Posted By:Maggie Robinson
Subject:Twelve Mile Creek...Is it NOW Pooles Creek?
Post Date:June 23, 2011 at 18:44:46
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Forum:Madison County, TX Genealogy Forum
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Our ancestor, William Robinson, surveyed much of early Texas land offerings in both Burnett's colony and Vehlein's colony.

Robinson completed the John Tolbert(Talbert)Survey of land in now Madison County. The field notes were signed by William Robinson on May 13, 1835.

In 1838 Robinson was appointed the first Montgomery County Surveyor. At this time, the land mass we know as Madison County was in the northeast corner of the quite large original Montgomery County.

One of Robinson's first responsibilities as county surveyor was to make the first original Montgomery County map and designate all the completed surveys, waterways, public roads/trails, and otherwise occupied lands within the boundaries set for it.

In January of 1840, the Republic of Texas approved payment of $425.00 to surveyor William Robinson for making a four sided map of Montgomery County, Texas. The map still exists, and copies can be obtained from the General Land Office in Austin.

In the 1835 field notes for the John Tolbert (Talbert) Survey, Robinson identifies the La Bahia Trail as running across the southeast corner. The ONLY watercourse identified in his field notes is referred to as "12 mile creek". It is referred to two times. . .in the south line and again in the north line to the place of beginning.

On Robinson's 1839 map of the original Montgomery County, the John Tolbert (Talbert) Survey is identified, and the LaBahia Trail is marked where it enters on the eastern boundary and exists on the south boundary. However, the ONLY watercourse is now identified as Pools Creek.

The 1839 map indicates the LaBahia Trail crossed 12 mile creek/Pools creek at the Tolbert (Talbert) south boundary line separating it and the Wiliam Moffit Survey. The creek flows in a southeastly direction across the Tolbert (Talbert) Survey, and then in a south-southeasterly direction across the Moffit Survey.

If Pooles Creek was named after someone named Poole who was killed at or near the waters of the creek (but where?), it appears the death occurred between 1835 and 1839.

Does anyone in Madison County have knowledge of this "12 mile creek"? Pooles Creek would be about 12 miles from Robbins Ferry on the Trinity River.

Maggie Robinson
William & Elizabeth Robinson Family Assn.