In this telling, the land ownership was claimed by Rocheblave and two Moreno brothers.(those brothers would have been either uncles or brothers to Angela Moreno Mallory). Warrington did not believe them. He thought the US owned the land. After (my 3xgg) Joseph E. Caro furnished copies of the paperwork showing the Moreno's claim to be valid and Rocheblaves too, the US paid them $3,000 for the land and Warrington thought that too high.There are references to the fact that the Live Oaks were to be watched because Warrington and followers knew their value. He had them watched.That may be where Uncle Caro's claim for pay comes in.
It is also in this time that Warrington decides (probably while standing under a pine tree) to ship wood from Boston to build the early stages of the fort and yard. (can you see my eyes rolling?) but then he thinks the clay around here may make good brick. I guess it did cause we had brickyards all over the place and the chimney of one is still there. Later, Mallory's slave was leased or rented out to the US as a brickmason. Mallory's letter protesting his slaves care, or lack of, is also in this book.
My question---if we didn't have the clay for brick, what would he have done? Import it from Mobile? I cannot fathom Pickens or McRee being there if they hadn't had the material for bricks. Sand is not a good substitute. Even I know that.