Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Samuel Augustus Maverick Family Papers, 1836-1909



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Maverick, Samuel Augustus, 1803-1870
Title: Samuel Augustus Maverick Family Papers
Dates: 1836-1909
Creator Abstract: A signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870) settled in San Antonio, Texas, and established himself as a businessman involved in real estate and ranching. He was also active in public life, serving as mayor of San Antonio, a representative in the Congress of the Republic of Texas and the state legislature, and chief justice of Bexar County. He and his wife Mary Ann Adams (1818-1898) had ten children; six survived to adulthood. Their fourth son, William H. Maverick (1847-1923), was particularly active in the management of the family land.
Content Abstract: The papers include printed items, certificates, correspondence, land records, and financial records that document Samuel Maverick's activities during the Texas Revolution, family land and financial transactions, and personal matters. Of note is Maverick's printed copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence, annotated by him.
Identification: Col 12545
Extent: 5.17 linear feet (1 oversize box, 3 oversize items)
Language: Materials are primarily in English. The printed pass is in Spanish and accompanied by an English translation.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Samuel Augustus Maverick (1803-1870) was born in Pendleton, South Carolina, and spent most of his early years there. After obtaining a degree from Yale University, he worked with his father and studied law, opening a law office in Pendleton in 1829.

The availability of land led Maverick to Texas in 1835, where he soon became involved in the events of the Texas Revolution. Participating in the siege and battle of Bexar in 1835 December, he then remained with the garrison in the Alamo. Maverick left the besieged fort in 1836 March to attend the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where he signed the just-adopted Declaration of Independence. Traveling to Alabama after the convention, he married Mary Ann Adams (1818-1898) in 1836 August. Maverick returned to Texas with his family in 1838 and settled in San Antonio, establishing himself as a businessman involved in real estate and ranching. He was active in public life, serving as mayor of San Antonio, a representative in the Congress of the Republic of Texas and the state legislature, and chief justice of Bexar County. One of several prominent citizens taken prisoner by the Mexican Army following its incursion under General Adrian Woll in 1842, Maverick was marched to Perote Prison near Mexico City, where he was held until 1843 March.

Following his release, the Maverick family lived for a few years on Matagorda Bay before returning to San Antonio. Maverick continually added to his land holdings over his lifetime, eventually amassing over 300,000 acres, primarily in West Texas. Though an anti-secessionist, he supported the Confederate government during the Civil War.

Samuel Augustus and Mary Ann Adams Maverick were the parents of ten children: Samuel (1837-1936), Lewis Antonio (1839-1866), Agatha (1841-1848), Augusta (1843-1849), George Madison (1845-1913), William Harvey (1847-1923), John Hays (1850-1850), Mary Brown (1851-1891), Albert (1854-1947), and Elizabeth (1857-1859). Son William Maverick was also involved in business in San Antonio, particularly the management of the family land holdings.

References

Marks, Paula Mitchell. "Mary Ann Adams Maverick." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma82.

Marks, Paula Mitchell. "Samuel Augustus Maverick." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma84.

Marks, Paula Mitchell. Turn Your Eyes Toward Texas: Pioneers Sam and Mary Maverick. Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, no. 30. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1989.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains printed material, correspondence, financial records, and land records that document some of the significant events in the lives of Samuel Augustus Maverick and his family.

Items include a printed broadside of the Texas Declaration of Independence, annotated by Maverick to include his and other names not included in the printed version; a letter from United States envoy Waddy Thompson written during Maverick’s imprisonment in Mexico in 1843; a pass issued to Maverick upon his release from prison, upon which he copied maps showing the route from Mexico City to Veracruz; certificates of election to city and county offices; and a certificate signed by participants in the Texas Revolution, attesting to Maverick’s service.

Three bound volumes are also part of the papers: a volume containing notes on land transactions, dating to Maverick’s early residence in Texas; an account book containing miscellaneous financial information related to William H. Maverick; and a letterpress book of William H. Maverick’s outgoing correspondence during a family trip to Europe in the 1890s. The latter item includes correspondence with business associates and family members, particularly Maverick’s younger brother Albert. A few letters in the volume date from the death of William Maverick’s estranged wife in 1909. Loose papers from the bound volumes have been removed and housed separately.


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
Maverick, Samuel Augustus, 1803-1870.
Maverick, William Harvey, 1847-1924.
Maverick family.
Thompson, Waddy, 1798-1868.
Organizations
Bexar County (Tex.)--Officials and employees.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Officials and employees.
Subjects
Texas. Declaration of Independence.
Real property--Texas.
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Certificates.
Correspondence.
Financial records.
Manuscript maps.
Property records.

Related Material

Maverick Family Papers, 1840-1960 (bulk 1861-1909), Col 11749, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Samuel Augustus Maverick Letter, 1861, Doc 1221, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Samuel Maverick, Jr. Letter, 1912, Doc 2966, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Albert and Jane Lewis Maury Maverick Papers, 1927-1954, Doc 9928, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Lucy Maverick Letters, 1913-1941, Doc 5198, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Maury Maverick, Jr. Research Papers, 1857-1964, Col 10841, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Maury Maverick, Jr. Papers on the Reinterment of Joseph H. Barnard, 1979-1982, Doc 6159, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Maverick Family Papers, 1660-1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Maury Maverick, Sr., Collection, 1769-1954, 1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Maury Maverick Jr. Papers, [ca. 1835-2000], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Rena Maverick Green Papers, 1924-1959, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Maverick Family Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Lola Maverick Lloyd Papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.

Jessie Lloyd O'Connor Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Papers of Jane Lewis Maury Maverick, ca. 1887, 1927-1944, Accession #1946, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.


Separated Material

The collection contains a copy of The Works of Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Consisting of Essays, Humorous, Moral, and Literary: With his Life, Written by Himself (Hartford: S. Andrus and Son, 1845). This volume from Samuel Augustus Maverick’s library, inscribed by him, is housed separately; see the library's catalog for additional information about this item.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Samuel Augustus Maverick Family Papers, 1836-1909, Col 12545, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Laura Maverick Meadows Partain, 2004 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 2005 April.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Tom D'Amore, 2011 September.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Samuel Augustus Maverick Family Papers, 1836-1909

Folder
Oversize 1 Broadside: Unanimous Declaration of Independence by the Delegates of the People of Texas, with annotations by Samuel A. Maverick and attached envelope, 1836 March 2.
Box
Oversize 1 Letter: Waddy Thompson, Mexico City, Mexico, to Samuel A. Maverick, Perote, Mexico, 1843 March 16.
Drawer
Vault Map Case 1 Pass: Samuel A. Maverick, Mexico, with manuscript maps of route and altitudes from Mexico City to Veracruz, Mexico, on reverse, 1843 March 31.
Box
Oversize 1 Certificate: election of Samuel A. Maverick, mayor of San Antonio, Texas, 1862 June 11.
Certificate: election of Samuel A. Maverick, chief justice of Bexar County, Texas, 1864 August 12.
Folder
Oversize 3 Certificate: Elisha M. Pease, Edwin Waller, Charles B. Stewart, and Francis W. Johnson on the participation of Samuel A. Maverick in the Convention of March 1836, San Antonio, Texas, 1880 April 22.
Box
Oversize 1 Bound volume: records of land transactions, 1838-1876.
Loose material from land book.
Account book: also includes daybook and miscellaneous financial information, William H. Maverick, 1874-1876.
Letterpress book: William H. Maverick, 1890-1892, 1909.
Loose material from letterpress book.
Excerpt: Bancroft’s History of the United States, information on Samuel Maverick.
Envelopes.