Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Roy Eddins]
“Most of the land around-about, belonged to Allen Morrell. The Commissioners wanted enough of it for a townsite. Morrell was, quite expediently, appointed agent for the county to acquire the property and after a process of trading and exchanging of land and lots, ultimately, a townsite of 640 acres (one square mile) was acquired.
“Apparently Morrell was doing pretty good—and so was the county under the executive wisdomof its commissioners. Morrell, still acting as agent, started selling lots for residents giving “quit-claim deeds and warranting titles against litagation towit: Messrs. Stroud, Chambers and Hoxey” in the famous La Serda and Chambers land grant disagreement. Thus the county, from the beginning, worked to clear title to the land upon which its courthouse stood and all the land aroundabout in order that a town might grow in peace and tranquility.
The Titles To Townsite Property Cleared.
“The Litigation, according to Marlin Lawyers pertained to conflicting claims of a Mexican citizen named La Serda and T. J. Chambers who later got a grant from the Republic of Texas. La Serda, several years before Texas was free of Mexico, came in possession of a land grant from the government of Mexico. Some of the land, of course came into possession of individuals through the agency of his grant and since property of individuals, acquired through constituted authorities, regardless of who they are—the government of Mexico, Texas or any other—are respected by all governments and by all people, individuals owning this land under the