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Texas Court of Claims

Works: 4 works in 5 publications in 1 language and 5 library holdings
Genres: Claims  History 
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Court of Claims land petitions by Texas( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Texas Court of Claims handled claims against the Republic and the state, particularly land claims based upon military service. The commissioner of claims, with reports generated from the Texas General Land Office, evaluated documents submitted by a land petitioner to determine if the petitioner would be eligible to receive land under various Texas acts and laws. Records are petitions and associated documentation submitted to the Court of Claims for a headright certificate or a land bounty. Contents of each file vary but typically include an oath or petition stating who is making the claim, information about the person who meets the requirements, relationship between the claimant and the person who meets the requirements if it is not the same person and description on how the person meets the requirements for the land claim; depositions and affidavits from individuals confirming the details outlined in the oath or petition; and a wrapper with the file number(s), petitioner's name, type of land certificate the petitioner is seeking, size of land associated with the claim, attorney handling the case and status of the claim. Records date 1836-1860 and undated with the bulk dating 1856-1857. Claims were filed in 1856 and 1857 with earlier documents submitted as evidence while records after these dates are updates to claims. Many of petitioners in these records claim land for rendering service or incurring property damage during the Texas Revolution. Other petitioners applied for a headright because they arrived in Texas prior to March 2, 1836. The majority of the petitions were rejected and the reason for the rejection is often noted on the wrapper
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Audience level: 0.67 (from 0.54 for Court of C ... to 0.81 for Rules of t ...)

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