Municipal Archives

Abstracts of Title (including Samuell Estate), 1902-1963

Collection 2005-003


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201​
CreatorVarious Dallas title guaranty and abstract companies
TitleAbstracts of Title (including Samuell Estate)
Quantity2.5 linear inches
AbstractAbstracts of title and legal documents relating to properties in Dallas, including estate of Hazael O. Samuell and heirs​.
LanguageRecords are in English

Scope and Content

Collection consists of abstracts of title and legal documents from various Dallas title guaranty and abstract companies relating to properties in the City of Dallas.  The bulk of the collection concerns the property of Hazael O. Samuell and his heirs.  Hazael O. Samuell was the father of William Worthington Samuell (1878-937), Dallas, Texas, physician and philanthropist. 

Upon W.W. Samuell's death, a handwritten will was discovered, reading simply, “Real estate to the City of Dallas Park Board for park purposes, not to be sold.  ​Balance to Park Board as permanent foundation.  First National Bank, administrator.” 

After the will’s probation, $1,222,000 was awarded to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, along with approximately 900 acres of developed and undeveloped property.  Samuell’s gift is the largest single land donation to the Park Department and was for many years one of the largest bequests ever made to the City of Dallas.


The collection is organized by subject.


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Abstracts of Title (including Samuell Estate), 1902-1963 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

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Index Terms

City Government -- Texas -- History
Dallas -- Texas -- History
Samuell, Hazael O.
Samuell, William Worthington

Container List 

Title, Date
11Block 796, 4601 Victor and 4604 Worth Streets [Anne Lovell Samuell to W.W. Samuell], 1926, 1931, 1938
 2Block 796, 4601 Victor and 4604 Worth Streets, 1902-1905
 3Part of Vernoy, Green, and Harris Surveys, 1906, 1938
 4Samuell property - Northwest Highway and Garland Road Awards of Commissioners, 1963
 5Summary - W.W. Samuell Estate - Present Status of Real Properties, 1954