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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gravis, Peter W.
Title: Gravis, Peter W. Papers
Dates: 1828-1892, 1968
Abstract: Reverend Peter W. Gravis was a Methodist clergyman, missionary to Texas in the mid-1800s, and the author of Twenty-Five Years on the Outside Row of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, an autobiography included in the papers.
Accession No.: 69-012
Extent: 2 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

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.

Sources: Bosque County Collection. "Official State Historical Markers in Bosque County." http://www.bosquecountycollection.org/markers.shtml (accessed July 14, 2010).

Lone Star Almond Company. "Texas Stories." http://lonestaralmondcompany.com/ezine/texas_results.php?cat=27 (accessed July 14, 2010).

Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gravis, Peter W., 1828-1902--Archives.
Waring, Margaret
Montgomery, G. W. (George Washington), 1804-1841
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Church--Texas--Clergy--Biography
Subjects
Autobiographies--Texas
Places
Comanche (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Zephyr (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Peter W. Gravis Papers, 1828-1892, 1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R5 Photostat of autobiography, 1892
Newspaper article, 1968

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