Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

George Green Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC015

Collection Summary

Creator: Green, George, 1813-1885
Title: George Green papers
Dates: 1835-1939
Dates: (Bulk: 1844-1880)
Abstract: The George Green Papers document the business of a deputy surveyor in Milam County and Central Texas.
Identification: MC015
OCLC Record No.: 46780149
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Soldier and surveyor, George Green was born on May 18, 1813, in Havre de Grace, Maryland, to Joshua and Elizabeth Kendle Myer Green. Green claimed to have swum to Texas after being forced to swim a mile to Velasco when his ship was wrecked on May 4, 1835, in the Gulf of Mexico during a storm. He enlisted in the Texas Army on May 17, 1836, and served in Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company C at the Battle of San Jacinto. Discharged on June 20, 1836, Green joined Captain William W. Hill's company of Rangers for a three-month enlistment. Soon after leaving Hill's Rangers, Green settled in Milam County in 1837 and participated in campaigns against the Indians in Central Texas in 1837 and 1841.

After the Battle of San Jacinto and the completion of his service in the Texas Army, Green moved to Nashville, Milam County, and lived with John W. Porter, surveyor for Robertson's colony. He eventually became deputy surveyor of Milam County and, along with George B. Erath, a comrade from the San Jacinto Campaign, laid out the towns of Cameron and Waco and surveyed the original Milam Land District and most of Milam, Falls, and McLennan counties.

George Green married Martha Chance in 1840 with whom he had seven children and moved to Cameron in 1847. After the death of his first wife in 1859, Green married Nancy Hasseltine Anderson in 1861. They had six children. Green was a member of the Texas Veterans Association and a Mason. He died on April 19, 1885.

Scope and Content Note

Surveyor's field notes, both originals and true copies from the Texas General Land Office in Austin, surveyor's sketches, business correspondence, legal and financial documents, and blank official forms document the business of a deputy surveyor in Milam County and Central Texas from soon after the Texas Revolution through Reconstruction. Photographs of Green, Battle of San Jacinto veterans [2], a friend and San Jacinto veteran George Erath and a memorial on the San Jacinto Battleground dated possibly 1881-1885 are also of interest. Granddaughter Alice McGehee's handwritten notes concern Green's field notes.


Organized into three groups and 11 series; arrangement is chronological and by subject. The undated surveyor's field notes and surveyor's sketches are arranged only in the order in which they were found by the archivist. All other field notes and sketches are arranged in chronological order.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Erath, George Bernard, 1813-1891
Green, George, 1813-1885--Archives
McGehee, Alice
Texas Veterans Association
Land tenure--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Falls County (Tex.)
McLennan County (Tex.)
Milam County (Tex.)

Other Archival Resources

Additional documents loaned by Mrs. Pearl Green Clement can be found in the San Jacinto Museum of History Collection (MC009). Documents include records of cattle brands, correspondence from B. M. Green to Robert Baylor Green and photostats.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], George Green Papers, MC015, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mrs. George C. Clement, 1939-1942; Alice McGehee, 1940.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Dixon, Sam Houston and Louis Wiltz Kemp. The Heroes of San Jacinto. Houston: Anson Jones Press, 1932.

"Green, George." The Handbook of Texas Online

Kemp, Louis W. "Green, George." Veteran Biographies


Business Papers

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21 1 Business Papers: Correspondence 1853-1883
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21 2 Bills of Sale 1861-1864
3 Tax Receipt 1877
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21 4 General 1835, 1860-1861
Printed Materials
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21 5 Forms 1870s
Surveyor's Reports
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21 6 Field Notes: True Copies of the Originals on file in the General Land Office 1838-1868
7 Field Notes 1844-1847
8 Field Notes 1850-1859
9 Field Notes 1860-1869
10 Field Notes 1871-1883
11 Field Notes undated: circa 1837-1885
12 Field Notes undated: circa 1837-1885
13 Sketches 1872, undated: circa 1837-1885
14 Sketches undated: circa 1837-1885

Personal Papers

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21 15 General 1859
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21 16 General 1837-1838, 1879
Printed Materials
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21 17 Texas Veterans Association Certificates 1881
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21 18 Photographs undated

Family Papers

Printed Materials
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21 19 Broadsides: Jefferson Davis Memorial Services 1889
Creative Works
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21 20 Notes on Green Papers by Alice McGehee circa 1939