Notes: X. Red River County

Notes for William Becknell: X. Red River County

Note 1. Constitution of the Republic of Texas, 1836, General Provisions, Sec. 10.

Note 2. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book K, pp. 162-63 (State of Texas to William Becknell, Aug. 16, 1853).

Note 3. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book C, pp. 96-97 (Republic of Texas to William A. Becknell, Feb. 5, 1838).

Note 4. See Mary Jane Rogers letter cited in Part IX Note 7 and accompanying text.

Note 5. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book C, pp. 13-14 (William A. Becknell to Martin Guest, March 23, 1838).

Note 6. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book M, pp. 520-21 (State of Texas to John Becknell, March 28, 1856).

Note 7. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book C, pp. 339-40 (John C. Becknell to B.F. Ellis, Nov. 29, 1839).

Note 8. F.J.C. Smiley, Certificate 85, Red River County, Tex., Record of Land Commissioners Book, Microfilm #1295711, FamilySearch.

Note 9. John K. Rodgers (Rogers), Certificate 84, Red River County, Tex., Record of Land Commissioners Book, Microfilm #1295711, FamilySearch. Oddly, the document also records William Becknell’s witness testimony that Rogers arrived October 16, 1837.

Note 10. Heirs of Wm. Cribbs (Chribbs), Certificate 594, Red River County land office return, May 1838, Republic of Texas. See also William Chribbs: IX. After 1808.

Note 11. Larry M. Beachum, William Becknell: Father of the Santa Fe Trade, El Paso, Tex.: Texas Western Press(1982), pp. 64-65.

Note 12. Ibid., pp. 68-69 (citing John Burlage and J.B. Hollingsworth, Abstract of Valid Land Claims Compiled from the Records of the General Land Office and Court Claims of the State of Texas, Austin, Tex.: John Marshall and Co. (1859), pp. 32, 68, 70-71).

Note 13. Jury verdict, March 24, 1840, Charles E. Spence v. William Becknell, Red River County, Tex., District Court Book A, p. 7 [Microfilm #1295814, FamilySearch].

Note 14. Dismissal order, March 27, 1840, Republic of Texas v. John and William Becknell, Red River County, Tex., District Court Book A, p. 30 [Microfilm #1295814, FamilySearch].

Note 15. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book C, pp. 474-75 (William Becknell to John C. Becknell, recorded April 20, 1840).

Note 16. See Part XII for the subsequent history of the Becknell slaves.

Note 17. In 1840, William Becknell reported ownership of his grant of 3500 acres but no slaves. That year John C. Becknell reported ownership of three slaves and three horses but no land. See Larry M. Beachum, William Becknell: Father of the Santa Fe Trade, El Paso, Tex.: Texas Western Press (1982), pp. 64-65.

Note 18. “Statement of notes & receipts taken for medicine in 1838,” Sappington-Marmaduke Papers, Missouri History Museum. These accounts indicate that the wholesale price of a box of pills was one dollar. See Part VIII for more on Dr. Sappington.

Note 19. William Becknell to Dr. John Sappington, Sept. 12, 1840, Meredith Miles Marmaduke Papers (C1021) (microfilm), Folder 13, The State Historical Society of Missouri Manuscript Collection.

Note 20. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book D, pp. 318-19 (William Becknell to Thomas J. Shannon, Feb. 6, 1843). For unknown reasons, a slightly different version of this bond was recorded again in the 1870s. See Red River County, Tex., Deed Book T, p. 261 (William Becknell to Thomas J. Shannon, Feb. 6, 1843).

Note 21. Shannon v. Marmaduke, 14 Tex. 217 (1855).

Note 22. Deposition of William Becknell, Nov. 22, 1853, Typescript Collection (C995) (microfilm), Vol. 17, No. 478, The State Historical Society of Missouri.

Note 23. Red River County, Tex., Deed Book M, pp. 400-02 (District Court judgment, Dec. 4, 1854, M.M. Marmaduke v. Thomas J. Shannon and William Becknell, and M.M. Marmaduke to J.M. Baker, recorded March 24, 1860).

Note 24. Shannon v. Marmaduke, 14 Tex. 217 (1855).

Note 25. E.W. Bowers to Floyd C. Shoemaker and typewritten notes, Dec. 12, 1955, Typescript Collection (C995) (microfilm), Vol. 17, No. 478, The State Historical Society of Missouri.