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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James Harper Starr Papers, 1796-1905



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Starr, James Harper
Title: Starr, James Harper, Papers
Dates: 1796-1905
Abstract: James Harper Starr was a banker, physician, land agent, public official, and railroad official (1809-1890). Letters, letterpresses, diaries, memoranda books, legal and business papers, land books, financial papers, expense account books, military papers, commissions and appointments, and autobiographical sketches comprise the James Harper Starr Papers, which concern the career and family of James Harper Starr during the period 1796-1905.
Accession No.: 78-67
Extent: 45 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

James Harper Starr (1809-1890) was a banker, physician, land agent, public official, and railroad official. Starr, a practicing doctor, moved to the Nacogdoches area from Georgia in January 1837 and was selected by Sam Houston as president of the board of commissioners and receiver of land dues for Nacogdoches County. In 1839, President Mirabeau Lamar chose Starr to be secretary of the Treasury. Due to financial reasons, Starr resigned from the Treasury in 1840 and became a land agent for those who exchanged land for Republic of Texas debts. Additionally, he formed a land agency with Nathaniel C. Amory from 1844 until 1858, when Amory retired. An advocate for education, Starr also served as a member of the board of trustees of Nacogdoches College. In 1860, Starr opposed secession, but supported the Confederate state government anyway, like many other Texans. He held several public offices in the Confederacy, including assistant postmaster general of the Trans-Mississippi Department (1863-1865). His political and public career ended with the Civil War in 1865. In 1868, Starr and his son started a land and banking agency, one of the first banks in Texas. He retired to his home in Marshall in 1873. Following his retirement, Starr was offered an appointment as a regent of the University of Texas, but refused the offer due to his declining health. James Harper Starr died in Marshall on July 25, 1890.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. “James Harper Starr,” http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/fst22.html (accessed May 19, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

Letters, letterpresses, diaries, memoranda books, legal and business papers, land books, financial papers, expense account books, military papers, commissions and appointments, and autobiographical sketches comprise the James Harper Starr Papers, which concern the career and family of James Harper Starr during the period 1796-1905. The papers relate to Starr’s activities as secretary of the treasury of the Republic of Texas (1839-1840), president of the Nacogdoches Board of Land Commissioners (1837-1839), assistant postmaster general of the Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate States of America (1863-1865), and as a land agent and banker.

The papers of Starr’s various banking and real estate agencies document the development of Texas, primarily Nacogdoches County. The collection contains correspondence concerning Texas politics and land development from Thomas Jefferson Rusk and Albert Sidney Johnston. Additionally, Harper’s correspondence relates to the development of railroads in Texas. The papers include Starr’s diaries of trips to Brazos, Galveston, and Wood County (Texas); Ohio; and New Orleans, as well as Starr’s autobiography and John N. Cravens' biography of James Harper Starr.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Starr, James Harper, 1809-1890--Archives.
Amory, Nathaniel C.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862.
Lamar, Mirabeau Buonaparte, 1798-1859.
Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857.
Subjects (Organizations)
Nacogdoches University (Nacogdoches, Tex.)
University of Texas at Austin.
Confederate States of America. Army. Trans-Mississippi Dept.
Texas. Treasury Dept.
Subjects
Banks and banking--Texas.
Land use--Texas.
Railroads--Texas--History.
Education--Texas.
Real property--Texas
Places
Nacogdoches County (Tex.)
Marshall (Tex.)
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas--Politics and government--1836-1846.
Austin (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Natchitoches (La.)

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Related Material

For the William B. Travis diary donated by the Starr family see the William B. Travis Papers.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Money Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Harper Starr Papers, 1796-1905, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection contains unprocessed additions,

