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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