Thursday, February 5, 2015

Samuel Harrison of Kerr, Lavaca, and Runnels Counties

We recently received a request from a researcher inquiring about a Samuel Harrison who appears in the Kerr County tax records from 1884-1888.  As is turns out this is not the family he is looking for, but this information might help someone else.

On ancestry.com  we found the death certificate for one Mary Emma Scarborough.  Her father was Samuel Harrison, mother Lucy Yancey.
Mary Emma Harrison was born 24 June 1885  in Ingram, Kerr County, and died at Padre Island State Park in Nueces County 10 January 1972.  Her usual residence was in Ballinger, Runnels County where she is buried at Evergreen Cemetery.

If it weren’t for that death certificate you might miss that they were in Kerr Co. for a while.  From findagrave.com  we find that B. Samuel Harrison was b. 10 May 1818 in Bedford County, Tennessee, and died 3 Oct 1908, in Ballinger.  Lucy Yancey was born 28 May 1848 in Tennessee, died 25 Oct 1932 in Ballinger.
In 1880 and 1900 they were in Lavaca Co. In between they spent some time in Kerr County, owning land along the South Fork of the Guadalupe.

From the land records it shows they owned land in Kerr County at least until October 1897. They were in Lavaca County by then and maybe earlier.

Here’s what we found on the Kerr County land records (notes, not full transcriptions.):

  • Harrison, Saml. to Louis Nelson.  Note Vol. A1, p. 222.  date of instrument Dec 9, 1884.  date of filing Jan 1, 1885.  160 acres,  Survey 671 to F. Huebner.  [Vol. A1 is the surveyor field notes, however p. 222 does not have this property on it.]  We never did find the record of this transfer.
  • Samuel Harrison and wife, of the county of Lavaca, in amount of $400 pd. by J. K. Baldwin of Kerr Co.,Surv. 671 on the South Fork of the Guadalupe about 13 miles S 84 deg W. from Kerrville and fully described in the letter patent No. 182, Vol. 1 issued at Austin, Texas, May 27, 1873, to Fritz Huebner and containing 160 A. of land.  Vol. T, p. 184.  date of instrument Oct 20, 1897, files Feb 11, 1899.  [the notary who certified was in Colorado Co.]
  • Fritz Huebner of Bastrop Co. to Sam’l Harrison. $500.  T.B.  Vol. K, p. 181.  October 20, 1884.  1/2 of 160 A.  Surv. 671.
  • Fritz Huebner to Sam’l Harrison.  160 A. on Guadalupe about 13 m. S 84 W of Kerrville.  W.D. (Warranty deed).  Vol. K, p. 183.  Oct 20, 1884  1/2 of 160 A.  Surv. 671.

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