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(Transcribed by Dorman Holub)


     The first record of a marriage in the county after its organization was Crawford Treece to Anna Minera Kimmel, and as the record is one of the oldest in the county we will give it in full:

State of Texas,
Dallas County

To any regularly ordained minister of the gospel, district judge or any justice of the peace for the county;

You are hereby authorized to solemnize the rites of matrimony between Crawford Treece and Anna Minera Kimmel and due return make to me according to law, this 20th of July, A. D. 1846.

Wm. M. Cochran, C. C. D. C.

I hereby certify that I solemnized the rite of matrimony between Crawford Treece and Anna Minerva Kimmel on Wednesday, 23rd day of July, A. D. 1846.

Aaron B. Wilson, J. P.

Following the above license and certificate on the record appears
this indorsement:

Mr. Cochran, Clerk of the Court for County of Dallas:

Sir: This is to let you know that I am willing that my daughter,
Anna Manervy, shall be united in matrimony to Crawford Treece.

Kathrine Kimmel.

July 20, 1846

The above license was issued on Sunday; and on same day was
executed, the 23d day of July, 1846, a license was issued to J. T.
Miller and Sarah Haught, and also to Joseph Graham and Catherine
Kimmel, the mother of the lady who was one of the parties to the
first marriage.

In the same old record appears the record of the marriage of
William P. Overton and Martha Ann Newton. William P. Overton was
one of the Dallas county pioneers, and is still living in the
county, a few miles southwest of the city of Dallas.



     The first bill of sale recorded in the county, August 9th,
1846, was from Edward Welborn to John Young, and is as follows:

     I have this day sold to John Young, a negro woman named Jane,
and child, aged about twenty years, which said negro I warrant
to be sound both in body and mind, and a slave for live. The said
John Young, in consideration of said property, has this day paid
to me the sum 400. I bind myself to warrant and defend the title
of said negro unto said Young, his heirs and assigns forever.

Given under my hand this 17th of March, 1844.


Edward X Welborn


     Appeared before me, Charles H. Durgan, deputy clerk for Dallas
County, Mary Ann Young, and after being duly sworn sayeth she
saw Edward Welborn sign the within bill of sale and acknowledge
the same to be his act and deed and done for the purposes therein

Given under my hand this 9th day of August, A. D. 1846.


     The first land patent was recorded September 1, 1846: quot; Anson Jones, President of the Republic of Texas, to Samuel Monroe Hyde, 640 acres of land on White Rock creek in Dallas county, near the military road from Austin to Red river;" and on the same
day was recorded a power of attorney from Samuel M. Hyde to his
father, John H. Hyde, to sell the above section of land patented
to him by the Republic of Texas, which power of attorney reads
as follows:

State of Texas

County of Nacogdoches

     "Know all men by these presents: That I, Samuel Monroe
Hyde, do hereby nominate and appoint my father, John H. Hyde,
my true and lawful agent and attorney for me, and in my name to
sell and in a lawful and complete manner convey my headright of
land, containing 640 acres, located, surveyed and patented in
my name, lying in the new county of _______, upon such terms as
to the said John H. may seem meet, hereby ratifying and confirming
all the acts of my said attorney in the premises. Given under
my hand and scroll, by way of seal, on this 25th day of May, A.D.

S. Monroe Hyde


The State of Texas,

Nacogdoches County.

     "Personally appeared before the undersigned authority,
S. Monroe Hyde, and acknowledged that he executed the above power of attorney for the use and purposes therein expressed. given under my hand and seal of office at Nacogdoches this 25th day
of May, A.D. 1846

W.W. Wingfield

Chief Justice and ex officio Notary Public Nacogdoches County.


     The first mark and brand recorded was that of William P. Carder,
which was date August 7, 1846, and recorded September 1, 1846,
and reads as follows:

State of Texas

County of Dallas

This my ear mark for cattle, hogs, and sheep: a smooth
crop of the right ear and a swallow fork in the left ear.

William P. Carder

August 7, 1846



     The first will was that of J. A. Simmons, which was recorded
September 17, 1846, and reads as follows, viz.:

State of Texas,

County of Dallas

July 23, 1846

     I, J. A. Simmons, considering the uncertainty of life,
and being weak in body yet of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, to wit: that is to say,
I do give and bequeath to my son Joseph, choice of my horses,
saddle and bridle, one head. Secondly, I do give and bequeath
unto my beloved wife, Hannah S. Simmons, all the rest of my property, both real and personal, and all money that I have on hand or may have coming to me in any way, during her natural life, and at
her death it is my will that after giving to the younger children,
equal to what I have given the five oldest, that the rest be equally
divided amongst all my children; and lastly I do hereby appoint
Hannah S. Simmons my sole executor, to act without giving security
in any way and be at liberty to move property where she pleases.

Witness my hand and seal

J. A. Simmons


Acknowledged, sealed and delivered in presence of

John G. Glidewell

Daniel Freeman

State of Texas,

County of Dallas

     September 17, 1846, personally appeared before me, William
M. Cochran, at office, Daniel Freeman, and made oath in due form
of law that he seen J. A. Simmons sign the within will for the
purposes therein named, and that the said J. A. Simmons was of
sound mind when he signed the same day and date above written.
Witness my hand and private seal, having no seal of office.

William M. Cochran

County Clerk Dallas County


     The first deed recorded in the county was from John Neely Bryan
and wife to Henry Horter, dated October 7, 1846, authenticated
before William B. Ochiltree, district judge, November 12, 1846,
conveying lots 5 and 6 in block 3, in the town of Dallas, for
a consideration of $160. It was recorded on the 28th day of November, 1846.

     Among other things of interest in the first records can be
found an oddity in the form of a bill of sale to a runaway slave,
recorded June 19, 1847, which reads as follows:

State of Texas

County of Dallas

Runaway Slave Henry, sold by Sheriff.

    To all whom it may concern: Know ye that by virtue of
the power in me vested by law, concerning the sale of runaway
slaves in this State, I, John Hewitt, sheriff of Dallas County,
State aforesaid, have this day sold at public outcry, at the courthouse in the town of Dallas, county aforesaid, a negro man named Henry, a runaway slave, said slave having been in my custody, and due notice given of the fact according to law. Now, this is to say that for the sum of $300, cash in hand to me paid, S. G. Newton and William J. Walker became the purchasers, and they have according to law all right to keep, sell or dispose of said Henry, a slave, in any way for their own or their heirs' interest and benefit.

Given under my hand this the 11th day of May, the year of our
Lord, 1847.

John Hewitt

Sheriff Dallas County, Texas

(Transcribed by Dorman Holub from John Henry Brown's Memorial & Biographical History of Dallas County, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago,, 1892, pp. 193-195. Permission to reproduce this transcription must be obtained from Dorman Holub)