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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Organization of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Field books and field notes, 1872-1946, undated,

Deeds and other land transaction documents, 1915, 1920, 1938-1939, undated,

Photographs, 1930s-1940s, 1980, undated,

Maps, undated,

Artwork, about 1930s-1950s,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

H.O. Compton:

An Inventory of the H.O. Compton Collection at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, 1872-1946, 1980, undated, bulk 1908-1939



Overview

Creator: Compton, H. O., 1881-1957.
Title: H.O. Compton collection
Dates: 1872-1946, 1980, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1908-1939
Abstract: Higdon Oscar (H.O.) Compton served as county surveyor for Liberty County, Texas, from 1907 to 1924 and engaged in surveying work for much of his life. This collection consists of field books, field notes, deeds and other land transaction documents, photographs, and maps pertaining to Compton's work as a surveyor and to leagues and tracts of land primarily in Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Harris, Jefferson, and San Jacinto Counties. Materials date 1872-1946, 1980, and undated, with the bulk dating 1908-1939. Information dates 1832-1901.
TSLAC Control No.: TXSH0030
Quantity: 6.75 cubic ft.
Location: These records are located at the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

Higdon Oscar (H.O.) Compton was born on December 25, 1881, in Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas, the son of J.L. Compton and Mary Elizabeth Tarver. In 1903 his family moved to Liberty, Texas.

Active in civic and political affairs, Compton served as Liberty County Surveyor from 1907 to 1924 and mayor of Liberty from 1926 to 1931. He also served as president of the Liberty County School Board and was a member of First Methodist Church of Liberty, the Rotary Club, Liberty Masonic Lodge (of which he was a past master), and the Arabia Temple Shrine of Houston.

Compton was widely known throughout Texas as a surveyor and was recognized as a boundary expert. He appeared as a witness in many lawsuits in the 1930s and in his later years he specialized in boundary matters as a consultant for Gulf Oil Corporation.

Compton was married to Gertrude Gregg; they had no children. Compton died on August 24, 1957, and is buried in the Liberty City Cemetery.

(Sources include: "H.O. Compton, Former Mayor, Dies Saturday," Liberty Vindicator, August 29, 1957; Partlow, Miriam, Liberty, Liberty County, and the Atascosito District. Austin, Texas: Pemberton Press, 1974.)

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Higdon Oscar (H.O.) Compton served as county surveyor for Liberty County, Texas, from 1907 to 1924 and engaged in surveying work for much of his life. This collection consists of field books, field notes, deeds and other land transaction documents, photographs, and maps pertaining to Compton's work as a surveyor and to leagues and tracts of land primarily in Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, and San Jacinto Counties. Materials date 1872-1946, 1980, and undated, with the bulk dating 1908-1939. Information dates 1832-1901.

The bulk of the collection consists of 153 of Compton's field books in which he recorded his field notes and other information pertinent to his surveying work. Other notable items include field notes by other surveyors Compton may have used for research, a hand-drawn map by Compton, and photographic negatives depicting surveying work in an unidentified location by a party of men that may include Compton. Photographs for several of the negatives that were developed by Sam Houston Center staff are also in the collection.

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Organization of the Collection

The collection has been organized into five series:
Field books and field notes, 1872-1946, undated, 3.55 cubic ft.
Deeds and other land transaction documents, 1915, 1920, 1938-1939, undated, 0.3 cubic ft.
Photographs, 1930s-1940s, 1980, undated, 0.25 cubic ft.
Maps, undated, 0.05 cubic ft.
Artwork, about 1930s-1950s, 2.6 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate but may be used in the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center reading room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Some items may be too fragile to photocopy or reproduce. Please see Archives staff for assistance.

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives staff when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Land grants--Texas.
Land titles--Texas.
Surveyors--Texas.
Places:
Chambers County (Tex.)
Harris County (Tex.)
Jefferson County (Tex.)
Liberty County (Tex.)
Montgomery County (Tex.)
San Jacinto County (Tex.)
Document Types:
Deeds--Texas.
Field notes--Texas.
Paintings (visual works)--Texas.
Photographs--Texas.
Plats (maps)--Texas.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
Abstract of title collection, 1904-1972, bulk 1946-1966, 4.5 cubic ft.
Pickett & Pickett Law Office papers, 1838-2003, undated, bulk 1917-2001, 18.4 cubic ft.
Ross Gerald Partlow Sr. collection, 1833-1969, 51 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), H.O. Compton collection. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1982.002, 1984.007

The H.O. Compton collection was brought to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center sometime in 1977 by John Compton and was donated by him on January 27, 1982. An addition to the collection was donated by Patsy Dismukes and Carolyn Kuhn on March 16, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa Meisch, March 2018

EAD encoding and description edits by Tiffany Criswell, October 2018

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Detailed Description of the Records

Field books and field notes, 1872-1946, undated,
3.55 cubic ft.

