This document is part of my 4th great-grandfather John Hamilton, Jr’s (ca 1810-1860) Republic of Texas claim.
This is to certify that John Hamilton has appeared before us the Board of Land Commissioners for the county of Bastrop and proved according to law that he arrived in this Republic in April 1836 as a Vol and has served a tour of duty in the Army of Texas and has an honorable discharge and is a married man and entitled to one League and Labor of land, upon the condition of paying at the rate of five dollars for each Labor of usable land and two dollars and forty cents for each Labor of pasture land which may be contained in the survey secured to him by this Certificate. Given under our hands this the 2nd day of April 1838.
Attest S B Patton, Pres
R B Craft, Clerk Moses Gage, Asst Comm
The Republic Claims series of Comptroller’s records includes claims for payment, reimbursement, or restitution submitted by citizens to the Republic of Texas government from 1835 through 1846. It also includes records relating to Republic pensions and claims against the Republic submitted as public debt claims after 1846. The files include supporting documents such as vouchers, financial accounts, military records, receipts, notes, or letters.
A league of land equals 4,428 acres and a labor, 177 acres, combined they add up to 4,605 acres [19 km²]. This was the
amount of a headright (first-class) granted to “all persons except Africans and their descendants, and Indians, living in Texas
on the day of the Declaration of Independence… if they be heads of families… and if a single man, 17 years or older, one-third
league” (1,476 acres).
A special headright was issued for military service. Soldiers who arrived in Texas between March 2, 1836 and August 1, 1836 received the same amount of land given to original colonists in a first class headright (4,605 acres for the head of a family).
On 15 Dec 1837, in accordance with the provisions of the Land Law, Samuel B Patton, Moses Gage and R B Craft were elected officers for Mina (later Bastrop County), Texas.