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Morgan, Tamar (unknown–unknown)

Sherilyn Brandenstein Biography Entry

Tamar Morgan, a Texas colonial landowner, was a free Black woman. She reportedly arrived in the Brazoria area in 1832 as a slave. In 1834 she bought her freedom and on May 24, 1838, married Samuel H. Hardin, a free Black barber in Brazoria. Around 1839 sixty-five White citizens of Brazoria County petitioned the Republic of Texas Congress to grant the Hardins an exemption from the law requiring free Blacks to leave Texas. The petitioners vouched for the couple's industry, and each one's investments in property. Brazoria tax rolls indicate that by 1840 Tamar Morgan Hardin owned four town lots, 100 acres of additional land, and four slaves. She continued to maintain property in Brazoria through 1844.

Secretary of State Records, Texas State Archives, Austin.


  • Peoples
  • African Americans
  • Activism and Social Reform
  • Civil Rights, Segregation, and Slavery
  • Women
  • Slaves, Freedmen, and Free Blacks

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