H.O. Compton served as Liberty County Surveyor from 1907 to 1924 and worked as a surveyor throughout his life. This portion of the collection consists of 153 field books used by Compton to record his field notes and other information for his surveys, field notes by other surveyors that he may have used for research, and some loose documents that apparently were found in some of the field books. They document surveys performed on tracts of land in Chambers, Liberty, Montgomery, Newton, and Polk Counties, Texas. Materials date 1872-1946, with some undated material.
Arrangement
Field books from the original donation are arranged in alphabetical order by field book name and were assigned item numbers during processing. Larger field books were arranged together in a separate box, along with field books from a second donation. Field notes and documents are arranged separately in folders.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Field books and field notes, H.O. Compton collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1982.002, 1984.007
A portion of the collection was donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by John Compton on January 27, 1982. An addition was donated by Patsy Dismukes and Carolyn Kuhn on March 16, 1984.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Some items may be too fragile to photocopy. Please see Archives staff for assistance.
Box Item
1982.002-1 1 1 & 2 A, 1908
[Notes on Payne's Bayou, William Swail, Everitt, R. Green, and other leagues.]
2 3 & 4 A, October 5, 1908
[Notes on the Orr League, Adelia Yocum, P.P. Dever, Jesse Green Leagues, and G.B. Garrard land.]
3 5 & 6 A, 1908
[Notes on Chisum Survey and others.]
4 7A, 1909
[Notes on Dayton Prairie, West Town Lots, Old River District.]
5 1 & 2 B, 1911-1918
[Notes on R. Coleman, A.B. Hardin, Reason and Richard Green Leagues, H.T. & C. #153 and 154, etc., Liberty County.]
6 3 & 4 B, 1910
[Notes on James Robeson, A.B. Hardin, Martinez, Isiah Fields, Thomas W. Key, and Samuel Strang land/Leagues.]
7 5 & 6 B, 1910
[Notes on Benjamin Barrow, Jose Delgado, David Minchey Leagues, and others.]
8 7 B, 1913
[Notes on Dayton Prairie.]
9 Big Hill, 1911
[Note by H.O. Compton: Transferred from little red book.]
10 William Bloodgood, Book No. 1, undated
[Notes on Cedar Bayou, Chambers County, and map of inner block 4, city of Liberty.]
11 Bridges, 1925
[Notes and drawings regarding various bridges, including Orange County, Little Cypress Bayou, Adams Bayou, and San Jacinto River.]
12 1 & 2 C, 1914
[West line of Liberty County, Montgomery and Harris County lines, J.D. Martinez.]
13 3 & 4 C, 1912
[Notes on Amos Green, P.P. Dever, George Orr, and William Smith land/Leagues.]
14 5 & 6 C, 1911
[Notes on Levi Barrow, M.G. White, and other leagues.]
15 7 C, 1911
[Notes on W.D. Smith League and Old River Drainage District.]
16 Chambers County A, 1907
[Notes on S. Burney, M.A. Carroll, and Hankamer Leagues/land.]
17 Chambers County B, 1910
[Notes on Winfree, Bloodgood, and V. Barrow land.]
18 Chambers County C, 1914
[Notes on Chambers County school land and William Hodges land.]
19 Chambers County E, 1935
[Notes on H. Griffith and Bloodgood land.]
21 Chambers County Y, undated
[Notes on Anson Taylor and G. Griffith land.]
22 Chambers County Roads No. 1, 1913
23 Chambers County Roads No. 2, undated
[Index.]
Box Item
1982.002-2 24 Chambers County Roads No. 3, undated
[Notes on levels - B.M. at Station 231, Cedar Bayou Road.]
25 Chambers County Roads No. 4, undated
26 H.O. Compton, 1944
[Notes on Pierce claim, Wharton County.]
27 1 & 2 D, 1914
[Notes on Liberty, San Jacinto, and Montgomery County lines.]
28 3 & 4 D, 1912
[Notes on Santos Coy, James Knight, George Orr, and Amos Green land.]
29 5 & 6 D, 1912
[Notes on Robert Burrell, James Martin, and B.H. Willis land and roads.]
30 7 D, 1913
[Inscribed: "This book for Dist. 7 was opened by R.B. Nicholson in December 1913."]
[Notes on West Town League, M.G. White, D. Minchey, and W.D. Smith Leagues.]
31 Davis A, undated
[Pertains to holdings of the George W. Davis estate on the Phillip Miller League.]
32 Dayton A, September 27, 1909
[Field notes of Munson League, 1884; page 2 refers to Major Dark.]
33 Dayton B, 1926
[Notes on town of Dayton.]
34 Drainage No. 1, undated
[Notes on levels - Spring Branch to White's Bayou; index.]
35 Drainage No. 2, 1913
[Notes on levels - B.H. Willis; Hammers land.]
36 1 & 2 E, undated
[Notes on Richard Green League, San Jacinto River, right-of-way on McManus Survey, and Montgomery County, Texas; and Santos Coy League.]
