Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the George T. Howard Papers, 1847-1908



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Howard, George T. (George Thomas), 1814-1866
Title: George T. Howard Papers
Dates: 1847-1908
Creator Abstract: Coming to Texas in 1836, George T. Howard (1814-1866) compiled a distinguished record of frontier service for the army of the Republic of Texas and served in the military during the Mexican and Civil Wars. Howard was also a sheriff in Bexar County and operated a freighting and supply business.
Content Abstract: The George T. Howard Papers consist of correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, printed material, and an artifact, primarily related to Howard’s business activities in the last two decades of his life.
Identification: Doc 5189
Extent: 1.63 linear feet (19 folders, 1 oversize item)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

George Thomas Howard was born in Washington, D.C., in 1814. Coming to Texas in 1836, he joined the army of the new Republic and served in Galveston and San Antonio, compiling a distinguished record of frontier service. He was part of the Santa Fe Expedition in 1841 and imprisoned in Mexico when the venture's participants were captured in New Mexico. Escaping from prison, he returned to Texas, took part in the 1842 Somervell expedition, and served as sheriff of Bexar County. During the Mexican War, Howard was a member of the Texas Volunteer Cavalry, again compiling a noteworthy military record.

After the war, Howard devoted much of his time to a freighting and supply business in partnership with Duncan C. Ogden. During the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Army and worked to supply troops and negotiate trade agreements.

In 1848, Howard married Mary Frances McCormick in Washington, D.C. The couple had seven children. Howard died in Washington on 1866 August 6. Mrs. Howard died in Washington in 1909.

William Eager Howard (1877-1948) was a son of George T. Howard's brother Henry Peyton Howard. William practiced medicine in San Antonio and Dallas and was an avid collector of books and manuscripts related to Texas and Mexico. Dr. Howard donated portions of his collection to several institutions in Texas; his donation of over 2,000 Texana items to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library became the core of its collection.

References

Chabot, Frederick C. With the Makers of San Antonio. San Antonio: Artes Graficas, 1937.

George T. Howard biographical file. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Lackman, Howard. "George Thomas Howard." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fho77.


Scope and Content Note

The George T. Howard Papers consist of correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, printed material, and an artifact, primarily related to Howard’s business activities in the last two decades of his life.

Correspondence includes several letters to Howard written during his absence from San Antonio concerning his freighting business, property, and events in San Antonio immediately after the Civil War. Some letters written after Howard’s death are addressed to his wife and concern business matters and a claim for damages inflicted by Federal troops occupying the Howard’s property in 1866. Correspondents include Phillip N. Luckett, Sackfield Maclin, and Duncan C. Ogden.

The majority of the legal documents concern land transactions, many associated with property on the Medina River, southwest of San Antonio; land on the Leona River in Uvalde County; and various lots in and around San Antonio. Some of the parties to the transactions include Luciano Navarro, Duncan C. Ogden, Gouveneur H. Nelson, and Henry P. Howard. Other items document leases, the sale of a slave, and a lawsuit involving Juan N. Seguín and Gertrudis Flores y Seguín.

Financial records include miscellaneous account statements, a list of property assessments, and a balance sheet of the firm Howard and Ogden. Later items are associated with Mrs. Howard.

Other material includes Howard’s certificates of amnesty, records of Howard’s estate, miscellaneous printed items, and a leather pouch. The papers also include correspondence, legal documents, and financial records associated with Charles A. Snowden. Snowden was appointed as surveyor for an effort to delineate the boundary between western Texas and the territories of the United States in 1858-1859. Most of the correspondence between Snowden, Anson Mills, and W. R. Scurry concerns a dispute over supplies that led to Snowden’s resignation.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Howard, George T. (George Thomas), 1814-1866.
Howard, C. W. (Clement Whittington), b. 1825.
Howard, Henry P. (Henry Peyton), 1829-1913.
Howard, Mary F. (Mary Frances).
Keyworth, Robert W.
Maclin, Sackfield.
Mills, Anson, 1834-1924.
Navarro, José Luciano Nepomuceno, 1800-1869.
Nelson, Gouveneur H.
Ogden, Duncan C. (Duncan Campbell), 1813-1859.
Scurry, William Read, 1821-1864.
Seguín, María Gertrudis Flores de Abrego.
Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806-1890.
Snowden, Charles A.
Organizations
Howard and Ogden (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
Freight and freightage--Texas--San Antonio.
Land owners--Texas--Bexar County.
Land owners--Texas--San Antonio.
Land owners--Texas--Uvalde County.
Locations
Bexar County (Tex.)
Uvalde County (Tex.)
Texas--Boundaries--United States.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Printed material.
Property records.

Related Material

George Thomas Howard Family Papers, 1822-1909, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

William E. Howard Papers, 1910-1947, Col 5190, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], George T. Howard Papers, 1847-1908, Doc 5189, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

The donor of the collection and date of acquisition are unknown. These materials were possibly part of the collection donated by his nephew William Eager Howard, although no documentation stating this directly has been found.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 May.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 August.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

George T. Howard Papers, 1847-1908

Correspondence, 1858-1908
Folder
1 1858-1866
Folder
2 1874-1908
Folder
3 Memoranda and notes
Legal documents, 1847-1883
Folder
4 1847-1850
Folder
5 1851
Folder
6 1852-1854
Folder
7 1855
Folder
8 1856-1857
Folder
9 1858-1862 and undated
Folder
10 1882-1883
Folder
11 Field notes, 1847
Financial documents, 1856-1908
Folder
12 1856-1866
Folder
13 1882-1908
Certificates, 1865
Folder
14 Amnesty, 1865
Folder
Oversize 1 Andrew Johnson, President of the United States of America, to George T. Howard, pardon and amnesty. Washington. 1865 December 1.
Folder
15 George T. Howard estate records, 1866-1868
Folder
16 Printed material
Charles A. Snowden papers, 1858-1859
Folder
17 Appointment, 1858
Folder
18 Correspondence, 1858-1859
Folder
19 Financial documents, 1858-1859
Separated material
Collection
Land Patent Collection Land Patent: State of Texas to George T. Howard, assignee of Guadalupe de los Santos. No. 94, Vol. 12, Bounty. 320 acres, Bexar County. Sam Houston, Governor. 1860 January 9.
Land Patent: State of Texas to George T. Howard, assignee of Guadalupe de los Santos. No. 94, Vol. 12. 320 acres, Bexar County. Sam Houston, Governor. 1860 January 9. Certified copy, 1861 December 14.
Land Patent: Republic of Texas to Luciano Navarro, assignee of Cruz Landen. No. 103. Eight labors and 799,750 square varas, Bexar County. Mirabeau B. Lamar, President. 1841 March 17.
Land Patent: State of Texas to Asbury M. Snyder. No. 77, Vol. 11, 1st Class. 6.023600 labors, Bexar County. Elisha M. Pease, Governor. 1854 July 1.
Collection
Artifact Collection Artifact: Leather pouch.