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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

McKnight (David, III) family papers:

McKnight (Arthur) family papers:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David McKnight, III, Family Papers, 1857-1935, 1976-1978, 1992-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McKnight, David, III, 1832-1873.
Title: David McKnight, III, Family Papers
Dates: 1857-1935, 1976-1978, 1992-1995
Abstract: The David McKnight, III, Family Papers consist of correspondence, legal and business records, printed material, and photographs, documenting the life and activities of the McKnight family in south Texas and northern Mexico, 1857-1935, as well as the genealogical pursuits of Arthur McKnight and his family, 1976-1978, 1992-1995.
Accession No.: 96-193; 96-235
Extent: 1 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English and Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

David McKnight, III (1832-1873) was born in Cotton Grove, TN, and married Elizabeth (Tinie) Tarver of Lowndsboro, AL. The couple had six children – Julia (1858-1860), Mildred (1859-?), Mary Field (died in infancy), Tinie Tarver (1863-?), Charles Fenner (died in infancy), and David IV (1869-1940).

McKnight studied medicine at what is now Tulane University, graduating in 1854. Both his father and brother, John, were doctors as well; the latter having studied in New Orleans but lived in Laredo, TX. By 1859, the McKnight family was living in Seguin, TX, and leading a fairly prosperous life. Tinie McKnight’s sister, Mildred Tarver, married Hamilton P. Bee, part of a wealthy and influential Texas family. Bee and McKnight became friends.

When the Civil War began, McKnight was appointed a major and chief physician under Gen. Van Dorn through the influence of the now Brig. Gen. Bee. McKnight spent the war along the gulf coast near Galveston and Matamoros, Mexico.

After the war, McKnight refused to take the oath of allegiance required by Confederate officers. With little money and no country, the family moved to Mexico, in exile. Here they lived in the Neuvo Leon town of Monterrey, the Coahuila towns of Parras and Saltillo, and also Matamoros, near Brownsville, TX. Dr. McKnight traveled throughout northern Mexico in constant search for patients and money.

He died in 1873 after a buggy accident, but Tinie continued to struggle with the family in Mexico, eventually returning to Seguin. The younger Tinie became a school teacher, and Mildred a nurse.

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Scope and Contents

The David McKnight, III, Family Papers consist of correspondence, legal and business records, printed material, and photographs, documenting the life and activities of the McKnight family in south Texas and northern Mexico, 1857-1935 (Series I), as well as the genealogical pursuits of Arthur McKnight and his family, 1976-1978, 1992-1995 (Series II).

Correspondence comprises the bulk of the collection, primarily that of Dr. David McKnight and his wife, Elizabeth “Tinie” (Tarver) McKnight. This correspondence, located in Series I, mainly involves personal thoughts between husband and wife and reports on general family activities in Mexico and central Texas from their siblings and children. Descriptions of the people and geography of Mexico, economic and political conditions, and the difficulties of practicing medicine are common themes in the McKnight family correspondence. Similarly, letters from Hamilton P. Bee, a former Confederate general, relate his difficulties and struggles in Mexico after the Civil War. A letter of special mention describes in detail the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1861.

Also within the first series are over 50 photographs, which document the McKnight, Earnest, Waugh, and Bee families between [ca. 1860] and 1915.

Arthur McKnight’s genealogical papers develop the McKnight, Earnest, Waugh, Maclay, Fenner, McAlister, and Tarver lineages.

Among the papers are typed transcriptions and notes from Rhoda McKnight Burkett, editor of McKnight Letters.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McKnight family -- Archives.
McKnight, David, III, 1832-1873 -- Archives.
McKnight, Arthur -- Archives.
Bee family -- Genealogy.
Bee, Hamilton Prioleau, 1822-1897.
Bee, Mildred T.
Berrien, J. A.
Burkett, Rhoda McKnight.
Willet, Ellen Tarver.
Willet, John.
Waugh family -- Genealogy.
Earnest family -- Genealogy.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 4th.
Subjects
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va., 1862.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
Places
Mexico -- Description and travel -- Sources.
Mexico -- Politics and government -- 1867-1910 -- Sources.
Mexico -- History -- 1867-1910 -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Sources.

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Related Material

See also Barnard E. Bee Papers, 1829-1853, Carlos Bee Papers, 1913-1946, and Hamilton P. Bee Papers, 1838-1894.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David McKnight, III, Family Papers, 1857-1935, 1976-1978, 1992-1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

McKnight (David, III) family papers:

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3G141 Correspondence:
McKnight, David, 1857-1872, undated
McKnight, Elizabeth (Tarver), 1855-1893, undated
McKnight, Mildred, 1873, 1884, undated
McKnight, Matilda, 1867
McKnight, Tinie, 1883-1885, undated
McKnight, Ebenezer-Findley, 1836, 1846
Earnest, Mrs. S. W. (David IV’s mother-in-law), May 20, 1873
Unknown correspondents, [ca. 1832-1880]
Envelopes
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3S186 Legal records:
Mexican immigration papers and calling card for David McKnight, 1866, 1871, undated
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3G361 Business records:
Four receipts, 1864-1871
Printed material:
Newspaper clippings:
About battles in northern Virginia, August 21, 1861
Obituary for Carlos Bee, 1932
Railway Post Office, Vol. 37, No. 4, includes article about retirement of David McKnight, November 1935
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3W115 Photographs, [ca. 1860]-1915
[Porcher?], Cousin Daisy
Bee, Gen. Hamilton P.
Earnest, Uncle Arthur (4)
Earnest, Lee W.
[Earnest], Ida and Ella
Earnest, Ida (2)
Unidentified [great grandson of Edward Waugh]
Binkley, Lauretta, and child
Binkley, Lauretta, and Lauretta Apperson
Earnest, Harry
Earnest, Charlie and Fannie
Earnest, Charlie
Earnest, Lee
7 unidentified women
Earnest, Lawrence H.
Photocopies of McKnight photographs
McKnight, David, III [modern copy]
McKnight, Tinie (Turner), Tinie McKnight, and Mildred McKnight
Alta Vista Elem., San Antonio class photo
McKnight, Mildred, with nursing home group in Mex.
Tarver, Dr. Hume Field
Bee, Mildred (Tarver) (2)
(Arthur, Earnest, David) (2)
McKnight, Tinie and Arthur
McKnight, David, IV
McKnight, David, V
Bee, Annie, Carlos, Ben, and Tarver
McKnight, Dr. John
McKnight, Tinie Tarver
McKnight, David, III
McKnight, Mildred
Porcher, Daisy Tarver
Bee, Annie
Waugh, Edward Earnest
Earnest, Arthur and Ella (children)
Earnest, Frank
[Earnest], Ida (Ella McK.’s aunt)
Bates?, Josie
Moore, Ella Inez
Waugh, William A.
Earnest, Sara Lauretta Waugh
Earnest, Lawrence Wilkerson
McKnight, Mildred, and nursing home group
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3S132.2 Earnest, Lawrence W. and David McKnight, V
[curved framed photograph]
McKnight, Tinie Tarver
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3W116 Photo album belonging to Ella Earnest

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McKnight (Arthur) family papers:

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3G361 Typescript of partial autobiography for Inez Ella Moore, [ca. 1926]
Genealogical notes and family trees:
McKnight
Tarver
MaClay
Fenner
Fields
McKnight family tree and history with picture of Lt. David McKnight, I, [1976 - original copies]
Earnest-Waugh family tree and history, October 1978
Typescripts of David McKnight family papers
McKnight Letters by Rhoda McKnight Burkett typescript, undated

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