University of North Texas Archives

A. D. Kennard, Jr. Family Papers

Collection Summary

Creator: Kennard, A. D. Jr.
Title: A. D. Kennard, Jr. Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1842-1884
Bulk Dates: 1842-1880
Identification: MSS A. D. Kennard, Jr. Family Papers
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Quantity: 1 box and 1 oversize box

Creator Sketch

A. D. Kennard, Jr. was in the cattle business near Buchanan in Johnson County, Texas in the mid-19th century. His son, David S. Kennard, served in the Confederate Army in Texas and Arkansas during the Civil War and wrote letters home. David S. Kennard is listed on the roster of the Texas 10th Infantry Regiment, Company C, as well as John R. Kennard, who may have been a relative. The Texas 10th Infantry Regiment completed its organization at Waco, Texas, during the winter of 1861-1862. It served in the Department of Texas, then was captured at Arkansas Post in January 1863. Exchanged and reorganized, the unit was assigned to Deshler's, J.A. Smith's and Granbury's Brigade and in September 1863, consolidated with the 6th Infantry Regiment and the 15th Cavalry Regiment (dismounted).

Scope and Contents Note

The A. D. Kennard, Jr. Family Papers contain documents that focus on A. D. Kennard Jr.'s cattle business in Johnson County, Texas. The collection also includes papers that reflect the activities of his son, David Kennard, while he was in the Confederate Army in Galveston County, Texas and in Arkansas. David Kennard's letters discuss the boredom of waiting for battle, rumors of his unit's movement, the official news of the war that was given to the soldiers, and descriptions of the fortification of Galveston after the siting of three Union war vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. Included in the collection are a slave bill of sale and a pension notification for soldiers who volunteered in the war between Texas and Mexico.



The materials, arranged by type, consist of correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, printed materials, literary productions, and a few unidentifiable documents.


Restrictions on Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

For reproduction of any copyrighted materials, permission must be obtained from the owner of the copyright. This is a responsibility of individual researchers, not the University Archives.

Materials are available for research only in the University of North Texas Archives, during its normal hours of operation. Materials are not loaned out. Depending upon how fragile the materials are, they may or may not be allowed to be photocopied or scanned.

Index Terms

Kennard, A. D., 1818-1885. Kennard, A. D., 1818-1885 -- Archives. Kennard, A. D., 1818-1885 -- Correspondence. Kennard, David S. Cattle trade -- Texas. Texas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865. Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Galveston County, Texas. Whitney, Texas. Buchanan, Texas. Johnson County, Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence, public meeting proceedings, financial documents, legal documents, printed material.

Administrative Information

Administrative Information: Custodial History

This collection was donated to the UNT Archives in the 1970s. Donor(s) unknown.

Preferred Citation

A. D. Kennard, Jr. Family Papers, University of North Texas Archives, Denton, Texas.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series 1, Written Records, 1842-1884

Box Folder
2075 1 Proceedings, Public Meeting in Buchman, December 10, 1860 1860
2 Correspondence, April 11, 1842 - October 15, 1859 1842-1859
3 Correspondence, Feburary 25, 1860 - February 22, 1862 1860-1862
4 Correspondence, March 9, 1862 - June 11, 1862 1862
5 Correspondence, June 21, 1862 - January 3, 1863 1862-1863
6 Financial Documents: Bills and Receipts, January 12, 1861 - May 7, 1884 1861, 1884, n.d.
7 Legal Documents: Bills of Sale, Briefs, Summons, May 1848 - April 5, 1884 1848, 1854, 1862, 1884
8 Printed Materials: Literary Productions, Notes on English Grammar, April 20, 1876, n.d. 1876, n.d.
9 Note appointing an alternate to attend the Democratic Senatorial Convention in Whitney, Texas, July 8, 1880 1880
Box Folder
2075 Oversize Box 1 Correspondence 1858-1862