By 1841 Darlington Washington, then 35, was in Texas before its statehood. This certificate is issued to him for a square mile of land. Note he certifies he is married, which entitled settlers to more land than a single man. This document is courtesy of Frances Armaly, a descendant. The origin of Darlington's strange name has not been traced, but most think his mother was Nancy Darlington. Others suggest he was named for a prominent preacher. He was called Darling, and died in Parker County, Texas, perhaps at the hand of Indians, in about 1860.