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William Physick Zuber Collection:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Zuber, William Physick, 1820-1913.
Title: William Physick Zuber Collection
Dates: 1891-1912
Abstract: Zuber served under Capt. James Gillaspie in the 6th Company, 2nd Regiment of Texas Volunteers, at the Battle of San Jacinto. A charter member of the Texas State Historical Association, he published articles and books about his and other prominent Texans participation in the Texas Revolution and later events of Texas history. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and photograph. Letters to Capt. James Gillaspie’s daughters which describe Zuber’s early life in Texas from 1830. Related in detail are the events of the Texas Revolution from March 1-June 1, 1836, during the period that Zuber served under Capt. Gillaspie, particularly the Battle of San Jacinto. Includes biographical information about James Gillaspie, describes Sam Houston’s activities, the capture of Santa Anna, the attack of the Steamboat Yellowstone, the Mier Expedition, and many other events and people involved in the Texas Revolution. Also includes newspaper clippings on the Battle of San Jacinto and its last survivors, and a photograph of the last reunion of the battle’s survivors.
Identification: GA19
Extent: 63 items.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

William Physick Zuber, son of Abraham Zuber Jr. and Mary Ann Mann, was born on July 6, 1820 in Twiggs County, Georgia. In 1830 the Zuber family migrated to Texas and settled in what is now Grimes County. In March of 1836, at the age of fifteen, William P. Sober volunteered for service in Sam Houston's Texas Army. He served from March 1, 1836 until June 1, 1836. Zuber's duties while in the army consisted mainly of guard¬ing the baggage, attending the sick and acting as rear guard. It was during his service in the army that Zuber began keeping a diary which became a major source for his publications later. Zuber claimed to have been the last sur¬vivor of the Battle of San Jacinto. On September 22, 1913, William Physick Zuber died at his home in Grimes County, Texas.

Sources:


  • Zuber, William Physick. Ancestry and Kindred of W. P. Zuber, Texas Veteran. [Iola? Texas, 1905].
  • Zuber, William Physick. My Eighty Years in Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press [1971].
  • Zuber, William Physick. The Escape of Rose from the A1amo. Houston: Union National Bank, 1928.

Scope and Contents

The William Physick Zuber Collection, 1891-1912, consists primarily of letters written by Zuber and received by Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, daughter of Captain James Gillaspie. The material is arranged chronologically. Also included in the correspondence are letters to other members of Gillaspie's family, one letter from W. B. Gillaspie to his sister, Mary Gillaspie, and various newspaper clippings concerning the Battle of San Jacinto and its survivors. There is also a photograph of the last survivors of the Battle of San Jacinto taken at their last reunion at Goliad, April 21, 1906.


Organization

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Anderson, Mary A.
Murrelle, S. E., Mrs.
Zuber, William Physick, 1820-1913--Correspondence.
Gillaspie, James, 1805-1867.
Organizations
Texas. Army.
Subjects
San Jacinto, Battle of, 1836--Personal narratives.
Texas--Biography.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Sources.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Personal narratives.
Places
Texas--Biography.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Sources.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-183--Personal narratives.
Formats
Letters--Texas.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Provenance

The William Physick Zuber Collection was given to the Division of Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library, by Mr. Jenkins Garrett, who purchased it from Mrs. Leo la Roark. This collection was part of the original Garrett gift in 1974.

Citation

William Physick Zuber Collection, GA19, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Mary Van Zandt and Shirel Spivey, November 17, 1983


