Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the William H. Sandusky Papers, 1838-1894



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sandusky, William H. (William Harrison), 1813-1847
Title: William H. Sandusky Papers
Dates: 1838-1894
Creator Abstract: A surveyor and draftsman, Ohio native William H. Sandusky (1813-1847) resided in Austin and Galveston, Texas, where he held several government positions. Sandusky served as President Mirabeau B. Lamar’s personal secretary and, while working in the General Land Office, helped survey and map the city of Austin.
Content Abstract: The collection contains letters, journals, legal documents, and printed material associated with William H. Sandusky and members of his family.
Identification: Doc 5203
Extent: 14 items (14 folders)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

William Harrison Sandusky was born in Columbus, Ohio, on 1813 January 29, the son of John and Elizabeth Clarno Sandusky. Among his ancestors was the namesake of Sandusky, Ohio. William came to Texas in 1838 and settled in Austin. An artist, surveyor, and draftsman in the General Land Office, he helped survey and map the new capital of the Republic of Texas and later served as registrar of the agency. In 1840, Sandusky was chosen to be President Mirabeau B. Lamar’s personal secretary, a position from which he resigned the following year due to ill health. Per his request, Sandusky was then appointed draftsman for a survey of the coast and harbors of Texas. He married Pennsylvania native Jane McKnight (b. 1816) on 1842 July 21. The couple had three children and resided in Galveston, where Sandusky worked making maps, charts, landscapes, and plans of cities and towns. In 1845 January, he was appointed to the position of Import Inspector in and for the District and Port of Galveston. William Sandusky died of illness on 1847 January 18 at the age of 33; his wife married E. Walbridge in 1850.

References

Pinckney, Pauline A. “William H. Sandusky.” Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fsa25.

William H. Sandusky biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, San Antonio, Texas.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains letters, journals, legal documents, and printed material associated with William H. Sandusky and members of his family. Letters include correspondence with James H. Starr on Sandusky's work as a draftsman for the city of Austin and items regarding land transactions in Galveston. Also included are documents related to Sandusky's service in Galveston as a draftsman on a coastal survey and as a customs official and an incomplete journal of his migration to Texas in 1838, along with a journal of a trip along the Texas coast in 1845. Some items are related to Sandusky's wife and to his brother-in-law, James McKnight.


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
Sandusky, William H.
McKnight, James, 1813-1853.
Starr, James Harper, 1809-1890.
Subjects
Customs--Administration--Texas.
Drafters--Texas.
Locations
Texas--Description and travel.
Austin (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Galveston (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.
Journals.
Legal documents.
Printed ephemera.

Related Material

Kenneth F. Neighbors Narrative, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Separated Material

One photograph of a boat on Market Street in Galveston, Texas, has been separated from the William H. Sandusky Papers and is located in the DRT Library's Picture File at PF-BC-Cities-Galveston, Tex.-5203. See the Library's online catalog for additional information about this item.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William H. Sandusky Papers, 1838-1894, Doc 5203, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Jane Sandusky and Susan B. Miller.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker.

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


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

William H. Sandusky Papers, 1838-1894

The items are arranged chronologically.
Folder
1 Journal: William H. Sandusky, "Travelling Journal, from Pekin, Illinois, to Texas, by Stage, Steam-boat and Steam-ship in October, 1838"; "Voyage to Corpus Christi, on board the Revenue Cutter Alert, Capt. Simpton in the month of April 1845"; "James McKnight's memorandum, 28 May 1844."
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2 Letter: William H. Sandusky, Austin, Texas, to James H. Starr, 1840 February 4.
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3 Letter: James H. Starr, Austin, Texas, to William H. Sandusky, 1840 February 4.
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4 Letter: James H. Starr, Austin, Texas, to William H. Sandusky, 1840 March 5.
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5 Letter: Branch T. Archer, Austin, Texas, to Commodore Edwin Ward Moore, 1841 May 11. Manuscript copy, 1841 May 23.
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6 Commission: Gail Borden, Jr., Collector, orders to James G. Burnham and William H. Sandusky, Officers of the Customs and Revenue Service, Galveston, Texas, 1843 March 12.
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7 Commission: James H. Cocke, Collector, appointment of William H. Sandusky, Impost Inspector, Galveston, Texas, 1843 May 1.
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8 Letter: William H. Sandusky to Jane Sandusky, 1843 May 3.
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9 Deed: Nathan Taylor and Adaline D. Taylor to James McKnight, Galveston County, Texas, 1844 January 2.
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10 Letter: J. M. Long, Austin, Texas, to William H. Sandusky, Galveston, Texas, 1845 April 3.
Folder
11 Relinquishment: William H. Sandusky to M. H. Nicholson, Galveston, Texas, 1846 September 8.
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12 Letter: James M. Long, Austin, Texas, to William H. Sandusky, 1846 September 26.
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13 Letter: W. W. McLaughlin, Austin, Texas, to Mrs. Jane Walbridge, 1869 August 26.
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14 Pamphlet: W. J. McKnight, Genealogy of My Family, 1894.