Four (4) Early Cahaba, Alabama land documents, including one (1) President James Monroe signed, pertaining to Thomas A. Rogers (1792-1821), second Secretary of the State of Alabama and a member of the first General Assembly of Alabama. Cahaba, also spelled Cahawba, was the first permanent state capital of Alabama from 1820 to 1825. 1st item: President James Monroe, 5th President of the United States (1817-1825), signed land document on vellum granting Thomas A. Rogers of Cahaba, Alabama "…the Town Lot Number three hundred and thirty six in the Town of Claiborne in the District of Cahaba and State of Alabama…" dated January 1, 1822, issued after Rogers' death. Signed by Monroe and Josiah Meigs (1757-1822), Commissioner of the General Land Office, below, seal, bottom left. Pencil inscription, reverse. 10" H x 16 3/8" W. 2nd-4th items: Three (3) Acting Governor Thomas Bibb, 2nd Governor of Alabama (1820-1821), signed State of Alabama, Executive Office land certificates stating that Thomas A. Rogers has purchased three lots of land in Cahawba (Cahaba), for a total of two hundred dollars and fifty cents, dated circa November 1820. Signed by Bibb, below. All approximately 8 1/8" H x 10 1/8" W. Provenance: Estate of Anne Harrison Taylor & Joseph F. Taylor, Morristown, TN. Biography: "Thomas Amis Rogers Sr. was born in Rogersville, Hawkins County, Tennessee. He studied law with Judge Hugh Lawson White, eminent lawyer, politician, and statesman in Knoxville, TN. At age 22, after receiving his law degree and being licensed to practice, Rogers, in 1815 moved to Alabama and located at Fort Stephens. He returned to Rogersville, TN in 1817 to marry Matilda Nall, daughter of a prominent land owner of Hawkins County, Robert Nall. Soon thereafter Rogers and his bride returned to Alabama and settled at Shelbyville. Rogers was chosen to represent his county in the Alabama Constitutional convention. Subsequently, Rogers was a member of the first General Assembly. By this Assembly he was elected Secretary of State of Alabama. He continued to fill this office until the time of his untimely death on September 22, 1821. The state capital had been moved by the legislature from Huntsville to Cahaba in 1819 thus Rogers died in Cahaba, which is in south central Alabama, about sixty miles west of Montgomery, on the Alabama River. It is said that in 1825 the seat of government was moved to Tuscaloosa due to the very unhealthy location of Cahaba. Roger's estate was probated in Shelby County. After his death his widow returned to the Nall farm at Red Bridge in the 12th civil district of Hawkins County, TN. This was a large bottom land farm on the Holston River with land holdings extending to the top of Short Mountain. His first son, Joseph P. Rogers was born in Alabama, while the second son, Thomas A., Jr. was born in TN after his father's death. Matilda Nall Matilda Nall Rogers continued to reside on the Nall farm until her death on November 22, 1867." (source: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94252299/thomas-amis-rogers). CONDITION: 1st item: Overall good condition with toning, handling wear. Holes, possible insect damage, largest 1/2", right vertical fold line. 2nd-4th items: Areas of dampstaining, areas of loss, largest 3/4" x 3 1/4", separation, largest 3/4", to fold lines. One Bibb signature affected by dampstaining, otherwise in good, legible condition.
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