37 3 & 4 E, 1914
[Notes on the B.W. Hardin League, Lefroy Guedry, Nunn Leagues.]
38 5 & 6 E, 1912
[Notes on the W.B. Reed League, M. Flores land.]
39 7 E, 1919
[Notes on James Danwin, Thomas Haggerty, and Ed Pruett land.]
40 1 & 2 F, 1925
[Notes on William Hays League, F.J. Smiley Survey, James Eldridge, Cyrus Wickon, San Jacinto and Montgomery Counties, Texas.]
41 3 & 4 F, 1920
[Note: For 5 & 6 F, see Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 8.]
[Notes on Romayor, W.W. Grimes, J.H. Sewell place, Amos Green, and Jesse Devore.]
42 7 F, undated
[Notes on William Duncan League.]
43 Field book (no title), undated
[Notes on P.J. Menard and P.A. Sublett land.]
45 Field notes index, undated
[Pertains to Chambers County land.]
46 Field work book, 1913
[Inscribed: "Wendell Smith."]
47 1 & 2 G, 1922
[Notes on T.B. Garrett League, Knights Bayou, and Liberty-Livingston Road.]
Box Item
1982.002-3 48 3 & 4 G, 1927
[Notes on the A.B. Hardin League, Samuel Strang, Amos Green, Isiah Fields, and other land.]
49 5 & 6 G, 1920
[Notes on James Martin, M.G. White, Minchey, Melina Whittington, B.M. Spinks, and other leagues.]
50 General A Indexed, undated
[Notes on William Green, William Swail, Minter, and Thomas Garrett land and Lawrence and Barrow heirs.]
51 General A2, undated
[Notes on land of A.J. Barber, Amos, and Fisher; David Minchey; Peter Hill and wife Sarah; Lulu Merritt; Mrs. J.D. Richard; Mary Presnall (guardian for Willie McCarty); Madge McCarty; Amos Green and wife J.B.; Thomas A. Green; Clarence M. Green; sons to D.R. Emanuel; R. Green League.]
52 General B, September 7, 1905
[Notes on surveys of Davis Hill Oil Company, James Haney League, William Everitt, Beasley Pruett, Richard Green.]
53 General D, undated
[Notes on land in Barbers Hill, Chambers County - H. Griffith, A. Barber, Old River, etc.]
54 General E, undated
[Notes on surveys made in Liberty County, Texas.]
55 General F, 1907
[Notes on Tanner's Bayou, DeBlanc, O'Brien store, town lots, Wallisville Road, and Chambers County.]
56 General G, 1906
[Notes on Burton Tarkington, E.K. Davis, Aaron Cherry, and R. Green Leagues.]
57 General H, 1917
[Notes on B.M. Spinks and Jesse Devore Leagues.]
58 General I, 1919
[Notes on Jesse Devore League.]
59 General I, 1924
[Notes on Peter Mason, Kokernut Leagues.]
60 General L, 1933
[Notes on Notgrass, Orange County, and Jefferson County.]
61 General X, undated
[Notes on Devore, Richard Green, and William Everitt Leagues.]
62 General Y, 1919
[Notes on the J.D. Martinez, Alexander Taylor, Kokernut, and Meredith Duncan Leagues/land.]
63 General Z, undated
[Notes on Green heirs, Cherry, trips and expenses, etc.]
64 Goliad and Bee Counties, undated
65 5 & 6 H, 1925
[Notes on James Martin, D. Minchey, and other leagues.]
66 7 H, 1938
[Notes on the Old River Drainage District, West Liberty town League, Theo Dorsett land.]
69 5 & 6 I, undated
[Notes on B.H. Willis, Ranch land.]
70 Index book, undated
71 5 & 6 J, 1927
[Notes on Robert Burrell and Spinks Leagues.]
72 Jefferson County No. 1, 1920
[Notes on levels - Sam Willis rice land and J.M Gregg land farmed by Hart West, Sour Lake.]
73 W.S. Jones, undated
[Field notes of Old River; Jones was a real estate agent and surveyor of Liberty County, Texas.]
74 5 & 6 K, July 1, 1926
[Notes on the William Harris Survey, Devers Canal Company, and others.]
75 5 & 6 L, 1928
[Notes on M.G. White League.]
Box Item
1982.002-4 76 Level A, 1908
[Notes on Charles Tilton land, Chambers County.]
77 Levels, undated
[Notes on Cedar and Luce Bayou Roads.]
78 Levels, undated
[Notes on East Gate Road, Barbers Hill Road, and Harrison and Pew Farm; Luce Bayou Road.]
79 Level, undated
[Notes on W.S. Points and M.E. Roads; Wood Spring Road north from Liberty.]
80 Liberty B, 1925
[Notes on Lovett subdivision, North Liberty town League, Baptist church.]
81 Liberty B index, 1909
[References to O'Brien's and DeBlanc's store.]
82 Liberty C, undated
[Notes on corners at the courthouse, Compton subdivision.]
85 Liberty and Beaumont road level, undated
[Notes on levels over Liberty-Beaumont public road.]
86 5 & 6 M, 1933
[Notes on Minchey and other leagues.]
87 Map index, undated
[Pertains to various locations including Liberty and Hardin Counties.]
88 Montgomery County No. 4, 1934-1935
[Notes on Montgomery-Harris County line, Austin-Montgomery County line, Beeson Creek.]
89 Montgomery County No. 6, 1935, 1940
[Notes on Grogan Lumber Company.]
