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Houston Co. volunteers find 1830s-era copies of documents signed by Sam Houston

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CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

Houston County has a rich history, and now the public has a chance to see some of it after volunteers stumbled upon some copies of some historical documents signed by a famous figure from Texas history.

East Texas News went to Crockett to see some of the documents.

Upon entering the Courthouse Annex in Crockett, a visitor can find a great deal of history - from the oldest Bible known to exist in the county to old typewriters.

Nothing really surprises the volunteers at the Historical Commission, but when they cleaned out a storage room, they found something that did.

"My husband was moving a large filling cabinet and these documents were on top shelf," volunteer Donnita Patrick said. "We had thought they were old poster boards."

When they flipped them over, "It was a great surprise that we found them, but in a way it wasn't because they are just so dedicated workers," Paul Stringer, the chairman of the Houston County Historical Commission, said.

What they found were 19 documents signed by the great Sam Houston. Most of them were land grants to the founding families of Crockett. The documents were donated at some point in the past but got lost.

"It was encouraging to be able to find out and say that we had these things in our little office in Houston County," Stringer said.

Even though they are copies of the originals, the new find is the oldest set of records this office now has.

"We honestly though the oldest copies of documents we had were from 1860, and now we have documents from the 1830's," Stringer said.

It's hard to read many of the documents, but it is clear who signed them.

"We've always heard that Sam Houston is a very outgoing and proud man, and judging by his ordinate signature, it's obvious he was that way, and it just confirms what we believed," Patrick said.

If you would like to see these documents yourself, you can visit the Historical Commission at the Houston County Courthouse Annex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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