A Guide to the Josephus Cavitt Papers, 1800, 1837, 1853-1869
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.
Josephus Cavitt's brother, Volney, was also an important figure in the Robertson Colony.
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).
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. Also, family history of Volney Cavitt compiled by Ellen B. Cavitt in 1956.
The collection is open for research.
Josephus Cavitt Papers, 1800, 1837, 1853-1869, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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