90 Montgomery County No. 9, undated
[Notes on Elizabeth Moody and W.S. Rhodes.]
91 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 1, undated
[Notes on levels and measurements.]
92 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 2, 1911
[Indexed to page 115.]
93 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 3, 1910
[Notes on levels, Entzminger's Field; indexed to page 104.]
94 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 4, 1911
[Notes on levels.]
95 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 5, 1911
[Notes on levels.]
96 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 6, 1911
[Indexed to page 139.]
97 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 7, 1912
[Notes on W.D. Smith, Levi Barrow League.]
98 Moore's Bluff Rice Company No. 8, 1915
[Note: Also labeled "5 & 6 F."]
[Notes on D. Minchey and Peter Mason Leagues.]
99 Morgan's Point Grade Raisings No. 1, 1914
[Notes on Fisher, Garrard, Lawrence, H. Griffith land.]
100 5 & 6 N, 1935
[Notes on B.H. Willis land.]
102 Old River Co. No. 14, 1918
Box Item
1982.002-5 103 O.R.R.I. Company No. 1, 1909
[Notes on H. Griffith, Old River Rice Irrigation Company, and other land.]
104 O.R.R.I. Company No. 2, 1910
[Notes on Stevens-Compton project (pp. 1-14) and levels - canal extension.]
105 O.R.R.I. Company No. 3, 1910
[Notes on the land of Thomas Shephard, Cedar Bayou Road, Chambers County.]
106 O.R.R.I. Company No. 4, 1912
[Notes on the land of H. Griffith, Chambers County.]
107 O.R.R.I. Company No. 5, 1911
[Notes on the land of Barbers Hill, H. Griffith.]
108 O.R.R.I. Company No. 6, 1912
[Notes on the land of Fisher and Bloodgood.]
109 O.R.R.I. Company No. 7, 1913
[Notes on levels.]
110 O.R.R.I. Company No. 8, 1913
[Notes on laterals, Kilgore, and Lawrence.]
111 O.R.R.I. Company No. 9, 1914
[Notes on Dismukes farm, J. Steele, Thomas Shepherd, and Turner.]
112 O.R.R.I. Company No. 10, 1915
[Notes on levels - Lawrence League, H. Griffith, Winfree land.]
113 O.R.R.I. No. 11, 1916
[Notes on Pine Island Bayou, Wilburn, and Lawrence land.]
114 O.R.R.I. Company No. 12, 1917
[Notes on levels (possibly Chambers County).]
115 O.R.R.I. and Montgomery County No. 15, 1927
117 Roads No. 1, 1914
[Notes on the Liberty County Courthouse and E.B. Pickett.]
118 Roads No. 2, 1912
[Notes on Wood Springs Road, "Polly Branch."]
119 Roads No. 3, 1912
[Notes on levels and the family names of Cole, Baker, etc.]
120 Roads No. 4, 1912
[Notes on levels on Moss Bluff Road.]
121 Roads No. 5, 1912
[Notes on the Liberty-Beaumont Road.]
122 Roads No. 6, 1912
[Notes on levels - Crackerneck Road, Devers.]
123 Roads No. 7, June 22, 1912
[Notes on Liberty-Beaumont Road.]
124 Roads No. 8, 1912
[Notes on levels on the road from Devers to Crackerneck.]
125 Roads No. 9, 1912
[Notes on G. Taylor land.]
Box Item
1982.002-6 126 Roads No. 10, 1912
[Notes on levels on the Shilo-Liberty Road.]
127 Roads No. 11, 1912
[Notes on levels on the Big Hill Road.]
128 Shell No. 1, 1913
[Notes on W.S. Partlow land, outer block 7 and 8.]
129 Shell No. 2, 1913
[Notes on Robert Burrell League.]
131 Stowell Canal No. 1, 1941
[Notes on levels - White's Bayou, Flume.]
132 Stowell Canal No. 2, 1914
133 Stowell Canal No. 3, 1915
[Notes on levels - Double Bayou; includes May 20, 1915, letter to F.W. Schwelttman at Stowell.]
134 Thompson and Ford Lumber Company, 1911
[Notes on Jesse Devore League.]
135 Thompson and Ford Lumber Company, 1915
[Notes on levels - Pine Island Bayou.]
136 Thompson and Ford Lumber Company, 1915
[Notes on levels - Turtle Bayou, Grayburg Tram.]
137 Thompson and Ford Lumber Company No. 1, 1929
[Notes on Hull-Batson Road.]
138 Transit book, undated
[Notes on laterals in the city of Liberty.]
139 Transit notes, 1911
[Reference to lane west of O'Brien residence at the foot of Shelby Hill, etc.; Davage and Harriet Payne land.]
140 Trinity Corporation, 1926
[Notes on Devers Canal Company, Eli Rich, and Gum Island.]
141 Trinity River Levee District No. 1, 1911
[Notes on levels.]
142 Trinity River Levee District No. 1, 1911
[Transit notes.]
143 Trinity River T.R.R.G. District, 1919
[Notes on rice acreage surveys.]
144 Walker, Aaron, and Buye, 1911
145 White's Bayou, 1914
[Notes on levels.]
146 Workmen's Time Book, undated
[Only half of the book used.]
147 Montgomery County No. 1, 1932
[Notes on R. House League, T. & N.O. #3, #6, and #16, Henderson.]
148 Montgomery County No. 5, 1934-1935; 1939-1940
[Notes on Charles Stephens, A. Prather, Henderson, William Stansbury, H. Dunman, and Applewhite land.]
