Land Records
The first Congress of the Republic of Texas passed an act creating a General Land Office, which, with supplements, required all empresarios, jefes politico, alcaldes, and other persons to deliver over to the Commissioner of the General Land office, all archives, which were thereby made public property of the Republic.  Under this law all archives of the Power and Hewetson Colony, and of the ayuntamiento of Refugio were delivered to the Land Commissioners.  Subsequently, the Libro Becerra relating to town lots in the villa of Refugio was returned to the county clerk of Refugio County, in whose office the book is still kept.  All empresario contracts were declared terminated as of March 2, 1836, and the several empresarios were given the right to present their claims to the government for adjustment.
To adjudicate the many outstanding claims for land bounties, the republic was divided into Land Districts with Local Boards to pass upon claims for land certificates.  Refugio County was placed in Land District 10, which had its situs at Victoria.  Later Refugio was made a Land District to itself.
Source:  Hobart Huson, Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times to 1953 (2 vols., Woodsboro, Texas: Rooke Foundation, 1953, 1955.
Index to Deeds in which the Republic of Texas is the Grantor
Filed March 16, 1847 to
September 1850
Index to Deeds in which the Town of Refugio is the Grantor
Filed August 3, 1848 to
December 21, 1852
Index to Deeds in which the Town of Refugio is the Grantor
Filed January 5, 1853 to
November 30, 1854
Deed from Ann Y. Kelly, heir of William H. Lee, deceased, to Milford P. Norton - 1850
Original Grantee: Estevan Lopes
Public Affidavit of W.L. Rea
Daniel Fox Property
Public Affidavit Concerning
Early Race Track of
William Doughty
Public Affidavit of P.A. Johnson Concerning
Daniel Fox Property
Owners of Lots in the Town of St. Mary's
Titles Issued by Jose Jesus Vidaurri
in Power & Hewetson's Colony
Alexander Bass - Oath for Headright Certificate - 1840
Willard Richardson - Affidavit of Witnesses for Headright Certificate - 1840
Theodore Vaurigaud - Oath for Headright Certificate - 1841
M___Whe_____  - Oath for Headright Certificate - 1842
The name on this instrument is not clear.
Refugio County Records
Available on Microfilm from
Texas A&M University - Kingsville

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