University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Zirvas Leyendecker Papers, 1842-1979



Descriptive Summary

Creator Leyendecker, John Zirvas, 1827-1902
Title John Zirvas Leyendecker Papers
Dates: 1842-1979
Abstract Papers document the life and career of John Zirvas Leyendecker who emigrated to Texas from Germany with his parents and siblings aboard the ship Riga in 1845 and settled in Fredericksburg.
Accession No. 86-3, 94-2
Extent 3 ft., 7 in.
Languages Materials are in English, German, and Spanish.
Repository Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John Zirvas Leyendecker emigrated to Texas from Germany with his parents and siblings aboard the ship Riga in 1845 and settled in Fredericksburg. He became a sutler and merchant in Oak Creek, Texas, near Fort Chadbourne, and later in Fredericksburg and Laredo, Texas, where his wife's family was located. He was postmaster in Laredo from 1858 to 1859. During the Civil War he was assistant quartermaster there, and he remained there permanently after the war.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, Civil War quartermaster records, post office records, deeds and land papers, financial records, a muster roll, genealogy, and photographs.

Some personal and business correspondence in German and Spanish.


 

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically under subject.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Benavides, Maria Tomasa Cameros d. 1885?
Benavides family.
DeWitt, Bart J.
Groos, F.
Kraus, Christian.
Lege, Charles L.
Leyendecker, John Zirvas, 1827-1902--Archives.
Leyendecker family.
Pierce, Gardner A.
Planchet, L.M.
Wood, Albert.
Wulff, Anton F., 1822-1894.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army--Commissariat.
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 33rd.
Goldfrank, Frank & Co. (San Antonio, Tex.)
H. Mayer & Co. (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
German Americans--Texas.
Indians of North America--Texas--Coke County.
Medicine--Practice--Texas.
Merchants--Texas.
Postal service--Texas.
Places
Fort Chadbourne (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Fredericksburg (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Laredo (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Oak Creek (Tex.)--History--Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Rio Grande Valley (Tex.)--History--Sources.

Administrative Information

Cite as

John Zirvas Leyendecker Papers, 1842-1979, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

box
2M314 Classified correspondence:
Benavides family letters, 1857-1867, 1896
Bart J. DeWitt letters, 1854-1872
DeWitt & Wulff letters, 1856
F. Groos letters, 1853-1869
Christian Kraus letters, 1852-1873
Charles L. Lege letters, 1853-1869
John Z. and Bessie Craven Leyendecker letters, 1922-1924, and undated
Ernest Leyendecker, 1943-1944
Leyendecker family letters, 1854-1873
L. M. Planchet letters, 1856-1873
A. F. Wulff letters, 1853-1861, 1869, and undated
General correspondence:
1842-1853
box
2M315 1854-1869
box
2M316 1870-1896, 1954, 1979, and undated
Legal documents, 1902, 1937
Business records:
Oak Creek store:
Accounts, June 1854 - January 1855
Bills of lading, June 1854 - January 1855
Laredo store I:
Accounts, May 1855 - May 1860
Bills of lading, June 1855 - November 1859
Fredericksburg store:
Accounts, September 1860 - May 1862
Bills of lading, September 1860 - April 1862
Laredo store II:
Accounts, August 1867 - October 1869
Bills of lading, June 1867 - April 1869
box
2M317 Miscellaneous receipts, 1849-1883 and undated
Household accounts, 1867-1869
Laredo post office records:
Monthly register, July 1858 - September 1859
Correspondence, June 1858 - December 1870 and undated
box
2.325/V18 Accounts of mails sent, July 1858 - September 1859
Accounts of mails received, July 1858 - September 1859
Account of newspapers and periodicals received, September 1858 - September 1859
Account current with the U. S., July 1858 - September 1859
Registered letters received, October 1858 - September 1859
Printed matter sent, January - September 1858
box
2M317 Property and estates, 1857-1920 and undated
U. S. Army Quartermaster's Department blank forms, 1850s and 1860s
Genealogy
Bible Stories for Little Children, 1894
box
2M318 Confederate States of America Quartermaster's Department records for Laredo:
Commissary agent correspondence, 1863
Second quarter general accounts 1863,
Third quarter accounts 1863,
Third quarter monthly accounts: 1863,
July
August
September
Fourth quarter general accounts 1863,
Fourth quarter monthly accounts: 1863,
October
November
December
First quarter general accounts 1864,
box
2.116/OD1223A First quarter general accounts, oversized 1864,
box
2M318 First quarter abstracts: 1864,
A
B
Bb, C, D, E, G, I, L, M, and N
CC&GE
Purchase vouchers
box
2M319 First quarter monthly accounts: 1864,
January
February
March
Second quarter general accounts and pay funds 1864,
box
2.116/OD1223A Second quarter general accounts and pay funds, oversized 1864,
box
2M319 Second quarter accounts: 1864,
A, B, and Bb
C, D, F, I, and M
G
CC&GE
Second quarter monthly accounts: 1864,
April
May
June
box
2.116/OD1223A oversized June,
Third quarter general accounts, oversized 1864,
box
2M319 Third quarter general accounts 1864,
box
2M320 Third quarter abstracts: 1864,
A, B, D, E, and F
G
I, L, M, and CC&GE
Third quarter monthly accounts: 1864,
July
August
box
2.325/V18 oversized August,
box
2M320 September
Fourth quarter abstracts: 1864,
Purchase, disbursements, and contingencies
Pay funds
A, B, C, and F
G, I, and CC&GE
Fourth quarter monthly accounts: 1864,
October
November
box
2.325/V18 oversized October,
oversized November,
box
2M321 December
First quarter general accounts 1865,
box
2.116/OD1223A Quartermaster reports, oversized 1865,
box
2M321 First quarter monthly accounts: 1865,
January
February
March
April-July and undated general accounts
Miscellaneous undated material
Ledger books, 1863-1864
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1863-1865 and undated
Circulars and general and special orders, 1863-1865
Blank forms
box
2.116/OD1223A Muster roll of Company R, Rio Grande Regiment, Texas Cavalry, oversized December 1864 - February 1865,
box
3Y46 Photographic material:
3 unidentified
Ernst Leyendecker family monument (color)
box
2.325/V18 Miscellaneous items:
Herald-Extra, President's Proclamation" June 14, 1865: "
Advertisements for lotteries, 1854
Plat of block bounded by Grant Street, Plaza, and Zaragoza Street [Laredo?]