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Estate document for Samuel A. Burton

Identifier: MS 0087
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The document is an instrument entered in the records of Houston County, Texas, authorizing that all the personal property belonging to one Samuel A. Burton and all the property real and personal owned jointly by David L. and Samuel A. Burton be sold to the highest bidder at a public sale to take place on June 3, 1851, at the courthouse door in Crockett, Texas. Content on the first of the two pages ends with a statement that John I. Burton did sell, at the specified time and place, to the highest bidder, “the following described property belonging to said estate: viz.”

The second of the two pages lists property, including 430 acres of land, eleven enslaved persons (identified by name, age, and gender), fifty head of hogs, and various pieces of equipment. The document concludes with the statement that the listed property was bought by David L. Burton for $3500.


  • Creation: 1851


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish information from the Estate Document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851 must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel A. Burton was a property owner and enslaver in Houston County, Texas, the first county established by the Republic of Texas. The document authorizing public sale of his property was filed on April 14, 1849, in the county courthouse in the town of Crockett (the county seat).


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The first page is the legal instrument authorizing public sale of the property of one Samuel A. Burton, deceased. Page two includes a list of enslaved persons including their first names, genders, and ages. It ends with detail of when the sale took place. The second page lists the property that was sold to the highest bidder, one David A. Burton, and its purchase price, $3500.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This document was purchased at auction.

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Guide to the Estate document for Samuel A. Burton, 1851
Mary Tobin
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA