Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Adjutant General's Department:

An Inventory of Navy Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1835-1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1836-1846)



Overview

Creator: Texas. Adjutant General's Dept.
Title: Navy papers
Dates: 1835-1847, 1852, 1855
Dates: (bulk 1836-1846)
Abstract: These records include correspondence (letters, reports, jacket covers, transcripts, and a journal), requisitions, receipts, invoices, bills, vouchers, surveys of damaged supplies, returns (of provisions, slops and small stores, ships equipment and furniture), statements of disbursements, accounts current, claims, suspended claims, receipt rolls for the payment of advances, invoices of merchandise purchased and shipped, IOUs, statements of purchases at auction, estimates of funds required, registers of Treasury Certificates issued to officers and men for services in the Navy, auditors certificates (letters of credit), abstracts of provisions and cash received, abstracts of suspended vouchers, statements of travelling expenses, and abstracts of claims. They comprise navy correspondence, pursers' records, and other financial records created by, for, or because of the Navy of the Republic of Texas. Dates covered are 1835-1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1836-1846).
Quantity: 17.24 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

On November 27, 1835, the General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas passed an "Ordinance and Degree establishing the Navy," authorizing the purchase of two schooners of twelve guns each and two schooners of six guns each, plus the recruitment of the "requisite number of officers, seamen and navvies." These first four ships were the Liberty, the Invincible, the Independence, and the Brutus. The Texas Navy at first operated under a separate Secretary of the Navy, appointed by the Texas President as authorized by an act of the 1st Congress of the Republic of Texas approved October 25, 1836. On December 15, 1836, the 1st Congress passed "An Act Establishing Regulations and Instructions for the Government of the Naval Service of Texas." All four original ships had been lost by late 1837, ending the first Texas Navy.

On November 4, 1837, the 2nd Congress authorized a commissioner (Samuel M. Williams) to go to Baltimore and contract for the construction of six more ships, which would become the San Jacinto, the San Antonio, the San Bernard, the Wharton, the Austin, and the Archer. In addition, the Potomac and the Zavala were bought in 1838.

By an act "To Fix the Naval Establishment of the Republic" passed on February 5, 1840, the 4th Congress authorized the President to cause all ships in the Navy to be laid up in ordinary except for two schooners patrolling the Gulf of Mexico. On January 18, 1841, the 5th Congress abolished this office and created a Naval Bureau under the Secretary of War and Marines. Texas' annexation into the United States in 1846 meant the end of the Texas Navy, the ships being transferred to the U.S. Navy.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records include correspondence (letters, reports, jacket covers, transcripts, and a journal), requisitions, receipts, invoices, bills, vouchers, surveys of damaged supplies, returns (of provisions, slops and small stores, ships equipment and furniture), statements of disbursements, accounts current, claims, suspended claims, receipt rolls for the payment of advances, invoices of merchandise purchased and shipped, IOUs, statements of purchases at auction, estimates of funds required, registers of Treasury Certificates issued to officers and men for services in the Navy, auditors certificates (letters of credit), abstracts of provisions and cash received, abstracts of suspended vouchers, statements of travelling expenses, and abstracts of claims. They comprise navy correspondence, pursers' records, and other financial records created by, for, or because of the Navy of the Republic of Texas. Dates covered are 1835-1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1836-1846).


 

Organization

The Navy Papers subgroup of the Adjutant General's records is organized into three series:
Navy correspondence, 1835-1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1836-1846), 4.19 cubic ft.
Pursers' records, 1835-1846, 10.06 cubic ft.
Other financial records, 1836-1847, 2.99 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Moore, Edwin Ward, 1811-1865.
Williams, Samuel May, 1804-1888.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Navy.
Texas. Navy--Archives.
Subjects:
Navies--Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Navies--Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Places:
Texas--History, Military.
Texas--Naval militia.
Document Types:
Ships' papers--Texas--1835-1847.
Military records--Texas--1835-1847.
Functions:
Protecting republic.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Secretary of State, English diplomatic correspondence, 1837-1846, 0.94 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Correspondence relating to diplomatic relations with Mexico, 1835-1845, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Correspondence relating to diplomatic relations with Yucatan, 1840-1842, fractional (86 items).
Texas Secretary of State, Domestic correspondence, 1822-1845, 1860, 2.40 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Home letters, 1835-1847, 1.28 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Index to correspondence of 1822-1859, undated, 0.43 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Records of the General Council, 1835-1836, 1 cubic ft.
A.J. Houston Collection, 1812-1941 (bulk 1812-1867), approx. 30.5 cubic ft.
Mirabeau Buonaparte Lamar Papers, 1733-1859, 16.12 cubic ft.
McKinney, Williams and Company papers, 1835-1839, 0.3 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-23/934.]
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Military rolls, Republic of Texas Navy military rolls, 1835-1846, 1.86 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Service records, Navy of the Republic service records, 1836-1845, 7.05 cubic ft.
Publications
Navy of the Republic of Texas, 1835-1845, by Dr. Alex Dienst.
Commodore Moore and the Texas Navy, by Tom Henderson Wells.
The Texas Navy, by Jim Dan Hill.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Navy Papers, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1904/003 and unknown others