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2G279 James Harper Starr and Amory Real Estate and Banking Agency
Letterpress K, number 1, December 1852-June 1853
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2G280 Letterpress L, number 1, June 1853-1854
Letterpress M, number 1, January-August 1854
Letterpress N, number 1, August 1854-March 1855
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2G281 Letterpress O, number 1, March-November 1855
Letterpress P, number 1 November 1855-April 1956
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2G282 Letterpress Q, number 1, April-December 1856
Letterpress R, number 1, December 1856-September 1857
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2G283 Letterpress S, number 1, September 1857-June 1858
Letterpress T, number 1, June 1858-January 1859
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2G284 James H. Starr Real Estate and Banking Agency:
Letterpress U, number 1, January- June 1859
Letterpress V, number 1, June-November 1859
Letterpress W, number 1, December 1859-August 1860
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2G286 Letterpress Z, number 1, February 1862-Nobember 1863
Letterpress A, number 2, August 1864-September 1865
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2G287 Letterpress C, number 2, February-August 1886
Letterpress D, number 2, November 1865-October 1866
Letterpress E, number 2, October-December 1866
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2G288 Letterpress F, number 2, December 1866-April 1867
Letterpress G, number 2, April-October 1867
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2G289 Letterpress H, number 2, October 1867-February 1868
Letterpress I, number 2, February-June 1868
Letterpress J, number 2, June-October 1868
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2G290 James H. Starr and Son Real Estate and Banking Agency:
Letterpress K, number 2, October 1868-January 1869
Letterpress L, number 2, January-April 1869
Letterpress M, number 2, April-August 1869
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2G291 Letterpress N, number 2, August-November 1869
Letterpress O, number 2, November 1869-March 1870
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2G292 Letterpress P, number 2, March-July 1870
Letterpress Q, number 2, July-November 1870
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2G293 Letterpress R, number 2, November 1870-February 1871
Letterpress S, number 2, February-May 1871
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2G294 Letterpress T, number 2, May-September 1871
Letterpress U, number 2, September -December 1871
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2G295 Letterpress V, number 2, December 1871-April 1872
Letterpress W, number 2, April-September 1872
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2G296 Letterpress X, number 2, September 1872-March 1873
Letterpress Y, number 2, March-July 1873
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2G297 Armory R. Starr Real Estate and Banking Agency:
Letterpress Z, number 2, July-December 1873
Letterpress A, number 3, April-November 1874
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2G298 Letterpress B, number 3, April-November 1874
Letterpress C, number 3, November 1874-April 1875
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2G299 Letterpress D, number 3, April-November 1875
Letterpress E, number 3, November 1875-March 1876
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2G300 Letterpress F, number 3, March-July 1876
Letterpress G, number 3, July-December 1876
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2G301 Letterpress H, number 3, July-December 1876
Letterpress J, number 3, April-August 1877
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2G302 Letterpress K, number 3, August-December 1877
Letterpress L, number 3, December 1877-March 1878
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2G303 Letterpress M, number 3, March-July 1878
Letterpress N, number 3, July-December 1878
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2G304 Letterpress O, number 3, December 1878-March 1879
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2G305 James H. Starr, letterpresses:
May 1846-October 1866
February 1863-June 1877
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2G306 June 1877-May 1884
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3G307 October 1886-August 1887
James F. Starr, letter presses, January 1879-February 1881
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2G308 H.W. McGee letterpress, 1905-1920
James H. Starr personal and business expense account books, 1885-1890
Diaries of trips:
Brazos, 1837
Ohio, 1842
New Orleans, 1844
Wood County, 1850
Galveston, 1843
Memoranda Books:
1836-1837
1839-1840
1841
1847
Diary, 1875
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2G309 Amory R. Starr and James F. Starr, legal and business papers, 1880-1902
James H. Starr, financial papers, Photostats, 1836-1844, 1859, 1862
Republic of Texas currency, Photostats
Business papers concerning land, 1835-1859
Expense account book, 1869-1870 1850-1870
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2G310 James H. Starr:
Papers concerning the Texas Western Railroad Company, 1853-1854
Letters from A. Sidney Johnston, 1852-1854
Letters from Thomas J. Rusk, 1845-1846, 1853
Papers concerning the lands of John de Brot, Victor Blanco, Marchos Sanchez and Edward Hughson, 1830-1870
Papers concerning the estate of H.H. Edwards, 1850-1870
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2G311 Ralph Hicks papers, 1896
Juan Boden papers, circa 1839-1892
S.M. Nobel:
Estate Papers, 1860-1870
Letters, 1860-1864
Business papers, 1834-1862
Military papers, 1860-1864
Papers concerning the property of James H. Starr, 1836-1896
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2G312 Papers concerning the property of James H. Starr, 1836-1897
Oscar L. Holmes:
Estate papers, 1842-1866
Private papers, 1854-1864
Papers concerning the J.J. Thomas land grant, 1846-1900
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2G313 Papers concerning the K.H. Douglass estate, 1837-1848
Promissory notes of the K.H. Douglass Mercantile House, 1839-1840
Copy of talk sent by Sam Houston to Alabama-Coushatta tribe, 1838
K.H. Douglass papers, including Indian commissions and military papers, 1802-1842
Mementos of the Civil War
Commissions and appointments of James H. Starr, 1832-1881
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2G314 Private and business papers concerning the Franklin J. Starr estate, 1829-1838
F.J. Starr's diaries, memoranda books, and abstract of Chitty's pleading, 1830-1837
Papers of James H. Starr relating to the Ventura grant, 1842-1891
Letters to J.H. Starr from J.F. Starr, 1866
Private letters to J.H. Starr concerning family matters, 1856-1870
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2G315 Papers related to New Orleans and Texas Railroad and the Eastern Texas Railroad, 1855-1869
Financial and legal papers, 1838-1890
Letters to J.H. Starr, 1839-1841
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2G316 Papers concerning J.H. Starr's answers to inquiries about land, debt and taxes, 1842-1888
Personal letters to J.H. Starr, 1842-1845
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2G317 Letters:
1846-1848
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2G318 1848-1851
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2G319 1851-1852
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2G320 1853-1854
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2G321 1854-1855
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2G322 1855-1856
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2G323 1856-1857
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2G324 1857
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2G325 1858
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2G326 1858-1859
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2G327 1859-1860
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2G328 1860-1861
