BLOCKK 8

BLOCK 8, 1846 - 1850

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Block 8 is located south of the Courthouse square and is bordered by Fourth St. on the north, Fifth St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being 80 varas X 80 varas. What is a Vara? Click here to find out.


No documented building and/or businesses on this block during this time period.

Hebron Tolleson Private School

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On July 2, 1850 Collatinus and Mary Jane Ballard sold sold three acres of land of land adjacent to the SW corner of Block 8 to Hebron Tolleson.  It is likely that the school conducted by Tolleson was situated here. 

In the first months of 1849, a school was listed in Hallettsville, when it was designated as the election box for the town.  Hebron Tolleson, a native of Tennessee, was possibly the teacher at the time. 

Hebron Tolleson
1850 Census School Teacher
Married Amanda Rebecca Bennett 13 June 1849 in Lavaca County Texas
Amanda was the sister of Dr. M. B. Bennett

References:
*Lavaca County Deed A/522
*Free State of Lavaca p. 169
*Hallettsville Tribune Jan. 22, 1974
*Lavaca County Marriage A/31

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BLOCK 8, 1851 - JUNE 1852

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Block 8 is located south of the Courthouse square and is bordered by Fourth St. on the north, Fifth St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being 80 varas X 80 varas. What is a Vara? Click here to find out.


John Buchanan Private School 

On July 14, 1851, Tolleson sold the three acres of land to John Buchanan who continued to conduct a school in that location.  The school was located on three acres of land adjacent to the SW corner of Block 8.


John Buchanan was educated for the priesthood but forsook the calling to come to Texas in 1836 and become a teacher.  Buchanan followed Hebron Tolleson as the teacher in Hallettsville; in 1852, he sold his holdings in the town and moved to Austin, Texas where he conducted a school in 1853 and 1854 and was employed as a translator in the Land Office.  He died in Austin, Texas in 1859.

References:
*Lavaca County Deed A/560
*On the Headwaters of the Lavaca and the Navidad p. 62 & 68

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On June 5, 1852, M.B. Bennett and Josiah Dowling purchased 3 acres adjacent to the south west corner of Block 8 from John and Emily Buchanan.  The deed included all tenement, apparatus and improvements on the land.  

Prior to the sale, the property had been the location of first the Tolleson Private School and second the Buchanan Private School.  

Reference:
​Lavaca County Deed B/159


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BLOCK 8, JUNE 21, 1852 - DECEMBER 1852

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Block 8 is located south of the Courthouse square and is bordered by Fourth St. on the north, Fifth St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being 80 varas X 80 varas. What is a Vara? Click here to find out.


Hallett & Ballard to Lavaca County (Block 8 Lot 1 - 8)

Reference:
*Lavaca County Deed B/207

On June 5, 1852, John  and Emily Buchanan to M. B. Bennett and Josiah Dowling  3 acres adjacent south west corner of Block 8 all that message, tenement, apparatus and improvements. 

Reference:

*Lavaca County Deed B/159


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BLOCK 8, 1853

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Block 8 is located south of the Courthouse square and is bordered by Fourth St. on the north, Fifth St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being 80 varas X 80 varas. What is a Vara? Click here to find out.


Lavaca County to Dowling and Kelly (Block 8 Lot 1 – 8) Dec 1853


BLOCK 8, 1854

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Block 8 is located south of the Courthouse square and is bordered by Fourth St. on the north, Fifth St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being 80 varas X 80 varas. What is a Vara? Click here to find out.


Thomas A. Hester (Lot 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Josiah Dowling (Lot 5, 6, 7 & 8)

1854 January 1: J.W. Kelly to Josiah Dowling Lots 1 & 2 in Block 11, Lots 6 & 8 in Block 10, Lots 3, 5, 7 & 8 in Block 8, Lot 2 in Block 4 also all my title to the lower half of the town tract that lies east of Mitchell Branch.

Reference:
Lavaca County Deed C/22

1854 January 1: Josiah Dowling and John W. Kelly to Abner K. Foster Lots 2, 4 & 6 in Block 8.  This property lies north and west to the three-acre tract on which Dowling now resides.

Reference:
Lavaca County Deed B/515

1854 September 27: Abner K. Foster to Josiah Dowling Lots 2, 4, & 6 in Block 8

Reference:
Lavaca County Deed C/252

1854 October 28: Josiah Dowling to Thomas A. Hester Lots 2, 3 & 4 in Block 8

Reference:
Lavaca County Deed C/263

1854 November 17: Josiah Dowling and John W. Kelly to Thomas A. Hester Lot 1 in Block 8

Reference:
Lavaca County Deed C/286


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