The Texas Secretary of State transferred most of these records to the Texas State Archives in two transfers, 1903 and 1905. The first transfer is described in the 1903 Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics and History as consisting of approximately 170 items, in six boxes, including muster and pay rolls, and quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines (1836-1845), plus two volumes. The second transfer (itemized in 1904/003), occurred on July 8, 1905, consisting of between 150 and 165 items of correspondence, all records of the office of the Secretary of the Navy.

Processing Information

Tony Black, January 1988, February 1991


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Navy correspondence, 1835-1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1836-1846),
4.19 cubic ft.

This series consists of correspondence concerning the Navy of the Republic of Texas, including letters and reports to and from the Presidents of the Republic; the Secretary of the Navy, or Secretary of War and Navy, or Secretary of War and Marines; the various captains, pursers, and other officers of the various ships; the officers of the Navy Yard, including the storekeeper Nathan Smith; Commander E. W. Moore; Navy Commissioner Samuel M. Williams; etc. Dates covered are 1835-1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1836-1846).
Also included are jacket covers to correspondence, which were created at some unknown date after the fact, probably by the Secretary of State. These jacket covers, which have been separated from the correspondence to which they related, are useful as a calendar of existing items. The Navy Papers jackets follow the following format: "Republic of Texas. [Army and] Navy Affairs. No._____. File Box_____. _____to _____. Subject Matter:_____. [Date]." In addition, there are jackets to naval-related Texas Secretary of State Diplomatic, Consular, and Domestic Correspondence.
For some time the State Archives also maintained a separate set of files in the Navy Papers called "Texas Naval Militia Correspondence," which consisted of Adjutant General's correspondence relating to the Texas Volunteer Guard's batteries of Coast Artillery (1891-1893); military orders issued by the Naval Militias of the states of California and Massachusetts (1891); and proposals for the establishment of a Texas Navy Militia (1903). Since this material is in no way related to the Republic of Texas Navy, it has been integrated into the Departmental Correspondence series of the Adjutant General's records.
In addition, there are two volumes. One is labelled "Data Book containing the naval regulations" which passed the Texas Senate on December 12, 1836.
The other is a journal kept by Midshipman Alfred Walke between 1840 and 1843, which contains lists of officers on board, and remarks and occurrences on board three vessels of the Texas Navy: Brig of War Colorado (January 21-February 22, 1840); Schooner of War San Jacinto (February 23, 1840-January 13, 1841); and Sloop of War Austin (January 19-October 20, 1841 and April 16-August 7, 1843). The end of the volume contains 43 pages of questions and answers concerning shipboard routines, procedures, and emergencies; a ration table; and rules and regulations for the internal government of the Sloop of War Austin (51 articles). This "Log Book" was sent to the Governor of Texas by William C. Wilson, of LaFayette, Indiana (April 24, 1883), with the request that it be placed in the Texas State Library. It was apparently transferred by the Secretary of State to the Texas State Archives of the State Library in 1903.
Most, but not all, of the items in this correspondence series were calendared, in two separate locations. A chronological list including date, author, recipient, subject matter, and a file number, is included in the accession file, 1904/003. A slightly fuller calendar, adding the place of each letter, was copied onto pre-printed index cards compiled in the first decade of the 20th century. This second calendar must be used with caution, however, since it also contains items drawn from the Diplomatic, Consular, and Domestic Correspondence of the Secretary of State. Both of these are available upon request. Notably missing from either calendar--and thus not accessioned at the same time--are letters to and from Samuel M. Williams, 1836.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically, with oversized correspondence housed separately, followed by transcripts and then jackets (each chronological).
