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Serena Akins, et al To Affidavit
Submitted by Joyce McNiel Munson

   Instrument---Affidavit
     Dated----Oct. 31st, 1895
     Filed----July 23, 1900
     Recorded Vol. V, page 602
     Deed Record Liberty Co., Tex.

     THE STATE OF TEXAS
     COUNTY OF LIBERTY
     PERSONALLY appeared before me the undersigned authority, Mrs.Roxaline Merrett and Mrs. Serena Akins, both to me known to be the identical persons whom they represent themselves to be, and after being by me duly sworn each for herself say:
     towit: Mrs. Roxaline Merrett says that she is 73 years old; Mrs Akins says that she 73 (?) years old; that they are grand-daughters of Nancy Gowin deceased, to whom was granted by the State of Texas, a league and labor of land, situated in Liberty County, Texas. Abstract No. 198, Pat. No. 777, that their said grandmother then a widow, immigrated to Texas, from the State of Louisiana about the year 1830, their grandfather, Thomas Gowin having died in Louisiana previous there,
and (?) that their said grandmother died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ariminta Buxton in Liberty County, Texas about the year 1836, leaving no will and only the following children and their descendants as her heirs at law, towit:

     1st. Sarah married Isaiah Fields, both dead, left no will but children viz: - 1st. Sofrana (sic), a daughter married John W. Stevens and is dead, left no will, but the following children as their heirs at law, 1st. Jack H. Stevens, a son, now about 30 years old, resides in Hill County, Texas, 2nd. Osborne H. Stevens, a son, resides in Rusk County,Texas, he is about 26 years old, Serena Fields (affiant) married Henderson Akins, he is dead, she now resides in Liberty County, Texas.
3rd. Selina Fields married  David Pipkin, he is dead, and she now resides in Liberty County, Texas.

4th. V. B. Fields her son, married, he is dead, and his wife left no will, but a daughter survives him, named Vernal E. who married Jack McNulty, they now reside in Liberty County, Texas. 5th. Randolph Fields, a son, who is about 55 years of age, resides in Liberty County, Texas.
(2nd) Ariminta Gowin daughter of Nancy Gowin married Alexander Buxton, both died leaving no will, but the following children survive him. 1st. a daughter named Elan, married W. M. Cherry, both died, Mrs. Elan Cherry left no will, devising all of her property to W.H. Snow, her nephew, who
resides in Liberty County, Texas and is about 22 years old. 2nd. Mary Buxton married Benjamin C. Clark, he is dead, she is a widow, and resides in Houston, Texas. 3rd. Sraah Buxton married
James Martin, she is now a widow, and resides in Houston, Texas. 4th.Roxaline Buxton married ----- Merritt, she, who is now a widow, resides in Liberty County, Texas. 5th. Valentine Buxton married, both he and his wife left no will but the following children as his heirs at law, 1st.
Sarah Buxton married Robert Nolan, and resides in Liberty County, Texas. 2nd. Araminta married Thomas Snow, both are dead, left no will, but a daughter named Mollie who married Albert Morse, they reside in Liberty County, Texas, also a son, named James Snow, who is over 21 years old,
and resides in Liberty County, Texas. 3rd. Annie Gowin daughter of Nancy Gowin married John Green (sic), both dead, left no will, but a son survives them, named John W. Green (sic), now over the age of 21 years, who resides in Waller County, Texas.

     Affiants further states that the said Nancy Gowin did not in her life time sell, encumber or convey said land, nor have her children or descendants so encumbered, or conveyed, said land with in affiants knowledge, except, the south-west quarter of said survey land, which
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     was sold by Isaiah Fields, Administrator of said Nancy Gowin, to one Charles L. Cleveland, that said land has never been partitioned between said heirs, but that they have a joint tenant in possession holding the same for them.
     Serena Akins
     Roxaline Merritt

     Subscribed and sworn to before me, Witness my hand and official signature this 
31st. of October A.D. 1895
     M. C. Rye, Justice of the Peace
     & Exofficio N. P. for Liberty County, Texas

     THE STATE OF TEXAS}
     COUNTY OF LIBERTY}

     PERSONALLY appeared before me the undersigned authority  W. D. C. Henley & G. Y. Hanks, well known to me to be the identical persons whom they represent themselves to be, each for himself, say that the said Roxaline Merritt says she is 73 years old and the said Serena
Akins says that she is 65 years old, that they have been well and intimately aquainted with both Mrs. Roxaline Merritt and Serena Akins for many years, whose names are signed to the foregoing and attached affidavit, that they are reputable and highly creditable citizens, that the statements and facts set out by them in said affidavit are true to the best of their knowledge, and belief.
     W. D. C. Henley
     G. T. Hanks Sr.

Subscribed and sworn to before me witness my hand and official seal this 
31st. day October, A. D. 1895
     M. C. Rye, J. P. &
     Exofficio Notary Public for
     Liberty County, Texas.

     Filed for record July 23, 1900 at 8'oclock A.M.
     Recorded July 23, 1900 at 2'oclock P.M.
 

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