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1855 Cabin May Be Moving to Boonville

Members of the William Joel Bryan chapter of the Sons of the Republic of Texas want to move a log cabin built and standing near Carlos since 1855 to property in front of Boonville Cemetery, which is owned by Brazos County.

Mervin Peters asked county commissioners this week to take possession of the Turner-Peters House located on land owned but being sold by the Texas Municipal Power Association.

Peters says they also require approval of the Texas Historical Commission. Peters says the Sons of the Republic chapter has been complied with every suggestion made by the state regarding the acquisition and relocation.

Peters says the original site of Boonville, which preceded Bryan as the county seat, is the perfect location for the house.

The home would be located in front of the cemetery, facing Boonville Road. A study by A&M officials found no burial remains were found where the structure would be placed.

Peters says at the time the cabin was built, Brazos and Grimes counties were part of Washington County in the Republic of Texas.

Peters says they have the money to cover the relocation expenses from land that is being sold by the Texas Municipal Power Agency.

This would be the first structure in what Peters called Boonville Heritage Park.  He also asked commissioners to replace the “Boonville Cemetery” designation at the gate entrance off Boonville Road to “Town of Boonville”, and add a six flags of Texas display near the cabin.

Click HERE for background information presented to the Brazos County Commission.

MervinPeters062513.mp3Mervin Peters comments to the Brazos County Commission.

Property Ownership of the Turner-Peters cabin is courtesy of Mervin Peters:

•Bond to Uriah Sanders by the State of Texas for having fought at San Jacinto.
Patent No. 342 dated 4-23-1838. Title registered in 1847.

•Bond sold to David Lawrence in 1841.
•Sold to Joseph Streetmetter in 4-1-1851
•Arthur M. Dabny in 1-3-1853 (Likely Builder)
•Abner E. Christian 7-1-1857
•Wm. W. Lawless 1-1-1859
•Jones-Duncan-Jones 6-29-1860 to 1-9-1861
•Lawless to Ben H. McDaniel 1-12-1861
•Kimbrall Prince 1-6-1862

The Turner and Peters families owned for 100 years and TMPA for 22 years, or of 122 of the 165 year existence:

•David and Sarah Turner 10-23-1861
•James W. Turner 7-13-1872
•Turner Children 3-16-1891
•Various to Mrs. Lucy Turner
•Federal Land Bank 6-10-1938
•M. C. Peters 7-30-1838
•D. L. Peters and wife 1945
•TMPA in 1991 to the present

Photos of the Turner-Peters cabin, the map of Boonville, and the GoogleEarth map were all provided by Mervin Peters:

Exterior of Turner-Peters cabin.

Exterior of Turner-Peters cabin.

Looking through the interior doors.

 

Another interior picture.

Another interior picture.

Blueprint of the cabin.

Blueprint of the cabin.

 

Double line shows Boonville Road and the star indicates the proposed location of the cabin.

Double line shows Boonville Road and the star indicates the proposed location of the cabin.

 

Google Earth map of Boonville and the star indicates the proposed location of the cabin.

Google Earth map of Boonville and the star indicates the proposed location of the cabin.

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Posted by on Jul 1 2013. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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