I found some information on your branch of McWhorters in Grimes, TX which may be new or helpful to your family research.I see where they have a clear census in Grimes, TX 1850, pgs 46, 47 that gives valuable information, so I'll just add a bit of what I've found in the Texas General Land Office records that are available online. (In my understanding, one must be over 17 to file, improve the land for 3 years, cultivate a portion of the land and add a cabin, survey the land and get two reliable neighbors as witness that you are working the land as a homestead. Conditional certificate comes first, 3 yrs later after proof and survey, comes Unconditional certificate.)
record 000020d, San Augustine (office), 2nd class lists of conditional claims.
Dec 27, 1839...all together on the same day of filing, claims for Conditional land certificates.
A McWhorter 640 ac (married)
James H McWhorter 640 acres (married)
John R McWhorter 640 acres (married)
Wm P McWhorter 320 acres (single)
Andrew F McWhorter 320 acres (single)
Amzie A McWhorter 320 acres (single)
This is a summary and not a transcription.
In a document for Leon Co, #5632, there is an appeal by Catherine L Dodson, late the wife of James H McWhorter, stating he is deceased, died in 1848, died without proving up an unconditional certificate so the land was never placed in his name.Since one needs to be alive to prove their land, she wants to be able to prove it for him...Her husband, James H McWhorter, emmigrated to Texas in the year 1839 in the month of Dec, San Augustine Co, 30th Dec and filed for 640 acres of land.In 1846 her husband sold his (conditional) certificate to Samuel Young, who was in the county of Kemper, Mississippi, and in 1848 her husband died without proof of his unconditional land certificate. She feels that the court needs to enable Young to procure the patent on said certificate, which is located on vacant land. requested May 31st, 1853. The request is granted.
Next in the file, there are some witnesses testimonies, meant to validate Catherine's account in her initial letter which is scanned online.
Neighbor's accounts, proved reliable and believable by court...Zorester Robinson and Joshua Robinson in office as witnesses Aug 1857.They have very close testimonies, Zoraster says he knew James H McWhorter in 1840, he was about 35 years old and lived in Montgomery, then Grimes or Madison county, he came in the Spring of 1840 and was a free white man and he brought a family with him, he died around 1844 or 45, and he recalls two heirs, the oldest sons William and Andrew who live in Grimes, but doesn't recall the others names.Neither of them knows about selling the certificate to a man from Mississippi.Joshua says he knew him a bit later, he (McWhorter) was about 37 in 1842 or 43, recalls him dying around 1844 or 45, then the same, etc. 8th August, 1857
Hugh A McWhorter claims Jas A was entitled to 640 acres and dead as claimed.(I think it is Hugh A b1818 SC, found in the 1850 Grimes census, referring to James H McWhorter, who was possibly his father by my guess.) 28th day of Nov, 1853, filed 1954
Hope this info is new to someone out there.I'm studying the McWherter family in Bowie/Red River area.James Baird is administrator of the estate for Tho McQurtr who died in 1832 Texas. The James B McWherter, who has a son named Hugh, lives in 1850 Bowie and is a probable son to the Tho McQurtr. I am researching his ties to James B Floyd, whose mother was a Baird.They all lived in Lincoln, NC and York, SC area. If you have any insight into this grouping, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org