Land that would later be known as Osceola Plantation was at stake in the suit pitting members of the Austin family against Brown Austin’s widow, Eliza, and her new husband, Brazoria lawyer William G. Hill.

The matter had involved him and his family “in much difficulty and trouble and numerous Law suits, which will be a source of trouble and vexation to me I expect all my life without reaping any of the benefits,” James Perry wrote to a creditor seeking payment of an overdue bill.

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