Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Champe Carter Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC030



Collection Summary

Creator: Carter, Champe, 1840-1886
Title: Champe Carter family papers
Dates: 1809-1941
Dates: (Bulk: 1866-1886)
Abstract: Correspondence, financial records, printed materials, legal documents, memoranda, notes, land surveys, maps and photographs document patterns of land transfer in nineteenth century Texas and specifically the career of Champe Carter, Jr. (1840-1886).
Identification: MC030
OCLC Record No. 48381624, 48381357, 48381361, 48381390
Quantity: 20 boxes (6.8 linear ft.)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born to Champe Carter, Sr., and Mary W. E. Montgomery in Amherst County, Virginia, April 29, 1840, Champe Carter, Jr. moved with his family to Stanford, Kentucky, in October 1847. In 1859, Champe Carter, Sr. followed his son, Edward, to Texas and settled in Milford, Ellis County. Carter remained in Kentucky where he attended Centre College in Danville and graduated in 1861. Immediately after graduation, he ran the Union picket lines on horseback, and joined his family in Texas where along with his brothers Edward Hill, Richard Ellis, Thomas Montgomery, Charles L. and Powhattan enlisted in the 15th Regiment of Texas Volunteer Infantry. Wounded at the Battle of Fordoche Bridge, Louisiana, September 29, 1863, Carter eventually was declared unfit for field duty and assigned to General John B. Magruder's staff for the remainder of the war.

After the Civil War, Carter attempted farming, worked for the Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees and Abandoned Lands, and returned to Kentucky where he received an A. M. degree from Centre College in 1869. Upon returning to Texas, Carter practiced primarily real estate law in Robertson County specializing in locating, buying and selling land, and perfecting titles. In 1872 he started to actively seek veterans of the Republic of Texas and their heirs as clients. Intensely interested in Democratic politics, he was appointed to the Robertson County Board of Examiners in 1880, served as county judge in Robertson County from 1884 to 1885, and was a notary public intermittently between 1881 and 1886.

In 1870 Champe Carter, Jr. married Ruth Victoria Randolph (Vic), daughter of John F. Randolph and Jane E. Calvert, with whom he had five daughters: Randolph, Montgomery, Pattie, Roberta Lee and Jennie, and one son: Champe Carter III (1871-1874). Although residing and working primarily in the towns of Owensville, Calvert, and Franklin in Robertson County, Carter traveled extensively throughout Texas. By 1886 he had acquired a considerable estate of land scattered throughout the state.

Victora Randolph Carter died unexpectedly in January 1885. Soon afterwards, Champe Carter, Jr. planned and began to implement a relocation to Abilene and Anson, Texas. Before the move could be finalized, he died in August of 1886. His brother Charles L. Carter, also an attorney and land dealer, assumed custody of the children and the estate. He attempted for the next 18 years to manage an estate that included substantial debt, five minor children and land located in disparate counties of Texas. Over time, Charles was forced to sell much of the land. Randolph, daughter of Champe Carter, Jr. and wife of George C. Berry, won a lawsuit against her uncle and the much-reduced Champe Carter Estate was transferred to her and her sisters in 1904.


Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, financial records, printed materials, legal documents, memoranda, notes, land surveys, maps and photographs document patterns of land transfer in nineteenth century Texas and specifically the career of Champe Carter, Jr. (1840-1886). The Champe Carter Family Papers are organized into four groups. The largest of the groups, the Champe Carter Papers, comprises 6.2 linear feet of materials the bulk of which are related to his professional work. The second group, the Charles L. Carter Papers, consists of correspondence and financial and legal records documenting C. L. Carter's legal and real estate businesses and his efforts to manage the Champe Carter estate. The third group, the Randolph Carter Berry Papers, contains correspondence concerning her father's estate, printed materials, a brief family history, notes and memoranda, and a map. The fourth group, the Family Papers, documents the business, financial, and personal lives of the Calvert, Carter, Randolph, and Montgomery families through correspondence, legal, and financial documents. Each of the four groups is further divided into series and sub-series.


 

Arrangement

Organized into four groups and twenty-two series; arrangement varies by series.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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

Names:
Barziza, D. U., 1838-1882
Berry, Randolph Carter--Archives
Calvert, A.--Archives
Calvert, Alex
Calvert, James H.
Calvert, Jane Ellen Randolph
Calvert, P. T.
Calvert, Robert
Campbell, L. N.
Carter, Champe, d. 1873?
Carter, Champe, 1840-1886--Archives
Carter, Champe, 1840-1886--Estate
Carter, Champe, 1840-1886--Photographs
Carter, Charles L.--Archives
Carter, Edward Hill
Carter, J. M.
Carter, P. H.
Carter, Richard Ellis
Carter, Ruth Victoria Randolph, d. 1885
Carter, Ruth Victoria Randolph, d. 1885--Photographs
Carter, Thomas Montgomery
Carter family
Chandler, Eli, b. 1798?
Christian, F. R.
Cooke, Louis P., 1811-1849--Estate
Dycus, F. E.
Fisher, Samuel Rhoads, 1794-1839
Gilmer, J. B.
Grant, J. D.
Henderson, W. F.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Howth, W. E.
Hughes, James--Estate
Hunt, Memucan, 1807-1856--Estate
Hutchinson, J. P.
Irion, Van
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Maxey, S. B. (Samuel Bell), 1825-1895
Napier, F. H., Mrs.
Napier, Fred L.
Randolph, George F.
Randolph, John F.
Read, W. P.
Reagan, John H., 1818-1905
Robertson, James R.--Estate
Robertson, Sterling
Swann, A. K.
Thomson, F. A.
Organizations:
Centre College (Danville, Ky.)
Confederate States of America. Army. Leaves and furloughs
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 15th
Historical Church (Robertson County, Tex.)
Texas. General Land Office
United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands
Subjects:
Attorneys--Texas--Archives
Businessmen--Texas--Correspondence
Land tenure--Texas
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836--Veterans
Places:
Aransas Pass (Tex.)--Maps
Hale County (Tex.)
Robertson County (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Champe Carter Family Papers, MC030, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Gift of George A. Hill, Jr. 1941.

