It could be a mistake at TRRC, Michael, but I doubt it. I did see that it is W. Coote on RRC map. I can't say why, though. I checked the San Augustine Co. records and they also show William Coote, A-10. They do not show a Coats survey.
I just searched land grants on the TGLO website and A-10 was a spanish land grant to William Coote, a native of Ireland, on Feb. 4, 1835. A search for "Coats" in San Augustine for an original grant or patent gets no results.
Michael, I don't know what would be involved in doing that. I think it would have to go through the Texas General Land Office, who issued the original and any subsequent patents on the survey. That is where I would start if I were to undertake something of this nature.
As exciting as this is, we know that we have a responsibility to do this thing correctly. After all, we want the farm to remain a place where the family can gather for another 80 years and beyond. This site was born out of these desires. Before we started this site, googling "shale' brought up little information. Certainly nothing that was useful as we negotiated a lease. Read More