Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Estate document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851 MS 087

creator Burton, Samuel A.
Title: Estate document for Samuel A. Burton
Dates: 1851
Abstract The first page is the legal instrument authorizing public sale of the property of one Samuel A. Burton, deceased; It ends with detail of when the sale took place. The second page lists the property that was sold to the highest bidder, one David A. Burton, and its purchase price, $3500.
Identification: MS 087
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft. (1 document)
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

Samuel A. Burton was a property owner of Houston County, Texas, the first county established by the Republic of Texas. The document authorizing public sale of his property was filed on April 14, 1849, in the county courthouse in the town of Crockett (the county seat). The town had been named for David Crockett, who was a friend of the man who had given the land for the county seat. Other names in the document are J.H. Gillespie, clerk of the county court; J.M. Hall, deputy; John I. Burton, administrator of the estate of Samuel A. Burton; and David L. Burton, joint owner with Samuel A. Burton of some of the property concerned.

Scope and Contents note

The document is an instrument entered in the records of Houston County, Texas, authorizing that all the personal property belonging to one Samuel A. Burton and all the property real and personal owned jointly by David L. and Samuel A. Burton be sold to the highest bidder at a public sale to take place on June 3, 1851, at the courthouse door in Crockett, Texas. Content on the first of the two pages ends with a statement that John I. Burton did sell, at the specified time and place, to the highest bidder, “the following described property belonging to said estate: viz.” The second of the two pages lists property, including 430 acres of land, eleven slave Negroes (identified by name, age, and gender), fifty head of hogs, and various pieces of equipment. The document concludes with the statement that the listed property was bought by David L. Burton for $3500.


Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish information from the Estate Document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851 must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Preferred Citation note

Estate Document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851, MS 087, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This document was purchased at auction.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Estate Document

1 Estate Document
General note
Page one states that the document was filed at the courthouse of Houston County, Texas, on April 14, 1849, to authorize sale of the property of Samuel A. Burton to the highest bidder at public sale, and concludes with the information that such sale did take place on June 3, 1851.
Page two is an itemized list of the property that was purchased by David L. Burton for the sum of $3500. The following property is listed: 430 acres of land fully described in title bond from Jesse Walling to John I. Burton dated Oct. 24, 1845 and recorded in Houston County records Book F, pages 343 and 344 Negro slaves Phill, a 41-year-old man John, a 26-year-old man West, a 22-year-old man Jane, a 37-year-old woman her two children, Ellen, 3, and Bob, 9 months Nancy, a 29-year-old woman her two children, Ann, 2, and Jane, 10 months Mary, a 13-year-old woman, and Emily, a 12-year-old 50 head of hogs 4 plows 4 pair of jeans 4 ox chains an 18-month-old filly a buggy. The document serves to convey the listed property to David L. Burton and to authorize the administrator to make titles to the purchaser.