Processing Information

Processed by Todd Gilliom and Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Inventory

 

Champe Carter Papers 1825-1889 (Bulk: 1870-1886)

Correspondence, 1863-1889 (Bulk: 1871-1886)
Quantity: 10 boxes (3.8 linear ft.)
This series includes sent, received and third party correspondence within which letters, envelopes and postcards are arranged together to unite the communications of each correspondent. In addition to the general correspondence received (.8 linear feet), there are over 200 sub-series of repeating correspondents, usually regarding legal matters or land location. The arrangement is alphabetical and then chronological within each sub-series. A rich source of information concerning early Texas history and genealogy, the correspondence is often with Texas veterans or their families attempting to prove land patents or sell those lands awarded to them by the state of Texas for service to the Republic. Of particular interest is the correspondence both sent and received with the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands which concerns accusations of misappropriation of funds by Carter in his work with the Bureau. Correspondence from family members is set aside as a separate sub-series under correspondence received. These letters generally concern personal family news from Kentucky and Texas, but the letters from Charles L. Carter relate primarily to business. Some third party correspondence, apparently belonging to Champe Carter, is arranged at the end of the correspondence series.
Correspondence: Sent
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35 1 Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands 1866
2 J. B. Gilmer 1884
3 J. D. Grant 1876-1879
4 General: A-D 1872-1884
5 General: E-H 1873-1885
6 General: J-R 1876-1886
7 General: S-W 1865-1886
8 Unknown correspondents, fragments 1882, n.d.
Correspondence: Received
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35 9 Jo Abbott 1874-1879
10 K. Allbright 1876-1877
11 Antony and Dalrymple 1879
12 T. J. Archer 1879-1883
13 B. L. Aycock 1878-1883
14 Fred Barnard 1875-1877
15 D. U. Barziza 1879-1881
16 Mrs. D. U. Barziza n.d.
17 P. L. Barziza 1883-1885
18 J. D. Berry 1872-1877
19 J. B. Boling 1880-1881
20 Henry Bourden 1880-1881
21 Richard S. Bowen 1881
22 Bowlin and Bowlin 1881-1882
23 Browning and Newton 1882-1885
24 R. J. Browning 1878
25 L. M. Buie 1886
26 J. H. Bullock 1877
27 Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands 1866
28 J. L. Burgess 1885-1886
29 Burrow and Kincaid 1883-1885
30 A. Burwell 1873
31 A. Caldwell 1881-1885
32 J. H. Calhoun 1875-1884
33 Jas. Callicott 1885
34 D. C. Carrington 1880
35 W. A. Casseday 1878-1880
36 A. Chalmers 1885-1886
37 Helen Chenault 1883-1885
38 R. M. Cole 1875-1886, n.d.
39 Coleman and Randolph 1878-1882
40 Coleman County 1882-1884
41 J. S. Copes 1876-1877
42 W. H. Crank 1883
43 T. J. Curry 1883-1884, n.d.
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36 1 Davis, Beall & Taliaferro 1875-1878
2 W. O. Davis 1877-1882
3 Riley Dunagin 1883-1885
4 A. A. Dwight 1881-1882
5 James Eads 1882-1883, n.d.
6 John Eckford & Co. 1883-1884
7 H. C. Edrington 1877-1881, n.d.
8 Eidson & Pierson 1879-1882
9 V. & O. Ellis 1873-1881
10 Equitable Life Assurance Society 1874-1883
11 B. M. Estes 1878-1881
12 Ira H. Evans 1872-1884
13 L. J. Farrar 1883-1884
14 Rhoads Fisher 1883-1885
15 Cora B. Foster 1885-1886
16 J. E. Foster 1878-1886
17 B. F. Friend 1880
18 W. H. Frisbee 1879-1882
19 Frost, Barry & Lee 1873-1885
20 A. J. Fry 1880-1882
21 J. W. Fullen 1881-1883
22 Giddings & Giddings 1871-1883
23 J. B. M. Gill 1878, n.d.
24 James B. Gilmer 1881-1884
25 M. B. Goodwin 1884-1885
26 J. G. Gordon 1874-1876
27 J. D. Grant 1879-1881
28 Ben E. Green 1879-1882
29 H. J. Hale 1881-1886
30 Hall's Self Feeding Cotton Gin Company 1881-1883
31 W. W. Haynes 1882-1883
32 Heidenheimer Brothers 1881-1882
33 W. F. Henderson 1880-1887
34 John R. Henry 1882-1883
35 T. R. Hill 1875-1885
36 Hillard and Holman 1875-1881
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37 1 C. T. Hogan 1883-1884
2 Thomas Hollis 1877-1883
3 C. W. Holt 1872-1886
4 John F. Holt 1872, n.d.
5 Holt & Thomson 1872-1880
6 G. M. Holton 1877
7 J. M. Hooker 1877-1878
8 Hosack & Newton 1884-1885
9 William and W. W. Howeth 1881-1883
10 W. E. Howth 1873-1886, n.d.
11 John Hudson 1879
12 William Hudson 1882
13 Robert E. Huff 1883
14 John H. Hunt 1873-1874
15 S. P. Hurley 1885-1886
16 Hutchinson & Hill 1876-1877
17 I. P. Hutchinson 1879-1881
18 J. P. Hutchinson 1877-1878
19 R. A. Hutchinson 1879-1883
20 J. H. Hyman 1879-1881
21 International & Great Northern Railway 1874-1880
22 Van Irion 1884-1885
23 Hugh Jackson 1879-1884
24 A. A. Jayne 1881-1886
25 C. W. Johnson 1878-1879
26 John H. Jones 1883-1884
27 Kaufman County - Henry Erwin 1881
28 C. S. Kellogg 1879-1880
29 Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company 1881, n.d.