Box Item
1982.002-7 20 Chambers County X, 1938
[Includes several pictures of graves and trees and a drawing of Fort Anahuac.]
44 Field books index, undated
67 Harris County No. 1, 1941
[H.O. Compton and J.C. Cain notes.]
68 Harris County No. 2, 1941
[H.O. Compton notes about White Oak Bayou on the west line of James Clarkson.]
83 Liberty County Q, 1935-June 28, 1938
[Includes pictures on pages 167-169.]
84 Liberty County R, 1939
116 Road and O.R.R.I. index, undated
130 S.R. Company index, undated
[Notes on canals and ditches.]
149 7 G, 1935-1937, 1939
[Notes on Beasley Pruett, Humphreys, M. Nevins Leagues, Liberty County.]
150 G 12, 1946
[Notes on Newton County, pages 1-44; Splendora, pages 61-153; notes on A.V. Sharp, William Lynch, M. Wilburn, W. Anderson, Wheeler, B.B.B. & C. land.]
151 G 13, 1946
[Notes on Splendora area: Charles Stephens, A.F. Isaacs, A.H. Stewart, Levi James land, etc.]
152 1 and 2 H, 1933-1935
[Contains loose pages with notes on survey of Plum Grove Road; notes on Santos Coy, Reason Green, Beasley Pruett, E.B. Jackson, Burton Tarkington Leagues.]
153 3 and 4 H, 1931-1939
[Notes on Mary Conley bend, Trinity River, F. Hardin, L.D. Nixon, William Swail, George Orr, J. Coughran land.]
Field notes for Chambers and Liberty County land, 1882, 1938:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 8-1 Field notes, survey of 1,122½ acres of land, being the north half of the Andrew Weaver League, Chambers County, Texas, March 28, 1938
[Typed transcription and two copies of transcription; original dated November 21, 1874.]
8-2 Field notes, survey of a portion of the north line of Chambers County, the south line of Liberty County, and the inter east line of Chambers County, which is the west line of Jefferson County, August 9, 1882
9 Chambers County Sketch File No. 19, from General Land Office, June 26, 1935
[Copy; original dated 1889-1890; described as "statement relative to original corners and evidences of old lines in Liberty, Chambers, and Jefferson Counties as found by J.A. Greene, State Surveyor, while re-surveying the lands of the H. & T.C. Ry., and H.T. & B. Ry. from August 22, 1889 to April 1890."]
10 Field notes, survey of the north line of Chambers County and the south line of Liberty County bounding Chambers County and including part of Jefferson County, November 17, 1892
[Includes hand-drawn map.]
Field notes for Liberty County land, 1872, 1878, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 11-1 Field notes, survey for 1,160 acres of land in the headright of the Benjamin Barrow League, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Transcription; original dated September 27, 1857; includes hand-drawn sketch; surveyed for John Brown of Devers, Texas, by A.N.O. Tompkins, surveyor.]
11-2 Field notes, survey of 345 8/10 acres of land made of C. Bingle and F. Hankamer by virtue of a purchase from Benjamin Barrow, the survey being a part of the headright survey of Levi Barrow, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated October 29, 1861; A.N.O. Tompkins, surveyor.]
11-3 Field notes, survey of 87 2/111 acres of land in Liberty County, Texas, about 18 miles southeast from town of Liberty, undated
[Copy; surveyed for William Evans by A. Hooper and R.B. Collins; original dated July 1, 1863.]
11-4 Field notes with sketch, survey for land in the John R. Faulk League, Liberty County, Texas, May 14, 1872
[Surveyed by A.N.B. Tompkins.]
11-5 Corrected field notes, survey of Benjamin Barrow League, Liberty County, Texas, June 3, 1878
[Surveyed by James Minter.]
Loose documents from field books, 1915, 1920, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 12-1 Traverse computation sheets, William Massey, New Caney-Conroe Road, Montgomery County, Texas, undated
[Sheets had been in field book G-12.]
12-2 Sheet of stationery from Sam Houston Hotel, Houston, Texas, with handwritten survey notes and figures on reverse side, undated
[Sheet had been in field book G-12.]
12-3 Bill for $50.50 to Ira Hankamer, Hankamer, Texas, from H.O. Compton, January 2, 1920, April 27, 1920
[Document was inside Trinity River T.R.R.G. District field book; also has note to Compton from Hankamer at bottom.]
12-4 Second page of letter to "F.W.S.," from unknown correspondent, regarding canal in the vicinity of the Stowell Road, May 20, 1915
[Copy; may have been inside a field book.]
12-5 Detail of brace for side wall, White's Bayou flume, May 7, 1915
[one sketch]
[May have been inside a field book.]

