University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Maverick Family Papers, 1660-1938



Descriptive Summary

Creator Maverick Family
Title Maverick Family Papers
Dates: 1660-1938
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Information

Chronology of Samuel Augustus Maverick

July 28, 1803 Born in Pendleton, SC
1825 Graduates from Yale College
1828 Studies law, Winchester, VA
1829 Admitted to Virginia Bar; defeated for South Carolina legislature
1833 Leaves South Carolina due to opposition to nullification
1833-34 Tends to family business in Georgia and Alabama
April, 1835 Arrives in Texas
October-December, 1835 Imprisoned by Mexican forces
1836 Delegate to Convention of 1836; signs Texas Declaration of Independence; returns to Alabama
August 4, 1836 Marries Mary Ann Adams
January, 1838 Maverick family returns to Texas; licensed to practice law in Texas
1839-1865 Involved in San Antonio and state politics and government, including terms as mayor, city treasurer, alderman, and chief justice of San Antonio, as well as member of the Texas legislature.
1842 Moves family to area near LaGrange, TX
September 11, 1842 Captured by Gen. Adrian Woll, imprisoned in Perote [elected as Bexar County representative to legislature while in prison].
March 30, 1843 Released from Perote.
1844-47 Maverick family lives on ranch in Matagorda County, TX
1845 Member of Texas Constitutional Convention
1848 Member of Chihuahua Expedition
1858 Elected director of the San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railroad
1861 Delegate to the Secession Convention; one of three commissioners appointed to secure surrender of all Union army troops in Texas
1869 Composes last will and testament
September 2, 1870 Dies

Scope and Contents

The Maverick Family Papers came to the University of Texas in a series of gifts from 1922 to 1956 through the generosity of several generations of family members. The papers constitute a detailed record of the Maverick family's private and public life spanning from before the Republic of Texas into the 20th century.

The papers consist of account papers, bonds, certificates, correspondence, court records, deeds, diaries, diplomas, estate records, land books, leases, legal proceedings, letterpresses, licenses, literary productions, memoirs, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, notes, plat maps, receipts, reminiscences, sketches, survey notes, tax sales lists, titles, and title abstracts. Material is in manuscript, typescript, and printed form.

The bulk of the collection is contained within two series: (1) General Correspondence and (2) Business & Financial. The correspondence files relate to daily life, family and personal matters, social life and customs, politics and government, religion, education, agriculture, and commerce. Within these files are scattered references to land holdings.

The business and financial papers document the land and real estate transactions of the Maverick family, from Samuel Maverick's land holdings in South Carolina through the administration of the estate of Mary Adams Maverick, sole heir of Samuel Augustus Maverick. The sub-series designations, by family member, reflect the organization of these files as received by the repository. In terms of content, they constitute a group of overlapping series. Within the chronological arrangement of these sub-series documents may be filed in one of several ways: according to the date of the earliest transaction noted in the document, by date of the first transaction in which the Mavericks were involved, by legal filing date, by termination date of lease, etc. In some instances documents are filed with later documents pertaining to the same piece of property. In addition, throughout these materials are notes most likely made in the 1880s by Albert or William Maverick, which have been left as they occurred within the files. In all cases the various methods of filing reflect the previous organization of the material when obtained by the repository. Although there is a separate series of tax papers, there are also tax documents scattered throughout the business and financial papers.


Related Material

Maury Maverick Papers, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Administrative Information

