WOODBURY, JOHN LUCIUS (?–?). John Lucius Woodbury, agent of Joseph Vehlein, a German merchant of Mexico City, on November 14, 1826, secured from the Mexican government an empresario contract to settle 200 families in Texas. The approximate boundaries of the grant were from the San Jacinto River to the border leagues on the east and from the Old San Antonio Road on the north to the coastal reserve on the south. In the spring of 1828 Woodbury was granted a monopoly for working iron and coal mines in the state for twenty-three years. In 1829 and again in 1834 Woodbury's grant was extended, although he made no permanent settlement and made no attempt to fulfill his contract.

Mary Virginia Henderson, "Minor Empresario Contracts for the Colonization of Texas, 1825–1834," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 31, 32 (April, July 1928).

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