A Guide to the George Sutherland Papers, 1830-1884
George Sutherland (1787?-1855) moved to Texas from Alabama in 1830 and settled in Jackson Municipality. In 1832 he became a member of the Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry, which dealt with the Anahuac Disturbances that precipitated the Texas Revolution. He represented Matagorda Municipality at the conventions of 1832 and 1833 and founded a merchandise enterprise in 1834 at Santa Anna (later Texana). Though Sutherland was elected to the Consultation of 1835, he had joined the revolutionary army and was therefore unable to attend. He participated in the battles at Runaway Scrape and San Jacinto. Returning to political life after his military service, Sutherland represented the new Jackson County in the Second Congress of the Republic of Texas (1837) participated in the campaign against Rafael Vásquez (1842), and served in the House of the Ninth Congress (1844). In 1848 Sutherland became county commissioner of Jackson County.
Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Sutherland, George," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/fsu6.html (accessed July 28, 2010).
Letters, land papers, legal documents, and a bible comprise the George Sutherland Papers, 1830-1884. The collection relates to the death of Mrs. Frances Sutherland’s son at the Alamo, military affairs, and land transactions by and within the Sutherland family. Additionally, the bible contains history about the Sutherland family.
The collection is open for research.
George Sutherland Papers, 1830-1884, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Subsequent revisions were made by Mark Thomas, October 1988.
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