Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Zebulon M. P. French Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC187

Collection Summary

Creator: French, Zebulon M. P.
Title: Zebulon M. P. French papers
Dates: 1860-1862
Abstract: Legal and financial documents signed by county clerk Zebulon M. P. French illustrate life in Fayette County, Texas, on the eve of and in the early years of the Civil War.
Identification: MC187
Quantity: 3 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Zebulon Montgomery Pike French was county surveyor from 1848 to 1852 and county clerk from 1854 to 1866 in Fayette County, Texas. French was also a member of the Dixie Grays, a volunteer company of infantry, organized at LaGrange, Texas, in 1861.

Scope and Content Note

The Zebulon M. P. French Papers include legal and financial documents concerning Fayette County, Texas, from 1860 to 1862. There is an 1860 legal judgment in the case of Jacob Castleman versus Charles D. and Leonora Lewis of Fayette County, Texas, decreeing that the plaintiff recover a Negro slave named Burrill. Also included is an 1862 deed of land from J. J. Gossler to his wife Celeste R. Gossler; this document includes certification by Z. M. P. French and is attached to the back of the deed of land. In addition to these legal documents is an 1862 Texas scrip issued in LaGrange, Texas, during the Civil War, signed by Wm. S. Kupell, Chief Justice, and Z. M. P. French, Clerk. All of the documents are signed by Z. M. P. French, Clerk of Fayette County, Texas.


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

French, Zebulon M. P. (Zebulon Montgomery Pike)
Castleman, Jacob
Gossler, Celeste R.
Gossler, J. J.
Kupell, Wm. S.
Lewis, Charles D.
Lewis, Leonora
Fayette County (Tex.)
Land tenure--Texas
Slave records--Texas

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Zebulon M. P. French Papers, MC187, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Zebulon C. French, March 1964.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


Lotto, F. Fayette County, Her History and Her People. Schulenburg, Texas: Sticker Steam Press, 1902.

Weyand, Leonie Rummell and Houston Wade. An Early History of Fayette County. LaGrange, Texas: LaGrange Journal, 1936.


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145.6 1 Legal and Financial documents 1860-1862