University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Josephus Cavitt Papers, 1800, 1837, 1853-1869



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cavitt, Josephus
Title: Cavitt, Josephus Papers
Dates: 1800, 1837, 1853-1869
Abstract: The Josephus Cavitt Papers include correspondence, financial papers, military orders, muster rolls, a deed, a certificate, and a broadside, and relate to the life and career of Cavitt, stock raiser and militiaman in Robertson County, Texas.
Accession No.: 1944; 90-252
Extent: 33 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Josephus Cavitt (1826-1883), stock raiser and militiaman in Robertson County, Texas, was the son of Andrew and Ann Cavitt, early Texas settlers and friends of Davy Crockett and Sam Houston. Cavitt was involved with the selling of cattle, selling of slaves, and confiscation and sale at public auction of lands deemed as property of enemies of the Confederate States. Additionally, Cavitt applied for special amnesty from President Andrew Johnson to be pardoned for his rebellion against the United States, and served in the Texas Militia for Robertson County.

Source: Family Tree Maker’s Genealogy Site. "Descendants of Moses Cavett." http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/e/l/l/Curtis-M-Elliott/GENE12-0004.html (accessed July 6, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Josephus Cavitt Papers, 1800, 1837, 1853-1869, include correspondence, financial papers, military orders, muster rolls, a deed, a certificate, and a broadside. The early documents (1800-1857) are photostatic copies. The papers relate to conscription under the Confederacy in Texas (1863); sequestration, condemnation, confiscation, and sale at public auction of lands taken as the “property of…Alien Enemies of the Confederate States” (1863-1864); the selling of slaves; Reconstruction; and Cavitt’s application for special amnesty. Furthermore, the papers include a bill of sale for 596 head of cattle, with brand appended, A.M.S., Hearn Station, Texas, December 13, 1869. The bill of sale includes an embossed seal on blank pages of W.O. Tift, Inspector of Hides and Cattle, Galveston, Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cavitt, Josephus, 1826-1883--Archives.
Cavitt, Ann
Thompson, Elijah W.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Militia
Confederate States of America. Army--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.
Subjects
Slavery--Texas
Cattle trade--Texas
Places
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836--Registers
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Separated Material

Receiver’s Sale of Confiscated Lands, 1863, has been separated to the Broadsides Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Josephus Cavitt Papers, 1800, 1837, 1853-1869, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Winnie Allen, June 1944. Subsequent revisions were made by Claire Maxwell, December 1984.

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

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2J98 Papers
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3S167 Three Texas Militia muster rolls for Robertson County, 1863