University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Margaret Borland Papers, 1858-1879



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Borland, Margaret, 1824-1873.
Title: Margaret Borland Papers
Dates: 1858-1879
Abstract: Legal and financial records relate to Margaret Borland's activities during the last half of the nineteenth century as owner of one of the largest herds of cattle in Texas and as one of the first women to go up the trail to Kansas.
OCLC No.: 68903766
Extent: 77 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Margaret Heffernan Borland was born in Ireland on April 3, 1824. She came to Texas with her family in 1829 and settled in San Patricio. She was married and widowed three times and had 7 children. After her last husband (Alexander Borland) died in 1867, she took over his cattle business in Victoria. She is said to be the only woman to have led a cattle drive. In 1873, she drove a herd of cattle to Wichita, Kansas. She died in 1873 in Wichita after the drive and is buried in Victoria, Texas.


Scope and Contents

Legal and financial records relate to Margaret Borland's activities during the last half of the nineteenth century as owner of one of the largest herds of cattle in Texas and as one of the first women to go up the trail to Kansas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Borland, Margaret, 1824-1873 -- Archives.
Subjects
Cattle brands -- Texas -- History -- Sources.
Cattle trade -- Texas -- History -- Sources.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Women ranchers -- Texas.
Places
Victoria County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Wichita (Kan.) -- History -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Margaret Borland Papers, 1858-1879, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Eugenia Nash, October 21, 1940.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3H74 Promissory note for $1100 for A. Borland and Margaret Borland, June 2, 1858
Two receipts for $20 and $3 to A. Borland by Gulf Coast Fair Association, Sept. 17, 1859
Promissory note for $2200 of A. Borland to J. O. Wheeler, January 23, 1860
Bill of sale for cattle and holdings of A. Borland and wife, Margaret, to Peter Scheiner, July 2, 1860
Check on A. Borland for $417.19 to J. A. Wheeler, April 19, 1861
Receipt for $400 to account of A. Borland by John Rodgers, June 25, 1861
Bill and record of payment of Alex Borland, January-June 1861
Deed made by A. and Margaret Borland conveying certain stock to John B. Ragland, February 20, 1866
Claim against estate of A. Borland for legal services filed by A. B. Peticolas, February 20, 1866
Bill of work done by Waggon Works for Borland, June 29, 1867
Receipt to Mrs. M. Borland for $10 paid to James Ingrame, Sept. 15, 1867
Receipt to J. D. Sneigr for $4 for digging grave for son, given by M. Borland, September 15, 1867
Receipt and book for estate of A. Borland, October 27, 1867
Receipt for $10 paid by M. Borland to A. Louis, January 18, 1868
Receipt for $9 of Mrs. M. Borland in payment of special butcher tax (occupation) levied by Internal Revenue, February 15, 1868
Bill for legal services of Sherman Goodwin, February 15, 1868
Two receipts of $15 each to M. Borland given by Lee Riggs for his claim against estate of A. Borland, March 1, 1868
Receipt of $9 by Mrs. Borland to S. Wilkins for rent of market space, March 24, 1868
Bill of Lee Riggs to M. Borland for March purchases, March 1868
Receipt to M. Borland for $230 for seven horses purchased, April 15, 1868
Two receipts of money for work done by Alec Green and Roka Lesvndo for M. Borland, April 16 and 20, 1868
Two receipts for money from M. Borland to Lee Riggs and an agent of Juan Gonzales for driving beeves, April 20, 1868
Receipt of $126.59 by M. Borland to estate of John B. Ragand, April 20, 1868
Two receipts for wages to Woodby Hathaway for services rendered in market, May 1867; receipt for money paid J. L. Cunningham, April 22, 1868