30 W. P. Kern 1872-1879
31 I. D. L. Killnigh 1879-1882
32 John J. Kimbaugh 1874-1880, n.d.
33 Kimbell & Harrell 1886
34 J. C. Kumpé 1875-1878
35 Lee County - Lewis L. Williams 1885
36 Leon County - W. H. Vaughn 1882
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38 1 William Martin 1878-1882, n.d.
2 R. H. Matthews 1872-1886
3 S. B. Maxey 1865-1880
4 G. V. Maxwell 1880
5 N. and Sophia Mayblum 1877-1884
6 James McDaniel 1872-1882
7 Edward McDonnell 1883
8 J. S. McLendon 1880-1883
9 Margry McMillan 1877-1878
10 H. M. McNutt 1876-1878, n.d.
11 J. C. McQuerry 1877-1881
12 W. H. Mershon 1877-1880, n.d.
13 Mark Miller 1881-1883
14 R. L. Mills 1877-1879
15 T. C. Moore 1878-1879
16 W. A. Morris 1879-1880
17 Norton Moses 1878-1879
18 Tom Murrah 1883-1885
19 F. H. Napier 1878-1883, n.d.
20 Neill & Holt (C. W.) 1875
21 T. J. Newman 1876
22 H. C. Newland 1874
23 North American Attorney & Trademen's Protective Union 1879-1887
24 Joseph O'Connor 1878-1883, n.d.
25 O'Neill & Donald 1882-1883
26 Daniel Orear 1876
27 W. W. Patrick 1874-1886
28 P. E. Peareson, et al. 1873-1884
29 Preston Pevehouse 1877-1885
30 A. G. Pickett 1874-1879
31 J. W. Posey, et al. 1877-1878
32 J. N. Pruitt 1884-1886
33 Josh Rains 1881-1884
34 T. B. Reeves 1883-1884
35 John Y. Rankin 1874-1883
36 H. C. & Sarah L. Rankin 1874-1875
37 J. G. Ratcliff 1877
38 W. O. Read 1882-1885, 06/
39 W. O. Read 1885, 08/ -1886, n.d.
40 William Reagan 1876-1879, n.d.
41 John B. Rector 1877-1880
42 Isaac H. Reed 1882-1885
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39 1 I. N. Roach 1879-1880
2 Roberts & Eddelman 1883-1884
3 H. H. Robertson 1880-1884
4 James H. Robertson 1878
5 J. W. Robertson 1873-1882
6 D. C. Robinson 1876-1880
7 Rosenblatt & Company 1879-1880
8 L. B. Russell 1866-1868, n.d.
9 Edward C. Saltmarsh 1877-1879, n.d.
10 C. C. Seales 1883-1884
11 Thomas M. Shirley 1878
12 T. J. Simmons 1885-1886
13 Fayette Smith 1877-1884
14 James E. Smith 1878-1882, n.d.
15 N. I. Smith 1884
16 P. Smith n.d.
17 Spence & McGill 1872
18 John B. Stanchfield 1882
19 Joe H. Stewart (Stewart, Lowday & Habicht) 1875-1883
20 T. H. Strong 1879-1881
21 C. A. Suggs 1878-1881
22 A. K. Swann 1877-1882
23 A. K. Swann 1883-1884
24 R. Swartwout 1880-1884
25 Sinclair Taliaferro 1877-1881, n.d.
26 Samuel T. Taylor 1873-1874
27 John J. Terrell 1877-1882
28 Texas, State of: General 1872-1878
29 Texas, State of: General Land Office 1871-1873
30 Texas, State of: General Land Office 1874-1878
31 Texas, State of: General Land Office 1879-1881
32 Texas, State of: General Land Office 1882-1886
33 Texas, State of: General Land Office: Envelopes 1871-1886
34 Texas, State of: Office of the Comptroller 1880-1882
35 G. W. Tharp 1883-1884
36 D. D. Thomson 1876-1877, n.d.
37 J. M. Thomson 1878-1879
38 R. M. Thomson 1881-1884
39 Samuel G. Tomlinson 1883-1884
40 O. W. Turner 1882
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40 1 United States: Department of the Interior: General Land Office 1875-1883
2 United States: Department of the Interior: Pension Office 1874-1886
3 Elijah & J. J. Veazey 1884-1885
4 W. Von Rosenberg 1883-1884
5 James C. Walker 1883-1884
6 William M. Walton 1872-1881
7 Jere Warren 1878-1884
8 A. J. Watts 1880-1882
9 Wells & Gooch 1885
10 West Texas & Panhandle Land Agency 1884
11 W. W. Whitlock 1880-1884
12 Wills & Ernest 1881-1883
13 E. Winfree 1880-1884
14 Welton Winn 1880-1885
15 W. D. Wood 1874-1883
16 Jo. Woodyear 1882-1885
17 T. L. Wren 1874
18 J. V. Wright 1876-1877
Correspondence: Received: Family
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40 19 Calvert Family 1879, 1886
20 James H. Calvert 1873-1884
21 P. T. Calvert 1873-1880
22 Carter Family 1877-1886, n.d.
23 Champe Carter, Sr. 1866-1868
24 Charles L. Carter 1865-1881
25 Charles L. Carter 1882
26 Charles L. Carter 1883
27 Charles L. Carter 1884-1885
28 Charles L. Carter 1886, n.d.
29 Charles T. Carter 1885-1886
30 Edward Hill Carter 1866-1879
31 Edward Hill Carter 1881-1886, n.d.
32 Jennie Carter 1866-1886
33 J. M. Carter and Amanda Carter 1875-1886
34 P. H. Carter 1863-1883
35 P. H. Carter 1884-1886
36 Richard Ellis Carter 1876-1886, n.d.
37 Ruth Victoria Randolph Carter 1869-1884
38 John F. Randolph 1883
39 George F. Randolph 1869
40 Montgomery Family 1881-1885
41 General 1868-1885
Correspondence: Received: General
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41 1 A 1873-1887
2 Ba 1874-1886
3 Be-Bl 1878-1886
4 Bo-Bri 1876-1883
5 Bro-Bu 1873-1885
6 C-Ch 1870-1885
7 Ci-Co 1872-1884
8 Cr-Cy 1870-1884
9 D-De 1876-1886
10 Di-Du 1877-1886
11 E 1873-1886
12 F 1872-1886
13 Ga-Gl 1872-1886
14 Go 1874-1886
15 Gr-Gu 1868-1885
16 Ha 1865-1885
17 He-Hi 1870-1885
18 Ho-Hy 1872-1884
19 I-J 1873-1886, n.d.
20 K 1876-1885
21 L-Li 1865-1886
22 Lo-Lu 1865-1885
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42 1 Ma 1870-1884
2 McC-McD 1872-1884
3 McF-McQ 1867-1886
4 Me-Mi 1878-1884
5 Mo-My 1867-1886
