Ira McDonald Home (Block 5 Lot 3)

On February 14, 1851, Dr. Joel Ponton sold Lot 3 in Block 5 to the local blacksmith Ira M. McDonald.  This lot adjoined the lot currently owned by Jesse L. Sanders.  Ira, through his attorney, Silas Bennet, then sold this property to his wife, Dorothy, on February 26, 1852 as a portion of their community property.

Note: This property was the McDonald home and it is possible that after they purchased the property they lived in the house that had been occupied by the previous tenant E.C. Clements.

References:
*Lavaca County Deed B/46
*Lavaca County Deed B/47

For more information about Ira McDonald and his family please read the following:
“Forever Divorced: the Rest of the Story”
“The Last Word on the McDonalds; I Hope!”




George W. and Mary Dufner Guthrie Residence (Block 5 Lot 5)

In 1848, Collatinus Ballard sold to Jesse Sanders Lot 5 in Block 5.  In 1851, Sanders allegedly sold Lots 5 & 6 in Block 5 to Mary Dufner (now Mary Guthrie)  

Said Mary Guthrie at the time of the sale was Mary Dufner, a feme sole, who entered into a contract with Jesse L. Sanders for the purchase of the two lots.  However, Sanders was not the rightful owner of the lots (Sanders did indeed own Lot 5 but Collatinus Ballard was the owner of Lot 6.  The deed was made but was destroyed before it was recorded.  The fraud was not discovered until 1852.  

References:
Lavaca County Civil Case # 117 
Lavaca County Deed A/165



Collatinus Ballard Store (Block 5 Lot 7)

1851 - JUNE 1852

Block 5 

Albert G. Foster (Block 5 Lot 1, 2, 4 and 7)



Lots 1, 2, 4 and 7 in Block 5 were reserved to A.G. Foster per the deed of Margaret P. Hallet and Collatinus and Mary Jane Ballard to John H. Livergood, County Judge of Lavaca County dated 21st June 1852.

Reference:
*Lavaca County Deed B/207

Dorothy McDonald (Block 5 Lot 3)
George W. and Mary Dufner Guthrie (Block 5 Lot 5)
Collatinus Ballard (Block 5 Lot 7)

*Note: While the B/207 deed states that Lot 7 in Block 5 was reserved for A.G. Foster, Lot 7 was the location of the Collatinus Ballard store.

Block 5 

G.W. Guthrie/Dr. Joel Ponton (Block 5 Lot 3)

On June 7, 1849, Dr. Joel Ponton purchased Lot 3 in Block 5 from* G. W. Guthrie.  On this lot was a house and improvements that were at the time occupied by an E.C. Clemments/Clements.  The lot was described as adjoining the lot and improvements of Jesse L. Saunders.






George W. Guthrie

Lavaca County Civil Case #20 (Toliver B. vs. Bennett M. B.) May 2, 1848
George W. Guthrie was not available to testify in the case because he is now and had been for a long time absent from the county in the Army of the United States. 


1850 Census (Sheriff)
Lavaca County Sheriff 1850 – 1852

E.C. Clements 


Married Mary Hornburg 23 March 1848 in Victoria County Texas

References:
*Lavaca County Deed A/439
*Hornburg Story p.434



Jesse L. Sanders Residence/ James Short Residence (Block 5 Lot 5)

On November 10, 1848, Collatinus Ballard sold to Jesse L Sanders Lot 5 in Block 5 being the same lot upon which James Short and the said Jesse L. Sanders and  wife now live.  This residence was directly behind the store of Ballard’ which was located on Lot 7. 

Jesse L. Sanders 
Lavaca County Constable #4 1850 – 1853
1850 Census (Farmer)

James Short

Lavaca County Commissioner 1847
1850 Census (Farmer)
Elvira Hallum Short (wife)
Died 15 January 1852

References:
Lavaca County Deed A/321
Free State of Lavaca p. 161



Collatinus Ballard Store (Block 5 Lot 7)

While Margaret Hallet had, for many years, maintained a store in the settlement, in 1841, a larger and more imposing log structure was built by Collatinus Ballard on the NW corner of the town square, the corner of Second and Main Streets.  Ballard maintained a freight line from Lavaca (Port Lavaca) his wagons hauling produce there and returning with the staple items and sundry goods.

Collatinus Ballard

1846 Tax Roll
1850 Census Merchant

References:
Free State of Lavaca p. 154, 161
Hallettsville Herald Oct. 17, 1907
Hallettsville Herald Feb. 10, 1888

Block 5 is located north of the Courthouse square and is bordered by First St. on the north, Second St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being

80 varas X 80 varas. 

Block 5 is located north of the Courthouse square and is bordered by First St. on the north, Second St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being 80 varas X 80 varas. 

1846 - 1850

Block 5 

Block 5 is located north of the Courthouse square and is bordered by First St. on the north, Second St. on the south, LaGrange St. on the east and Main St. on the west.  The block is comprised of eight lots each lot being

80 varas X 80 varas. 

*No recorded deed has been located indicating how or when Guthrie was deeded Lot 3 in Block 5. 

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