Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Secretary of State:

An Inventory of Secretary of State Fugitive Records at the Texas State Archives, 1837-1965, bulk 1875-1915



Overview

Creator: Texas. Secretary of State.
Title: Secretary of State fugitive records
Dates: 1837-1965
Dates: bulk 1875-1915
Abstract: Texas law authorizes the Governor of Texas to requisition the return of fugitives from Texas justice who have fled to other states and territories, and also requires that the Governor of Texas cooperate in the apprehension of fugitives of justice from other states who have fled to Texas. Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required. The Secretary of State maintained both the extradition records and the reward records for the governor, to document the following things: requisitions of fugitives of justice on other states, warrants issued on requisitions from governors of other states, extraditions, and rewards offered for the capture of fugitives from justice. These records include registers and indexes of requisitions, extraditions, and rewards; extradition case files; applications requesting that a reward be issued; reward proclamations issued by the governor; and also executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice. Dates covered are 1837-1965 (the bulk covering 1875-1915).
Quantity: 83.13 cubic ft. (originals), 13 reels microfilm (duplicates)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Constitution of 1845 required the Secretary of State to "keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Governor" and to provide these to the legislature when required. This duty (and others) were reiterated in the act "to define the duties of Secretary of State," approved May 9, 1846. This authority was reconfirmed by the Constitutions of 1866 (Article V, Section 17), 1869 (Article IV, Section 17) and 1876 (Article IV, Section 21), and subsequent amendments.

The Secretary of State is a constitutional officer of the executive branch of state government, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate for a term concurrent with the governor's (a two-year term at first, a four-year term since 1974). The office was first created by the Constitution of the Republic of Texas in 1836 (Article VI, Section 10), and has been continued by each succeeding Constitution.

Extradition of fugitives from justice between Texas and other states was covered in Article 878 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, adopted by the 6th Texas Legislature, Adjourned Session (August 1856): "A person charged in any State or Territory of the United States with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice and be found in this State, shall, on demand of the Executive Authority of the State or Territory from which he fled, be delivered up to be removed to the State or Territory having jurisdiction of the crime."

Current Texas law provides the following provisions for fugitives from justice from other states: "51.01. A person in any other State of the United States charged with treason or any felony who shall flee from justice and be found in this State, shall on demand of the executive authority of the State from which he fled, be delivered up, to be removed to the State having jurisdiction of the crime. 51.02. All peace officers of the State shall give aid in the arrest and detention of a fugitive from any other State that he may be held subject to a requisition by the Governor of the State from which he fled."

Current Texas law also provides the following for Texas fugitives fleeing to other states: "51.09. When the Governor deems it proper to demand a person who has committed an offense in this State and has fled to another State, he may commission any suitable person to take such requisition. The accused, if brought back to the State, shall be delivered up to the sheriff of the county in which it is alleged he has committed the offense."

Also, Art. 51.13. Uniform Criminal Extradition Act: "Sec. 2. Subject to the provisions of this Article, the provisions of the Constitution of the United States controlling, and any and all Acts of Congress enacted in pursuance thereof, it is the duty of the Governor of this State to have arrested and delivered up to the Executive Authority of any other State of the United States any person charged in that State with treason, felony, or other crime, who has fled from justice and is found in this State." The authority was recodified in 1965 by Senate Bill 107, 59th Legislature, Regular Session. (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Articles 51.01-51.09 )

Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Authority for the governor to issue rewards was first granted by an act of the 1st Legislature, passed April 18, 1846. The authority was codified in 1965 by Senate Bill 107, 59th Legislature, Regular Session. (V.T.C.A., Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 51.11 )


Scope and Contents of the Records

Texas law authorizes the Governor of Texas to requisition the return of fugitives from Texas justice who have fled to other states and territories, and also requires that the Governor of Texas cooperate in the apprehension of fugitives of justice from other states who have fled to Texas. Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required. The Secretary of State maintained both the extradition records and the reward records for the governor, to document the following things: requisitions of fugitives of justice on other states, warrants issued on requisitions from governors of other states, extraditions, and rewards offered for the capture of fugitives from justice. Dates covered are 1837-1965 (the bulk covering 1875-1915).

These records consist of registers and indexes of requisitions, extraditions, and rewards; extradition case files; applications requesting that a reward be issued; reward proclamations issued by the governor; and also executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice.

There are nine volumes that constitute registers and indexes created by the staff of the Secretary of State's office, recording four types of action by the Governor: requisitions on other states, warrants issued on requisitions from governors of other states, extraditions, and rewards offered for the capture of fugitives from justice, dating 1883-1965.

Extradition case files, dating 1837-1901, bulk 1875-1900, typically contain a requisition form, which is a formal demand by a state and its governor for apprehension and return of a fugitive from that state. The requisition gives the name of the fugitive, the alleged crime, the court and county where the charges were filed, the location where the fugitive was presently thought to be, the agent appointed to bring the fugitive back, and the date of the requisition. Case files may also contain supporting documents such as correspondence or a copy of the grand jury indictment. These case files contain requisitions both to the governor of Texas from other states for fugitives hiding in Texas, and from Texas governors to other states for the extradition of fugitives from Texas justice.

Reward application files, which date 1856-1936 (the bulk covering 1875-1915), usually consist of correspondence that gives details of the crime, in order to convince the governor to issue a reward. The correspondence came from sheriffs, judges, district attorneys, juries, relatives of the victim, and members of the community. An application might also contain a copy of an indictment by a jury or other legal documents. For each application, a form was filled out by the Secretary of State and the accompanying correspondence placed inside. This form included such vital information as name of the applicant, date of the request, name of the fugitive, the criminal offense, where and when the alleged crime occurred, the amount of reward, and the date of the reward offer. Reward proclamations are occasionally found in these files.

Reward proclamations issued by the governor date 1849-1942. The original proclamations were issued on printed forms with the following information: amount of reward, name of fugitive, criminal charge, county, date, and signature of governor. The earliest reward proclamations are mixed in with other gubernatorial records in a series of executive record books kept by the Secretary of State, dating 1849-1887. Copies of later reward proclamations are in four volumes dedicated to that purpose (and often also called Executive record books), 1883-1938. The volumes have alphabetical indexes in the front. In addition, there are unbound proclamations dating 1937-1942 (#950-985).

Executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice include a wide variety of other documentation, including correspondence (mostly outgoing) of the Governors of the State of Texas, primarily with other Texas and U.S. officials; inaugural and valedictory addresses; executive messages; proclamations; appointments; passports; pardons and remissions; extraditions; rewards; reports of state agencies; etc. These records comprise those executive record books maintained by the Texas Secretary of State dating 1849-1887.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Organization of the Records

These records have been organized by State Archives staff into five series:
Registers and indexes of requisitions, extraditions, and rewards, 1883-1965, 2.74 cubic ft.
Extradition records, 1837-1901, bulk 1875-1900, 60.25 cubic ft.
Reward applications, 1856-1936, bulk 1875-1915, 7 cubic ft.
Reward proclamations, 1883-1942, 2.7 cubic ft. (originals), 3 reels of microfilm (duplicates)
Executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice, 1849-1887, 10.44 cubic ft. (originals); 10 reels of microfilm (duplicates)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The volumes containing reward proclamations are restricted due to their fragile physical condition, so researchers must use the microfilmed copies.

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Microfilm readers are available in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Ask staff members for exact locations.


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. Office of the Governor.
Texas (Republic). Dept. of State.
Subjects:
Extradition--Texas.
Fugitives from justice--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Extradition--1837-1901.
Correspondence--Texas--Proclamations--1849-1942.
Proclamations--Texas--Governors--1849-1942.
Registers--Texas--Extradition--1883-1940.
Registers--Texas--Proclamations--1889-1921.
Indexes--Texas--Extradition--1883-1965.
Indexes--Texas--Proclamations--1883-1965.

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 Governor Allan Shivers records: Extradition records, 1948-1956, 6 cubic ft. [Note: The records of many Texas Governors will contain records on extraditions, and possibly rewards as well.]
Texas Secretary of State, Executive record books, 1835-1917, 15.18 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Records, 1849-2004, 170.08 cubic ft. (especially these series: Escape record, Convict ledgers, and Conduct registers.)
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Reconstruction records, State Police records, Reports of crimes, arrests, and fugitives, 1870-1873, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, Ranger records, Frontier Battalion records, Lists of fugitives, 1865-1879, 1898-1899, undated, bulk 1875, 0.13 cubic ft.
Strays Collection, Secretary of State strays, 1836-1945, 5.75 cubic ft. [Unprocessed box Strays S7 contains: Proclamations, pardon applications, requisitions, extradition papers, restoration of citizenship papers, and reward proclamations (RESTRICTED), 1890-1907, 1 cubic ft. Unfoldered. These records are a mix of items found in 1996. They are still tri-folded so there is no inventory. Some contain medical reports from physicians. Unprocessed box Strays S5 contains: Extradition records, 1874-1899, 0.25 cubic ft.; the folder listing has been incorporated into that series in this inventory.]
Publications
Texas Secretary of State, Biennial Reports of the Secretary of State, Austin, Texas: State Printing Office, 1870-1920. The reports include statistics: the total numbers of reward proclamations, sometimes broken down by type of crime (e.g. murder/other crimes in 1870, or eight categories of crimes in 1896), as well as of extraditions, requisitions made on governors of other states, and warrants issued on requisitions from governors of other states. In addition, three reports (1878, 1881, and 1882) actually list the details on each reward: the name of the fugitive, the county, the charge, the condition of payment (e.g., "on delivery to sheriff of Concho county, inside jail door"), the amount, and the date offered.
Texas Adjutant General's Department, List of Fugitives from Justice, 1878, 1880, 1891, and 1900 (the 1880 and 1900 reports were bound with the Adjutant General's reports, and the 1878 and 1891 reports were published separately).
A list of fugitives from justice indicted for felonies in the state of Texas and a descriptive list of escaped convicts, "compiled from official records by John P. Kirk," 1886.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Secretary of State fugitive records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1932/002, 1932/004, 1934/006, 1934/007, 1938/008, 1965/100, 1968/094, 1977/028, 1982/338, 1985/083, 1987/047, 1990/158, 1994/133, 2011/007

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on September 28, 1932; December 21, 1932; March 13, 1935; January 3, 1939; February 25, 1966; April 1966; December 13, 1976; July 16, 1982; March 13, 1985; November 14, 1986; and August 4, 1994; and by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 9, 1968; and June 21, 1990 (this last accession being microfilm); and by the Statutory Documents section of the Texas Secretary of State on September 15, 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, various dates

Processed by Paul Beck, February 1989

Executive record books processed by Tony Black, June 2003

Finding aid encoded by Tony Black in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project, July 2004

Corrections and further encoding to DACS standards by Tony Black, June 2005

Finding aids for extradition records and reward records combined and expanded by Tony Black, March 2008

One accession of extradition registers added by Tony Black, September 2010

Index term corrected by Tony Black, February 2011

Appraisal Information

Texas State Archives staff completed an appraisal of the Texas Secretary of State holdings already in the custody of the Texas State Archives in December 1998. Fifty-seven series of these holdings were determined to be archival, including all series of fugitive records. The complete appraisal report (in two parts: Republic of Texas records, and non-Republic records) is available for consultation online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/sosrepublic.html and http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/sosstate.html , and also in the search room of the Texas State Archives.

Other Formats for the Records

The originals of Reward books (i.e., Reward proclamations that were bound into volumes) and Executive record books were microfilmed (on 35 mm microfilm) in 1990 by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The reels are available through interlibrary loan; contact your local librarian for details. They are also available for purchase (scroll down to Executive Record Books); contact the State and Local Records Management Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The following equivalency chart will be helpful in matching Archives reel numbers listed in this finding aid with TSLAC Catalog reel numbers:

Archives reel number TSLAC Catalog reel number
3472 353.91 T312E EX-1
3473 353.91 T312E EX-2
3474 353.91 T312E EX-3
3475 353.91 T312E EX-4
3476 353.91 T312E EX-5
3477 353.91 T312E EX-6
3478 353.91 T312E EX-7
3479 353.91 T312E EX-8
3480 353.91 T312E EX-9
3481 353.91 T312E EX-10
3482 353.91 T312E EX-11
3483 353.91 T312E EX-12
3484 353.91 T312E EX-13
3485 353.91 T312E EX-14


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Registers and indexes of requisitions, extraditions, and rewards, 1883-1965,
2.74 cubic ft.