6 N 1873-1883
7 O 1876-1883
8 P-Pe 1874-1886
9 Ph-Pu 1874-1886
10 R-Re 1868-1883
11 Rh-Ro 1875-1886
12 Ru-Ry 1874-1884
13 S-Se 1872-1884
14 Sh-Sm 1872-1886
15 Sn-Ste 1871-1885
16 Sto-Sw 1865-1886
17 T-Te 1863-1886
18 Th 1874-1885
19 Ti-Tw 1877-1886
20 U-V 1872-1885
21 Wa 1873-1887
22 We-Wh 1872-1884
23 Wi-Wy 1873-1886
24 Y 1878-1883
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43 1 Bound Correspondence with Index General A-W 1869-1879
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44 1 Correspondent Unknown 1864-1879
2 Correspondent Unknown 1880-1884, n.d.
Correspondence: Received: Envelopes
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44 3 Sender Unknown 1866-1879
4 Sender Unknown 1880-1883
5 Sender Unknown 1884-1889
6 Sender Unknown Jan - Feb
7 Sender Unknown Mar - Apr
8 Sender Unknown May - Jun
9 Sender Unknown Aug - Oct
10 Sender Unknown Nov - Dec
11 Sender Unknown n.d.
12 Stamps Separated from Letters n.d.
Correspondence: Third Party
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44 13 A-J 1872-1885
14 K-S 1848-1887
15 T-W 1854-1884
16 Correspondent Unknown 1866, 1874
17 Envelopes n.d.
Financial Documents, 1837-1889 (Bulk: 1873-1886)
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear ft.)
The Champe Carter financial documents include bills of cost, bills of lading, bills of sale, cancelled checks, promissory notes, receipts, statements of account, and teacher payment vouchers from Robertson County. Documents are divided by subject sub-series: Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees & Abandoned Lands, personal, professional, and third party. The professional sub-series includes tax receipts of Carter's legal clients, bills of cost and other documents generated by or on behalf of his legal clients and legal practice. Financial documents relating to Carter's service on the Robertson County Board of Examiners are included in School District Finances under the professsional sub-series. The third party sub-series contains documents that probably came into Champe Carter's possession during the course of his law practice.
Financial Documents
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45 1 Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, & Abandoned Lands 1865-1867
Financial: Personal
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45 2 Bills of Lading 1867-1887
3 Bills of Sale 1883-1885, n.d.
4 Receipts: General 186_-1888, n.d.
5 Statements of Account 1876-1889
Financial: Professional
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45 6 Accounts Receivable 1874-1884
7 Bills of Cost 1875-1878
8 Checks 1880-1886
9 Promissory Notes 1873-1885
10 Receipts: General 1871-1886, n.d.
11 Receipts: Postal: Certified Letters 1880-1886
12 Receipts: Postal: Registered Letters, Box Rent 1878-1885
13 Receipts: Tax 1873-1886,
14 School District Finances 1879-1881
15 Statement of Accounts, Invoices 1873-1886
16 Tax Assessments 1878-1885, n.d.
Financial: Third Party
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45 17 Receipts 1837-1880, n.d.
18 Promissory Notes 1845-1849
19 Statement of Account 1859, 1877
Legal Documents, 1825-1889 (Bulk: 1870-1886)
Quantity: 3.5 boxes (1.4 linear ft.)
Organized by subject, the sub-series in legal documents pertain to the Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, & Abandoned Lands, Champe Carter's military service in the Confederate Army, personal affairs, professional business, and client files. The Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, & Abandoned Lands sub-series (1866) contains affidavits attesting to the good character of Champe Carter, Jr. by freedmen and various citizens of Robertson County. The military sub-series (1863 - 1865) includes all military papers relating to Carter's service in the Confederate Army. Articles of agreement, contracts, deeds, letters of credential, and general legal documents record Carter's personal legal dealings and interests in the personal legal documents sub-series (1859-1886). Also included are documents retrieved from A. Calvert's safe by Richard Ellis Carter August 26, 1886. Professional documents (1833-1889) record the legal interests of Carter's clients and include two bound Attorney's Docket books, a bound Memorandum of Law Cases, abstracts of title, affidavits, certificates of redemption, contracts, court orders, deeds, interrogations, land grants, petitions, power of attorney, statements of fact and summons. Of particular interest are those documents relating directly to Texas veterans. Client files are arranged alphabetically and unite the documents of various forms under the aegis of particular clients. In addition to legal documents, these records may also contain correspondence, financial documents or memoranda. Of particular interest are the case files of Eli Chandler (1798-ca. 1866), F. A. Thomson, D. U. Barziza (1838-1882) and J. D. Grant and the estates of Memucan Hunt (1807-1856), Louis P. Cooke, James R. Robertson and James Hughes.
