University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John R. Heartsill Diaries and Memoranda, 1848-1872

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Heartsill, John R.
Title: John R. Heartsill Diaries and Memoranda
Dates: 1848-1872
Abstract: Personal diaries of John R. Heartsill, Texas colonist and druggist.
Extent: 5 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

John R. Heartsill moved to Texas from Blount County, Tennessee and became a druggist in Marshall, where James H. Starr also moved in 1870 after forming the James H. Starr and Son land and banking agency (one of the first in Texas). He was also an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (now the Southern Methodist Church).

Scope and Contents

The John R. Heartsill Diaries and Memoranda, 1848-1872, were created during the last few months of Heartsill’s life in Tennessee and his first years in Texas. The diaries are a subjective and religious account of his daily activities, giving special attention to the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the building of the Southern Pacific Railroad.

The collection also includes genealogical registers for several generations, comments on education, business, Reconstruction, and local matters.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Heartsill, John R. -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
Southern Pacific Railroad Company (Tex.)
Young Men's Christian Association.
Education -- Texas.
Reconstruction (U.S.history, 1865-1877) -- Texas.
Religion -- Texas.
Marshall (Tex.) -- History -- Sources

Related Material

James H. Starr Papers, 1796-1905

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John R. Heartsill Diaries and Memoranda, 1848-1872, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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



2D273 Diaries, 1848-1871
September 17, 1848-September 17, 1869
(Dated entries: April 19, 1866, September 17, 1869)
September 8, 1869-June 30, 1870
July 1, 187-December 31, 1871
June 14-December 31, 1871
4L281 Diary, 1872
January 1-November 8, 1872