Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Jacob Garrett Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC165

Collection Summary

Creator: Garrett, Jacob
Title: Jacob Garrett papers
Dates: 1836-1842
Abstract: Correspondence and financial documents dated 1836 to 1842 document the life of early Texas politician Jacob Garrett.
Identification: MC165
Quantity: 11 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Jacob Garrett, early settler and political figure in Texas, was born in Tennessee in 1776. He moved to Texas in 1824 and became a representative to the convention of 1832 and 1833 from the Ayish Bayou District. Garrett was one of the commissioners to raise troops in 1835 and was appointed agent to collect money due to the Mexican government and to contract loans in the name of the General Council for the use of Texans. It is notable that Garrett introduced to the council the last resolution for peace with Mexico. Garrett died about 1842 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he is buried.

Scope and Content Note

The Jacob Garrett Papers are comprised of correspondence and financial documents dated from 1836 to 1842 documenting the life of this early Texan settler and politician. Correspondence contains three letters. Two letters are addressed to Jacob Garret; one dated in 1839 concerns payment received by Mr. Garrett and another undated correspondence refers to dealings in San Augustine, Texas. An undated memo to William Garret details the division of his land by three individuals. The financial documents include bills, promissory notes and receipts. There is an 1836 bill for Mr. Claibourn Garrett with San Augustine, Texas, written at the top. There is also a bill from Jacob Garrett to William Garrett in the amount of $267. Promissory notes are all made out to Jacob Garrett and are dated from 1836 to 1841. Two receipts for Jacob Garrett dated in 1841 and 1842 are included in these papers.


Organized into two series; 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

Garrett, Jacob
Garrett, Claiborn
Garrett, William
San Augustine (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Jacob Garrett Papers, MC165, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Purchased for the museum by Ike Moore, June 1941.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


"Garrett, Jacob." The Handbook of Texas Online

Detailed Description of the Collection


box folder
164.5 1 Jacob Garrett 1839, undated
2 William Garrett between 1836 and 1842


box folder
164.5 3 Bills 1836, 1839
4 Promissory notes 1838-1841
5 Receipts 1841, 1842