06
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Certificate of Naturalization]

Description: Certificate of naturalization given to Helvig Jensen Berndt by the United States Department of Commerce and Labor. A black and white illustration of an eagle emblem is at the very top, flanked by the title of the document. The text on the page gives the names of Helvig's children and wife as well as a short physical description of Helvig. There is hand-written text on the back of the document which reads, "H. J. Berndt is U. S. Citizen since May 4, 1908."
Date: May 4, 1908
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Stock Share Certificate From Farmers & Citizens Savings Bank]

Description: Certificate for one share of capital stock from the Farmer and Citizens Savings Bank, issued to Joseph F. Price and signed by H. L. Price. An engraved image of an eagle and an embossed seal are featured on the front.
Date: March 19, 1909
Partner: Price Johnson Family Collection

Andrew Jensen's Declaration of Intention

Description: Declaration of Intention given to Andrew Jensen from the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. Signed in the county of Matagorda, the document declares Andrew's intention to become a natural citizen of the United States. It renounces his citizenship in Denmark and the King Frederick VIII. An embossed seal can be seen on the bottom left corner.
Date: May 27, 1910
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Andrew Jensen's Naturalization Papers

Description: Certificate of naturalization provided to Andrew Jensen after he became a citizen of the United States. Some biographical information is provided as well as additional standard signatures and bureaucratic fine print. There are two stamps on the back of the certificate, both of which appear to be written in Danish.
Date: June 1, 1918
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Andrew J. Jensen's Honorable Discharge from the Army of the United States]

Description: Discharge paper given to Andrew J. Jensen from the Army of the United States. The document states that Andrew was honorably discharged from his position of mechanic by reason of demobilization. Andrew's physical description follows, along with signatures from a commanding officer. Further biographical information is given on the back. Additionally, a piece of paper has been stapled on the back that was signed by the clerk of the county court in Wharton authenticating the document.
Date: 1919-06-26/1940-06-24
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Andrew & Dagny Jensen Marriage License

Description: Marriage license provided to Anders Jessen Jensen and Dagny Andersen from the Wharton County courthouse. There is a black and white illustration at the very top of the document of a bell composed entirely of small flowers, with a leafy vine emerging from the back of the bell and encircling it in an arc. This bell is inside a circular motif with decorative geometric elements around the edge, and is flanked on both sides by bold, Old English text that declares the document as a Marriage License. Hand-written text has been placed in several areas: where it calls for the names of the couple, dates, signatures, etc. The actual ceremony was ordained by Pastor J. A. M. Rodholm. When closed, the information provided in the opened document is condensed into the upper half of the document's back.
Date: December 29, 1922
Creator: Kral, F. L.
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Chattel Mortgage to First National Bank of El Campo by Andrew Jensen

Description: Document recording a mortgage taken out by Andrew Jensen from the First National Bank of El Campo, Texas. Andrew took out three hundred dollars with a ten percent interest. A piece of paper has been stapled on the back with a stamp of approval and two postage stamps.
Date: May 10, 1923
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Andrew Jensen's Promissory Note to Danevang Farmer's Cooperative]

Description: Promissory note from Andrew J. Jensen to the Danevang Farmer's Cooperative Society over a sum of twenty five dollars. The note is signed on the bottom right corner by Andrew. A red stamp with the date has been placed on this corner as well.
Date: February 9, 1925
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Release of Oil and Gas Lease

Description: Release document of an oil and gas lease between the Roxana Petroleum Corporation and Carl Harton and his wife Christiane Harton. The document states that the petroleum company is relinquishing 70 acres of property in Wharton County, along with all rights, to the Hartons. Signatures were made on the bottom by the vice-president of the corporation and a notary. When closed, on the back, the top quarter of the document condenses the document into two lines of text that read, "Release of Oil and Gas Lease Roxana Petroleum Corporation To."
Date: February 14, 1927
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Articles of Incorporation, League of United Latin American Citizens - 1930-05-04]

Description: Articles of Incorporation for the League of United Latin American Citizens dated May 4, 1930. The document states the organization's name and statement of purpose and is signed by LULAC's president and Secretary General, representatives from 20 LULAC Councils, and the Secretary of State of Texas.
Date: May 4, 1930
Creator: League of United Latin American Citizens
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Articles of Incorporation, League of United Latin American Citizens - 1930-05-04]

Description: Articles of Incorporation for the League of United Latin American Citizens dated May 4, 1930. The document states the organization's name and statement of purpose and is signed by LULAC's president and Secretary General, representatives from 20 LULAC Councils, and the Secretary of State of Texas.
Date: May 4, 1930
Creator: League of United Latin American Citizens
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[United States Patent Office, Affidavit of Meyer Bodansky]

Description: Affidavit of Meyer Bodansky from the United States Patent Office for Benjamin R. Harris' patent application for his rationalization on the chemistry of lecithin and substances like lecithin.
Date: August 15, 1930
Creator: Bodansky, Meyer, 1896-1941
Partner: Moody Medical Library, UT

Revaluation Policy of Property

Description: Insurance policy document written in Danish. It was sent by Carl Harton in order to apply for membership to cover household goods against fire or lightning damages. When folded, the document acts as a pamphlet on the back, where much of its bylaws and fine print policies appear to be stated.
Date: August 23, 1930
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

[Mrs. C. C. Jensen's Insurance Policy]

Description: Insurance policy document belonging to Mrs. C. C. Jensen of Danevang, Texas. According to the content in the document, she applied for membership with the Danish Mutual Insurance Association for protection against any fire or lightening damage that could affect her home and furnishings. Signatures from the president and secretary of the organization can be seen at the bottom, by P. J. Petersen and Peter Harton, respectively. When folded, the back of the document acts as a pamphlet that lists the various bylaws and article of the insurance organization.
Date: 1931
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society

Power of Attoney from Lykke Heirs to Peter Harton

Description: Power of attorney document, also known as a letter of attorney, between the Lykke heirs and Peter Harton. The first page lists the individuals present during the document's creation. The second page describes the transaction between the Lykkes and Peter Harton, who is receiving a sizable amount of property, as well as the right to manage and control the property in any way he sees fit.
Date: July 27, 1931
Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society