Texas law authorizes the Governor of Texas to requisition the return of fugitives from Texas justice who have fled to other states and territories, and also requires that the Governor of Texas cooperate in the apprehension of fugitives of justice from other states who have fled to Texas. Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required.
These records are nine volumes that constitute registers and indexes created by the staff of the Secretary of State's office, recording four types of action by the Governor: requisitions on other states, warrants issued on requisitions from governors of other states, extraditions, and rewards offered for the capture of fugitives from justice, dating 1883-1965. These registers and indexes record similar information; the main difference between them is the way they are arranged. Both registers and indexes are first divided into sections according to the type of gubernatorial action. Therein, a register is arranged in numerical order, which is also chronological (in other words, it is a log registering each type of action by the governor as it occurred). An index is arranged roughly alphabetically by the first letter of the last name of each fugitive, and then numerically/chronologically. The indexes are each divided into two sections (usually labeled on the spine and/or tabs as "requisitions," and "warrants.") The registers are divided into one or two or three sections, all but the earliest volume with clear headings for each of three types of actions (requisitions on other states, extraditions granted, and rewards offered).
Each register of requisitions on other states (1883-1940) contains some or all of the following information: date, number, who for (i.e., the name of the fugitive), offense, county, who by (i.e., the name and/or title of the official making the request, e.g. sheriff, county attorney), state, agent, and conditions.
Each register of extraditions granted (1889-1940) contains the following information: date, number, name of executive applying, state, name of fugitive, crime, agent, and remarks.
Each register of rewards offered (1889-1921), contains the following information: date, number, party wanted, offense and date, county, on whose application, and conditions.
The earliest register (1883-1889), which contains an index, and each of the three indexes (1890-1965) are divided into two sections apiece, the labels for which are confusing and somewhat inconsistent. The first section of each of the three earliest volumes (1883-1939) seems to be labeled "requisitions," and contains the following information: date, on whose requisition issued (i.e., usually the Governor of which state), name of the fugitive, name of the agent, crime, and where to be conveyed (or later, remarks). The same information is provided in the second section of the last volume (1939-1965), which seems to be labeled "extraditions."
The second section of each of the three earliest volumes (1883-1939) seems to be labeled "warrants,"and contains the following information: date, reward (amount of money), on Governor of which state, name of fugitive, name of the agent, crime, to be delivered at, and remarks. The same information is provided in the first section of the last volume (1939-1965), which seems to be labeled "requisitions."
Arrangement
These registers and indexes are listed in two groups in the container inventory. Internal arrangement by the staff of the Secretary of State depends on the type of volume. A register is arranged numerically, which is also chronologically; in other words, it is a log registering each type of action (requisitions on other states, warrants issued on requisitions from governors of other states, extraditions, and rewards offered) by the governor as it occurs. An index is arranged roughly alphabetically by the first letter of the last name of each fugitive, and then numerically/chronologically. Each volume, whether register or index, is divided into one or two or three sections, for each of the types of actions.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Registers and indexes of requisitions, extraditions, and rewards, Texas Secretary of State fugitive records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1934/007, 1965/100, 1977/028, 1994/133, 2011/007, undetermined
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on March 13, 1935; February 25, 1966; April 1966; December 13, 1976; and August 4, 1994; by the Statutory Documents section of the Texas Secretary of State on September 15, 2010; and at other undetermined dates.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Paul Beck, February 1989
Tony Black, March 2008, September 2010
Volume
4-20/683 Numerical/chronological registers, 1883-1940
Requisitions and warrants [register], 1883-1889
[Note: alphabetical index at front]
Volume
2-7/1050 Record of extraditions, requisitions, and rewards offered, 1889-1907
Volume
2011/007-1 Record of requisitions on other states, 1907-1921
Record of extraditions granted, 1907-1921
Record of rewards offered, 1907-1921
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2011/007-2 Record of extraditions granted, 1921-1938
Volume
2-1/272 Record of requisitions, 1915
Record of extraditions, 1915, 1938-1940
Record of rewards offered, 1915
Volume
2-1/271 Record of requisitions on other states, 1921-1940
Volume
4-20/684 Alphabetical indexes, 1890-1965
Requisitions and warrants [index], 1890-1915
Volume
2-1/270 Requisitions and warrants [index], 1915-1939
Volume
1994/133-3 Record of requisitions and extraditions, 1939-1965



 

Extradition records, 1837-1901, bulk 1875-1900,
60.25 cubic ft.

