Milam County, Texas

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Confederate Scrip Land Grants, 1881-1883




In July 1876, Texas gave a pension of $150 a year to surviving indigent veterans and Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Soon money ran out and land was substituted. A 1,280 acre donation land grant was given to veterans, their widows, and Signers. About 1,300,920 acres were given in these Veteran Donation land grants.

Under the Confederate Soldier's Bill of April 5, 1881, wounded Confederate soldiers, their servants, or their widows were eligible to receive a 1,280-acre land certificate.

Those having property valued at $1,000 or more were ineligible, and the applicant had to take two witnesses to the county court to attest to his or her eligibility. The county courts certified eligibility to the General Land Office, which in turn issued the certificates. Certificates could only be located on public domain, and for every plot of land located on a Confederate scrip certificate, a like amount of acreage had to be surveyed for the Permanent School Fund, since half the public domain had been reserved for the school fund.

Though the objective of the bill was to help provide for Confederate veterans and their widows, most of those receiving the certificates sold them to others, for an average of $100 to $200 a certificate. One certificate went for $5. A total of 2,068 certificates for 2,647,040 acres were issued from July 5, 1881, to February 16, 1883. Of these, 1,726 certificates (1,979,852 acres) were properly surveyed and 342 certificates (437,760 acres) were rejected. The bill was repealed in 1883.

Seven (7) Reels Microfilm - Libraries Available: Clayton Genealogy Library, Houston, Texas

