|The Saga of the Carson Family of Brazos County, Texas|
THE TEXAS AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL COLLEGE CONNECTIONThe Carson family was closely associated with Texas A & M, with part of the campus having been the original "plantation" of John S. Carson. In fact, it is believed that he is buried somewhere on the campus. There have been several family members who were former students, and a map of the College Station from early in the 1900's show A&M surrounded by land owned by Carsons, Royalls, and Ramseys.
Following is a document related to the founding of Texas A & M, based on an e-mail from Bill Page of the Texas A & M library. Where lists of names are given, only those of our family are included.
The State of Texas County of Brazos – I, C. F. MOORE clerk of the District Court in and for said County and State, do hereby certify that after a careful examination of the Records of my office I find the following titles to the Land recently conveyed to the Mechanical and Agricultural College of Texas by …Recorded in Book D, p. 243 [W.B.P. GAINES to John CARSON written in margin]. 210 acres of said half League Deed dated June 11th 1866. Recorded in Book H, page 446 [CARSON by Extr. To T.J. WOOTTEN written in margin] and T.J. WOOTEN to said Rebecca RECTOR Deed for said 210 acres dated March 12 1868 Recorded in Book 1 page 72 ……And for the 838 acres his title is evidenced by deeds from W.B.P. GAINES to John CARSON dated August 8 1853 recorded in Book D page 243 (the title to GAINES being herein before recited) and by John CARSON by his Executor James R CARSON to H. Mitchell deed dated February 13, 1871 recorded in Book M page 191. And the title to the remainder of the said 838 acres is evidenced by title from the said W.B.P. GAINES and John CARSON by Executor, deeds dated respectively December 15 1869 and March 5 1870 recorded in Book K page 218 and Book 1 page 11….
To certify of which I hereunto set my hand and seal of
office at Bryan this 25th day of August AD 1871. C.F. MOORE, Clk Dist Ct Brazos
The above does not clarify how much CARSON land was involved. However, following is the tax roll for Brazos County during the period before and after the founding of Texas A & M, which should give some idea of the acreage involved. The years 1869 through 1871 were difficult to read as the ink was faded in the record book.
In 1864, the last assessment before the death of John
CARSON, the tax rolls were:
In 1868, three years before the exchange of land for
Texas A & M, the tax rolls were:
In 1872, the year after the exchange of land for Texas A
& M, the tax rolls were:
By simple subtraction, the most land that could have
been given/sold by the CARSON family for A & M was 358 acres.
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