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Moore, Edwin Ward, 1811-1865.
Williams, Samuel May, 1804-1888.
Smith, Nathan.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Navy.
Texas. Navy--Diaries.
Subjects:
Austin (Ship).
Texas (Ship).
San Jacinto (Ship).
Zavala (Ship).
Galveston Navy Yard.
Navies--Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Navies--Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Places:
Texas--Naval militia.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Document Types:
Ships' papers--Texas--1835-1847.
Correspondence--Texas--Military records--1835-1847.
Ships' logs--Texas--Military records--1835-1847.
Journals--Texas--Military records--1835-1847.
Ledgers--Texas--Military records--1835-1847.
Functions:
Protecting republic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Navy correspondence, Navy Papers, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1904/003 and unknown others
The Texas Secretary of State transferred most of these records to the Texas State Archives in two transfers, 1903 and 1905. The first transfer is described in the 1903 Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics and History as consisting of approximately 170 items, in six boxes, including muster and pay rolls, and quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines (1836-1845), plus two volumes. The second transfer (itemized in 1904/003), occurred on July 8, 1905, consisting of between 150 and 165 items of correspondence, all records of the office of the Secretary of the Navy.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, January 1988, February 1991
Navy correspondence
box folder
401-1195 1. 1835
2-6. 1836
7-19. 1837
20-27. 1838
28-38. 1839
box folder
401-1196 1-10. 1840
11-14. 1841
15-18. 1842
19-20. 1843
21-25. 1844
26. 1845
27. 1846
28. 1847, 1852, 1855 (bulk 1847)
29. undated
Oversized Navy correspondence
oversize folder
401-1309 1. May-June 1836
2. August-October 1836
3. November-December 1836
4. (Report), November 1836
5. (re Schooner San Jacinto), March-December 1836
6. January 1837
7. February 1837
8. March 1837
9. April 1837
10. May 1837
11. July-August 1837
12-14. September 1837
15. October-December 1837
16. (re scrip), 1836-1837
oversize folder
401-1310 1. (re prize schooners Abispe and Raphael), 1837-1838
oversize folder
401-1310 2. January-February 1838
3. March 1838
4. April 1838
5. May-December 1838
6. (re purchase of Zavala), October 1838-March 1839
7. (re contracts for six ships), November 13, 1838
8. January-March 1839
9. June-July 1839
10. June-August 1839
11. September 1839
12. October-December 1839
oversize folder
401-1311 1. November 1839
oversize folder
401-1311 2. November 1839-May 1840
3. December 1839
4. (re purchase of Zavala), October 1838-March 1839
5. January-March 1840
6. April-June 1840
7. June 23, 1840
8. July-August 1840
9. September-October 1840
10. November-December 1840
oversize folder
401-1312 1-2. (Report: copies), November 4, 1840
oversize folder
401-1312 3. (Enclosures to Report: November 13, 1838; January 3, 1839), November 4, 1840
4. January-June 1841
5. July-September 1841
folder oversize
6. 401-1312 October-December 1841
oversize folder
401-1312 7. (Report), December 24, 1841
8. January-March 1842
9. April-June 1842
10. July 1842
oversize folder
401-1313 1. August-December 1842
oversize folder
401-1313 2. January-September 1843
3. January 1844
4. February-March 1844
5. (Accounts), March 15, 1844
6. April-June 1844
7. July-November 1844
8. January-December 1845
9. January-February 1846
10. May 1846; December 1847; February-March 1852; undated
Transcripts
oversize folder
401-1313 11. Oversized payrolls, muster rolls, 1838-1843
box folder
401-1196 30. Transcripts, 1836, 1838-1839, 1842
Jackets
box folder
401-1196 31. 1835
32-33. 1836
34-35. 1837
box folder
401-1197 1-2. 1838
3. 1839
4-5. 1840
6. 1841
7. 1842
8. 1843
9. 1844
Miscellaneous
oversize folder
401-1265 2. Passenger lists, Zavala (Charleston), 1839
volume
401-1130 Navy regulations, 1836
volume
401-1129 Midshipman's journal, Alfred Walke, Texas Navy, 1840-1843



 

Pursers' records, 1835-1846,
10.06 cubic ft.

