Update: If you ever have the opportunity to talk with someone from the Texas General Land Office, I hope you are as fortunate as I am. Today, "John" explained to me that William E. had actually signed on for another six months. He was, therefore, entitled to two land grants of 640 acres each. Apparently he sold the first one but kept the second one, reflected below. However, he didn't have it for long. This certificate was approved on May 13, 1853 and we know he was dead by February 8, 1854 (per the first-class headright that will be discussed in the next post).
|Texas Land Grant|
Approved May 13, 1853
From December 4, 1852 until May 13, 1853, the process really moved quickly. The survey that was included in the documents stated:
The State of Texas Milan Land District Survey No. 6 for Wm. E. Probert of 640 acres in Bell County on Cowhouse Creek about 32 miles above fort Gates being the quantity of land to which he is entitled by virtue of Bounty Certificate No. 1266.The survey was verified as "correct" on April 28, 1853 and was patented by May 13, 1853. There is no evidence, however, that Wm. E. Probert ever did anything with the land. In fact, the patent was delivered to N.C. Raymond, probably an attorney representing Wm. E. Probert.
The land issues were clearly not over as you will see in the next post.