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MONKS, JOHN L. (?–?). John L. Monks, one of Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred colonists, received title to a sitio of land on August 16, 1824. The census of 1826 classified him as a farmer and stock raiser, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. Monks's character certificate was signed in Perry County, Alabama, on October 18, 1830. On December 15, 1830, the ayuntamiento of San Felipe ruled that Monks had abandoned the country and had never cultivated his land, and that his title to a grant between the San Bernard River and Bay Prairie was void. Apparently, however, he did come to the colony and locate in Fort Bend County. On April 30, 1838, Randal Jones was appointed administrator of the estate of John L. Monks, deceased.


Eugene C. Barker, ed., "Minutes of the Ayuntamiento of San Felipe de Austin, 1828–1832," 12 parts, Southwestern Historical Quarterly 21–24 (January 1918-October 1920). Lester G. Bugbee, "The Old Three Hundred: A List of Settlers in Austin's First Colony," Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association 1 (October 1897). Telegraph and Texas Register, May 9, 1838.


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