Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11583803 Details

State:Texas
Location:Nacogdoches
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon: the Senate and House of Representatives of Republick of Texas in Congress Assembled
Filing Date:1838-May-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Goyens states that "he is unfortunately a man of colour," who emigrated to Texas in 1830. Since that time, Goyens professes that he has "ever been identified with the feelings and interests of the Anglo American population and has born his humble part in their struggle." For the last five years, he has worked "in publick Services connected with the Indians," and "for the last two years he has the honour to have been appointed a regular Indian Agent -- for the Cherokee Tribe." He further notes that during the War for Texas Independence, he furnished "horses, provisions, and money - small as may have been these services they were at least equal to his ability." Stating that the Colonization Law entitles him to land, Goyens asks that a "League & Labor of Land may be granted him as a Head Right and that a Law may be passed to that effect in his favour."
Result:referred to Select Committee
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:See #11584002; Certificate, W. L. Underwood, 5 May 1838
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11583803

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:1
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas

  • Records of the Legislature, Memorials and Petitions
  • Record Group: 100

Processing Information

Record Created:6/1/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/7/2007 8:31:00 PM