This series consists of the records maintained by the Republic of Texas Navy's ships pursers, documenting supplies received and expended, and services performed, for each ship and for the naval yard. Dates covered are 1835-1846. The types of documents represented include requisitions, receipts, bills, invoices, vouchers, accounts current, surveys of damaged supplies, and returns of provisions, slops and small stores, ships equipment and furniture, etc. Among the oversized documents are two important types: transfers of men from one vessel to another, and quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines.
The oversized Transfers of Men [Officers, and Accounts] from ship to ship, usually on pre-printed forms, give the following information: date, names, rank, ships number (a consecutive, unique number for each man), date of enlistment, term of enlistment, expiration of enlistment, pay per month, amount due for undrawn rations, amount overpaid, amount due, receipts (signatures), and witness. These forms are signed by pursers.
The Quarterly Returns of Officers, Seamen, and Marines, also oversized and also often on pre-printed forms, include the following information: rank, names, ships number, pay per month, date of entry on board, from what vessel transferred, term of enlistment, date of enlistment, expiration of enlistment, amount overpaid/amount due as per transfer, time of service on board this vessel, hospital money, amount charged for dead men and deserters' clothes, amount of pay checked for various causes, amount received from purser in slops/in money, whole amount charged, whole amount of pay, amount due, amount overpaid, receipts (signatures), witness, and remarks.
The ships represented include the following (previous ship names are included in parentheses): Texas navy vessels Archer (Galveston), Austin (Texas), Brazos, Brutus, Independence, Invincible, Liberty (William Robbins), Louisville, Potomac, San Antonio (Asp), San Bernard, San Jacinto, Wharton (Colorado), and Zavala (Charleston); the prize schooners Abispa, Ana Maria, Correo, Doric, Dos Amigos, Mary Elizabeth, and Raphael; and the private vessels Branch T. Archer, Cayuga, Charles, Cuba, Dayton, Emblem, Empresario, Farmer's Return, Friend, Henry Clay, Lady of the Lake, Louisiana, Martha, Merchant, Neptune, New York, Oak, Ontario, Rodney, Rufus Putnam, Sam Houston (General Houston), Savannah, and others, for which there exist only one document apiece (Alamo, Belle, Cutter, Eliza Hockman, Harriet, Kingston, Meteor, Ocean, Pontchatrain, and Wasp). Also included are pursers' records for the Navy Yard at Galveston (1838-1843) and for the Navy in Ordinary, i.e., ships laid up in the Yard for repairs (1844-1846).
In addition to the loose documents, there are four ledgers which contain pursers' records for specific ships, two for the Austin (1842-1843), one for the Wharton (1839-1842), and one for several ships including the Wharton, the Zavala, and the Navy Yard (1839-1842).
One ledger, of pre-printed forms, contains 250 accounts for individual debtors aboard the Texan Ship of War Austin. The entries include dates, amounts, and totals of rations and pay for 1842 and 1843. Each account is signed by the debtor. The first pages of the ledger contain an index. A similar ledger contains 245 separate accounts on pre-printed forms of persons in account with the Austin, 1842-1843. Information for each person includes: date, articles furnished, amount of dead men's and deserters' clothes, amount of pursers stores, amount of slop clothing, amount of money, total amount of all issues by the purser, signatures, and witnesses. Both of these ledgers are probably related to 401-1124, which is a general muster book listing 250 persons assigned to the Austin between October 1, 1842 and July 26, 1843, which is described in the Military roll series.
The third ledger contains a list of personnel aboard the Texas Brig of War Wharton, plus individual accounts, slop accounts (January 1, 1841), and rations expended and issued (April 1842).
The fourth ledger is an account ledger which contains a variety of accounts--slop accounts, cash accounts, and accounts of individuals, between October 1839 and October 1842. In addition, there are muster rolls and provision and slop accounts dated 1842 for the Navy Yard, the Wharton, and the Zavala. Typical data in these accounts include date, quantity, item, price per unit, and amount credited.
