1835-36 saw a number of grants made in Duval

On October 15, 1835 Don Jose Antonio Gonzalez, a citizen of Camargo complied with requirements of the Colonization Law in regards to La Huerta grant, which was located in the jurisdiction of Camargo. He paid $46 12 1/2 cents and 11 grains which was the appraisal for 4.5 leagues of land, three labores and 125,000 square varas.

A month later, on November 22, 1835 notice was given to adjoining landowners that title to La Huerta was being confirmed to Gonzales. The notice was signed by Jose Matias Ramirez, Provisional Alcalde of the town of Camargo.

The transfer was completed on December 1, 1835 when Matias Ramirez took Gonzales by the hand walking to and fro over the tract of land. In a loud voice, Ramirez proclaimed that “citizen Antonio Gonzalez in the name of the free and sovereign people of Tamaulipas and by the authority in me vested I put you in judicial possession of four and a half leagues of land, three labores, and 125,000 square varas which you have purchased and paid in conformance with the disposition of his excellency the governor dated October 15 . . . and from this day forward I name you the legitimate owner of said land. . .”

La Huerta was bounded on the north by the land of Las Anacuas, on the west by San Andres and Don Rafael Ramirez, on the south by that of Concepcion and the Falconez and on the east by that of Senor de la Carrera. Gonzalez was to mark the boundary with lime and stones visible and durable four months. The land was granted with the proviso that if it was not verified, Gonzalez would be dispossessed and lose right and dominion over the property.

The land transfer was completed when “Citizen Gonzalez gave his most expressive thanks to the supreme government of the state . . . sprinkled water, cut grass, pulled up weeds and threw them to the four winds saying to the bystanders; ‘citizens you will bear witness that the citizen Matias Ramirez, Constitutional Alcalde of the town of Camargo and its jurisdiction has put me in judicial possession . . . without the least contradiction by any party.’”

Jose Matias Ramirez signed the land title. Blas Morales and Jose Antonio Velasquez, his sssistants, served as witnesses.

On the same date, October 15, 1835, El Senor de la Carrera was granted to Dionisio Elizondo by the state of Tamaulipas. It consisted of two leagues, six labores and 891,000 square varas and was located about 55 miles southwest of Corpus Christi on the Laredo road, which traversed the grant at the very northern tip. Also on the northeast corner of the grant was the Laguna Traviesada.

Less than a year later, on July 26, 1836, Las Anacuas grant was deeded to Vicente Ynojosa by the state of Tamaulipas. It consisted of three sitios, or 15,469,250 square varas, and was located on the “arroyo de las anacuas,” a tributary of the Santa Getrudis Creek, 47 miles west, southwest of Corpus Christi.

Santos Flores was placed in possession of Agua Poquita grant on September 24, 1836 by the state of Tamaulipas. Its corners were designated as Lindero de Guajolote, Lindero de San Rafael, Lindero de Don Marcelo and San Juan del Mezquital. The grant was well known to many persons. Several aged citizens and adjoining landowners pointed out its boundaries to the surveyor.

Flores had been in possession since of the land since 1831 except, when through attacks and incursions by wild Indians, they were forced to temporarily abandon it to protect their lives.

The land was located on a creek with the same name, the Agua Poquita Creek, which is a branch of Los Olmos, about 65 miles west south west of Corpus Christi. The road to Laredo criscrossed its southern part. The road from Mier to San Diego also crossed at the southeast tip of the grant. The two roads intersected at the border of Agua Poquita and San Andres grant of Andres Garcia. Rancho La Felicidad was shown in southeast section of grant on road from Mier to San Diego.

The San Andres grant was deeded to Andres Garcia by the state of Tamaulipas on September 24, 1836. It included five leagues, or 5,099,300 square varas. It too was situated on the Agua Poquita Creek, about 65 miles of Corpus Christi or about 19 miles from San Diego. The road to San Diego traveresed the grant from southwest to northeast and the road to Laredo from east to west. The two roads intersected at Los Indios Ranch on the mid western side of the grant. The Agua Poquita Creek nicked the grant at its southernmost section. The Anacuas Creek nicked it at the northeast end.

4 Comments on "1835-36 saw a number of grants made in Duval"

  1. Mr. Cardenas,
    Great job in researching and publishing the land grant information above -a significant part of Duval County’s history! I have researched my maternal Gonzalez line for a few years and have found that both Dionicio Elizondo (Senro de la Carrera Land Grant) and Juan Antonio Gonzalez (La Huerta Land Grant)are my direct ancestors. Great to know that both land grants date back to 1835 and thus establishing that these ancestors were early pioneers in Duval County!

    Thanks again for sharing this valuable piece of history!

    Tomas ‘Tom’ Saenz

  2. Roxana Blanton | March 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm | Reply

    Mr. Cardenas,
    My family, Salinas, have been residents of Duval County for many years and some still reside
    there. Before I purchase the book, I would like to know if you made any references to my
    ancestors in this book. I am very much interested as my father and his family were very proud
    of this land.
    Sincerely yours,
    Roxana Salinas Blanton

    • alfredo@mcmbooks.com | March 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm | Reply

      Soy de Duval: A Nineteenth Century History of Duval County will be released later this year. No doubt the names Salinas will make more than one appearance.

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