I had a legal description of the section. I have looked and looked, but I can't find it. The information about the land I do have is anecdotal -
>>> Our section straddles the border between Reaves and Pecos Counties. It is irregularly shaped. The family has owned both surface and mineral rights.
>>> My grandfather, Samuel Moore Hudson I, bought it before 1913. His address was in Fort Worth.
>>> After his death in 1913, his estate or his widow owned it. His widow's name was Mab Douglass Gates Hudson. She remarried and added Stephens as her last name.
>>> After 1929, Mab Hudson Stephens' address in Fort Worth was 800 Eighth Avenue.
>>> After Mab died in 1961, the section went to her son (my father) Luther Moore Hudson, and/or with his sisters Louise Hudson and Mary Finley Hudson.
>>> Luther's addresses in Fort Worth were 2007 Hillcrest and 6315 Rosemont. He was a lawyer who had clients in the oil business, so he took care of taxes and leases. He leased mineral rights many times, both to majors and to independents. Not one of them drilled on the section.
>>> Luther died in 1992. After his death, ownership passed to his estate or to his widow (my mother), Moreen Woolwine Hudson. Her address then was 5205 Ledgestone Drive, Fort Worth. My sister and/or her husband took care of leases and taxes for my mother.
>>> After Moreen's death in 2003, all or parts of the section were owned by her estate or by trust funds set up for me and my sister.
>>> For at least 40 years that I know of, grazing rights for the section were leased by a ranching family named McNeil. Their fences surrounded it.The McNeils paid a minimal annual fee.
>>> In the 1980s, I was a newspaper reporter (famous for my typos), and supposed to be pretty good at tracking down facts, so it fell to me to both assert ownership and to maintain our agricultural use tax status.
>>> To check on the agricultural exemptions, I set up appointments with clerks in the courthouses in Fort Stockton and Pecos and drove out to see to them.
>>> The clerk at Fort Stockton – I wish I could remember her name - asked me, "Has anybody in your family ever seen your land?" I told her we never had. She grinned and said, "Honey, it's just holding two other parts of the world together."I hope to gain some more insight, as this is about all I have about our section.Sam Hudson,
1900 Bluebird Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76111
817-937-3218 (cell only)