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Deeds and other land transaction documents, 1915, 1920, 1938-1939, undated,
0.3 cubic ft.

This portion of the collection consists of deeds, patents, and other documents pertaining to land grants and land transactions that H.O. Compton may have used in conducting research for his survey work. They document land transactions in Chambers and Liberty Counties, Texas, and consist of originals, reproductions, and typed transcriptions. Materials date 1915, 1920, 1938-1939, and undated. Information dates 1844-1901.
Arrangement
Deeds are arranged alphabetically by county, followed by patents arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Deeds and other land transaction documents, H.O. Compton collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1982.002
Materials were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by John Compton on January 27, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Some items may be too fragile to photocopy. Please see Archives staff for assistance.
Deeds to Chambers County land, 1939, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 1-1 Deed, John W. and Clarinda M. Crozier to their son George J. White for land in Chambers County, Texas, February 8, 1939
[Typed transcription and two copies of the transcription; original dated January 10, 1860.]
1-2 Deed, J.E. McBride to Charles Hankamer for land in the Vincient (Vincent) Barrow and Andrew Weaver Leagues, Chambers County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated September 11, 1860.]
1-3 Deed, Charles L. Cleveland to Charles Hankamer for 319½ acres of land, being a part of the headright of the Vincent Barrow League, Chambers County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated September 20, 1860.]
1-4 Deed, Reuben Barrow Jr. and wife Susan Barrow to their sons Martin, Albert, and Robert for a portion of the headright of the Andrew Weaver League, Chambers County, Texas, February 8, 1939
[Typed transcription and two copies of the transcription; original dated March 17, 1872.]
2 Deeds, affidavits, and a patent regarding land in Chambers and Liberty Counties, undated
[Copies; originals dated 1858-1901; pertains to Benjamin Abshier Jr., I. Abshier, Monroe Abshier, Benjamin F. Barrow, Robert Barrow, Levi Barrow, Vincent Barrow, Mitchel Byano, Charles Cleveland, J.F. Cress, John Dugat, Charles Hankamer, J.W. Hankamer, Benjamin Hargrove, J.A. Higginbotham, William M. Holbrook, Stonewall Jackson, George Stingler, W.C. Tompkins, George E. Wilcox, A.M. Wilson, James E. White, etc.]
3 State v. Gripon, subdivision deeds (Liberty County), undated
[Typed transcriptions; originals dated 1852-1892; some documents certified 1938-1939; includes affidavits, deeds, field notes, and partitions pertaining to Benjamin F. Barrow, Isabella Barrow, Joe Barrow, Reuben Barrow, C. Bingle, C.L. Cleveland, Julia Davis, Charles Hankamer, F.A. Hankamer, J.E. McBride, Calvin Smith, John Stengler, John Weaver, Alfred Weed, James T. White, Joseph White, Charles Wilburn, etc.]
Deeds to Liberty County land, 1939 and undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 4-1 Deed, Reuben Barrow to Benjamin Abshier for 1,077 acres of land, being part of the headright of Levi Barrow, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated January 10, 1844.]
4-2 Deed, Aaron L. Barrow, his wife Lucinda Barrow, and Levi Barrow to Charles Willborn for 600 acres of land, part of the headright of Levi Barrow, Liberty County, Texas, January 30, 1939
[Typed transcription and two copies of the transcription; original dated September 14, 1850.]
4-3 Deed, Calvin Smith et al. to John Weaver for 106⅓ acres of land, being part of the headright of Levi Barrow, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Two copies; original dated February 15, 1853.]
Deeds to Liberty County land, 1938-1939, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 5-1 Deed, Reuben Barrow Jr. and Elizabeth Barrow to Elizabeth Cotton, for land in Liberty County, Texas, about March 28, 1938
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated January 3, 1853.]
5-2 Deed, Charles Wilburn to Benjamin Abshier Jr. for land, being a part of the headright of the Levi Barrow League, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated February 27, 1855.]
5-3 Deed, Clarinda M. White to her children George J. and Ellen Malina White for land in Liberty County, Texas, February 8, 1939
[Typed transcription and two copies of the transcription; original dated August 10, 1858.]
5-4 Deed, Caleb and Tabitha Higginbotham to Benjamin F. Barrow for 355 acres of land in the Levi Barrow headright, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated May 28, 1860.]
6 File 549, George Stengler preemption, William Evans Survey, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copies; originals dated 1867-1880; includes field notes, deed, certificate of occupancy, and surveyor's statement and explanation.]
Deeds for Liberty County land, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 7-1 Deed, Reuben Barrow, administrator for the estate of Elizabeth Barrow, deceased, to Alfred Weed for 348 acres of land, being part of the Levi Barrow headright, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated August 30, 1869.]
7-2 Sheriff's deed, Simeon DeBlanc, Sheriff of Liberty County, to John Weaver for 507 acres in the Andrew Weaver League, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated March 1, 1874.]
7-3 Deed, Alfred Weed to John Weaver for part of the Levi Barrow headright, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated February 22, 1892.]
13 Letter, J. Stuart Boyles to H.O. Compton, regarding width of the Levi Barrow Survey and the southeast corner of the Hawkins Survey (probably Liberty County), May 31, 1939
14 Partition of one league of the estate of James McFaddin to David McFaddin, Eliza Sishon, William McFaddin, and Sarah Herring for land in Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; Original dated February 21, 1848.]
Patents for Liberty County land, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 15-1 Patent from the state of Texas to Houston and Texas Central Railway Company for land in Liberty County, known as Survey No. 3, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated December 3, 1890.]
15-2 Patent from the state of Texas to Amos Allen for 640 acres of land in Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Copy of typed transcription; original dated April 26, 1897.]

