Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Samuel Davis Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC020

Collection Summary

Creator: Davis, Samuel
Title: Samuel Davis papers
Dates: 1840-1842
Abstract: This collection consists of documents related to the estate of Alexander O'Brien, who died in Texas in 1836.
Identification: MC020
OCLC Record No.: 46997646
Quantity: 8 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known about Samuel Davis, an attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1840 he agreed to pursue the claim of Mrs. Hannah O'Brien against the Republic of Texas for the estate of her husband, Alexander J. O'Brien, a Republic of Texas soldier killed in 1836. Whether or not Davis was successful is not known.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, a power of attorney, and legal notes record the work of Samuel Davis, attorney, to obtain the head right, land grant, and back pay owed to the Estate of Alexander O'Brien by the government of the Republic of Texas. Correspondence between Davis and attorneys in Texas, J. De Cordova and James Burke, and Burke's agent and cousin in Austin, William H. Murrah, discuss the difficulties encountered in pressing claims with the government. Of tangential interest is Burke's 1841 letter to Davis in which he encloses "diamonds" found in Texas for Davis to have appraised in Philadelphia.


Organized into two series: Correspondence and Legal; arrangement is chronological.


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

Burke, James
Davis, Samuel
De Cordova, J.
O'Brien, Alexander J., d. 1836--Estate
O'Brien, Hannah
Texas--Politics and government--1836-1846

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Samuel Davis Papers, MC020, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of James W. Flanagan, 1942.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.



box folder
22.2 1 Alexander O'Brien Estate 1840-1842


box folder
22.2 2 Power of Attorney, Notes 1840, circa 1840-1842