University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the J. T. Pollard Reminiscence, 1892-1909, [ca. 1980s]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pollard, J. T.
Title: J. T. Pollard Reminiscence
Dates: 1892-1909, [ca. 1980s]
Abstract: Reminiscences in original and typescript, a family history, photos, and information from secondary sources relate to J. T. Pollard's experiences as a pioneer settler and Indian fighter in old northwest Texas with Sul Ross; Charles Goodnight; Jim Tackett; Ike Sanger; his brother, J. B. Pollard; and his father, R. W. Pollard.
Accession No.: 93-427; 2017-066
OCLC No.: 76706060
Extent: 2 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical note

James Thomas Pollard was born in 1834 in Rome, Georgia, son of Rosston Whatley Pollard and Eveline Barton Pollard. Pollard attended Centenary College in Louisiana and according to family history worked as a surveyor. He also spent time as a farmer and stock raiser.

In the 1850s and 1860s Pollard was involved in the Indian wars, first alongside the Texas Rangers and then as a member of the Frontier Regiment during the Civil War. During this period Pollard fought alongside Sul Ross and Charles Goodnight in the battle that resulted in the recovery of Cynthia Ann Parker from the Comanche Indians. Pollard lived in Texas for 64 years, until his death at the age of 75. His exploits are further described in J. Evetts Haley’s book Charles Goodnight, Cowman and Plainsman.

Source:

“James Thomas Pollard,” Palo Pinto County TXGenWeb, Accessed 4/17/17, http://txpalopinto.org/bios/ThomasPollard.htm.


Scope and Contents

Reminiscences in original and typescript, photos, a family history, and reproduced materials from secondary sources relate to J. T. Pollard's experiences as a pioneer settler and an Indian fighter in old northwest Texas with Sul Ross, Charles Goodnight, Jim Tackett, Ike Sanger, his brother, J. B. Pollard, and his father, R. W. Pollard. Pollard recounts the Agency War, the return of Cynthia Ann Parker from the Comanche Indians and the lack of protection provided to the settlers by the Federal troops.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hart, Nancy Jane.
Goodnight, Charles, 1836-1929.
Parker, Cynthia Ann, 1827?-1864.
Pollard, J. B.
Pollard, James Thomas, 1834-1909.
Pollard, Rosston Whatley.
Ross, Lawrence Sullivan, 1838-1898.
Sanger, Ike.
Tackett, Jim.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. T. Pollard Reminiscence, 1892-1909, [ca. 1980s], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
3B49 Handwritten manuscript, circa 1909
Typewritten transcription
Pollard family biographical material
Research file
Photocopy of picture of James Thomas Pollard at about 60 years old in 1897
Photocopy of photograph of Pollard's home in McLean, Texas
Copy of McLean, Texas newspaper obituary from the week of September 20, 1909
Copy of J.T. Pollard's deposition in the 1892 Supreme Court case The United States v. The State of Texas
Copy of J.T. Pollard's 1908 application for service pension for fighting in the Indian War with the Texas Rangers
Typed and handwritten oral remembrances from people who knew J.T. Pollard, [ca. 1980s]
Quotes regarding J.T. Pollard from Charles Goodnight, Cowman & Plainsman
Reproductions of stories regarding J.T. Pollard in Joseph Carroll McConnell's book West Texas Frontier
Article from Southwestern Historical Quarterly Volume 60 describing J.T. Pollard's service at Red River Station