Cite as

Maverick Family Papers, 1660-1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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2F6 Diaries and memorabilia
Samuel Maverick: pouch and notes,
Samuel Augustus Maverick, 1825-1848
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2R110 Samuel Augustus Maverick, 1835-1842, 1848
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3S174, 3S185, 3S179 Samuel Augustus Maverick: Diploma (1825) and License (1829, photostat)
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2F6 Samuel Augustus Maverick, 1855 ?
Samuel Augustus Maverick: E.H. Terrell copies
Mary Adams Maverick, 1836-1895
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2R110 Mary Adams Maverick, memoirs
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2F6 Mary Adams Maverick, "In Memory of..."
[photocopy]
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2F26 Mary Adams Maverick, "In Memory of..."
[original]
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2R111 Samuel Augustus Maverick, Jr., Reminiscences
Mrs. Lydia Van Wyck, "San Antonio in 1874"
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2F6 Albert Maverick, misc., 1876
Phil Maverick, 1921
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2F7 General Correspondence:
1825-1849 [including "Nullification Papers," 1832, and "Letters from Perote," 1842-43]
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2F8 1850-1884, and undated
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2R112 "Letters of Samuel Maverick of Pendleton, S.C., to his son Samuel Augustus Maverick of Texas, 1842-1915"
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2R110 "Letters from the Maverick Papers copied for Rena Maverick Green, 1842-1915"
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2F8 Business and Financial Papers:
Samuel Maverick Land Papers
Samuel Augustus Maverick, 1826-1841
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2F9 Samuel Augustus Maverick, 1842-1907
Samuel Augustus Maverick, deeds 1852
Samuel Augustus Maverick, bonds and notes, 1820-1847
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2F10 Samuel Augustus Maverick, Land books and memoranda, 1843-1870 ?
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4L115 Samuel Augustus Maverick, Land book
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3S140 Samuel Augustus Maverick, Land deed, 1852
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3G13 Samuel Augustus Maverick, Record book, 1850-1859
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2F10 Samuel Augustus Maverick, Misc., undated
Samuel Augustus Maverick, San Antonio and Mexican Gulf Railroad
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3S174 Samuel A. Maverick, slave sale document, Alabama, 1835
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2F10 William H. Maverick, Balmaceda lots, 1782
William H. Maverick, 1815-1869
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2F11 William H. Maverick, 1870-1880
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2F12 William H. Maverick, 1881-1885
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2F13 William H. Maverick, 1886-1898
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2F14 William H. Maverick, 1899-1924
William H. Maverick, Abstracts
William H. Maverick, Newspaper clippings
William H. Maverick, Miscellaneous
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2F15 Albert Maverick, 1887-1898
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2F16 Albert Maverick, 1899-1923
Albert Maverick, Leases and misc., 1894-1901
Albert Maverick, Letterpress, 1878-1890
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2F17 Albert Maverick, Letterpresses, 1890-1908
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2F18 George M. Maverick, Landbook, 1879-1883
George M. Maverick, Letterpresses, 1877-1911
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2F19 Tax records, 1839-1879
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2F20 Tax records, 1880-1905
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2F21 Tax records, 1906-1924
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3S174, 3S185 Tax records: Tax sale lists, 1865, 1873-1875, 1880-1883
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3F163 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Land book (arranged alphabetically), 1847-1897
Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Land book (arranged numerically), 1847-1897
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3S174, 3S185, 3S140 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Land grants, 1847-1892
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Map Collection Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Plat maps and surveys, 1838-1839, 1881-1886
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2F21 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Letterpresses, 1872-1888
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2F22 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Letterpresses, 1888-1921
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2F23 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Sam Maverick estate--claims, assets, and liabilities, 1891
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4L116 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Sam Maverick estate--unfiled claims and receipts, 1891
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2F23 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account books, 1898-1918
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4M640 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account book (includes "Cash Acount of S.A. Maverick as Treasurer of the Southern Defence Aid Society, 1861-1864"), 1870-75
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3G13 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account book, 1870-1889
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3G163 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account book, 1870-1889
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2F24 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account books, 1903-1922
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2F25 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account books, 1903-1926
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2F26 Maverick Estate and Land Office Records, Account book, 1917-1922
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3G8 Sabariego vs. Maverick, et. al.:
Legal documents and notes
Spanish documents
Testimony and notes
Correspondence, 1879-1888
Receipts, 1882-1888
Printed material, including news clippings
Perez, et. al. vs. Maverick
Family History and Miscellany
Description of New England, 1660, by Samuel Maverick (The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, January 1885)
The Boston Gazette and Country Journal, March 10, 1770
Re: Maverick slaves, 1845-1846, and Sam Maverick notes, 1849
"Ye 'Maverick.' A Term Which All Stockmen Use and Understand," St. Louis Republic, November 24, 1888
Remarks of Hon. Maury Maverick, March 28, 1938
Terrell Maverick letters, 1934
Lewis family
Miscellaneous, including photostats
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3Y142 Photo: Samuel A. Maverick, photograph of former slaves Daphne and Jane (both in their eighties), Alabama, November 16, 1916