University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gayle, Alexander T., 1815-1857
Title: Gayle, Alexander T., Papers
Dates: 1830-1865
Abstract: Correspondence, certificates, financial papers, and broadsides comprise the Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865. The collection pertains to economic development of Southern Texas; Gayle’s activities as captain and owner of the brig Argo; his business matters with a brother; and his political career.
Accession No.: 1926
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Virginia, Alexander T. Gayle (1815-1857) married Frances A. Sutherland. He trained as a civil engineer and operated the brig Argo between New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galveston, Texas. After moving to Texas in 1836, he raised cattle and sheep as well as bred horses with the help of several slaves. In 1844, Gayle relocated to Texana and seven years later founded an Episcopal Church there. A loyal democrat, he became Jackson County commissioner in 1850 and county surveyor in 1852.

Source:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Gayle, Alexander T.,"http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/GG/fga46.html (accessed July 19, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, certificates, financial papers, and broadsides comprise the Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865. The collection pertains to economic development of Southern Texas; Gayle’s activities as captain and owner of the brig Argo; his business maters with a brother; and his political career.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gayle, Alexander T., 1815-1857 -- Archives.
Gayle, Frances A.
Gayle, G. S.
Gayle, Joshua
Gayle, William B.
Lea, Pryor
Menefee, John S.
Rogers, John A., Sr.
Places
Texas -- Commerce
Texas -- Politics and government.
Mathews County (Va.)
Austin County (Tex.)
Chappell Hill (Tex.)
Goliad (Tex.)
Indianola (Tex.)
Jackson County (Tex.)
Milam County (Tex.)
Texana (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander T. Gayle Papers, 1830-1865, 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

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2D209 Papers, 1830-1865