A fifth volume (2-7/967), labelled "Log of Ship Jacinto, 1843," actually contains records from other record groups (the 7th Congress, the State Department, the General Land Office, the War Department, the Ordnance Department, for protection of the sea coast, etc.). This volume does contain the freight book of the Steamer San Jacinto (November 27, 1838) --but is not a Navy record.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by ship, and roughly chronologically therein. The researcher will find all the pursers' records for a given ship listed together below, regardless of type of document or size. The oversized Transfers of Men [Officers, and Accounts] from ship to ship, are alphabetical, first by ship transferred to, then by ship transferred from.
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Navy.
Texas. Navy--Officers--Correspondence.
Texas. Navy--Supplies and stores.
Texas. Navy--Provisioning.
Subjects:
Austin (Ship).
Texas (Ship).
Brutus (Ship: Tex.).
Independence (Ship).
Invincible (Ship).
Liberty (Ship: Tex.).
William Robbins (Ship).
Potomac (Ship: Tex.).
San Antonio (Ship: Tex.).
Asp (Ship).
San Bernard (Ship).
San Jacinto (Ship).
Wharton (Ship).
Zavala (Ship).
Colorado (Ship).
Charleston (Ship).
Galveston Navy Yard.
Navies--Texas--Officers.
Navies--Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Navies--Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Places:
Texas--Naval militia.
Document Types:
Ledgers--Texas--Military records--1835-1846.
Vouchers--Texas--Military records--1835-1846.
Invoices--Texas--Military records--1835-1846.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Pursers' records, Navy Papers, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1904/003 and unknown others
The Texas Secretary of State transferred most of these records to the Texas State Archives in two transfers, 1903 and 1905. The first transfer is described in the 1903 Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics and History as consisting of approximately 170 items, in six boxes, including muster and pay rolls, and quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines (1836-1845), plus two volumes. The second transfer (itemized in 1904/003), occurred on July 8, 1905, consisting of between 150 and 165 items of correspondence, all records of the office of the Secretary of the Navy.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, January 1988
box folder
401-1197 10. Archer (Galveston), pursers' records, 1840
11-12. Archer, pursers' records, 1840, 1842-(1843)
13-17. Austin (Texas), pursers' records, 1840
18-26. Austin, pursers' records, 1840
27-30. Austin, pursers' records, 1841
box folder
401-1198 1-5. Austin, pursers' records, 1841
6-8. Austin, pursers' records, 1842
9. Austin, pursers' records, 1840-1842
10-13. Austin, pursers' records, 1843
14-21. Austin, pursers' records, 1844
22-25. Austin, pursers' records, 1845
26. Austin, pursers' records, 1846
27. Austin, quarterly returns, 1840
28-29. Austin, quarterly returns, 1841
30. Austin, quarterly returns, 1842
oversize folder
401-1240 1. Austin, oversized pursers' records, 1840-1844
oversize folder
401-1265 6. Austin, oversized pursers' records, 1840-1841
7. Austin, oversized pursers' records, 1842-1844
3. Transfer of men to Austin (Texas), 1840-1842
map-case folder
401-1323 1. Austin, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1844
volume
401-1125 Pay and subsistence ledger, Austin, 1842-1843
volume
401-1126 Account with Austin, 1842-1843
box folder
401-1199 1. Brazos, pursers' records, 1839
2-7. Brutus, pursers' records, 1836
8-9. Brutus, pursers' records, 1837
10. Brutus, pursers' records, 1838
oversize folder
401-1265 8. Brutus, oversized pursers' records, 1836-1837
box folder
401-1199 11. Independence, pursers' records, 1836
12. Independence, pursers' records, 1837
oversize folder
401-1265 8. Independence, oversized pursers' records, 1837
box folder
401-1199 13-15. Invincible, pursers' records, 1836
16. Invincible, pursers' records, 1837
17. Liberty (William Robbins), pursers' records, 1835
18. Liberty, pursers' records, 1835
19. Liberty, pursers' records, 1836
20. Louisville, pursers' records, 1840
21-27. Potomac, pursers' records, 1838
28-37. Potomac, pursers' records, 1839
box folder
401-1200 1-3. Potomac, pursers' records, 1840
oversize folder
401-1240 2. Potomac, oversized pursers' records, 1838-1839
oversize folder
401-1265 9. Potomac, oversized pursers' records, 1838, 1840
4. Transfer of men to Potomac, 1840
map-case folder
401-1323 2. Potomac, return of slops, 1838
box folder
401-1200 4-5. San Antonio (Asp), pursers' records, 1839
6-10. San Antonio, pursers' records, 1839
11-18. San Antonio, pursers' records, 1840
19-20. San Antonio, pursers' records, 1841
21-22. San Antonio, pursers' records, 1842
23. San Antonio, quarterly returns, 1839
24. San Antonio, quarterly returns, 1840
oversize folder
