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Sherilyn Brandenstein
Samuel H. Hardin and Tamar Morgan petition to reside in Texas
Samuel H. Hardin and Tamar Morgan petition to reside in Texas. Courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

MORGAN, TAMAR (?–?). Tamar Morgan, a Texas colonial landowner, was a free black woman. She reportedly arrived in the Brazoria area in 1832 as a slave. In 1834 she bought her freedom and on May 24, 1838, married Samuel H. Hardin, a free black barber in Brazoria. Around 1839 sixty-five white citizens of Brazoria County petitioned the Republic of Texas Congress to grant the Hardins an exemption from the law requiring free blacks to leave Texas. The petitioners vouched for the couple's industry, and each one's investments in property. Brazoria tax rolls indicate that by 1840 Tamar Morgan Hardin owned four town lots, 100 acres of additional land, and four slaves. She continued to maintain property in Brazoria through 1844.


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Handbook of Texas Online, Sherilyn Brandenstein, "MORGAN, TAMAR," accessed June 21, 2018,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on June 17, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.