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Historical Note

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Index Terms

Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Pugh Family Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Thelma Pugh Lindholm
Title Pugh Family Collection
Dates: 1831-1993
Abstract: Thelma Pugh Lindholm, a graduate of Texas College of Arts and Industries, was fascinated by the history of Live Oak County, where she was born and raised. Her family lived and worked the land and the family history is intertwined with the history of the county. Mrs. Lindholm did extensive research in court records to verify the information she collected from her family’s recollections and narratives about their ranching and farming exploits in Live Oak County.
Identification A1993-003
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Pugh%20EAD
Quantity: 2 linear feet
Location: G-2-2 Boxes 1-5, G-2-3 Boxes 6-7, STAD Photo File
Language: English

Historical Note

In 1831 Thomas and Margaret Pugh came to the United States from Cork County, Ireland to settle in Texas. Settling first in Victoria, Texas, they moved to San Patricio County in 1834 on a Spanish Land Grant which became the Pugh Land Grant. Thomas Pugh and other settlers in the area quickly determined that the county seat was located too far from their land and a group of twenty-seven area men met under a Live Oak tree on the Nueces River close to the Shannon Crossing to write a petition requesting separation from San Patricio County and the establishment of Live Oak County. On February 2, 1856 the request was granted and Live Oak County was created. The history of the new county and the Pugh family is intertwined from its beginning to present day as the descendants have remained on the land and intermarried with the descendants of many of the other twenty-six men who formed the county. The family experienced the Civil War, several family members fought for the Confederacy. The family befriended Mexican and Mexican-American families and documents detail the long, close and affectionate relationships. The family knew and was friendly with author J. Frank Dobie, who wrote many fictional books about his life on ranches in Live Oak County. But, throughout this time each generation was involved in ranching and farming and were considered progressive as they sought to continuously improve their way of doing business. Thelma Laura Pugh (later Lindholm) was born on February 21, 1898 and was the granddaughter of Thomas and Margaret Pugh. Educated at Texas College of Arts and Industries in 1930 she graduated with a degree in Education. She taught in Live Oak County schools and continued her education, receiving a Masters degree in 1950. Her thesis in history was titled History of Oakville. Mrs. Lindholm’s interest in history resulted in extensive research on the history of the county and on the history of individual communities within Live Oak County. She left considerable information about her family.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of research on the Pugh Family from Live Oak County done by Thelma Pugh Lindholm. It includes family genealogy, financial records, personal correspondence, land deeds and surveys, brands, photos, order book from 1913, notebooks from 1907 & 1927 and a large Pugh Ranch Day Book, 1918. Also included are most of the Pugh family’s tax receipts dating from the early 1860s through 1949. One tax receipt is from the Confederate States government. Deeds and wills from the McGloins, ca 1903 are part of these records. The Pugh Family Day book detailing 1918 activities of the Pugh ranch is included. Formats include documents, photographs and maps detailing the history of Live Oak County, where J. Frank Dobie was born and raised. This collection includes information about agriculture, churches, Civil War participation and slavery in the communities of Oakville, Three Rivers, Lagarto, George West, Dinero, and Gussettville. Materials document details about the local post office, Indians, Law Enforcement [including the Texas Rangers], newspapers, schools, transportation and utilities.

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Arrangement

The collection consists of nine series: SERIES I – Genealogical Series II – Financial Series III – Correspondence Series IV - Political and Elections Series V - Legal Documents Series VI - Printed Materials Series VII – Photographs Series VIII -Live Oak County – History Series IX - Diaries

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Index Terms

Persons
Pugh Lindholm, Themla Laura, 1898-1992
Pugh, Thomas
Pugh, Margaret
Organizations
Texas Rangers
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Geographical Names
Like Oak County (Tex.) -- History
Three Rivers (Tex.) - History
Lagarto (Tex) -- History
George West (Tex.) -- History
Dinero (Tex.) -- History
Gussettville (Tex.) -- History
Subjects
Agriculture
Ranching
Churches
Indians
Post office stations and branches -- Texas, South
Law enforcement
Newspapers
Schools
Transportation
Wills
Slaveholders
Slaves

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