Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the William Roark Papers, 1832-1862



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Roark, William, 1803-1862
Title: William Roark Papers
Dates: 1832-1862
Creator Abstract: William Roark (1803-1862) came to Texas in 1834 with his family. Living in Nacogdoches and Cherokee Counties, he worked as a surveyor, business owner, and farmer and served as a public official.
Content Abstract: Correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, and maps record the business and personal life of William Roark and his family.
Identification: Col 911
Extent: 1.63 linear feet (1 box, 1 oversize item)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Born in Tennessee in 1803, William Roark came to Texas in 1834 with his wife Margaret Reed Roark, three children, and other family members. Living in Nacogdoches and Cherokee Counties, Roark worked as a surveyor, business owner, and farmer. He was appointed as a justice of the peace for Nacogdoches County and was elected to the office of county commissioner upon the formation of Cherokee County in 1846. Roark died at his home near the town of Linton in 1862.

References

Cherokee County History. Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986.

Ericson, Carolyn Reeves. Nacogdoches--Gateway to Texas: A Biographical Directory, 1773-1849. Volume I, Revised. Nacogdoches, Texas: Ericson Books, 1991.

Murrie, Pauline Shirley, comp. Early Records of Nacogdoches County, Texas. Waco, Texas: Pauline Shirley Murrie, 1965.

Roach, Hattie Joplin. The Hills of Cherokee. 1952.

Two Hundred and Fifty Years: History of Alto, Texas, 1686-1936. Alto, Texas: Alto Herald, 1936.


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, land records, legal documents, financial documents, and maps record the business and personal life of William Roark and his family. Many items are associated with Roark's service as justice of the peace. Several of these concern legal actions involving Peter E. Bean. Other names noted in the papers include Kelsey H. Douglass, Alpheus Wickware, and James H. Starr.


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
Roark, William, 1803-1862.
Bean, Peter Ellis, 1783-1846.
Douglass, Kelsey H. (Kelsey Harris), d. 1840
Starr, James Harper, 1809-1890.
Wickware, Alpheus.
Locations
Nacogdoches County (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Cherokee County (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Plats (maps).

Related Material

Documents Collection, 1519-1979, DRT 9, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

William Roark Papers, 1827-1860, East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Roark Papers, 1832-1862, Col 911, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

The William Roark Papers were apparently part of the William Eager Howard Collection, donated to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library in the 1940s. The provenance of these items prior to Dr. Howard's acquisition of the papers is not known. Existing records are not clear on the exact extent of the papers at the time of the acquisition, and certain individual items may have been added to the Roark Papers from other sources.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1992 November.