Container List

Box Folder
GA19 1 Correspondence, 1891
8/24/1891
ALS., 6pp.
Iola, Grimes County, Texas. Miss Mary Gillespie to W. P. Zuber, requesting information about her father, Colonel James Gillaspie, Zuber's captain at the Battle of San Jacinto.
9/15/[1891]
ALS., lp.
W. B. Gillaspie to Mary Gillespie answering some of the biographic questions asked by Zuber in his letter to Mary Gillespie.
Box Folder
GA19 2 Correspondence, December 14, 1899
12/14/1899
ALS., 11pp.
Iola, Grimes County, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. J. L. Anderson, "Pioneer Reminiscences No. 1." Zuber tells of his family coming from Louisiana to Texas in 1830; describes their life until the Texas Revolution.
12/1899
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. J. L. Anderson, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Iota, Texas, Dec. 14, 1899, 2. Rec’d. Orange, Texas, Dec. 16, 1899, 10 a.m.
Box Folder
GA19 3 Correspondence, December 14, 1899
12/14/1899
ALS., 5pp.
Iola, Grimes County, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. J. L. Anderson, "Pioneer Reminiscences No. 2. The Steam-Boat, Yellow-Stone." Zuber tells of an attack by the Mexican troops on the steamboat Yellowstone on the Brazos River, April, 1836.
12/1889
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. J. L. Anderson, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Iola, Texas, Dec. 14, 1899, 2. Rec'd. Orange, Texas, Dec. 16, 1899, 10 a.m.
Box Folder
GA19 4 Correspondence, September, 1907
9/13/1907
ALS., SET
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, giving details of the Battle of San Jacinto; discusses the paintings in the capitol in Austin depicting the Battle of San Jacinto and Santa Anna's surrender to Houston. #1 pencilled in upper left corner, page 1.
9/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex., Sept. 14, 1907, 10 p.m., 2. Rec’d. [Orange, Tex.], Sept. 15, 1907, 10:30 a.m.
9/16/1907
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, telling details of Gillaspie leading troops to join the Texas Revolution, their reaction to the news of the Alamo. #2 pencilled in upper left corner, page 1.
9/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex., Sept. 17, 1907, 10 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Sept. [?], 1907, 10:30 a.m.
9/18/1907
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, narrating movements of Houston's army from March 12 through March 19, 1836. #3 pencilled in upper left corner, page 1.
9/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex., Sept. 19, 1907, 3 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Sept. 20, 1907, 2 p.m.
9/19/1907
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, narrating troop movement from March 20 through March 24, 1836; notes dispute between Houston and Sherman over when and where to attack the Mexicans. #4 pencilled in upper left corner, page 1.
9/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex., Sept. 20, 1907, 5 p.m., 2.Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Sept. 21, 1907, 10:30 a.m.
9/21/1907
ALS., 16pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, describing the kind of swords carried in the Texas Revolution; explains the demise of the Texas Veterans Association; tells why his biographies of the veterans of San Jacinto have been delayed.
10/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin [Tex.], Oct. [?], [1907], 2. Rec’d. [Oct.], [?], [1907], 10:30 a.m.
9/21/1907
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, relating how Peter Car [i.e. Kerr] brought the news of Fannin's defeat at Coliad, the Battle of Colitta [sic], and the army's reaction to the news; how the soldiers disliked the order to retreat, but some went home to move their families to safety; describes the retreat. #6 pencilled in upper left corner, page 1.
10/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex., Oct. 2, 1907, 3 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Oct. [?], [1907], 10:30 a.m. #6 pencilled and circled on front.
Box Folder
GA19 5 Correspondence, October 3-11, 1907
10/3/1907
ALS., 8pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, narrating the army's movements from March 28 to April 13, 1836; tells of the growing disenchantment with Houston's leadership because of his refusal to attack the Mexicans. #7 pencilled m upper left corner, page 1.
10/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tax., Oct. 5, 1907, 5 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Oct. 6, 1907, 10:30 a.m. #7 pencilled on front.
10/7/1907
ALS., 8pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, explaining the mounting confusion of the army from April 13 to April 15, 1836; tells of Houston receiving advice from U.S. President Jackson and aid from U.S. Army General Games.
10/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [Austin], Tex., Oct. 8, 1907, 10 p.m., 2. Rec’d [Orange, Tex.], Oct. 9, 1907, 10:30 a.m. #8 pencilled on front.
10/9/1907
ALS., 8pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, describing events from April 16 to April 20, 1836; how Houston gave a speech to regain the confidence of the Texan Army; describes some brief skirmishes between the Mexican and Texan Armies. He also notes a speech presented by Thomas J. Rusk who was Secretary o£ War of the Republic at the time.
10/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [Austin, Tex.], Oct. 10, [1907], 2. [Rec'd.] Orange, Tex., Oct. 12, 1907, 7:30 a.m. #9 pencilled on front.
10/11/1907
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, relating briefly the events from April 21 to June 1, 1836; the Battle of San Jacinto; notes the casualties in Captain Gillaspie's company; tells of the honorable discharge of the company.
10/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [Austin, Tex.], Oct. 12, 1907, 4 p.m., 2. Rec’d. [Orange, Tex.], Oct. [?], 1907, 10:30 a.m. #10 pencilled on front.
Box Folder
GA19 6 Correspondence, October 14-December 25, 1907
10/14/1907
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, telling about involvement of members of Captain Gillaspie's company in the Mier Expedition. He tells of the organization of an army to invade Mexico in retaliation for a recent invasion of Texas by a group of Mexicans under the direction of General Adrian Wall.

Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S, E, Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [illegible], 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Oct. 15, 1907, 10 a.m. #11 pencilled on front.
10/15/1907
ALS., 6pp.
Austin; Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, giving a resume of Captain Gillaspie's life after the Mier Expedition up to his death from yellow fever in 1867; describes briefly the yellow fever epidemic in Huntsville.

Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [illegible], 2. [Rec’d] Orange, [Tex.], Oct. 17, 1907, 7:30 a.m. #12 pencilled on front.
10/24/1907
ALS., 3pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, personal letter discussing family items and possible publication of Zuber's work.

Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex, Oct. 24, 1907, [?], 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Oct. 25, 1907, 10:30 a.m. #13 pencilled on front.
12/25/1907
ALS., 1p.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. J. L. Anderson, Mrs. Roscoe Cornell, and Mrs. S. E. Mnrrelle. Personal letter thanking them for his Christmas present; notes that he has also received a present from Mrs. Anne [sic.] J. H. Pennybacker.
12/1907
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. J. L. Anderson, Mrs. Roscoe Cornell, and Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [Austin] Tex., Dec. 26, 1907, 3 p.m., 2. Rec’d. [Orange], Tex., Dec. 27, 1907, 2 p. m. #14 pencilled on front.
Box Folder
GA19 7 Correspondence, 1908
10/9/1908
ALS., 4pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle. A personal letter; Zuber still hopes to resume work on his biographies.
10/[1908]
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1, Huntsville, Tex., Oct, 13, 6 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Oct. 14, [1908], 10:30 a.m.
Box Folder
GA19 8 Correspondence, 1909
1/1/1909
ALS., 2pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs, Susan Murrelle. Personal letter; he wishes them a Happy New Year.
1/1909
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. Susan Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 1909, 3:30 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Jan. 8, 1909, 11:30 a.m. #16 pencilled an front.
1/19/1909
ALS., 3pp.
Austin. Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. S. E. Murrelle. A personal letter; explains errors in a picture of a group of Texas veterans.
1/1909
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Jan. 19, 1909, [?] p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Jan. 20, 1909, 10:30 a.m. #17 pencilled on front.
2/18/1909
ALS., 2pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle. Personal letter with a few remarks about the troops of the Battle of San Jacinto.
2/1809
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 7 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Feb. 18, 1909, 9 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Feb. 19, 1909, 10:30 a.m. #18 pencilled on front.
3/13/1909
ALS., 2pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. S. E. Murrelle. Personal letter with family news items.

Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson, Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. [illegible], 2. [Rec’d.] Orange, Tex., Mar. 14, [1909], 11 a.m. #19 pencilled on front.
10/8/1909
ALS., 3pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle. Personal letter repeating some of the details of the Texas Revolution.
10/1909
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. 5. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Oct. 9, 1909, 9 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Oct. 10, 1909, 10:30 a.m. #20 pencilled on front. [missing 11/15/83]
11/18/1909
ALS., 3pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle. Personal letter; Zuber comments on his ad¬vancing age and increasing physical infirmities.
11/1909
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Nov. 18, 1909, 9 p.m., 2. Rec’d. Orange, Tex., Nov. 19, 1909, 11 a.m. #21 pencilled on front.
12/26/1909
ALS., 2pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. M. A. Anderson, Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, and Mrs. Elizabeth Cornelle. Personal letter thanking them for a Christmas present, a muffler.
12/1909
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. M. A. Anderson, Mrs. S. E. Murrelle, and Mrs. Elizabeth Cornelis, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Dec. 27, 1909, 9 p.m., 2. [illegible]. #22 pencilled on front.
Box Folder
GA19 9 Correspondence, 1912
1/1/1912
ALS., 2pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. Murrell [sic.]. Personal letter thanking them fox a Christmas present, a muffler.
1/1912
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. Murrell [sic.], Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Jan. 2, 1912, 9 p.m., 2. Orange, Texas, Jan. 3, 1912, 2 p.m. #23 pencilled on front.
2/1/1912
ALS., 1p.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. Sue E. Murrelle. Personal letter.
2/1912
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. Mary A. Anderson and Mrs. Sue E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Texas, Feb. 1, 1912, 9 p.m., 2. Orange, Texas, Feb. 2, 1912, 12:30 p.m. #24 pencilled on front.
5/9/1912
ALS., 2pp.,
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle and Mrs. M. A. Anderson. Personal letter.
5/1912
Envelope
Addressed to Mrs. S. E. Murrelle and Mrs. M. A. Anderson, Orange, Texas, 2 postmarks: 1. Austin, Tex., May 10, 1912, 3 p.m., 2. Orange, Texas, May 11, 1912, 10 a.m. #25 pencilled on front, grocery list on back.
Christmas 1912
ALS., 2pp.
Austin, Texas. W. P. Zuber to Mesdames Mary A. Anderson and Sue E. Murrelle. A personal letter thanking them for a Christmas present, a muffler. Zuber states that his mind is not clear.
12/28/1912
Envelope
Addressed to Mesdames Mary A. Anderson and Sue E. Murrelle, Orange, Texas, 1 postmark: 1. Austin, Texas, Dec. 28, 1912, 3 p.m. #26 pencilled on front.
Box Folder
GA19 10 Miscellany
Newspaper clipping from the Austin Statesman, Friday, March 5, 1909, describing the presentation of medals to the survivors of the Battle of San Jacinto, W. P. Zuber and Alphonso Steele.
Newspaper clipping from the Houston Daily Post, Friday, April 22, 1910, describing the events of San Jacinto Day including write ups on W. P. Zuber and Alphonso Steele. (2 pieces)
Unidentified newspaper clipping [1908] about the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto.
Unidentified newspaper clippings, n.d., which appear to be about San Augustine, Texas. On reverse side is unidentified handwritten fragments. (2 pieces)
1906 photograph of the only living members of General Sam Houston's army at the Battle of San Jacinto: W. P. Zuber, J. W. Darlington, S. F. Sparks, L. T. Lawlor, and Alphonso Steele. The photograph was taken at their last reunion at Coiled on April 21, 1906. Also included are photographs of W. C. Crawford, the last survivor of the signers of the Declaration of Texas Independence, General Sam Houston, and Stephen F. Austin.