Texas State Library and Archives Commission

John Thomas Brackenridge:

An Inventory of Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1854-1903, 1916, undated



Overview

Creator: Brackenridge, John Thomas, 1828-1906.
Title: Papers
Dates: 1854-1903, 1916, undated
Abstract: The papers of John Thomas Brackenridge consist of family correspondence and printed copies of addresses by Brackenridge, as well as copies of deeds, land title abstracts, property tax receipts, and state government appointments. Materials date from 1854 to 1903, 1916 and undated. Deed and land records are related to properties in Jackson, Robertson, Travis, Crockett, and Navarro counties.
Quantity: 0.24 cubic ft.
Language English.

Biographical Sketch

John Thomas Brackenridge, son of John Adams and Isabella McCulloch Brackenridge, was born in Warwick County, Indiana, on September 3, 1828. He attended the University of Indiana and Bloomington Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1851. He practiced law at Boonville until 1854, when he moved to Texana, Jackson County, Texas, where he was a merchant until 1861. In 1862 he joined the Confederate Army, serving as captain of cavalry in Texas and Indian Territory. In 1863 he was commissioned major in the 33rd Cavalry under John B. Magruder.

Brackenridge became cashier for the San Antonio National Bank in 1866, and in 1877 he was president of the First National Bank of Austin. He was married twice, first to Miss G. R. Smith of Boonville, and second to Mary E. Dupuy in Jackson County, Texas. He died in San Antonio on March 3, 1906, and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

(Handbook of Texas)


Scope and Contents of the Papers

The papers of John Thomas Brackenridge cover the period 1854 to 1903, 1916 with some undated items. They consist of family correspondence and printed copies of addresses by Brackenridge, as well as copies of deeds, land title abstracts, property tax receipts, and state government appointments. Deed and land records relate to properties in Jackson, Robertson, Travis, Crockett, and Navarro counties in Texas.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into five series:
Family correspondence, 1854-1903, 1916, undated, fractional
Printed material, 1884-1886, undated, fractional
Legal and financial records, 1856-1901, undated, 0.1 cubic ft.
Photograph, undated, 1 photograph
Oversize, 1882, 1885, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).


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:
Brackenridge, John Thomas, 1828-1906.
Family Names:
Breckinridge family.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Breckinridge family--1854-1903, 1916, undated.
Legal documents--Texas--Breckinridge family--1856-1901.
Financial records--Texas--Breckinridge family--1856-1901.
Land grants--Texas--Railroads--1882.
Photographs--Texas.

Related Material

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

Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
John T. Brackenridge Papers, 1840-1906, 2 ft.
Eleanor Brackenridge Papers, 1898, 44 items

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), John Thomas Brackenridge Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1942/004

These papers were purchased by the Texas State Archives from Lillian Owen Edwards in July 1944. The photograph was received from Frank Edwards in 1942.

Processing Information

Cynthia J. Beeman, October 1984


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Family correspondence, 1854-1903, 1916, undated,
fractional

Correspondence relates to land records and Brackenridge family matters, dating 1854-1903, 1916, and undated. Letters are handwritten and typescript.
Arrangement
These papers are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Family correspondence, John Thomas Brackenridge Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box folder
2-23/652 1. Clark L. Owen and Company to John Young, February 7, 1854
1. Captain James C. Borden to J. M. White, February 3, 1864
1. William M. Cooke to John Thomas Brackenridge [JTB], January 12, 1870
1. Francis M. White to Thomas T. Brackenridge, April 8, 1871
1. Francis M. White to JTB, August 24, 1873
1. [M. O. C. Sullivan] to JTB, July 29, 1874
1. George S. Gayle to JTB, April 17, 1875
1. Samuel C. A. [Royen] to Robert J. Brackenridge, June 27, 1879
1. L. F. Wells to "Dear Bob" [Robert J. Brackenridge], April 27, 1880
1. J. E. Billups to JTB, March 3, 1882
1. W. A. Blackburn to Francis M. White, April 18, 1889
1. Julia Truitt Bishop to R[obert] J. Brackenridge, April 14, 1895
1. H. M. Comstock to "Cousin," February 4, 1897
1. George [Washington Brackenridge?] to unknown, January 4, 1898
2. J. Allen Patton to R[obert] J. Brackenridge, September 17, 1902
2. George W[ashington] Brackenridge to "brother Tom" [John Thomas Brackenridge?], June 2, 1903
2. [Mary] Eleanor [Brackenridge] to [Robert J. Brackenridge], July 7, 1903
2. L. J. Dupuy to JTB, July 27, 1903
2. [Mary] Eleanor Brackenridge to JTB, September 17, 1903
2. George W[ashington] Brackenridge to "brother Tom" [John Thomas Brackenridge?], September 29, 1903
2. George W[ashington] Brackenridge to "brother Tom" [John Thomas Brackenridge?], December 15, 1903
2. Alletta Rankin to friends, December 20, 1903
2. M. A. H. to brother Thomas [John Thomas Brackenridge?], October 10, 1903
2. M[ary] Eleanor Brackenridge to JTB (unfinished), November 27, 1903
2. (unknown) to George W[ashington] Brackenridge, February 16, 1916
2. [Mary] Eleanor [Brackenridge] to Bob [Robert J. Brackenridge], December 8,?
2. (unfinished) to "Miss Sallie", undated
2. (unfinished) to "Sister Ellen" [Mary Eleanor Brackenridge], undated
[on stationery of First National Bank of Austin; possibly written by George Washington Brackenridge or John Thomas Brackenridge]
2. W. S. to (unknown), undated
2. "List of articles belonging to J. T. Brackenridge stored at his mothers," December 27, 1866



