Thomas Benton Hockaday scrapbook, 1847-1862 and undated
Thomas Hart Benton (T. H. B.) Hockaday (1835-1918) was a Presbyterian elder, scholar, schoolteacher, and farmer in Texas. He was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and raised in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He moved to the Ladonia-Pecan Gap area of Texas to be a schoolteacher shortly after his marriage to Maria Elizabeth Kerr in the late 1850s. During the Civil War, Hockaday served in the 6th Texas Cavalry. Lizzie Kerr Hockaday died in 1881 and Hockaday was remarried in 1892 to Minnie Belle Scott. Hockaday was active in the Presbyterian church throughout his life and a strong supporter of Austin College.
This collection consists of a commonplace book kept by T. H. B. Hockaday beginning in 1851. The book contains handwritten notes and quotes of interest found by Hockaday during his readings, as well as clippings of articles of interest from various publications. Hockaday arranged the materials alphabetically by subject. Includes a handwritten list of the books in Hockaday’s library, as well as a photograph of a young boy in front of a house pasted into the inside front-cover.
Many articles are loose and slipped in between the scrapbook pages. Other articles have come unglued. Entire scrapbook is fragile and should be handled with care.
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Thomas Benton Hockaday scrapbook, 1847-1862, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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