University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Fitzhugh Papers, 1847-1923



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fitzhugh, William
Title: William Fitzhugh Papers
Dates: 1847-1923
Abstract: William F. Fitzhugh moved to Texas in 1845 and settled south of present Melissa, Texas. He served in the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers under the command of Colonel John (Jack) Coffee Hays during the Mexican War. Papers contain Fitzhugh, Skelton, and Shelton family documents.
Accession No.: 2008-067
Extent: 1 inch
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William F. Fitzhugh was born in Kentucky in 1818, son of John and Sarah (Shelton) Fitzhugh. After living in Missouri and Florida, he and his parents moved to Texas in 1845 and settled south of present Melissa, Texas. He served in the First Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers under the command of Colonel John (Jack) Coffee Hays during the Mexican War. After the war, he returned to Collin County and farmed; he also served in the Texas Rangers. In March 1862 he entered Confederate services as first colonel of the Sixteenth Texas Cavalry. He died on October 23, 1883 when he was thrown from a wagon. He had seven children.

Biographical Note taken from information published in The Handbook of Texas Online.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain Fitzhugh, Skelton, and Shelton family documents. The bulk of the collection is comprised of letters sent to William Fitzhugh and property deeds.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Fitzhguh Papers, 1847-1923, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/C133 Deeds, Legal Documents, Military Documents, 1848-1887
Letters & Miscellaneous, 1894-1923
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2.325/D41e Oversized Deeds