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Photographs, 1930s-1940s, 1980, undated,
0.25 cubic ft.

Photographic negatives depict surveying work being conducted in an unknown location in southeast Texas by a group of men possibly including H.O. Compton, gravestones, historical markers, trees, and other landmarks, dating 1930s-1940s. Copy prints were made of ten of the negatives by Sam Houston Center staff in 1980, primarily those of the surveying party. One photograph was originally in one of the field books and depicts an area in the J. Pleasants League in Liberty County.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Photographs, H.O. Compton collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1982.002
Materials were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by John Compton on January 27, 1982. Photographs made from the negatives were added by Sam Houston Center staff.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives staff when reviewing photographic materials.
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 17-1 Six men in wooded area doing surveying work, cars in background, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
17-2 Three men in wooded area doing surveying work, one sitting against a tree, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
17-3 Surveying tripod and man (possibly H.O. Compton) sitting against large tree behind it, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
17-4 Wooded area, surveying tripod on one side, tree stump with cloth draped over it on the other, and man (possibly H.O. Compton) standing in background, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
18-1 Five men in wooded area doing surveying work, one leans against a tree, two seated on the ground, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
18-2 Man holding cloth standing beside fallen log, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
18-3 Grove of trees, five men standing underneath one large tree, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
18-4 Man (lower body only shown) standing on fallen log with pole, second man (head not shown) seated behind him, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
19-1 Grove of trees, fallen log in foreground, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
19-2 Wooded area, pole with cloth draped over it in foreground, 1930s-1940s
[one 5⅝ x 3½-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Copy print created 1980.]
19-3 Tree and clearing in wooded area, undated
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white photograph]
[Note: Found in field book 1 & 2 H.]
[Handwriting on back: "Snap [uncertain] of orig gum witness tree at S.W. cor[ner] of J. Pleasants."]
20-1 Large tree trunk, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
20-2 Unknown subject; indistinct image, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
20-3 Small tree and range (surveying) pole in wooded area, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
20-4 Two story house with bare trees in front, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
21-1 Clearing in wooded area, with pole or rod at one side, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
21-2 Trees in wooded area, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
21-3 Tree trunk, trunk split, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
22-1 Large tree trunk, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
22-2 Open field, trees and unknown object (possibly a vehicle) in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
22-3 Tree trunk, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
22-4 Trees in wooded area, pole or rod stuck in the ground, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
23-1 Edge of a body of water, land beyond, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
23-2 Boats on a body of water, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
23-3 Fallen tree and portion of tree trunk, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
23-4 Fort Anahuac Historical Marker, Chambers County, Texas, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
24-1 Historical marker for Thomas Jefferson Chambers home, Chambers County, Texas, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
24-2 James C. Moore gravestone, location unknown, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
24-3 Barbed wire fence in field, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
24-4 Surveying equipment (possibly a rod) in wooded area, about 1930s-1940s
[one 3 x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
25-1 Tree trunk, grove of trees in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
25-2 Underbrush, surveying equipment (possibly a rod) in background, unknown object in foreground, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
25-3 Barbed wire fence, trees in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
25-4 Surveying equipment (tripod) in wooded area, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
26-1 Surveying equipment (possibly a range pole) in clearing, with house, trees, and crouching man in the background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
26-2 Portion of fence, with man in field in the background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
26-3 Hillside, fallen limbs, and (possibly) water in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
26-4 Tree stumps and two small trees, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
27-1 Small body of water (possibly a stream or creek), about 1930s-1940s
[one 3 x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
27-2 Area of ground [uncertain], no trees or other identifiable objects, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
27-3 Barbed wire fence, bag hanging on fence post, trees in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
27-4 Area of ground [uncertain], no trees or other identifiable objects, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
28-1 Man standing next to tall tree in wooded area, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
28-2 Field or clearing with two men in the background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
28-3 Field with grove of trees in the background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
28-4 Lucinda Higginbotham gravestone, Abshier Cemetery, Liberty County, Texas, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-9 1-1 Six men in wooded area doing surveying work, cars in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 17.]
1-2 Three men in wooded area doing surveying work, one sitting against a tree, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 17.]
1-3 Five men in wooded area doing surveying work, one leans against a tree, two seated on the ground, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 18.]
1-4 Surveying tripod and man (possibly H.O. Compton) sitting against large tree behind it, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 17.]
2-1 Two large tree trunks, smaller trees behind them, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
2-2 Large tree trunk, surveying equipment beside it, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
2-3 Large tree stump [uncertain], about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
2-4 Large tree trunk, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
3-1 Surveying tripod in wooded area, tree stump in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
3-2 Surveying equipment (possibly range pole) in clearing with trees and man in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
3-3 Small tree in front of narrow road or sidewalk, structure in background, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
3-4 Fallen log with person (legs only shown) standing beside it, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
4-1 Wooded area, pole with cloth draped over it in foreground, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 19.]
4-2 Grove of trees, fallen log in foreground, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 19.]
4-3 Man (lower body only shown) standing on fallen log with pole, second man (head not shown) seated behind him, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 18.]
4-4 Grove of trees, five men standing underneath one large tree, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 18.]
5-1 Man holding cloth standing beside fallen log, about 1930s-1940s
[one 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negative]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 18.]
5-2 and 3 Wooded area, surveying tripod on one side, tree stump with cloth draped over it on the other, and man (possibly H.O. Compton) standing in background, about 1930s-1940s
[two 4½ x 2¾-inch black-and-white negatives]
[Note: Photo in Box 1982.002-8, Folder 17.]