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2G329 1861-1863
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2G330 1863-1864
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2G331 1865-1866
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2G332 1866
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2G333 1867
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2G334 1867-1868
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2G335 1868
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2G336 1868-1869
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2G337 1869
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2G338 1869-1870
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2G339 1870
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2G340 1870
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2G341 1870-1871
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2G342 1871
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2G343 1871
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2G344 1871
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2G345 1871-1872
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2G346 1872
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2G347 1872
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2G38 1872
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2G349 1872-1873
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2G350 James H. Starr, J.F. Starr and Amory Starr:
Letters:
1873-1874
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2G351 1874-1876
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2G352 1876-1877
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2G353 1877-1879
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2G354 1879
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2G355 1879-1880
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2G356 1880-1881
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2G357 James F. Starr:
Letters:
1881-1882
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2G358 1882-1883
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2G359 1883
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2G360 1883
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2G361 1883-1884
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2G362 1884
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2G363 1884-1885
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2G364 1885
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2G365 1885
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2G366 1886
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2G367 1886
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2G368 1886-1887
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2G369 1887
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2G370 1887
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2G371 1888
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2G372 1888-1889
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2G373 1889
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2G37374 1889
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2G375 Autobiographical sketch of James H. Starr, 1881
Typescript, galley proofs and other materials relating to John N. Craven's James Harper Starr: Financier of the Republic of Texas, 1950
Starr family genealogy
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2G376 Typescript, galley proofs and other materials relating to John N. Craven's James Harper Starr: Financier of the Republic of Texas, 1950
Blotter, 1842-1843
Starr family genealogy
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2H428 E. Parson, letter to James H. Starr concerning the secession of the South, February 11, 1861
Amory R. Starr, letter to W. Wade concerning runaway slaves, April 3, 1891
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2R189 Papers relating to the New Orleans, Texas and Pacific Railroad Company and Texas Western Railroad Company, including letters to James H. Starr from Thomas J. Rusk, A.S. Johnston, F.B. Sexton and others, 1845-1854
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2L308 Estate of Condy Raguet:
Inventory of property and claims volume CR
Plats of land in 20 countries in Texas
Expense and account book of excavation and embankment
Land book, number 70
Estate of H.H. Edwards
Estate of F. Thorn, Sr.:
Number 71
Land book, widows and heirs of F. Thorn, Sr., number 72
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4M207 Land books:
Number 3
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4M208 Number 4
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4M209 James H. Starr and Son, number 5
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4M210 Number 6
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4M211 A.R. Starr, Number 8
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4M212 Number 9
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4M213 A.R. Starr private lands, number 10
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4M214 A.R. Starr:
Number 11
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4M215 Number 12
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4M216 Number 13
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4M217 C.M. Raguet:
Number 21
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4M218 Number 22
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4M219 Raguet and Gregg, number 23
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4M220 Jas. H. Starr and Son, A.R. Starr, number 52
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4M221 M. James Starr and Son, number 53
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4M222 Number 54
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4M223 James H. Starr and Son, number 55
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4M224 Volume P, Amory R. Starr, number 56
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4M225 Number 58
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4M226 Index to land grants, etc., A.R. Starr
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4M227 Texas lands of C.M. Raguet and Mrs. B. Raguet
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4M228 CMR
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4M229 Index by landowners, A.R. Starr, March 17, 1883
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4M230 Number 59
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4M231 A.R. Starr's private lands, number 60
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4M232 A.R. Starr:
Number 61
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4M233 Number 62
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4M234 Number 63
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4M235 Index of landowners, number 2, opened July 11, 1876
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4N64a Abstract of archives and deeds of Nacogdoches County
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4N64b Reverse abstract of records, Nacogdoches County
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3S194 Sam Houston to the chiefs of the Wacos, Towacconnies, Towassies, Kechies, Ionies, Comanches, and all other Indians wishing to be friendly, November 11, 1836
Commission to Nathaniel Robbins, Kelsey H. Douglas and Henry Millard to conclude a treaty with the Indians, November 12, 1836
Starr family records, wills, licenses, church records, 1589-1728
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2G285 James H. Starr Real Estate and Banking Agency:
Letterpress X, number 1, August 1860-August 1861
Letterpress Y, number 1, August 1861-May 1863
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2G305 Letterpress, May-February 1863
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OD1199 Diploma from the Reformed Medical College, May 8, 1832
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3D124 [78-67] Some Biographical Notes of Dr. James H. Starr of Texas, 1809-1890, Marshall, Texas, 1917

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