University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Noah Smithwick Papers, 1835-1922

Descriptive Summary

Creator Smithwick, Noah
Title Noah Smithwick Papers
Dates: 1835-1922
Extent 28 items
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Noah Smithwick (1808-1899) was born in North Carolina, trained as a blacksmith, and moved to Texas in 1827. Legal problems drove him from Stephen F. Austin's colony, but he returned to Texas by the time of the Texas Revolution and participated in the Battle of Concepción. Moving to Bastrop, he was soon forced to leave in the face of the Mexican Army during the "Runaway Scrape," eventually arriving at San Jacinto after the decisive battle. With Mexican forces defeated, Smithwick returned to Bastrop and resumed his trade as a blacksmith and gunsmith, and he married Thurza Blakey in 1839. The couple lived in Travis, Williamson, and Burnet Counties, but Smithwick's Union sympathies and secessionist death threats drove the family out of Confederate Texas in 1861. They moved west to Southern California, where he died in Santa Ana in 1899.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reminiscences, land deed, notice of sale, broadside, and newspaper clippings. Papers concern Smithwick's reminiscences of Texas between 1827 and 1861, and his book The Evolution of a State: or Recollections of Old Texas Days.

Related Material

Book: Smithwick, Noah. The Evolution of a State: or Recollections of Old Texas Days. Austin, Tex., The Steck Company, 1935.

Administrative Information

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Noah Smithwick Papers, 1835-1922, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Detailed Description of the Collection



2G267 Correspondence of Noah Smithwick:
Reminiscences of Noah Smithwick
Land deed of Enoch Harris, 1835
Notice of sale of animals by Jesús de la Lerna, 1899
Newspapers and newspaper clippings:
Galveston News:
Dallas News, undated
Austin Statesman, undated
Georgetown Commercial, 1904
Santa Anna, California, Standard:
Broadside, "The Book You Want: The Evolution of a State," 1900