Sons of DeWitt Colony Texas

Major James Kerr

Featuring this month

MAJOR JAMES KERR

Missouri Civic Leader
Surveyor/Manager of the DeWitt Colony
Anglo-Mexican Federalist Patriot
Texas Independence Leader

14 July 1827 "Now know ye that I, the said Green DeWitt....appoint James Kerr....my true and lawful agent and attorney...in my name as empresario....to do and perform all....duties imposed on me..."

"...always said if I ever saw a man uglier than I am, that I was going to shoot him.--A homely stranger.
"Shoot away, stranger, if I'm uglier then you I don't care to live."--
James Kerr

His Biography---A Texas Family by General James Kerr Crain 1957

His Family Bible---Includes families of Shade, Annis and Jack, first black Texians west of the Colorado

Story of neighbor/colleague William Bracken
A saga of failed efforts to protect his interracial family in mid-19th century Texas

PEOPLE OF TEXAS….Have you, then, the constitutional right to separate from the Republic of Mexico, and declare yourselves free and independent?….The oath you took when you became citizens of Texas…was, "I swear to support the Constitution of the republican federative Government of Mexico, and the laws of the same." So long as that constitution exists, so long you must sustain it….An independent government would….to those in the ordinary ranks of life….bring poverty, and toil, and war, and taxes--James Kerr January 1836


Coahuila y Tejas

La Colonia de DeWitt
de Coahuila y Tejas
Republica Federal de Mejico

The Lone Star

 

Empresario Greene DeWitt"Art. 1. All Foreigners, who...in virtue of the general law of 1824...which guarantees the security of their persons and property in the territory of the Mexican Nation, wish to remove to any of the settlements of the state of Coahuila y Tejas are at liberty to do so; and the said State invites and calls them."--Mexican Law 1824

Parts of Caldwell, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria and Wilson Counties
1700-1846

Map Mexico 1824"beginning at the right bank of Arroyo de la Vaca at a distance of the reserved ten leagues from the coast, adjoining the colony of Stephen Austin on the east, the line shall go up the river to the Bejar-Nacogdoches road; it shall follow this road until it reaches a point two leagues to the west of Guadalupe River; thence it shall run parallel with the river down to the Paraje de las Mosquitos; and following the inner edge of the ten league coast reservation, it shall close the boundaries of the grant at the point of the beginning."

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