 

Printed material, 1884, 1900, undated,
fractional

Materials included in this group are printed copies of addresses by Brackenridge, land plat maps, a copy of a charter, a newspaper clipping, and an article by John Thomas Brackenridge, dating 1884 , 1900, and undated.
Arrangement
These papers are arranged by type of material.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Printed material, John Thomas Brackenridge Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box folder
2-23/652 3. Prescription
3. New Charter of The Seven Churches
3. Printed address by JTB: "The Issues of the Hour," Oatmanville, Texas, October 15, 1884
3. Printed address of JTB, Candidate for Democratic Elector, Tenth Congressional District: Burnet, Texas, October 10, 1884
3. Publication, "Reforms in State Government," by JTB, undated
3. Newspaper clipping, article written by William J. Weeg, re: banking in Austin, Austin Statesman, (undated)
3. Plat map, location unknown
3. Plat map, Lavaca County, General Land Office, Austin, Texas, "12 miles south of Hallettsville," July 30, 1900



 

Legal and financial records, 1856-1901, undated,
0.1 cubic ft.

Deeds, land records, and tax receipts relate to properties in Jackson, Robertson, Travis, Crockett, and Navarro counties. Also included is a charter for The Seven Churches, and copies of state government appointments of John Thomas Brackenridge. Materials date from 1856 to 1901 and undated.
Arrangement
These papers are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Legal and financial records, John Thomas Brackenridge Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box folder
2-23/652 4. Deed, George R. and Amanda E. Billups to John A. Brackenridge, Jackson County, January 1, 1856
4. Deed, George W[ashington] Brackenridge to JTB and James H. Bates, Jackson County, June 19, 1857
4. Bill of sale for slave, Thomas J. Johnson to JTB and James H. Bates, Jackson County, November 24, 1859
4. Deed, John A. Brackenridge to JTB and James H. Bates, Jackson County, September 22, 1862
4. Deed, John Rohrmuller to John Kaule, 6 2/3 acres, Harris County, June 30, 1868
4. Deed, Francis M. White, administrator of estate of Clark L. Owen, to JTB, Jackson County, October 29, 1872
4. District Clerk's certification of filing, Robertson County, portion of unknown instrument, November 26, 1872
4. Deed, Francis M. White, administrator of estate of Clark L. Owen, to JTB, Jackson County, October 23, 1873
4. Deed, Walter L. Mann to Lucien L. and Martha J. Bartlett, Navarro County, September 27, 1874
4. Governor Richard Coke's appointment of JTB as Delegate to National Convention in St. Louis, Missouri, on construction of a Pacific railroad through the southwest, November 4, 1875
4. Tax Sale Deed, Jackson County, to Augustine Dupuy, May 6, 1879
5. Quit claim, Augustine Dupuy to Rowland T. Dupuy, Jackson County, August 26, 1879
5. Charter, Frontier Telegraph Company, February 27, 1880
5. J. M. Moore to JTB, memorandum re: the title of the Jose Estevan Sisneros league of land in Jackson County, undated
5. Tax receipt of [John Thomas] Brackenridge and [James H.] Bates, Jackson County, March 1882
5. Appointment of JTB as Commissioner to run and mark boundary line between Texas and United States, by Governor John Ireland, September 21, 1885
5. Land Grant to JTB, as assignee of Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, 640 acres in Crockett County, Survey No. 7, Block G, (Copy executed February 28, 1882 November 2, 1885)
5. Land Grant to JTB, as assignee of Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, 640 acres in Crockett County, Survey No. 1, Block G, (Copy executed February 28 November 2, 1885)
5. Charter of The Seven Churches, August 31, 1886
6. Tax receipt of JTB, Robertson County, December 15, 1886
6. Tax receipt of JTB, Robertson County, February 3, 1888
6. Tax receipt of R. Boswell and JTB, Robertson County, December 17, 1888
6. Abstract of Title to 500 acres in Travis County, part of the Thomas Jefferson Chambers Survey, Thomas Jefferson Chambers, original grantee, JTB, owner
6. Copy of Charter of The Seven Churches, May 28, 1896
6. Warranty Deed, The Statesman Publishing Company to Lenora H. Matthews, Travis County, October 3, 1901



 

Photograph, undated,
1 photograph

photograph
1942/004 Major John Thomas Brackenridge, Austin: H. R. Marks, [ca. 1880]
[half view, 5.5×4 inches, black and white]



 

Oversize, 1882, 1885,
fractional

oversize
2-22L/10 Appointment by Governor John Ireland: John Thomas Brackenridge as Commissioner to run and mark boundary line between Texas and United States, September 21, 1885
Two land grants to JTB as assignee of Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad Company, Crockett County, February 28, 1882