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


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

William Roark Papers, 1832-1862

The items are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Deed: Coahuila y Texas to John Durst, Nacogdoches, Texas [copy], 1832 May 9.
2 Bill and receipt: McCoy and Zumwalt to John Soyer, certified 1834 September 23.
3 Letter of recommendation: John Purdy, Mifflin, Henderson County, Tennessee, on behalf of William Roark, 1834 September 25.
4 Letter: Jorge Antonio Nixon, Nacogdoches, Texas, to William Roark, 1835 July 9.
5 Letter: Lucinda Roark, Holly Springs, Mississippi, to William Roark, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1836 May 1.
6 Summons: James Doswell, summons to appear in the case of Simon Weise [Wiess?] vs. William R. Powell, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1836 October 27.
7 Letter: John Purdy, Mifflin, Tennessee, to William Roark, Texas, 1837 January 15.
8 Letter: Lucinda Roark, Holly Springs, Mississippi, to William Roark, Texas, 1837 February 13.
9 Deed: John Durst to Ira R. Lewis, Nacogdoches, Texas [copy], 1837 March 29.
Box Folder
Oversize 1 Plat: land on the Angelina River, circa 1837.
Box Folder
1 10 Notes: land on the Angelina River, circa 1837.
11 Oath: Henry Chapman, application for land grant, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1838 January 25.
12 Oath: Lucas Chirino, application for land grant, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1838 March 1.
13 Deed: John Roark to William Roark, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1838 April 27.
14 Oath: Samuel Craft, application for land grant, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1838 July 5.
15 Receipt: James H. Starr, Board of Land Commissioners, Nacogdoches County, Texas, to Ira R. Lewis for government dues [copy], 1838 July 26.
16 Affidavit: William Nelson and A. G. Sims, value of wagon, 1838 August 6.
17 Letter: P. E. Bean to William Roark, 1838 August 7.
18 Oath: Samuel Craft, application for land grant, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1839 May 11.
19 Account statement: P. O. Starr to William Roark for tuition of Roark children, 1839 November 26.
20 Account statement: Alpheus Wickware to John Walker and John Durst, 1839.
21 Promissory note: P. E. Bean to K. H. Douglass, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1840 January 1.
22 Promissory note: Alpheus Wickware to P. E. Bean, 1840 January 3.
23 Summons: Alpheus Wickware to answer complaint of P. E. Bean, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1840 July 15.
24 Execution order: P. E. Bean vs. Thomas Luckett, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1840 August 1.
25 Execution order: P. E. Bean vs. Alpheus Wickware, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1840 August 14.
26 Summons: Peter E. Bean, summons to answer complaint of T. H. Robertson, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1840 September 25.
27 Summons: Jesse E. Bean, summons to appear in case of T. H. Robertson vs. P. E. Bean, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1840 October 5.
28 Promissory note: Peter E. Bean to estate of Kelsey H. Douglass, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1840 December 2.
29 Affidavit: Russel Roark and Samuel M. Bean, value of horse, 1841 May 4.
Collection Folder
Land Patent Collection Land patent: Republic of Texas to William Roark, one labor in Nacogdoches County, Austin, Texas, 1841 October 13.
Box Folder
1 30 Affidavit: Peter E. Bean, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1842 February 28.
31 Attachment: Peter E. Bean vs. E. J. Debard, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1842 February 28.
32 Summons: Peter E. Bean, summons to answer complaint of James H. Starr, administrator of estate of K. H. Douglass, Nacogdoches County, Texas [2 copies], 1842 May 6.
33 Letter: James H. Starr, Nacogdoches, Texas, to William Roark, 1842 July 5.
34 Summons: Isaac Durst, summons to answer complaint of Jesse E. Bean, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1843 June 28.
35 Affidavit: Jesse E. Bean, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1844 November 25.
36 Receipt: David Rusk, Sheriff, Nacogdoches County, Texas, to William Roark for taxes, 1845 January 30.
37 Letter: W. F. Butler, Nacogdoches County, Texas, to Mr. Ware and Mr. Day [sworn copy], 1845 March 13.
38 Receipt: Ochiltree, Cage and Hogg to William Roark for promissory note, 1845 November 13.
39 Affidavit: William Roark, Nacogdoches County, Texas, includes plat of Barr and Davenport grant, 1845 December 22.
40 Notes: time on various legal cases, circa 1845.
41 Certification: William Roark, election as Cherokee County Commissioner, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1846 July 25.
42 Order: R. Parmalee, cancellation of execution against James B. Reed, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1846 December 15.
43 Promissory note: J. S. Roberts to Charles Chevaillier, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1847 January 5.
44 Receipt: A. C. Deussen to William Roark for use of toll bridge, 1847 September 30.
45 Deed of conveyance: John Roark to William Roark, Cherokee County, Texas, for land certificate, 1848 June 1.
46 Deed: Commissioners, Cherokee County, Texas, to Thomas B. Garrett, Rusk, Texas, 1849 March 1.
47 Receipt: Cherokee County, Texas, to William Roark for papers, notes, accounts, and funds of locating committee, Rusk, Texas, 1850 August 21.
48 Promissory note: Daniel Rawls to Charles Chevaillier, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1851 February 18.
49 Letter: Jeremiah B. Mooring, Fredonia, Rusk County, Texas, to William Roark, Linwood, Cherokee County, Texas, 1852 February 17.
50 Order: William Roark, authorization for survey, case of Sam Houston vs. James H. Starr, Nacogdoches County, Texas, 1855 September 24.
51 Receipt: Isaac T. Bean to William Roark for debt, 1857 February 8.
52 Letter: Matthew Clanton, Long Creek, Panola County, Mississippi, to William Roark, Nacogdoches, Texas, 1857 February 14.
53 Letter: Joseph F. Lewis, Washington, D.C., to William Roark, 1859 February 25.
54 Letter: Joseph F. Lewis, Washington, D.C., to William Roark, Linwood, Texas, 1859 March 7.
55 Letter: Joseph F. Lewis, Washington, D.C., to William Roark, Linwood, Texas, 1859 April 14.
56 Letter: Joseph F. Lewis, Washington, D.C., to William Roark, Linwood, Texas, 1859 October 31.
57 Envelope: 1861 January 12.
58 Receipt: Telegraph Office to William Roark, Alto, Texas, for newspaper subscription, 1861 August 17.
59 Letter: Arnold and Barret, Nacogdoches, Texas, to William Roark, Cherokee County, Texas, 1861 October 16.
60 Application form: Order of the Sons of Malta addressed to William Roark, postmarked 1861 October 18.
61 Receipt: Jesse Gibson, Collector, to William Roark for war tax, 1862 May 14.