I know the Courthouse burned but are there any surviving records covering the 1850 - 1870 time period? This leaves a very large hole in my family history - ANY LEADS AND ALL SUGGESTIONS ARE APPRECIATED!
My HALL family:
1850 Census Limestone Co., Tahuacana Springs, Texas Dwelling & Family No. 58, PG 359B
22. Jefferson Hall 36 M Merchant Kentucky
23. Sarah Hall 28 F Arkansas (2nd. wife)
24. William Hall 14 M Kentucky
25. John Hall 12 M Kentucky
26. Fidella Hall 11 F Kentucky
27. Robert Hall 4 M Texas
28. Francis Hall 2 M Texas
29. Sarah Prior 35 F Kentucky
HALL T J 50 M W KY TX LIMESTONE CO., TAHUACANA SPRINGS P O 1860 Series: M653 Roll: 1300 Page: 345
Hall, TJ, 50,M, (occu blank),5000,1500,KY
Hall, Sarah, 35,F,AR
Hall, Robt H, 13,M,TX
Hall, Jack,1,M,TX (my great grandfather)
Hall, Fidella,22,M,Lawyer,KY (son by first wife)
THOMAS 60 M W KY TX BRAZOS BRYAN P O 1870 Series: M593 Roll: 1577 Page: 34B, LNS 38>40
Hall, Thomas, 60 M,W,No Occu,10,000,200,KY
Hall, Sara,46,F,W,Keeping House,AR
Hall, Jack,16,M,W,At School,TX
Note: Brother, Harrison Hall, on same page/large family
RESEARCH NOTES - POLITICAL OFFICES - Bryan, Brazos County, Texas - Post Civil War/Reconstruction Era
Thomas Jefferson Hall and his brother William Harrison Hall were both in Walker Co., TX, at the same time suggesting they came together, both are listed in the 1840 Republic of Texas Census and Land Grant Index. Both married in Walker Co.. Henderson stayed on while Thomas Jefferson moved to Limestone Co. after Indian Treaties made life there less dangerous for settlers. ** The Limestone Co. Court House at Springfield burned with all records covering the time frame TJH's family lived there. ** I have found nothing else of this time period that mentions them but I am still searching. In 1860, another brother, Henry Henderson Hall, is found in Dallas Co., TX.. In the 1870 Census both Harrison and Thomas are found in Bryan living close by each other - Thomas died in 1871, his widow and second wife, Sarah (Wells) Hall, (m. 12-24-1843) continued living in Bryan into the 1880s. As for occupation, he is listed as a merchant, trader or no occupation on Census records; with land holdings he must have farmed as back up. This couple & some adult children are buried in the Hall family plot in the Bryan City Cemetery.
Dept. of State, Austin, Texas, May 27, 1868. To Alexander ANDERSON, Esqr, Bryan
Dear Sir: Enclosed I hand you Order No. 112 appointing you Mayor of Bryan and A.B. FORMAN, Lemuel PRESTON, A.B. BOWMAN, Thomas HALL and William HAVEMAN, Aldermen. You will all take the enclosed oath
of office and in all other respects qualify in accordance with existing laws and advise this department. I have the honor to be very respectfully your obt. svnt., W.D. PHILIPS, Secretary of State. (Early State Records,
reel 49, State Dept. Letterbooks., P. 317).
It having been reported by Governor PEASE that citizens of the town of Bryan, having taken the measures prescribed by the laws of the state to incorporate the said town, upon the recommendation of this Excellency, approved by Brevet Major General J.J. REYNOLDS, commanding the Dist. of Texas, the following list of town officers have been made by Gen. BUCHANAN: Alexander ANDERSON, to be Mayor, A.B. FORMAN, Lemuel PRESTON, A.B. BOSMAN, Thomas J. HALL, and William HAVERMAN, to be aldermen. Texas Countryman, 10 June 1868, Pg. 2.
Military appointments to civil offices...Bryan City -- George W. FARROW and A.H. EDGAR to be Aldermen, vice Thos. J Hall and Wm. HAVIMAN, resigned. Houston Daily Times, 2 Feb. 1869, P. 4.
Bryan,...Mar. 24, 1870. To Maj. General REYNOLDS, Commanding 5th. Military Dist., Austin. The Petition of the undersigned sheweth that Richard SLOAN of this co. was in the month of June last appointed by you as one of the Co. Commissioners of this city [petition accuses SLOAN of mishandling funds allocated to assist indigent African Americans.]...[signed] Thomas J. HALL, C.C.-B.C.; W.T. NEALL, atty. for Brazos Co.; W.B. FORMAN, Sheriff Brazos Co.; C.F. MOORE, Clk D Co. - B Co.; Benj. F. BOLDRIDGE, special Depty Shff; W.J. PEIRCE, J.P. B.C.; R.N. MILLS; Wm. HAVEMAN, mayor town of Bryan; H. MORDECAI, co. treasurer. (Freedmens' Bureau
Records; Bureau of Civil Affairs, Vol. 4, D-E, frames 415-8).
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