Receipt of money to J. Rose for horses purchased by M. Borland; receipt for wages to John Henry Calvin for collecting beeves for M. Borland, April 16-22, 1868
Record of wages paid Ike Randel and Jane Halpin, April 22, 1868
Receipts for wages to Robert Wyatt and F. Trisemuth, April 22-23, 1868
Memorandum of collections made by Borland estate, April 30, 1868
Two receipts for wages to J. M. Hofferman for driving beeves, April 30 and May 30, 1868
Bill paid by M. Borland for supplies bought from J. M. Hofferman and Lee Riggs, May 30, 1868
Receipt for $40 by M. Borland to Rafael Tijrins for horse, June 2, 1868
Receipt for wages paid by M. Borland for branding stock, July 14, 1868
Receipt for wages paid Robert Wyatt by M. Borland, July 14, 1868
Bill for merchandise purchased by M. Borland from L. Bernhard, July 15, 1868
Receipt for part payment of claim against estate of A. Borland by Gaylord and Parker paid by M. Borland, July 17, 1868
Receipt for $14 from R. Owens to M. Borland, July 17, 1868
Receipt for $500 paid by M. Borland to A. B. Peticolas on claim on estate of A. Borland, July 20, 1868
Receipt of $1000 paid by M. Borland on note to Peter Scheiner, July 20, 1868
Two receipts of money from estate of A. Borland for care of minor children of deceased, July 20, 1868
Receipt for $15.50 paid by M. Borland to O. W. Cunningham, August 10, 1868
List of claims against estate of A. Borland allowed and presented, August 20, 1868
Two receipts of wages paid J. M. Hefferman and Louis Peacock by M. Borland, September 5, 1868
Receipt of money paid A. B. Peticolas on note by M. Borland, Sept. 3, 1868
Two receipts of wages paid J. M. Hefferman and hands by M. Borland, July 25 and September 7, 1868
Receipt of wages to Ike Watson by M. Borland, September 7, 1868
Two receipts of wages to Robert Wyatt and Louis Phillips by M. Borland, September 7, 1868
Account of bill of M. Borland with George Mallory, September 8, 1868
Mrs. Borland's bill with Hathaway for beeves butchered, September 29, 1868
Receipt from A. B. Peticolas for goods bought by Mrs. Borland of A. Goldman, January 5, 1869
Contract made by Mrs. M. Borland and Mrs. Ada B. Nuner, January 25, 1869
Deed of transfer M. Borland to A. B. Peticolas, April 26, 1869
Tax receipt Mrs. M. Borland, February 14, 1870
Bill and receipt, Mrs. M. Borland to G. W. Garnett, July 16, 1870
Tax receipt, Mrs. M. Borland, November 11, 1870
List of beeves slaughtered by W. Hathaway, January 1-December 31, 1870
Receipt signed by [C. Cassner?], June 1, 1871
Bill of sale for cattle conveyed by Christian Zirjack and wife to Mrs. M. Borland, July 22, 1872
Receipt, signed by M. Borland to A. B. Peticolas, September 3, 1872
Bill of sale for steers conveyed by S. A. Frederick and wife to M. Borland, September 11, 1872
Memorandum about the R. Owens claim, 1872
Power as agent granted by M. Borland to Thomas Stern, March 6, 1873
Receipt, A. B. Peticolas to J. S. Cunningham, June 25, 1873
Bill and receipt, The New York Store, Wichita, Kansas, to Mrs. Martin, July 5, 1873
Bill, Charles W. Hill to M. Borland, July 5, 1873
Bill to Mrs. Borland for goods bought of J. Karatofsky, July 6, 1873
Bill, Hry Bolte, July 7, 1873
Receipt Chas. W. Hill to J. F. Hoffman, July 8, 1873
Schedule of household articles belonging to estate of M. Borland, deceased, July 15, 1873
Bill Wertheimer to C. Hofferman for M. A. Borland, October 13, 1873
Sworn statements signed by J. W. Hefferman, A. B. Peticolas, Alexander Borland, November 17, 1873
Receipt A. B. Peticolas to Thomas Stern, November 27, 1873
Notes in case of Wheeler vs. Borland (fragmentary), November 29, 1873
Calculations of amount of judgments and claims against estate of A. Borland, 4th class, March 1, 1876
Estate of Margaret Borland, deceased, account of money received and disbursed by administrators since Jan. 1, 1877, December 2, 1879
Receipt William Billings to A. B. Peticolas, undated
Bill, F. Beker to Mrs. M. Borland, undated
Statement of beeves purchased by Mrs. M. Borland, undated