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Gonzales Town LayoutGonzales Town Deeds & Structures
Before 1836

Lots in the Inner Town of Gonzales Deeded by Alcaldes John B. Patrick (JBP), James C. Davis (JCD) or Andrew Ponton (AP)

DeWitt Land Grants | Gonzales Outer Town

At its Jan 25th meeting in 1833, the first elected Gonzales Ayuntamiento decreed in Art. 11 that DeWitt Colony settlers could purchase up to 4 outer town lots, if improvements were made, then 4 more if they were in the same block. All could own 4 outer and 2 inner lots, but no more. The lots were to be paid for by installments. At the Feb 15 meeting the Ayuntamiento set the rules for survey. At the Jul 15 meeting, Art. 20 set the costs for transfer of deeds. In the meeting of Aug 12, the group charged Ezekial Williams and B.D. McClure with appraising the town lots. At the meeting 21 Dec, the group appointed Almeron Dickinson and Green DeWitt to appraise the lots citing the former's failure to appear at the meeting and again set the tax rate on town lots. In Art. 11, the Ayuntamiento of 1834 set a tax of 1 dollar per lot in the inner town and decreed not to tax outer town lots stating that persons could obtain as many as they could improve and pay tax for in future valuations if they kept streets open and put no more than one block in a deed (repealed in part at the same meeting).   In Spanish, town lots were referred to as a solar, community lands designated for the pasture of livestock is referred to as dehasa, and exidos as a commons or place of recreation.

(Bk refers to a Block which was divided into 6 lots. $$ refers to appraisal in Mexican pesos. Lots denoted P for premium lots were not appraised, PE=premium lots for the empresario; PM=premium lots for mechanics. The table is from DeWitts Colony by Ethel Zivley Rather, 1904 compiled from the records in the office of Harwood & Walsh, Gonzales "Records of the Corporation of the Town of Gonzales")

Gonzales Town MapLocation of the listed properties.
Click on the grantee for biography (where underlined)
Original land grant documents in Spanish
 (Enter current county of grant and name of original grantee)

Bk Lot $$ Date By To Bk Lot $$ Date By To
3 4 7.5 12-23-33 JBP W.W. Arrington 15 2,5 4 10-08-34 JCD Garett Low
15 1,6 P 12-20-33 JBP W.W. Arrington 7 4,5 6 12-28-33 JBP Samuel McCoy
9 3,4 P 12-26-34 JCD Umphries Branch 28 3,4 5.5 12-30-33 JBP Joseph Martin
10 1,6 6.5 12-26-34 JCD Umphries Branch 3 3 5.5 12-29-33 JBP Thomas R. Miller
9 1,2 7.5 12-13-33 JBP Bernard Brown 27 3 5.5 12-29-33 JBP Thomas R. Miller
13 2,3 11 08-04-35 AP Nancy Brown 2 3,4 11 12-28-33 JBP David G. Mills
17 3,4 9 08-09-34 JCD John Cain 2 2,5 10 12-28-33 JBP Robert Mills
27 3 bk3 12-07-33 JBP John Cain 12 3,4 12 09-09-34 JCD Eli Mitchell
14 1,6 5 12-30-33 JBP Almond Cottle 12 2,5 10 09-09-34 JCD Elizabeth Mitchell
5 5,6 8 10-15-34 JCD Mary Ann Cottle 6 2,5 PM 10-15-34 JCD James B. Patrick
10 2,3 14 10-03-34 JCD Jacob C. Darst 13 1,6 12 09-09-34 JCD Andrew Ponton
8 2,3 7 12-12-33 JBP G.W. Davis 3 5,6 12 12-13-33 JBP Stephen Smith
12 1,6 P 12-24-33 JBP G.W. Davis 6 1,6 10 12-30-33 JBP Andrew Sowell
19 3,4 11 12-07-33 JBP Jesse K. Davis 6 3,4 9.5 12-23-33 JBP John Sowell
3 1,2 PE 12-20-33 JBP Green Dewitt 9 5,6 P 10-04-34 JCD John Sowell
16 1,2 8 09-27-34 JCD Almeron Dickinson 17 1,6 12 12-30-33 JBP Lewis D. Sowell
28 1,2 PM 12-30-33 JBP Almeron Dickinson 17 2,5 P 08-26-34 JCD Lewis D. Sowell
28 5,6 5.25 12-30-33 JBP Horace Eggleston 8 4,5 6.5 08-12-35 A P Joseph Thompson
16 3,4 8.5 12-23-33 JBP Dolphin Floyd 8 1,6 8 08-12-35 A P W.W. Thompson
11 1,2 17 12-16-33 JBP Silas Fuqua 5 3,4 16 12-28-33 JBP L.F. Tumlinson
16 5,6 P 12-23-33 JCD David Guthries 5 1,2 9 12-28-33 JBP James Tumlinson
10 4,5   08-25-34 JCD Benjamin Kellogg 11 3,4 14 10-03-34 JBP Winslow Turner Sr.
2 1,6 13 12-28-33 JBP Joseph F. Lawler 13 4,5 9 08-05-35 A P L. Webster
7 2,3 P 10-04-34 JCD Garett Low 11 5,6 15 10-03-34 JCD Adam Zumwalt

 

Gonzales Town MapMap of Inner Gonzales Town 1836

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