University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Thomas Howard Family Papers, 1822-1909



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Howard, George Thomas, Family
Title: Howard, George Thomas, Family Papers
Dates: 1822-1909
Abstract: Correspondence, currency, broadsides, legal and financial papers of George Thomas and Mary Francis McCormick Howard relate primarily to the family's business affairs, the settlement of George's estate by his widow, and conduct of business affairs after his death. George Thomas Howard (1814-1866) was a soldier, Bexar County sheriff, and San Antonio merchant.
Accession No.: 1954
Extent: 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

George Thomas Howard (1814-1866) was a soldier, Bexar County sheriff, and San Antonio merchant. He was born on September 2, 1814, near Washington, D.C. He migrated to Texas in 1836, served in the army of the Republic as commanding officer at Galveston in 1837, fought Native Americans in the San Antonio vicinity in 1839 and 1840, and participated in the Council House Fight and the Plum Creek Fight in 1840. Howard accompanied the Texan Santa Fe Expedition as a merchant and aide-de-campe to Hugh McLeod. After his capture and imprisonment in Mexico, Howard subsequently escaped to join the Somervell Expedition. He then assisted Henri Castro in the colonization of Castroville, served in the Mexican War, and financed and participated in the Chihuahua-El Paso Pioneer expedition to explore the possibilities for a road and mail stations to El Paso in 1848. Howard also operated a freight transport business in San Antonio, served as United States Department of the Interior Superintendent of Indian Agents for Texas from 1850-1855, and served as a Confederate officer, supplying cattle for Southern forces and negotiating cotton exchange contracts with Mexican suppliers. After illness and lapsing into a coma, Howard died on August 6, 1866, and was buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Howard married sixteen-year-old Mary Frances McCormick of Washington, D.C., on October 7, 1847. The couple had seven daughters and one son by 1863. Mary inherited his estate and continued to run his business.

Sources:

Biographical sketch of George Thomas Howard, Box 2E255, George Thomas Howard Family Papers, 1822-1909, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Lackman, Howard. "The early years in Texas of George Thomas Howard". Masters thesis, University of Texas at Austin, [1952].

Lackman, Howard. "George Thomas Howard, Texas frontiersman". PhD diss., University of Texas at Austin, 1954.

Lackman, Howard. "Howard, George Thomas."Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho77.html (accessed May 6, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The George Thomas Howard Family Papers, 1822-1909, contain correspondence, currency, broadsides, legal and financial papers relate primarily to the family's business affairs, their handling after George’s death, and the settlement of George's estate by his widow Mary.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Howard, George Thomas, family -- Archives.
Howard, George T. (George Thomas), 1814-1866 -- Archives.
Howard, Mary Francis McCormick -- Archives.
Howard, Volney E. (Volney Erskine), 1809-1889.
LaCoste, Jean Batiste, 1823-1887.
Ball, George, 1817-1884.
Ogden, Duncan C. (Duncan Campbell), 1813-1859.
Slayden, James Luther, 1853-1924.
Young, William Hugh, 1838-1901.
Beck, Joseph H.
Beck, Sarah Jane.
Bigelow, William H.
Davis, Horatio.
Duncan, John H.
Garza, José Manuel de la.
Gibbs, Alfred.
Rutherford, Joseph W.
Smith, Sam L.
Waterman, Joseph.
Subjects
Agriculture -- Texas -- History -- Sources.
Places
Texas -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- Commerce -- History -- Sources.
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.

Related Material

Lackman, Howard. "The early years in Texas of George Thomas Howard". Masters thesis, University of Texas at Austin, [1952]. Call number: THESIS 1952 L118 (PCL Library storage).

Lackman, Howard. "George Thomas Howard, Texas frontiersman". PhD diss., University of Texas at Austin, 1954. Call number: DISS 1954 L118 (PCL Library storage).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Thomas Howard Family Papers, 1822-1909, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2E254 Legal and Business Papers:
1822-1889
box
2E255 1890-1909
Undated and envelopes
Checkbooks and memo books, 1870-1909
Biographical sketch of George Thomas Howard