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Maps, undated,
0.05 cubic ft.

This series consists of four plat maps of various leagues in Liberty and Chambers Counties, including those of James Taylor White, Benjamin Barrow, Levi Barrow, and Charles Wilcox. The maps are primarily reproductions but include a hand drawn map on H.O. Compton's personalized graph paper. Materials are undated. Information dates 1832, 1862.
Arrangement
Materials are arranged by document type.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Maps, H.O. Compton collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1982.002
Materials were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by John Compton on January 27, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Maps of Chambers and Liberty County Leagues, undated:
Box Folder-Item
1982.002-8 16-1 James T. White, James McGahey, Charles Wilcox, Anson Taylor, R.E. Booth, and Silas Smith Leagues, Chambers County, Texas, undated
[one plat (map)]
[Original dated 1862; includes field notes of A.N.B. Tompkins, surveyor.]
16-2 James Taylor White League, Chambers County, Texas, undated
[Copy; shows location of James Taylor White's residence in 1832 and landscaping of the land.]
16-3 Liberty County leagues of Benjamin Barrow, Thomas Devers, W.B. Reed, J.R. Faulk, A.W. Gum, Benjamin K. Hawkins, and other surrounding leagues, undated
[Two copies.]
16-4 Silas Smith, B.M. Spinks, Levi Barrow, T.D. Yocum, L. Steusoff, McDearman, and other surveys, Liberty County, Texas, undated
[Hand-drawn on H.O. Compton's personalized graph paper.]

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Artwork, about 1930s-1950s,
2.6 cubic ft.

A framed oil painting of H.O. Compton by artist Bette Muth depicts Compton standing and holding his ruler and a field book. The painting probably dates about 1930s-1950s.
Arrangement
The material consists of a single item.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Artwork, H.O. Compton collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1982.002
This item was donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by John Compton on January 27, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
The painting cannot be reproduced using equipement available at the Sam Houston Center.
Artwork
1982.002.0001 Framed oil painting of H.O. Compton by Bette Muth, about 1930s-1950s
[52½ x 43 x 2-inch painting (visual work)]
[Subject is standing and holds a survey book and ruler.]

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