University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Galen Hodges Papers, 1834, 1839-1897, 1911



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hodges, Galen
Title: Hodges (Galen) Papers
Dates: 1834, 1839-1897, 1911
Abstract: Rhode Island-born Galen Hodges (1813-1884) moved to Texas by 1838 and settled in Matagorda County; most of the materials pertain to Hodges’ business and financial activities in Matagorda, particularly in regard to ginning, hides, land, railroad, and stage line enterprises.
Extent: 1 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Rhode Island-born Galen Hodges (1813-1884) moved to Texas by 1838 and settled in Matagorda County. A leader in the community, Hodges served in various capacities, including postmaster, alderman, surveyor, and general inspector. Additionally, he was a chairman of the Matagorda county Democratic executive committee as well as a treasurer of the Southern Rights Association. For approximately one year, 1858-1859, Hodges owned the Matagorda Gazette, a weekly newspaper. He died in 1884 en route to a meeting of Confederate veterans.

Sources:

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Hodges, Galen," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/HH/fho11.html (accessed July 20, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Matagorda Gazette," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/eem9.html (accessed July 21, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, financial records, legal documents, inventories, wills, court records, surveys, mortgages, contracts, powers-of-attorney, receipts, a charter, a diary, broadsides, clippings, a military discharge, and a muster roll comprise the Galen Hodges Papers, 1834, 1839-1897, 1911. Most of the material pertains to Hodges’ business and financial activities in Matagorda, Texas, particularly in regard to ginning, hides, land, railroad, and stage line enterprises. The papers also relate to Hodges’ trip abroad, 1857, and to his nephew, Robert Ludington’s affiliation with Company D, 6th Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army.


Restrictions

Use Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hodges, Galen, 1813-1884--Archives.
Burkhardt, George
Caverly, John L.
Chamberlin, Woodson
Cunningham, Burwell
De Cordova, Phineas, 1819-1903
Dyer, Frank
Fisher, Samuel Rhoads, 1794-1839
Henderson, John
Hill, Sam
Jackson, Henry
Jackson, Smith
Kemp, John
Maloney, Robert
Monroe, James
Moore, Fred
Murray, Albert
Myers, Edward
Page, Henry, 1817-1885
Patterson, Henry
Plummer, John
Smyth, G. W. (George Washington), 1803-1866
Vaughn, James F.
Ward, Luke
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 6th. Company D
Subjects
Hides & skins--Texas
Real property--Texas
Railroads--Texas
Stagecoach lines--Texas
Places
New Orleans (La.)
Austin (Tex.)
Castroville (Tex.)
Fairfield (Tex.)
Fredericksburg (Tex.)
Hempstead (Tex.)
Indianola (Tex.)
Jefferson (Tex.)
Matagorda (Tex.)
Matagorda County (Tex.)
New Braunfels (Tex.)
Victoria (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Galen Hodges Papers, 1834, 1839-1897, 1911, 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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2E243 Correspondence, 1834-1911
Letter book, 1867-1874
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2E244 Letter book, 1876-1877
Legal documents, 1839-1870
Business and legal documents, 1857-1876
Financial papers, 1851-1881
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2E245 Financial papers, 1881-1897
Abstracts of court rulings, 1877-1878
Matagorda Railroad Company, 1860
Account book of stage from Matagorda to Eagle Lake, 1859
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2E246 Ledger from precinct number three, 1876
Muster roll, Company D, sixth Texas Infantry, Confederate States Army, Matagorda County
Diary, 1857
Broadsides and clippings