Texas law authorizes the Governor of Texas to requisition the return of fugitives from Texas justice who have fled to other states and territories, and also requires that the Governor of Texas cooperate in the apprehension of fugitives of justice from other states who have fled to Texas. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required. These records were created to document the process of extradition of fugitives from justice, both to and from the State of Texas.
These records are extradition case files, dating 1837-1901, bulk 1875-1900. A typical case file contains a requisition form, which is a formal demand by a state and its governor for apprehension and return of a fugitive from that state. The requisition gives the name of the fugitive, the alleged crime, the court and county where the charges were filed, the location where the fugitive was presently thought to be, the agent appointed to bring the fugitive back, and the date of the requisition. Case files may also contain supporting documents such as correspondence or a copy of the grand jury indictment. These case files contain requisitions both to the governor of Texas from other states for fugitives hiding in Texas, and from Texas governors to other states for the extradition of fugitives from Texas justice.
Extradition of fugitives from justice between Texas and other states was covered in Article 878 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, adopted by the 6th Texas Legislature, Adjourned Session (August 1856): "A person charged in any State or Territory of the United States with treason, felony, or other crime, who shall flee from justice and be found in this State, shall, on demand of the Executive Authority of the State or Territory from which he fled, be delivered up to be removed to the State or Territory having jurisdiction of the crime." Texas law also provides the following for Texas fugitives fleeing to other states: Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 51.09, "When the Governor deems it proper to demand a person who has committed an offense in this State and has fled to another State, he may commission any suitable person to take such requisition. The accused, if brought back to the State, shall be delivered up to the sheriff of the county in which it is alleged he has committed the offense."
[Note: The listing in this inventory gives only the first and last entries in each box, with name and state, but no dates. A complete folder listing for these 128 boxes can be found in the State Archives search room in a binder labeled Extraditions, listing name of the fugitive, state, and year. The listing is not yet online.]
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff alphabetically by last name of the fugitive.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Extradition records, Texas Secretary of State fugitive records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1934/006, 1934/007, 1985/083, 1987/047
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on March 12, 1935; March 13, 1935; March 13, 1985; and November 14, 1986
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Archives staff, various dates
Paul Beck, May 1988
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2-10/308 Aaron, C.P. (Arkansas) thru Akin, Dell (Nebraska)
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2-10/309 Akin, Edward (Arkansas) thru Anderson, D.J. (Louisiana)
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2-10/310 Anderson, Dave (Arkansas) thru Arnold, Joseph (Georgia)
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2-10/311 Arnold, Joseph (Georgia) thru Aymes, John (Tennessee)
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2-10/312 Babers, John W. (Alabama) thru Baker, Warren (Arkansas)
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2-10/313 Balch, Sam (Kansas) thru Barkman, Lucius (Oklahoma)
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2-10/315 Barnes, H.A. (Cherokee Nation) thru Barrolz, Edwin (Missouri)
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2-10/316 Beacamp, Edward (see McCammon, Charles) thru Bell, C.S. (Washington, D.C.)
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2-10/317 Bell, Henry (Louisana) thru Beuman, A.L. (Colorado)
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2-10/318 Bidwell, Charles (Kansas) thru Blakey, Ed (Florida)
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2-10/319 Blanford, William R. (Illinois) thru Bookout, Ben (see McCoy, James)
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2-10/320 Boone (Arkansas) thru Boyles, James W. (Wyoming Territory)
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2-10/322 Bra, Horrell and Gang (New Mexico) thru Brazzeal, Jack (Chickasaw Nation)
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2-10/323 Breed, J. (Arkansas) thru Brocksmith, J. (Missouri)
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2-10/324 Brogden, Sam (Indian Territory) thru Brown, W.A. (Arkansas)
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2-10/325 Brown, W.J. (Kansas) thru Bryce, George (Illinois)
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2-10/326 Buchanan, James (Comanche Nation) thru Burrows, J.D. (Arkansas)
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2-10/327 Burt, S. (Indian Territory) thru Byrd, William M. (Kansas)
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2-10/328 Cabrera, Alberto (Mexico) thru Callahan, John O. (Arkansas)
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2-10/330 Calloway, Thomas (Kansas) thru Cardenas, Luce (Mexico)
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2-10/331 Cardin, George A. (Illinois) thru Cavenaugh, Tom (Missouri)
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2-10/332 Chambers, Francis L. (Massachusetts) thru Clark, Lamar (Louisiana)
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Strays S5 Cates, J.T., 1897
Chambers, T.C., 1892
Chambers, Comodore, 1887
Carey (?), J.G., 1885
Chaney, Matthew; and Draper, L.J., 1874
Carlston, John, 1878
Chalk, John, 1892
Cevalia, Peter, 1887
Chanberry, Jud, 1887
Cartwright, Ed, 1899
Chalk, R.P., 1891
Carlston, John, 1878
Chamberlain, John; Crow, Thomas; and Franklin, George, 1894
Chadoin, Wallace, 1888
Chamblerlain, George T., 1879
Chamblerlain, George T., 1881
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2-10/333 Clark, Peter J. (Indiana) thru Cohen, Flavins (Kentucky)
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2-10/334 Coker, J.W. (see Willis, B.F.) thru Conway, Dave (Arkansas)
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2-10/336 Cook, Johnson (Mississippi) thru Cowser, Ross (unknown)
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2-10/337 Cox, Charles (Missouri) thru Cravin, Ralph (Georgia)
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2-10/338 Crawford, Al (Arkansas) thru Cross, J.S. (Tennessee)
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2-10/339 Crouch, E.L. (Oklahoma) thru Curtis, I.S. (Mississippi)
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2-10/340 Dabney, William W. (Alabama) thru Davidson, George B. (Kentucky)
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2-10/341 Davidson, N.B. (Indian Territory) thru Davis, Simon (Alabama)
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2-10/343 Davis, Wesley (Kansas) thru DeWitt, George (Kansas)
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2-10/344 Diamond, John D. (Mississippi) thru Dixon, G.G. (Arkansas)
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2-10/345 Dixon, John (Oklahoma) thru Dozier, Calvin (Florida)
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2-10/346 Draper, Bob (Indian Territory) thru Duncan, Dick (New Mexico)
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2-10/347 Duncan, Frank (Mississippi) thru Dyer, James (Oklahoma)
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2-10/348 Eads, R.M. (Missouri) thru Eldridge, Newt (Arizona)
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2-10/350 Elliott, Norris (Cherokee Nation) thru Erwin, Lycurgus (Illinois)
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2-10/351 Estelle, Charles (Tennessee) thru Ezell, Pink R. (Louisiana)
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2-10/352 Fagan, John (see Ezell, Pink R.) thru Ferrie, Ed (Colorado)
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2-10/353 Fibleman, Moses (Louisiana) thru Fletcher, Perry (Indiana)
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2-10/354 Flinn, John P. (Colorado) thru Foxhall, J.H. (Indiana)
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2-10/355 Frank, Conrad (Kansas) thru Furgerson, M.C. (Georgia)
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2-10/357 Cable, J.C. (Kansas) thru Garnett, Tobe (Chickasaw Nation)
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2-10/358 Garrett, J.W. (Arkansas) thru Giddings, J.Z. (New Mexico)
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2-10/359 Gifford, G.W. (Arkansas) thru Glasscock, L.H. (Colorado)
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2-10/360 Glenn, A. (see Lewis, H.C.) thru Gonzales, Leonardo (Mexico)
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2-10/380 Hough, S.L. (Florida) thru Howley, James (Arkansas)
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2-10/383 Jacks, Dan J. (Wyoming) thru John, Will (Colorado)
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2-10/385 Johnson, Alex D. (Georgia) thru Joner, J.W. (Mississippi)
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2-10/386 Jones, Al (Oklahoma) thru Josey, William (Alabama)
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2-10/387 Kadish, Bela M. (Colorado) thru Kerrigan, M.E. (Missouri)
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2-10/388 Keton, John (Mexico) thru Kuykendall, J.B. (Ohio)
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2-10/389 Lacefield, Riley (Arkansas) thru Levi, Max (New Mexico)
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2-10/390 Lewis, A.B. (Kentucky) thru Lovett, A. (Louisiana)
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2-10/392 Lowder, A.D. (Arkansas) thru Lyons, A.J. (Kansas)
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2-10/393 McAdams, John (Missouri) thru McFerrin, Frank (Mississippi)
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2-10/394 McGahay, J.B. (Louisiana) thru McWilliams, Hauss (Louisiana)
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2-10/395 Mackey, A.J. (Choctaw Nation) thru Marshbuou, Matthew (Alabama)
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2-10/396 Martin, Amos (Alabama) thru Mays, Richard (Louisiana)
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2-10/397 Meador, William (Oklahoma) thru Minter, Frank E. (Illinois)
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2-10/399 Mitchell, Alcee (Louisiana) thru Moore, William C. (Missouri)
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2-10/400 Morales, Benigno (New Mexico) thru Myers, J.L. (Kansas)
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2-10/401 Nail (unknown) thru Nutall, A.S. (New Mexico)
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2-10/402 Oaks, J.M. (Alabama) thru Ownby, F.M. (Colorado)
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2-10/403 Packwood, Jesse (Arkansas) thru Payne, George B. (Mississippi)
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2-10/406 Pettit, James (Georgia) thru Plummer (Louisiana)
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2-10/407 Poe, Harry (Louisiana) thru Poyner, Tom (Indian Territory)
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2-10/408 Prater, Joe (Arkansas) thru Pyle, Henry (Nebraska)
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2-10/409 Queen, C.D. (Cherokee Nation) thru Quna, Secundino (Mexico)
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2-10/428 Steel, J.M. (Oklahoma) thru Stokes, R.B. (Missouri)
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2-10/430 Suggs, John (Arkansas) thru Symmonds, Robert (Louisiana)
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2-10/431 Taggart, John (Tennessee) thru Taylor, William (Alabama)
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2-10/432 Teagarden, A. (Louisiana) thru Thompson, James H. (Missouri)
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2-10/434 Thompson, Jasper (Arkansas) thru Titus, R. (Louisiana)
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2-10/435 Tobias, H.R. (Oklahoma) thru Trumbull, William (unknown)
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2-10/433 Tubbs, Anderson (Louisiana) thru Turner, Charles (Arkansas)
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2-10/426 Turner, Charles (California) thru Tyre, William (Mississippi)
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2-10/405 Vaughn, Henry (Alabama) thru Voss, Henry (Missouri)
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2-10/370 Waddle, W.B. (Alabama) thru Wallach, Julius (Washington Territory)
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Reward applications, 1856-1936, bulk 1875-1915,
7 cubic ft.

Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required. These records were created to document applications for rewards for the apprehension of fugitives from justice.
These records include application forms, correspondence, legal documents, and occasional proclamations, dating 1856-1936, bulk 1875-1915. They comprise the reward application files formerly maintained by the Texas Secretary of State. The application files usually consist of correspondence that gives details of the crime, in order to convince the governor to issue a reward. The correspondence came from sheriffs, judges, district attorneys, juries, relatives of the victim, and members of the community. An application might also contain a copy of an indictment by a jury or other legal documents. For each application, a form was filled out by the Secretary of State and the accompanying correspondence placed inside. This form included such vital information as name of the applicant, date of the request, name of the fugitive, the criminal offense, where and when the alleged crime occurred, the amount of reward, and the date of the reward offer. Reward proclamations are occasionally found in these files.
Arrangement
These records have been arranged by State Archives staff alphabetically by the last name of the suspect, followed by files of unknown criminals arranged numerically by application numbers assigned by the Secretary of State's office.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reward applications, Texas Secretary of State fugitive records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: undetermined
Accession records are too sketchy to determine when these records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Archives staff, various dates
Paul Beck, February 1989
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2-10/453 Abbott, Merlin C. (alias Abbott, Jack)
Abernathy, West
Abney, Asbury
Adams, James
Adams, Tom
Adams, Thomas
Adcock, A.J.
Aguilar, Pedro
Aguilar, Pedro
Aguilar, Pedro
Ake, Jeff
Ake, William
Alexander, B.
Alexander, Benton
Alexander, Coffer
Alexander, Ed and Henry
Alexander, J.P.
Alexander, Squire
Alford, Mace
Allen, Jim
Allen, M.J.
Allison, John
Altum, H.L.
Anaja, Rozales
Anderson, A.A.
Anderson, D.J.
Anderson, M.W.
Anderson, Sam H.
Anding
Armitage, Henry
Armon, Emberry
Arnold, William
Ashley, A.W.
Askey, Milton
Atkinson, Wiley
Atterbury, W.A.
Atwood, William
Bailey, Gentry
Bailey, James
Baldwin, John
Baltzell, William
Barber, Joe
Barker, David T.
Barker, George
Barr, Duncan
Barris
Barris, Sampson
Bater, S.W.
Bean, Russell
Beard, John
Beaver, Lem
Beaver, Lew
Beck, Joseph
Bell, Bateman
Bell, Charley
Bell, C.C.
Benson, Daniel
Berry, Alfred
Best, David
Bickerstaff, Ben
Bill, Charley
Bishop, Henry
Bizer, Louis
Black, John
Blackledge, Hank
Blackledge, Hank
Blalock, Thaddeus
Blackmon, Claude
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2-10/454 Bland, James E.
Bledsoe, T.A.
Board, W.J.
Boldaro, Nicholas
Boston, Aaron
Bourier, Richard
Bowen, Thomas
Boykin, R.J.
Bradley, Zeke
Brady, J.
Brazelton, John G.
Breed, Thomas J.
Briggs, Henry H.
Bright, James
Brodinax, Robert
Broocks, Squire
Brooks, Ab
Brown
Brown, Andrew
Brown, Clarence
Brown, George
Brown, Jasper N.
Brown, W.P.
Bryant, Levin
Buchanan, Dudley
Bundle, J.S.
Burns, Pink
Bybee, Thomas
Calhoun, Bussie
Calhoun, Prince
Calvin
Canatsea, Levi
Cannon, Add
Cannon, E.
Cardenes, Branlin
Carlin, William A.
Carr, Patrick
Carroll, Spurgeon
Carroll, Thomas
Carter, A.E.
Caruthers, Henry
Cattick, Chatley
Cavin, William T.
Chamberlain
Chamberlain, Francisco
Chamberlain, G.T.
Chandler, "Cotton"
Chanyworth, John
Chassard, Pierre
Childers, Thomas M.
Choat, John
Choat, Squire
Christonpher, George
Clackly, Burrell
Clemson, George
Clifton, Sam
Cline, Joseph
Coldwell, George
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2-10/455 Coates, Rufus
Coleman, John
Coleman, J.L.
Collins, Adolphus
Collins, Adolphus
Collins, Andrew Jackson
Collins, Billy
Collins, Harve
Collins, M.
Collins, Ned
Combs, Kenneth L.
Compian, Florencio
Conway, John L.
Cooke, W.
Cordova, Feliciano
Cordova, Joseph
Cotton, Mitch
Cotton, Mitch
Counts, Nick
Covington, Thomas
Coy, Juan
Coyle, William
Corcker, Sam
Crumpton, Alton
Curry, C.M.
Curtis, Charles
Dalmand, James
Damos, Nick
Damos, Nick
Davis, Brooks P.
Davis, George
Davis, Giles Jr.
Davis, Hall (alias)
Davis, Jim
Davis, Joshua H.
Day, Short
De Hoyes, Manuel
De la Cerda, Rafael
De la Cruz, Natividad
De Silva, Newt
De Silva, Newt
Dennis, Wiley
Dibell, J.M.
Dibole, W.H.
Dockson (?), Vic
Ditto, David
Dodd, Herbert
Dodd, V.
Dougherty, Pat
Dovalina, Edwardo
Dowdy, James
Downs, William
Drake, Ezekial
Dreyer, Herman
Drummond, Montgomery
Dublin, Richard
Durham, Earl
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2-10/456 Eas, Giles
Edwards, Joe
Erokets, Cotton
Eubanks, Jerry
Evans, J.F.
Ewing, S.M.
Fallong, D.J.
Farmer, Hudson
Farmer, James T.
Farris, Edmond
Faulkner, Tom
Faust
Ferro, Henry
Few, John
Fields, Charley
Fisher, Samuel
Fleming, O.B.
Flemming, Alfred
Foster, Bill
Fountain, John
Fox, Andreas
Fox, C.P.
Fanke, James
Franklin, Goodman
Galbreath, M.H.
Gant, Lun
Gardenhire, A.J.
Gardner, John L.
Gardner, George
Garner, George Washington
Garner, Thomas
Garrett, John
Garrett, William
Gaudy, William
Garza, Epitacio
Gee, John
Gentry, Charles
Ghent, Sidney
Gibson, Lit
Goforth, A.G.
Gonzales, Francisco
Good, Jessie
Goodman, Ben
Goodwin, Ben
Gordon
Graham
Graham, Ike
Graham, J.F.
Graham, William
Grant, Buck
Graves, Mich
Green, Johnny
Green, Seaborne
Greenhaw, Rastus
Gregory, David
Gresham, Albert
Grimstead, Thomas
Grindstaff, John
Guana, Ealistro
Guano, Guez
Guerrero, Juan and James
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2-10/457 Guistine, Jack
Guzman, Juan
Halbertz, Jesse
Hale, John
Hallum, John
Hamilton, Mac
Hamilton, Raymond
Hampshire, James
Hardin, John Wesley
Hargrove, James
Hamlin, Reno
Harris, Henry
Harris, J.T.
Harris, O.J. (Brick)
Hart, Blackie
Hart, John
Hart, John de
Hart, William
Hawkins, Gerome
Hawks, Frank
Hazlett, Columbus
Headspeth
Hefin, James
Henderson, Gus
Hensley, Gold
Hensley, William
Hewitt, John W.
Hiatt, Hiram
Higgins, Pink
Hill, J.W.
Hill, Robert
Hoag
Hodge, Claude