Legal
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47 1 Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, & Abandoned Lands 1866
2 Military: General 1863-1864
3 Military: Orders 1864-1865
Legal: Personal
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47 4 Articles of Agreement 1872-1885
5 Champe Carter vs. David Pevehouse, et al. 1873-1881, n.d.
6 Contracts 1866-1877, n.d.
7 Contracts 1880-1886
8 Deeds: Grantor - Daniel Bradley 1871-1873
9 Deeds: Grantor - Champe Carter, Jr. 1876-1885
10 Deeds: Grantor - J. D. Grant 1875-1883
11 Deeds: Grantor - A-F 1875-1883
12 Deeds: Grantor - G-O 1874-1885
13 Deeds: Grantor - R-W, fragments 1877-1886
14 Deeds: Tax 1882-1883
15 General 1867-1885
16 Letters of Credential 1859-1886
17 Papers Removed from Safe of A. Calvert, 1886 1884-1887
18 Powers of Attorney 1867-1876
19 George F. Randolph Estate 1874-1878
Legal: Professional
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47 20 Abstracts of Title 1884-1889, n.d.
21 Affidavits 1850-1886, n.d.
22 Certificate of Redemption 1878-1884
23 Contracts 1870-1879
24 Contracts: Third Party 1850-1880
25 Copies, Drafts, Fragments, Notes 1852-1880
26 Copies, Drafts, Fragments, Notes n.d.
27 Court Orders 1856-1883
28 Deeds: Grantor - A-J 1858-1881
29 Deeds: Grantor - M-T 1848-1879
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48 1 General 1858-1885
2 Interrogatories n.d.
3 Land Grants 1833-1885
4 Petitions 1865-1880
5 Power of Attorney: Grantor A-H 1872-1885
6 Power of Attorney: Grantor K-W 1864-1884
7 Power of Attorney: Grantor - Third Party 1839-1879
8 Receipts - Legal Services 1874-1878
9 Statements of Fact 1880, n.d.
10 Summons 1880-1882
11 Veterans 1836-1874
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46 1 General Ledger / Memorandum Book - Docket of Cases / Champe Carter Jr. / Atty at Law / Calvert / Texas. Includes financial records, client notes, lists of personal land, tax reports, accounts for collection. ca. 1874-1884
2 Attorney's Docket - Champe Carter / Franklin - Calvert / Texas 1856-1879
3 General Ledger / Memorandum Book Champe Carter / Memoranda of / Law Cases 1878-1880
Legal: Client Files
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48 12 Francis H. Ayres 1856-1879
13 D. U. Barziza: Correspondence: Received 1878-1880
14 D. U. Barziza: Legal Documents 1861-1883, n.d.
15 D. U. Barziza: Memoranda n.d.
16 Frances L. Barziza: Legal Documents 1860
17 Frances L. Barziza: M. C. Henderson vs. F. L. Barziza 1860-1866
18 Seaborn Bivers 1878-1879
19 John Chamblee Estate vs. Jonathan Wallis Heirs 1838-1883
20 John Chamblee Estate: Memoranda n.d.
21 Eli Chandler Estate 1874-1879
22 Eli Chandler Papers: Correspondence 1852-1858, n.d.
23 Eli Chandler Papers: Daybook 1842
24 Eli Chandler Papers: Legal Documents 1825-1864
25 Eli Chandler Papers: Muster Rolls 1846
26 Louis P. Cooke Estate 1872-1875
27 William Henry Dangerfield Estate 1837-1889
28 Elizabeth Duvall 1882-1883
29 John Ector 1873-1882
30 R. S. Glass 1879-1883
31 John Graham Estate 1851-1875
32 J. D. Grant: Correspondence 1876-1882
33 J. D. Grant: General 1857, 1884, n.d.
34 J. D. Grant: Lawsuits 1876-1882, n.d.
35 J. D. Grant: Legal Documents 1849-1884
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49 1 P. W. & S. J. Hall 1882-1883
2 Allen Hill 1837-1885
3 W. E. Howth 1838-1846, n.d.
4 E. J. & J. H. Igelhart Estate 1870
5 James Hughes Estate 1871-1873, n.d.
6 James Hughes Estate: Memoranda n.d.
7 John Hughes Papers 1837-1847
8 Memucan Hunt Estate 1856-1869
9 G. B. McGinnis vs. John Hunter 1880-1884
10 Margry McMillian 1877-1879
11 Forest Phifer 1840-1844
12 I. H. Reed 1877-1883, n.d.
13 Thomas H. Rollison vs. Volney Cavett 1868-1889
14 James R. Robertson Estate: Land Documents 1864-1884
15 James R. Robertson Estate: Legal Documents 1879-1891, n.d.
16 James R. Robertson Estate: Memoranda n.d.
17 David Sealy Estate 1850-1852
18 F. A. Thomson Estate 1870-1875, n.d.
19 F. A. Thomson Papers: Correspondence: Sent 1867
20 F. A. Thomson Papers: Correspondence: Received: General Land Office 1859
21 F. A. Thomson Papers: Correspondence: Received: R. H. Matthews 1858-1861
22 F. A. Thomson Papers: Correspondence: Received: W. D. Thomson 1859-1860
23 F. A. Thomson Papers: Correspondence: Received: General - B-W 1838-1866
24 F. A. Thomson Papers: Financial: Assessments, Statements of Account 1854-1865, n.d.
25 F. A. Thomson Papers: Financial: Bills of Sale 1852-1858
26 F. A. Thomson Papers: Financial: Receipts: General 1844-1866
27 F. A. Thomson Papers: Financial: Receipts: Tax 1848-1866
28 F. A. Thomson Papers: Legal: Agreements 1851-1859
29 F. A. Thomson Papers: Legal: Bonds 1852-1854
30 F. A. Thomson Papers: Legal: Deeds, Land Grants 1854-1861
31 F. A. Thomson Papers: Legal: Powers of Attorney 1837-1857
32 F. A. Thomson Papers: Printed Materials 1857
