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John Malcom Giles/Florence Bates

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Re: John Malcom Giles/Florence Bates

Posted: 1369774322000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson, Bradley
Just to provide some clarifications. Shelby County Clerk Return for May 3rd, 1838 (in the Texas General Land Office) enumerates that a land certificate was issued to Elijah Morris for a league and labor of land, and identifies him as an emigrant of the year 1834. Land Office also has on file a receipt "Rec'd of Maj Minon the title of Elijah Morris, Dec. 10th 1835, Geo M. Smyth" and copy of the character affidavit for Elisha Morris noting he was a native of Alabama and had a family of three persons (he, his wife and one child), dated at San Augustine, 22 Sept 1834. According to records anent his claim in Panola County, Elijah commenced a lawsuit against the State of Texas under an act entitled "An act Supplementary to an act to detect Fradulent land certificates and to provide for issuing Patents to legal claims, approved 3th Feb'y 1841" as the holder of a headright certificate issued by the Board of Land Commissioners of Shelby County to the said Elijah Morris for One League and Labour of land No. 453, and dated 18 May 1838. The said certificate was latterly not being recommended by the local and traveling land commissioners, wherein in the Spring Term of the District Court of Shelby County (1850) there was empaneled a jury of twelve men, which enabled Elijah to recover his headright and a new certificate issued in March 1850, with the new survey located in Panola County (1852). This survey was it item filed for record on August 23, 1853. Please note this same document identifies Morris' headright as a "Harrison 1st", meaning that Panola was formerly a part of Harrison which was separated in 1839 from Shelby, and not erected into Panola County until 1846. The new survey is described as located on the west side of the Sabine River, some 10 miles NNW of Carthage, TX.

It is suspected that one of Elijah's grandsons married Mary Elizabeth Johnson (1840-1863), she being the daughter of Alvey R. Johnson (1803-1862) and Rachel Denicy Lockert (1808-1884), of Shelby County. She is surnamed "Morris" in the deaths section of the Johnson family bible page. Since families who were related by marriage often had other intermarriages, it should be noted that Alvey and Rachel's eldest daughter Ellenor Lockert Johnson (1833-1874) married (1857) to Jacob Smith (1834-1882), son of Henry Smith (d 1840) by Elijah's eldest daughter, Mary Morris. She remarried (in 1842) at Marengo County, AL, to Dr. Robert Burns (k1855), who came to Texas in 1843 and served in the Texas Rangers during the Mexican War. Their other son was Dr. William Robert Burns (1854-1900). Also, one of Alvey's neices, Elizabeth Johnson (1833-1928) married (1850) to Andrew Jackson Truitt (1819-1876) an elder brother to Levi M. Truitt (1827-1905).
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