Hogue, W.S.
Hollaman, E.
Holland, Jack
Holland, Joe
Hooker, William
Hope, Thomas
Howard, Ulysses
Howder, Al
Hudson, Gib
Hudson, Gib
Hunt, John
Hyde
Indian Pocket
Ingle, Manuel
Irwin, A.D.
Jackson, Frank
Jenkins, William
Jerrell, Stephens
Johnson
Johnson, Bill
Johnson, Leonard
Johnson, Major
Johnson, Randell
Johnson, Robert
Johnson, Robert
Jones, Clark
Jones, Hugh
Jones, Jim
Jones, Mat
Jones, Will R.
Jones, W.E.
Joplin, Charles
Jordan, G.
Joy, G.W. and W.R.
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2-10/458 Kaiser, Tom
Kay, Pinckney
Kellis, William
Kelly, Jeff
Kempet, William
Kennedy, George
Kimble, Bud
King, Dick
King, Dick
King, Joe
King, Levi A.
King, Lewis (alias Blue, Lewis)
Kirkland, William
Koening, August
Kunde, Julias
Lacon, Guadalupe
Lacy, Bill
Lagway, Henry
Lagway, Henry
Lakey, Jake
Lakey, Joe
Langford, E.
Lee, Granderson
Lee, John
Lewis, Bob
Lewis, Bob
Lewis, Bob
Lewis, Chester C.
Lewis, Clinton
Lewis, Sam
Linson, Tom
Lipscomb, Smith
Little, J.D.
Loggins, Pete
Long, John
Long, Will
Lynch, George
McCarroll, Lawrence
McCarty, George
McCaley, Henry
McCullough, S. Jr.
McFall, C.N.
McKibbin, S.W.
McKinney, James H.
McLain, Harry
McLendon, James
McMath, Frank
McMillan, Michael
McRae, John D.
McReynolds, George
Mabery, Charles
Mace, William
Magee, W.J. (Cap)
Marksbury, Allen
Martinez, Emilio
Mason, Eugene
Matthews, Julias
Maxwell, Ike
Mayfield, Bert
Meadows, John
Menchaca, Cesatio
Mercado, Celestino
Middleton, Austin
Middler, George W.
Miller, Jacke
Miller, L.D.
Miller, M.M.
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2-10/459 Miller, O.M.
Minniweather, Mose
Minor, Sim
Mitchell, William
Moffitt, John
Monahan, C.H. and wife
Moore, Burk
Moore, H.E.
Morris, William H.
Morrow, Robert
Mosley, Clarence
Murphy, Toney
Murray, James
Murrell, William
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myatt, Ben B.
Myers, Walter
Myers, Walter
Nail, John
Nash, Richard
Nell
Nelson, John H.
Nesom, Richard
Nevils, Albert
New, M.V.
Norman, Ed
Norris, Jim
Olive (alias)
Oliver, Charles
Outlaw, Charlie
Owen, Ob
Owensby, Gus
Packwood, Jessie
Parker, C.
Parker, John
Parker, Joseph
Parker, Lee (alias Shorty)
Parson, William
Parton, John
Payne, Buck
Payne, Tom
Pearce, L.W.
Pearce, L.W.
Pearce, L.W.
Pearce, L.W.
Pearce, L.W.
Box
2-10/460 Pearson, James D.
Pearson, Harry
Pearson, Nathan
Perkins, Henry
Perrin, V.O.
Pickett, Charles
Pike, William
Price
Province, P.P.
Pulaski, James
Rains, Preston
Randolph, James
Rasco, Jesse
Rawley, Columbus
Rawley, Napoleon
Rawlings, George
Redden
Reed, James F.
Rias, Juan
Richards
Richards, Henry
Richards, John
Rickmond, L.D.
Riddle, B.F.
Riggins, Simon
Riley, Thomas
Riley, William
Rippy, John
Rippy, John
Roberts, Stephen
Robinson, Alex
Robinson, Jim
Roby, T.R.
Rodrigues, Martin
Rodriquiez, Jesus
Rogers, Thomas
Rombauer, R.G.
Ross, Booker
Ross, George
Ross, Tom
Ross, Tom
Ross, Tom
Ross, Tom
Ross, Tom
Rountree
Rowly, Columbus
Rubio, Gregario
Rud, James
Box
2-10/461 Rushing, Alf
Russell, L.H.
Russell, L.J.
Russell, Thomas
Sanchez, Alberto
Sanchez, Richard
Sandel, G.P.
Sanders, Hamp
Sanders, Hamp
Santana, Guellermo
Sarabia, Marcos
Satterfield, Anderson
Schooler, John
Scobee, J.B.
Scott, William
Scruggs, Harve
Secrest, S.
Shadden, A.A.
Shafer
Sheffield, Tobe
Shelton, Ed
Shelton, Mark
Shook, Tom
Silver, J.R. (Bob)
Simpson, George W.
Skinner, Dock
Smith, Henry
Smith, Ike
Smith, John
Smith, J.H.
Smith, Uriah P.
Smith, William
Sneed, Charles R.
Shell, Frank
Small, Jonah
Sobotik, Rudolph
Sparling, Jack
Sparling, Sam
Speek, John
Spencer, Pat
Stalcup, Virgil
Stanton, Ed (Perchmouth)
Stenchcomb, Charley
Stephens, Ab
Stephens, Lynn
Stephens, Virgil
Stone
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2-10/462 Stover, W. and B.
Stubblefield, George
Sweet, A.
Swofford, John B.
Talmage, C.H.
Tamez, Jesus
Tanner, R.L.
Tate, Ed
Tate, Tom
Tate, Tom
Tate, Tom
Tate, Tom
Tate, Tom
Taylor, Bill
Taylor, Bill
Taylor, George
Taylor, George
Taylor, John
Taylor, Lewis
Taylor, Thomas A.P.
Taylor, W.A.
Teal, John
Teal, John
Teal, John
Teal, John
Teal, John
Thomas, Isaiah
Thomas, Philip H.
Thompson, J.C.
Thompson, James
Thompson, James
Thompson, W.S.
Thornton, John
Thurber, Henry E.
Tickell, Robert
Tickle, W.B.
Tictal, Robert
Tidwell, David
Toby, George
Tolbert, John
Townsky, Alvin
Truitt, J.M.
Tubb
Turner, Sug
Turner, W.M.
Tuttle, W.S.
Vaden, John
Vaeleker, Emma
Vance, Thomas
Vestel, Emmet
Vickery, Vance
Box
2-10/463 Wadsworth, Walter
Waley, Richard
Walker, George
Walker, Morgan
Walker, T.G.
Wall, G.W.
Wall, George W.
Wallace, Alex
Wallach, J.
Waller, M.B.
Walters, David
Walton, Robert
Washington, Alfred
Watkins, Clinton
Watkins, Clinton
Wates, Julius
Webb, Campbell
Webb, Campbell
Webb, Jack
Webb, John S.
Werringen, John
West, Robert
West, William
Wheeler, Curtis
Whitaker, Wes
White, Dallas (alias JAK Johnson, Rockafellow)
White, Dr.
White, D.C.
White, J.H.
White, James V.
White, Joe
White, Louis
White, Thomas
Whitten, John
Wilcox, Robert S.
Wiley, William
Williams, Gary
Williams, Henry
Williams, Henry
Williams, Henry
Williams, Perry
Williams, Thomas
Williams, Willis
Williamson, David
Wilkensen, Alvin
Wilkenson, Alvin
Wilkins, Tom (alias)
Wilson, Arthur C.
Wilson, Bone (alias)
Wilson, George
Wilson, James
Wilson, John W.
Wilson, John W.
Wilson, Mattie
Wilson, Napoleon
Witt, R.L.
Wolf
Wolf, Monica
Wood, Bud
Woodward, J.H.
Wright, Thomas
Wright, Wiley
Yates, Joe
Young, David
Young, E.T.
Young, Jake
Zachary, James
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291
293
296
303
305
306
307
308
309
310
311
313
315
316
318
319
320
322
327
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356
357
360
362
366
369
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379
381
383
385
386
392
393
394
395
397
399
405
406
409
411
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418
420
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422
424
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512 (?)
515
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525
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530
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Reward proclamations, 1883-1942,
2.7 cubic ft. (originals), 3 reels of microfilm (duplicates)

Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required. These records were created to document the actual proclamations of rewards by the governor.
These reward proclamations issued by the governor date 1883-1942. The original proclamations were issued on printed forms with the following information: amount of reward, name of fugitive, criminal charge, county, date, and signature of governor. Copies of most of these proclamations are in four volumes of Executive Record Books kept by the Secretary of State, 1883-1938. The volumes have alphabetical indexes in the front. In addition, there are unbound proclamations dating 1937-1942 (#950-985).
These volumes are composed entirely of reward proclamations. For earlier reward proclamations, see the series described in this finding aid as Executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice, where reward proclamations are mixed in with other kinds of records.
Note: Some of the microfilm boxes are misleadingly labeled "Reward register," but the volumes microfilmed are not registers in the generally accepted sense (i.e., they are not lists, but are copies of the actual documents).
Arrangement
These records are arranged by the creating agency chronologically, which is also numerically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reward proclamations, Texas Secretary of State fugitive records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1968/094, 1982/338, undetermined
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 9, 1968; and by the Texas Secretary of State on July 16, 1982; and at other undetermined dates.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
The volumes containing reward proclamations are restricted due to their fragile physical condition, so researchers must use the microfilmed copies. Microfilm readers are available in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Ask staff members for exact locations.
Processed by
Archives staff, various dates
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3483 Reward proclamations, April 28, 1883-December 28, 1888
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3484 Reward proclamations, January 9, 1889-1907
Reward proclamations, April 5, 1899-September 22, 1900
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3491 Reward proclamations, August 20, 1901-1938
Box
307-352 Rewards 950-985, October 1937-July 1942