33 F. A. Thomson Papers: Surveyor Reports, Notes 1856-1861, n.d.
34 C. J. Walker 1880-1881
35 R. W. Walton vs. R. Talboth 1881-1882
36 Nancy B. Watrous 1882-1882
37 W. H. Wilson 1849-1882
Printed Materials, 1862-1886 (Bulk: 1877-1885)
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear ft.)
Printed materials include circulars and broadsides advertising land sales throughout Texas, an 1874 circular soliciting funds for the establishment of the "Historical Church" in Robertson County, blank checks, calling cards, legal document forms, military pension claim forms, certificates of membership and appointments, newspaper clippings, a Masonic emblem, and two valentines. The pamphlet sub-series includes arguments in two Texas Supreme Court Cases (ca. 1877) and speeches by John H. Reagan (1882) and S. B. Maxey (1878, 1883). A catalog from Champe Carter, Jr.'s alma mater, Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, contains alumni news and lists of degrees awarded 1824-1881.
Printed Materials
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52 1 Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands 1865-1867
2 Broadsides: General 1883, n.d.
3 Broadsides: Land 1869, 1885, n.d.
4 Business Cards: B-Z n.d.
5 Business Cards: Champe Carter, Jr. ca. 1869-1886
6 Certificates 1875-1885
7 Circulars: General 1874-1883, n.d.
8 Circulars: Veteran's Pensions, Land Bounties 1871-1880
9 Ephemera n.d.
10 Forms: Checks n.d.
11 Forms: Legal Documents n.d.
12 Forms: Veteran's Pensions, Land Bounties n.d.
13 Newspaper Clippings 1862-1886, n.d.
14 Catalog: "The Centre College of Kentucky 1881 - 82" 1882
15 Pamphlets: Legal Briefs 1877, n.d.
16 Pamphlets: School Land Sales 1856-1879
17 Pamphlets: Speeches, Honorable S. B. Maxey 1878, 1883
18 Pamphlets: Speeches, Honorable John H. Reagan 1882
Creative Works, 1861, n.d.
Quantity: 9 items
Drafts, transcribed song lyrics and speeches comprise the creative works of Champe Carter, Jr. "Southward the Star of Empire Takes Sway," a speech written to be delivered at the Centre College commencement ceremony in 1861, was rejected by the president of the college, Carter's uncle, for its Southern sentiment. Carter replaced that speech with "Expansive Power of American Institutions."
Creative Works
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52 19 Speeches: Drafts n.d.
20 "Expansive Power of American Institutions" 1861, 06/27
21 "Southward the Star of Empire Takes Sway," and Draft 1861, 06/
22 "Sunday School Address to Young Ladies and Gentlemen" n.d.
Notes and Memoranda, 1864-1881, n.d. (Bulk: n.d.)
Quantity: 1.5 boxes (.6 linear feet)
Loose-leaf notes and memoranda address various legal issues, land claims or other business matters, outline legal strategies, and list names and dollar figures. It is not possible to determine with certainty when each note was composed. Bound memoranda books contain notes, dollar figures and names, presumably related to Carter's law practice or other business concerns.
Notes and Memoranda
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53 1 Personal n.d.
2 Professional n.d.
3 Professional n.d.
4 Professional n.d.
5 Professional n.d.
6 Professional n.d.
Notes and Memoranda: Memorandum Books
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53 7 Personal - Company Roll, Champe Carter, Capt. ca. 1864
8 Professional 1870-1876, 1872
9 Professional ca. 1872
10 Professional 1874, ca. 1875
11 Professional ca. 1875, 1877
12 Professional ca. 1871
13 Professional 1880
14 Professional 1881
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46 4 Professional n.d.
5 Professional n.d.
6 Professional n.d.
7 Professional n.d.
8 Professional n.d.
Surveyors' Field Notes and Sketches, 1839-1885, n.d. (Bulk: n.d.)
Quantity: 1 box (.1 linear feet)
Surveyors' notes and sketches contain formal and draft versions of descriptions of land parcels. Any notes that include sketches are arranged as "surveyor sketches." Surveyors' notes that do not include sketches are arranged in the folder of "surveyor field notes."
Surveyor's Field Notes and Sketches
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54 1 Surveyor Field Notes 1839-1863
2 Surveyor Field Notes 1872-1885
3 Surveyor Field Notes n.d.
4 Surveyor Field Notes n.d.
5 Surveyor Sketches n.d.
6 Surveyor Sketches n.d.
7 Surveyor Sketches n.d.
Maps, 1858-1884 (Bulk: 1870-1879)
Quantity: 6 items
Four maps (1870-1879) depict Stephens, Taylor, Parker and Hall counties in Texas, and two maps (1858, 1881) depict the state of Texas.
Maps
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54 8 Champe Carter Papers: Maps 1858-1884
Photographs, ca. 1870-1885
Quantity: 2 items
Three photographs depict Champe Carter, Jr., his wife, Ruth Victoria Randolph Carter, and their first born child, a son, Champe Carter, III (1871-ca. 1874).
Photographs
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54 9 Photographs ca. 1870-1885