401-1240 3. San Antonio, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1840, 1842
oversize folder
401-1265 4. Transfer of men to San Antonio, 1841-1842
map-case folder
401-1323 2. San Antonio, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1842
2. San Antonio, returns of slops and receipts/expenditures, 1839
box folder
401-1200 25-28. San Bernard, pursers' records, 1839
box folder
401-1201 1-8. San Bernard, pursers' records, 1840
9-12. San Bernard, pursers' records, 1841
13-17. San Bernard, pursers' records, 1842
18. San Bernard, pursers' records, 1843
19. San Bernard, pursers' records, 1844
20. San Bernard, quarterly returns, 1839
21. San Bernard, quarterly returns, 1840
22. San Bernard, quarterly returns, 1841
23. San Bernard, quarterly returns, 1842
oversize folder
401-1240 4. San Bernard, oversized pursers' records, 1840-1842
oversize folder
401-1265 4. Transfer of men to San Bernard, 1840-1842
map-case folder
401-1323 3. San Bernard, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1843
box folder
401-1201 24. San Jacinto, pursers' records, 1837-1838
25-34. San Jacinto, pursers' records, 1839
box folder
401-1202 1-11. San Jacinto, pursers' records, 1840
12. San Jacinto, pursers' records, 1841
13. San Jacinto, quarterly returns, 1840
14. San Jacinto, quarterly returns, 1841
oversize folder
401-1240 5. San Jacinto, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1841
oversize folder
401-1265 4. Transfer of men to San Jacinto, 1840
map-case folder
401-1323 4. San Jacinto, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1841;
4. Return of expenditures of stores, 1840
box folder
401-1202 15-17. Wharton (Colorado), pursers' records, 1839
18-23. Wharton (Colorado), pursers' records, 1840
24-28. Wharton, pursers' records, 1840
29. Wharton, pursers' records, 1841
30-32. Wharton, pursers' records, 1842
box folder
401-1203 1-2. Wharton, pursers' records, 1843
3. Wharton, pursers' records, 1844
4. Wharton, pursers' records, 1845
5. Wharton, quarterly returns, 1840
6. Wharton, quarterly returns, 1842
7. Wharton, quarterly returns, 1843
oversize folder
401-1240 6. Wharton, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1840, 1842
oversize folder
401-1265 5. Transfer of men to Wharton, 1840-1843
map-case folder
401-1323 5-6. Wharton, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1842;
5-6. Colorado, return of slops, 1839
volume
401-1128 Navy record, Wharton, 1839-1842
box folder
401-1203 8-9. Zavala (Charleston), pursers' records, 1838
10-14. Zavala (Charleston), pursers' records, 1839
15-29. Zavala, pursers' records, 1839
box folder
401-1204 1. Zavala, pursers' records, 1839-1840
2-24. Zavala, pursers' records, 1840
box folder
401-1205 1-5. Zavala, pursers' records, 1840
6-7. Zavala, pursers' records, 1841
8. Zavala, pursers' records, 1842
9. Zavala, pursers' records, 1843
10. Zavala, pursers' records, undated
11. Zavala, quarterly returns, 1840
oversize folder
401-1240 7. Zavala, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1841
oversize folder
401-1265 10. Zavala, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1840
5. Transfer of men to Zavala, 1839-1841
map-case folder
401-1324 1-2. Zavala, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1841
3. Returns of slops, furniture, etc., 1839-1840
box folder
401-1205 12. Multiple vessels, pursers' records, 1840
13. Multiple vessels, pursers' records, 1841
14. Multiple vessels, pursers' records, 1842
15-16. Multiple vessels, pursers' records, 1843
17. Multiple vessels, pursers' records, 1844
18. Prize schooners, pursers' records:
19. Abispa, 1837-1838
20. Ana Maria, 1840
21. Correo, 1838-1839
22. Doric, 1842;
22. Dos Amigos, 1842
23. Mary Elizabeth, 1842
24. Raphael, 1837
25-47. Other ships, pursers' records,
volume
401-1127 Day book, Texas Navy, 1839-1842
box folder
401-1206 1-5. Navy Yard, pursers' records, 1838
6-16. Navy Yard, pursers' records, 1839
17-33. Navy Yard, pursers' records, 1840
box folder
401-1207 1-8. Navy Yard, pursers' records, 1841
9-10. Navy Yard, pursers' records, 1842
11. Navy Yard, pursers' records, 1843
12. Navy in Ordinary, pursers' records, 1844
13-15. Navy in Ordinary, pursers' records, 1845
16. Navy in Ordinary, pursers' records, 1846
oversize folder
401-1240 8. Navy Yard, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1840
9. Navy Yard, oversized pursers' records, 1841-1842
10. Naval Storekeeper, oversized pursers' records, 1839-1841
oversize folder
401-1265 11. Navy Yard, oversized pursers' records, 1840-1841
5. Transfer of men to Navy Yard, 1840-1841
map-case folder
401-1324 4. Navy Yard, quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines, 1840-1842
5. Naval Storekeeper, accounts, 1839