Name Cert. # # of Acres Date Soldier / Spouse
Allen, B. F. 243 1,280 acres Aug 1881 Soldier
Allen, Martha A., Mrs. 270 1,280 10 Aug 1881 Allen, Thomas J.
Anderson, Catharine, Mrs. 852 1,280 15 Sep 1881 Anderson, Wm. P.
Ashley, Robert A. 629 1,280 24 Aug 1881 Soldier
Austin, J. T. 452 1,280 16 Aug 1881 Soldier
Bailey, W. G. 2012 1,280 27 Sep 1882 Soldier
Baines, William 88 1,280 2 Jul 1881 Soldier
Barker, Henry 950 1,280 27 Sep 1881 Soldier
Barton, J. M. 647 1,280 25 Aug 1881 Soldier
Barton, Lem 326 1,280 12 Aug 1881 Soldier
Bean, E. M. 85 1,280 20 July 1881 Soldier
Benge, Priscilla, Mrs. 298 1,280 11 Aug 1881 Benge, James
Bigbee, T. M. 244 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Blankenship, F. M. 990 1,280 3 Oct 1881 Soldier
Brown, N. G. 327 1,280 12 Aug 1881 Soldier
Chance, David 987 1,280 3 Oct 1881 Soldier
Cockerham, I. E. 384 1,280 13 Aug 1881 Soldier
Copeland, W. E. 667 1,280 27 Aug 1881 Soldier
Crow, N. K. 746 1,280 3 Sep 1881 Soldier
Dear, Wesley 949 1,280 27 Sep 1881 Soldier
Doss, Mary, Mrs. 90 1,280 21 July 1881 Doss, Joseph
Ethridge, Martha, Mrs. 905 1,280 21 Sept 1881 Ethridge, Lewis M.
Gardner, F. M. 241 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Griffin, Elizabeth, Mrs. 247 1,280 Aug 1881 Griffin, A. C.
Guthrie, L. D. 623 1,280 24 Aug 1881 Soldier
Harvell, M. E., Mrs. 622 1,280 24 Aug 1881 Harvell, Littleton A.
Henry, John 2009 1,280 18 Sep 1882 Soldier
Henry, Wm. P. 1984 1,280 18 Aug 1882 Soldier
Hilderbrant, T. 1200 1,280 18 Nov 1881 Soldier
Hill, S. R. 245 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Holbert, R. M. 785 1,280 7 Sept 1881 Soldier
Jones, Levista Ann 895 1,280 21 Sep 1881 Jones, John L.
Kirkland, Dorrance 86 - Dup. No. 36/96
issued & delivered to
Maddox Bros & Anderson
23 Oct 1885)
1,280 20 July 1881 Soldier
Lagrone, Sarah, Mrs. 325 1,280 12 Aug 1881 Lagrone, Henry
Landrum, L. J., Mrs. 447 1,280 16 Aug 1881 Landrum, L. J.
Lewis, W. N. B. 724 1,280 2 Sept 1881 Soldier
Livingston, Mitt 1778 1,280 29 Mar 1882 Soldier
Locklin, J. Z. 624 1,280 24 Aug 1881 Soldier
Logan, M. T. 1740 1,280 13 Apr 1882 Soldier
Luce, Z. 237 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Mathews, J. W. 707 1,280 30 Aug 1881 Soldier
Mayes, David H. 675 1,280 29 Aug 1881 Soldier
Maxwell, Jas. H. 774 1,280 7 Sept 1881 Soldier
McAninch, E. B. 300 1,280 11 Aug 1881 Soldier
McCann, R. H. 1913 1,280 15 May 1882 Soldier
McDonald, Daniel 855 1,280 15 Sep 1881 Soldier
McGee, J. H. 242 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Mitchusson, W. E. 735 1,280 2 Sept 1881 Soldier
Moore, Frances, Mrs. 236 1,280 Aug 1881 Moore, G. W.
Moore, John 490 1,280 17 Aug 1881 Soldier
Morean, Julius 1230 1,280 18 Sept 1882 Soldier
Morey, Harry 2010 1,280 18 Sept 1882 Soldier
McAninch, E. B. 300 1,280 11 Aug 1881 Soldier
McCann, R. H. 1913 1,280 15 May 1882 Soldier
McDonald, Daniel 855 1,280 15 Sept 1881 Soldier
McGee, J. H. 242 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Pettyjohn, J. C. 238 1,280 no date Soldier
Phipps, Mary A., Mrs. 246 1,280 Aug 1881 Phipps, E. W.
Pool, E. W. 1228 1,280 21 Nov 1881 Soldier
Pool, W. M. 269 1,280 16 Aug 1881 Soldier
Prewitt, Wilson 692 1,280 30 Aug 1881 Soldier
Renshaw, Sallie, Mrs. 903 1,280 21 Sep 1881 Renshaw, James
Rice, W. P. 239 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Riddle, W. S. 1378 1,280 28 Nov 1881 Soldier
Rigby, R. E. 235 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Rose, G. W. 1053 1,280 15 Oct 1881 Soldier
Ross, Mary A. 444 1,280 16 Aug 1881 Ross, Edward
Sherrill, J. G. 271 1,280 10 Aug 1881 Soldier
Short, W. H. 646 1,280 25 Aug 1881 Soldier
Smilie, Jacob 1681 1,280 24 Feb 1882 Soldier
Smith, William R. 723 1,280 2 Sep 1881 Soldier
Springer, W. J. 240 1,280 Aug 1881 Soldier
Stapleton, S. J. 2025 1,280 25 Oct 1882 Soldier
Stewart, James 383 1,280 13 Aug 1881 Soldier
Stidham, Caroline, Mrs. 1046 1,280 14 Oct 1881 Stidham, Thomas
Stokes, J. G. 454 1,280 16 Aug 1881 Soldier
Story, R. D. 1873 1,280 25 Apr 1882 Soldier
Story, Thomas F. 1874 1,280 25 Apr 1882 Soldier
Styles, Eliza C., Mrs. 693 1,280 30 Aug 1881 Styles, John
Tarver, William H. 1029 1,280 12 Oct 1881 Soldier
Wells, Lewis 3 1,280 July 1881 Soldier
Wilson, R. S. 797 1,280 8 Sep 1881 Soldier

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Researched and placed here by Lynna Kay Shuffield, Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, United Daughters of the Confederacy®


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