 

Charles L. Carter Papers 1871-1916 (Bulk: 1886-1900)
Quantity: 1 box (.3 linear ft.)

Correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, memoranda and the estate of Champe Carter, Jr. illuminate the business, financial, and personal affairs of Charles L. Carter. Divided by major correspondents and general correspondence, Correspondence (1871-1916) documents primarily Carter's land dealings and his attempt to manage his brother's estate, especially as it relates to the J. R. Robertson Estate. Major correspondents include Champe Carter, Jr., Sterling Robertson, P. H. Carter, and W. E. Howth. The correspondence of L. N. Campbell, Mrs. F. R. Christian, Mrs. F. H. Napier, and Fred L. Napier all regard the Robertson Estate. Promissory notes, tax receipts and tax assessments comprise the financial documents (1892-1896). By this time his land assessments and those of his brother's estate are intermingled. The legal sub-series consists of deeds (1883-1900).
The Estate of Champe Carter, Jr., a series within the C. L. Carter Papers, documents the taxation and assessment of the estate from the time of Champe Carter's death until it was turned over to his heirs around 1904 as the result of a lawsuit by Randolph Carter Berry. Financial documents consist primarily of tax receipts and assessments paid by Charles L. Carter on behalf of the estate. Legal documents consist of sworn statements and land transfers that concern the administration of the estate.
Correspondence
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55 1 Sent: W. F. Jones 1888
2 Received: L. N. Campbell 1891
3 Received: Champe Carter, Jr. 1871-1886, n.d.
4 Received: P. H. Carter 1873-1889
5 Received: Mrs. F. R. Christian 1890
6 Received: W. F. Henderson 1885-1887
7 Received: W. E. Howth 1891-1893
8 Received: Mrs. F. H. Napier 1888-1890
9 Received: Fred L. Napier 1890-1891
10 Received: W. M. Lay (Lubbock County) 1892-1893
11 Received: Sterling C. Robertson 1890-1892
12 Received: General - A-W 1877-1904
13 Received: Envelopes / Stamps 1886-1916, n.d.
Estates
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55 14 Champe Carter, Jr. 1887-1903, n.d.
15 Champe Carter, Jr.: Correspondence: Sent 1903
16 Champe Carter, Jr.: Correspondence: Received 1887-1902
17 Champe Carter, Jr.: Financial: Tax Assessments 1887-1893
18 Champe Carter, Jr.: Printed Materials: Invitation 1886
19 Champe Carter, Jr.: Surveys of J. A. Robertson Land 1899, n.d.
20 J. R. Robertson 1890-1894
Financial
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55 21 Promissory Notes 1892-1896
22 Receipts: Tax 1885-1896
23 Tax Assessments 1885-1896, n.d.
Legal
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55 24 Deeds 1883-1900
Notes and Memoranda
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55 25 Memoranda n.d.



