University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mary Rabb Family Papers, 1823-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rabb, Mary Crownover, Mrs.
Creator: Rabb family
Title: Rabb, Mary, family papers
Dates: 1823-1997
Abstract: Correspondence, genealogical research and reminiscences, business and legal documents, a diary, printed material and ephemera, and photographs comprise the Mary Rabb Family Papers, 1823-1997, which document the history of the Rabb family and their experiences relating to the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, early settlements in Texas, the history of Fayette County, and Spanish Colonial Texas.
Accession No.: 1931; 69-097; 88-028; 92-381; 97-228; 99-198; 2001-196
Extent: 1 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in North Carolina in 1805, Mary Crownover Rabb married John Rabb and in 1823 settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony in Texas. Mary kept written records of her pioneer experiences living in Texas, including the many hardships endured and activities as a member of the early Methodist Church in Texas. The family became embroiled in the Texas Revolution and lost a child while fleeing Mexican forces during the "Runaway Scrape." Two of the Rabb sons, John and Virgil, later fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. After amassing a sizeable tract of land in Fayette County, the family moved to Barton Springs, adjacent to Austin, where Mary died in 1882.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, genealogical research and reminiscences, business and legal documents, a diary, printed material and ephemera, and photographs comprise the Mary Rabb Family Papers, 1823-1997, which document the history of the Rabb family and their experiences relating to the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, early settlements in Texas, the history of Fayette County, and Spanish Colonial Texas. The correspondence includes letters between Rabb family members, including Mary, her husband John, and their children. The genealogical research and reminiscences consists of biographical and autobiographical information, genealogical charts, correspondence, and other documents pertaining to the Rabb, Newman, McCollom, and Young families. The business and legal documents include deeds, land grants, wills, legal transactions, marriage and military records, and tax receipts. The printed material and ephemera contain newspaper clippings, brochures, and booklets about the Rabbs, the Methodist Church in Texas, and other topics. The collection also includes photographs of the Rabb family.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rabb, Mary Crownover, Mrs. -- Archives.
Rabb family -- Archives.
Rabb, John.
Rabb, Virgil S.
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Church -- Texas.
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Pioneers -- Texas.
Women pioneers -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- Genealogy.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Rabb Family Papers, 1823-1997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Goodrich, May 1970. Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, 2003, and Laurel Rozema, January 2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

box
2J457 William Rabb
John and Mary Rabb
Correspondence
Mary Rabb reminiscences, 1823-1922
Original diary
box
2D104 Photostat copy of diary
box
2.325/J80 Photostat copy of diary
box
2J457 Virgil S. Rabb correspondence, 1861-1885, undated
Virgil S. Rabb II
Correspondence, 1900, 1917-1935, undated
Virgil S. Rabb and Lillian Howard Rabb
Lillian Bell Rabb
Correspondence, 1931-1940, 1962-1997
Gathered correspondence, 1945, 1984-86
Certificates of membership
Virgil S. Rabb III
John W. Rabb correspondence, 1859-1867
Malissa Rabb Barnett correspondence, 1850, 1861-63
Malissa C. Rabb Reese and Rev. William Reese
Correspondence, 1857-1867, undated
Reese Family postcards, 1907-08, undated
Zebulon Montgomery Pike Rabb correspondence, 1874, 1877
George Washington Rabb, 1850-1851
Correspondence fragment, undated
box
2D100 Photostats of correspondence
box
2D104 Photostats of Rabb Papers, 1823-1906
box
2J457 Genealogy
Biographical sketches
Lineages and ancestors charts
box
2.325/J80 General, 1989, undated
Rabb family, [ca. 1923-1997]
John Rabb family, [ca. 1960s-1970s]
Young/McCollom families, 1990, 1995, undated
box
2J458 Research material
Victor C. Wegenhoft
Correspondence, 1986-1996
Research on Rabb family
Newman family
McCollum and Young families
Marriages
Handwritten notes, undated
Business and legal
Deeds, wills, legal transactions
Receipts
box
2D104 Methodist Church in Texas
Printed material and ephemera
box
2.325/J80 Printed material, 1928, 1996, undated
box
3S382 Photographs