A Guide to the Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968
Reverend Peter W. Gravis (1828-1902) was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Thomas F. Gravis, and moved to Texas in 1838, part of Robertson’s Colony. Peter Gravis was a Methodist clergyman and missionary to Texas in the mid-1800s. His autobiography, Twenty-Five Years on the Outside Row of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, written and published in 1892, was republished in 1966. He served as a circuit rider in the Panhandle of Texas for twenty-five years, including as minister in Comanche, Texas, ca. 1868, and at the Iredell First United Methodist Church in Iredell, 1869-mid 1870s. His wife Mary died in 1895. They had one daughter, Ellen.
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Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Letters and an autobiography comprise the Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968. The papers relate to Gravis’ experience as a circuit rider in the Panhandle area of Texas and narrow escapes from American Indians. Also within the papers is "Memories Recollected of the Rev. Peter W. Gravis," a newspaper article by Margaret Waring from the Comanche Chief, March 1, 1968.
Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by W. H. Richter, June 1968.
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