 

Randolph Carter Berry Papers 1843-1940 (Bulk: 1900-1904, 1930-1940)
Quantity: (.1 linear ft.)

The personal correspondence of Randolph Carter Berry (1886-1936) largely concerns the contest with her Uncle Charles for the control of her father's estate. Two letters collected by Berry for their historical importance and written by Anson Jones (1845) and Sam Houston (1848) are arranged as a series of collected papers. Of interest is a broadside advertising town lots in a new community in Hale County, Runningwater, Texas. Newspaper clippings reveal Berry's interest in Texas history. The series Creative Works contains materials concerned with family history including a genealogical chart tracing the Carter family line in Virginia from 'King' Carter. Notes and memoranda written by Berry on scraps of paper and envelopes illuminate her thoughts, feelings, and research concerning her family and her father's papers. Many of her notes were also written directly on documents within the collection.
Correspondence: Received
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55 26 C. L. Carter 1902-1903
27 F. E. Dycus 1902-1904
28 Texas Centennial Central Exposition 1936
29 General 1886-1902
Collected Papers
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55 30 ALS Anson Jones to Captain Roasting Ear 1845
31 ALS Sam Houston to Messrs. Benjamin Stout and Luis Sanchez 1843
Financial
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55 32 General 1927-1930
Printed Materials
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55 33 Broadsides and Circulars 1892-1904, n.d.
34 Newspaper Clippings 1930-1940, n.d.
Creative Works
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55 35 Family History 1940, n.d.
Notes and Memoranda
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55 36 Notes & Memoranda 1834-1940, n.d.
37 Notes & Memoranda [written on envelopes] 1931-1934, n.d.
Maps
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55 38 Aransas Pass ca. 1907



 

Family Papers 1809-1899 (Bulk: 1860-1884)
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear ft.)

The fourth group, Family Papers, includes correspondence, financial and legal documents, printed materials, creative works and memoranda received by or created by family members related to Champe Carter, Jr. or his wife Ruth Victoria Randolph Carter. All correspondence by family sent to Champe Carter, Jr. is in his series of correspondence. All correspondence received by family members from Champe Carter, Jr. is contained in this group. Of particular interest are the letters exchanged between James H. Calvert and his wife Jane Ellen Randolph Calvert (1849-1865) which document their courtship and married life. Correspondence between Carter family members reveal their financial interdependence and their familial bonds. The correspondence from Champe Carter, Sr. to his children expresses concern, advice, and a desire to assist them. Personal memorandum books from Champe Carter, Sr., and Thomas Montgomery Carter display the thoughts, concerns, and daily business transactions of their lives. Documents of George F. Randolph include Confederate-era furlough records, correspondence and a photograph. John F. Randolph's papers include tax receipts, correspondence, and his Arkansas militia commission signed by Governor Thomas S. Drew. Third party correpondence is that deemed to be by a family member but indeterminate by name.
By Name
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56 1 Judge Alex Calvert: Correspondence: Received 1876-1881
2 James H. Calvert: General 1860-1881, n.d.
3 James H. Calvert: Legal 1865-1876
4 Jane Ellen Randolph Calvert: Correspondence: Received 1849-1865
5 P. T. Calvert: Correspondence: Received 1878-1891, n.d.
6 Robert Calvert: Correspondence 1867
7 Calvert, Unknown 1879
8 Champe Carter, Sr.: Correspondence 1864-1873, n.d.
9 Champe Carter, Sr.: Financial Documents 1860-1865
10 Champe Carter, Sr.: Memorandum Books ca. 1856-1858
11 Champe Carter, Sr.: Memorandum Books ca. 1860-1865
12 Edward Hill Carter 1867-1887
13 J. M. Carter 1890-1899
14 P. H. Carter 1882-1889
15 Richard Ellis Carter: Correspondence: Received 1862-1881
16 Richard Ellis Carter: General 1879-1881
17 Ruth Victoria Randolph Carter 1869-1884
18 Thomas Montgomery Carter: General 1865-1866
19 Thomas Montgomery Carter: Memorandum Book n.d.
20 Thomas Montgomery: Legal: Deed 1809
21 John F. Randolph 1839-1871
22 George F. Randolph 1860-1873
23 Third Party Correspondence 1865-1881
24 Typescripts of Selected Correspondence 1835-1869