 

Other financial records, 1836-1847,
2.99 cubic ft.

This series consists of those financial records of the Republic of Texas Navy which do not pertain--or do not clearly pertain--to a particular ship or to the Navy Yard. Dates covered are 1836-1847. They include the following types of documents: requisitions, receipts, invoices, bills, vouchers, statements of disbursements, accounts current, claims, suspended claims, receipt rolls for the payment of advances, invoices of merchandise purchased and shipped, IOUs, statements of purchases at auction, estimates of funds required, registers of Treasury Certificates issued to officers and men for services in the Navy, auditors certificates (letters of credit), abstracts of provisions and cash received, abstracts of suspended vouchers, statements of travelling expenses, abstracts of claims (1846 and 1847), etc. The officials involved in the creation of these documents include the Treasurer, the Auditor, the Comptroller, the Secretary of the Navy, the Navy Commissioners, Naval Agents, the Naval Storekeeper, and various naval pursers.
In addition, there are many wrappers, consisting of the papers which were used to enclose folded documents or bundles of documents in the original files, labelled on the outside. Many of these pertained to pursers' records, but are not so arranged.
Arrangement
These records are arranged roughly chronologically, by year, followed by oversized records (roughly chronological), followed by wrappers (also roughly chronological, with approximately one-half of the wrappers undated).
Index Terms
The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Navy.
Subjects:
Navies--Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Places:
Texas--Naval militia.
Document Types:
Requisitions--Texas--Military records--1836-1847.
Invoices--Texas--Military records--1836-1847.
Bills of lading--Texas--Military records--1836-1847.
Vouchers--Texas--Military records--1836-1847.
Claims--Texas--Military records--1836-1847.
Abstracts--Texas--Military records--1836-1847.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Other financial records, Navy Papers, Texas Adjutant General's Department. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1904/003 and unknown others
The Texas Secretary of State transferred most of these records to the Texas State Archives in two transfers, 1903 and 1905. The first transfer is described in the 1903 Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics and History as consisting of approximately 170 items, in six boxes, including muster and pay rolls, and quarterly returns of officers, seamen, and marines (1836-1845), plus two volumes. The second transfer (itemized in 1904/003), occurred on July 8, 1905, consisting of between 150 and 165 items of correspondence, all records of the office of the Secretary of the Navy.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Processed by
Tony Black, January 1988
Other financial records
box folder
401-1207 17. 1836
18-19. 1837
20-24. 1838
25-35. 1839
box folder
401-1208 1-14. 1839
15. 1839-1840
16-33. 1840
box folder
401-1209 1-13. 1841
14-21. 1842
22-28. 1843
29-31. 1844
32-33. 1845
34. 1846
35. 1847
36-38. undated
oversize folder
401-1240 11-13. Oversized pursers' records, 1839-1842
oversize folder
401-1240 14. Oversized, 1839-1841
oversize folder
401-1265 12. Oversized, 1836
oversize folder
401-1265 13. Oversized, 1836-1837
14. Oversized, 1836-1840
15-16. Oversized, 1841-1844
map-case folder
401-1324 6. Naval disbursements, 1836-1837
7. Naval disbursements, 1838-1840;
7. Accounts, Purser Hurd, 1841-1842
Wrappers
box folder
401-1210 1. 1836-1837
2. 1838
3-4. 1839
5-8. 1840
9-10. 1841
11. 1842
12. 1843
13. 1844
14. 1845-1846
15-22. undated
box folder
401-1211 1-11. undated