 

Executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice, 1849-1887,
10.44 cubic ft. (originals); 10 reels of microfilm (duplicates)

Texas law authorizes the Governor of Texas to requisition the return of fugitives from Texas justice who have fled to other states and territories, and also requires that the Governor of Texas cooperate in the apprehension of fugitives of justice from other states who have fled to Texas. Rewards are offered by the governor of Texas to aid in the apprehension of accused criminals who are evading arrest. Each constitution of the State of Texas has required the Texas Secretary of State to keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Texas Governor and to provide these to the legislature when required. Executive record books were created to preserve a permanent record of the official acts and proceedings of the governors of the state of Texas, whether through correspondence, addresses and messages, proclamations, etc.
Types of records contained in executive record books include correspondence (mostly outgoing) of the Governors of the State of Texas, primarily with other Texas and U.S. officials; inaugural and valedictory addresses; executive messages; proclamations; appointments; passports; pardons and remissions; extraditions; rewards; reports of state agencies; etc. Some Secretary of State records are also present, consisting primarily of election returns, plus a couple of annual reports. These records comprise those executive record books maintained by the Texas Secretary of State dating 1849-1887.
The entire series of Executive record books has been described in another finding aid, with records of presidents' and governors' actions present from each administration covering the years 1835-1917. ( If you are reading this electronically, click here to go to the finding aid. If you are reading this in paper, the series finding aid is found in another binder.) Since the executive record books of the Provisional Government (1835-1836) and of the Presidents of the Republic of Texas (1836-1845) contain no reward documents, those are not described here. Nor (for the same reason) are the four executive record books dating 1846-1849 or the two executive record books dating 1887-1917.
To assist the researcher seeking documentation of rewards and fugitives from justice, the terms rewards and extraditions have been boldfaced in the container listing below.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by the creating agency roughly chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive record books containing records about fugitives from justice, Texas Secretary of State fugitive records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1932/002, 1932/004, 1938/008, 1968/094, 1990/158
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on September 28, 1932; December 21, 1932; and January 3, 1939; and by the Records Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on February 9, 1968; and June 21, 1990 (this last accession being the microfilm).
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Technical Requirements
These records are restricted due to their fragile physical condition, so researchers must use the microfilmed copies. Microfilm readers are available in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. Ask staff members for exact locations.
Processed by
Archives staff, various dates
Paul Beck, February 1989
Tony Black, June 2003, July 2004
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3474 Governor P. H. Bell, Volume I, December 21, 1849-December 10, 1850
(letters sent [includes considerable material on the attempt to annex Santa Fe County], inaugural address, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, pardons, remissions of fines)
(election returns, seat of government, March 1850 [pp. 146-149]),
Governor P. H. Bell, Volume II, December 21, 1851-September 27, 1852
(inaugural address, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
Governors P. H. Bell, James W. Henderson, and E. M. Pease, December 31, 1849-March 2, 1854
(Executive Department: letters sent, proclamations, appointments, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
(Secretary of State: outgoing official correspondence, biennial report)
(election returns [pp. 54-59, 110-117, 178-183, 191-193, 254-261])
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3475 Governor E. M. Pease, December 21, 1853-December 15, 1857
(inaugural ceremony and address, valedictory address, executive messages, appointments, pardons)
(election returns [pp. 277-282, 292-298, 436, 451, 459, 534-543, 548, 565, 570, 574, 599-601, 603, 610, 615-618, 647-651])
Governor H. R. Runnels, December 21, 1857-December 20, 1859
(Executive Department: inaugural and valedictory addresses, executive messages, proclamations, instructions, appointments, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards, extraditions)
(Department of State: census of the State of Texas as per returns for the year 1858 [printed, statistics only, attached, p. 443])
(election returns [pp. 83, 115-118, 181-190, 232, 297, 355-358, 388-391])
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3476 Governor Sam Houston, December 21, 1859-December 26, 1860
(letters sent [principal topic of letters is frontier defense, some letters about the 1860 boundary survey and political matters; several letters feuding with Comptroller C. R. Johns]; executive messages, orders, authorization for transfers of railroad lands; broadside tipped in at page 48-49)
Governors Sam Houston and Edward Clark, December 27, 1859-November 1, 1861
(Executive Department: proclamations, appointments, passports, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards, extraditions, warrants)
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 89, 114-121, 147-150, 182, 222-223 (for ordinance of secession), 288, 322-327, 364-367])
Governor Edward Clark, March 29-October 22, 1861
(letters sent, principally concerning military affairs; executive messages)
Governor Francis R. Lubbock, November 7, 1861-January 24, 1863
(letters sent, principally concerning military affairs; addresses, executive messages, appointments)
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3477 Governor Francis R. Lubbock, January 25-November 4, 1863
(valedictory address, executive messages, appointments)
Governor Francis R. Lubbock, November 8, 1861-November 5, 1863
(Executive Department: valedictory address, executive messages, appointments, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards)
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 21-24, 33-38, 72-73, 77, 108-114, 129, 170, 197, 202-207, 212-214, 216, 219, 249-251])
Governor Pendleton Murrah, November 6-December 23, 1863
(letterbook)
Governor Pendleton Murrah, November 5, 1863-January 19, 1865
(Executive Department: inaugural address, addresses, executive messages, proclamations, commissions, passports, pardons)
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 63, 104, 115, 124, 128-133])
Governor Pendleton Murrah, February 7-June 12, 1865
(Executive Department: addresses, appointments, passports, pardons, remissions of fines and bail bonds)
(Department of State: election returns [p. 16])
Governor A. J. Hamilton (Provisional Government), July 25, 1865-August 13, 1866
(Executive Department: addresses, executive messages, bonds and oaths, pardons, remissions of fines, arrests)
(Military Board report [pp. 94-119])
(Department of State: election returns [pp. 198-227])
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3478 Governor J. W. Throckmorton, August 9, 1866-August 8, 1867
(letters sent [principally to Major General Charles Griffin, commander of the District of Texas, and with other federal military or political officials], inaugural address, summary of department status made upon his removal from office, executive messages, appointments)
Governor J. W. Throckmorton, August 13, 1866-August 8, 1867
(Executive Department: proclamations, appointments, passports, contracts, pardons, remissions of fines, rewards, extraditions)
(State Department: election returns [pp. 44-47]; Secretary of State report, August 8, 1867)
Governor J. W. Throckmorton, January 8-August 3, 1867
(letterbook, principally cover letters for enclosures)
Governor E. M. Pease, August 2, 1867-September 30, 1869
(Pease appointment, Throckmorton removal, executive messages, proclamations, appointments, removals from office, oaths of office, pardons, arrests, extraditions)
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3479 Governors E. M. Pease and E. J. Davis, January 18-October 27, 1870
(Pease: correspondence, including copies of petitions and grand jury indictments, executive messages, pardons and remissions)
(Davis: letters sent [principally to J. J. Reynolds], recommendations for appointments or removals, recommendations for pardons)
(penitentiary report concerning convicts [pp. 523-528])
Governor Edmund J. Davis, Volume II, October 10, 1870-May 30, 1871
(correspondence, executive messages, appointments, rewards)
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3480 Governors E. J. Davis and Richard Coke, January 8, 1870-February 9, 1874
(Executive Department: E. J. Davis appointment, proclamations, oaths of office, bonds, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
(State Department: election returns [pp. 715-726, 743-746, 789-790, 865-867, 939-942, 1019-1058, 1133, 1146-1147])
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3481 Governors E. J. Davis and Richard Coke, June 20, 1873-July 9, 1875
(proclamations, appointments, commissions, passports, pardons and remissions, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 130-134, 449-455])
Governors Richard Coke and Richard B. Hubbard, January 15, 1874-January 14, 1879
(inaugural address, executive messages, appointments, financial receipts)
(Adjutant General report [pp. 62-65])
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3482 Governors Richard Coke and Richard B. Hubbard, July 10, 1875-June 20, 1877
(proclamations, appointments, commissions, pardons, remissions, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 60, 706-721])
Governor Richard B. Hubbard, July 5, 1877-January 21, 1879
(proclamations, appointments, pardons, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 646-649])
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3483 Governor Oran M. Roberts, January 21, 1879-July 11, 1879
(inaugural address, executive messages, appointments)
Governor Oran M. Roberts, January 28, 1879-June 13, 1881
(proclamations, commissions, pardons, rewards, extraditions)
(election returns [pp. 39, 480-484, 514-529])
Governors Oran M. Roberts, John Ireland, and L. Sullivan Ross, June 13, 1881-October 31, 1887
(executive messages, proclamations, cessions of land, contracts, pardons, rewards)
(election returns [pp. 136-149, 454-465, 478-491, 561-564])