University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Bourgeois-Hoffman Collection, 1830-1938

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bourgeois-Hoffman Family
Title: Bourgeois-Hoffman Collection
Dates: 1830-1938
Abstract: Papers relate to the immigration of the Bourgeois family and their acquisition of land in Bexar County from Henri Castro as well as the ranching activities of the Hoffmann family.
Extent: 3 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English and French.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Bourgeois and Hoffmann families were ranchers in Bexar County, Texas. Henri Castro's concession of Bexar County land to J. S. Bourgeois in 1843 led to Bourgeois's immigration to Texas from France. John Hoffman created an extensive Bexar County ranch during 1880-1890. John Hoffman and Julia Bourgeois were married in 1878, bringing together the papers of the two families.

Scope and Contents

Papers and photographs relate to French immigration to Texas, land concession to settlers, and ranching, with the bulk of the material dating 1830-1855 and 1883-1894. The documents are divides into three series: Bourgeois Family Papers (1830-1871), Hoffmann Family Papers (1876-1938), and Photographs (1890-1903). Although the collection consists primarily of Hoffmann Ranch records, the small group of Bourgeois Family papers provide information about French settlers' concessions of land in Bexar County from Henri Castro.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bourgeois, Julia.
Castro, Henri, 1786-1865.
Hoffmann, John.
Bexar County (Tex.)
Texas--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century--Sources.
Ranching--Texas--History--19th century.
Land grants--Texas--History--19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Bourgeois-Hoffman Collection, 1830-1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Mullin in April 1986.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2B65 Bourgeois Family Papers, 1830-1871
Scrapbook Material:
Marriage contract (in French), 1830
Baptismal certificate (in French), 1839
First communion certificate (in French), 1871
Hoffman Family Papers, 1876-1938 and undated
Financial documents:
Tax receipts, 1876-1905
Bills of land sale, 1883-1897
Lease, 1895
Agreements, 1897-1938
Maps and Diagrams:
Register of marks and brands, 1876-1883
Survey of lands, 1894
Map of ranch, undated
3Y6 Photographs, 1890-1903
Hoffmann relatives, 1890 and undated
Hoffman family at ranch, 1899-1903
3Y3B Three Bourgeois brothers photograph, undated
2.325/V1 Bourgeois Family Papers, 1843-1855
Oversize Legal Documents:
Letter of concession (in French), 1843
Passport, J. S. Bourgeois (in French), 1843
Deeds of conveyance, 1847-1855
Appointment to County Commission, 1848
Citizenship document, 1855