University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Reuben G. White Family Papers, 1819-1929



Descriptive Summary

Creator: White, Reuben G. Family
Title: White, Reuben G. Family Papers
Dates: 1819-1929
Abstract: Reuben Grayden White and his wife, Mrs. Rachel Peebles White, lived in Hempstead, Texas, around 1927, where they owned a cotton plantation. The White and Peebles families were founders of the town. Letters, a diary, legal papers, financial papers, an exercise book, and clippings concerning members of the White and Peebles families comprise the papers.
Accession No.: 1930
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Reuben Grayden White and his wife, Mrs. Rachel Peebles White, lived in Hempstead, Texas, around 1927, where they owned a cotton plantation. Rachel Peebles White was the daughter of Dr. Richard Rodgers Peebles, a pioneer Texas physician, and Mary Ann Calvit Groce. Dr. Peebles established a large medical practice in Texas, tended to the wounded during the battle of San Jacinto, and led successful mercantile ventures including the construction of the Washington County Railroad. He helped rent Independence Hall for the Convention of 1836, and was therefore the recipient of a gift of "The Ark of the Covenant of the Texas Declaration of Independence." This relic of the Republic of Texas was handed down, and the Whites donated it to "the people of Texas," via the University of Texas in 1927. In 1961 the relic was delivered to Governor Price Daniel and placed under the care of the Texas Library and Historical Commission.

Dr. Peebles was responsible for the routing of the Houston and Central Texas Railway through what would become Hempstead, Texas, and the White and Peebles families were founders of the town.

Sources: Shuffler, R. Henderson. "The Ark of the Covenant of the Texas Declaration of Independence." Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. 65, No. 1 (July 1961).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Peebles, Richard Rodgers," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/fpe10.html (accessed August 4, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Letters, a diary, legal papers, financial papers, an exercise book, and clippings concerning members of the White and Peebles families comprise the Reuben G. White Family Papers, 1819-1929. The papers relate to early Texas history, conditions during the Republic period and the Civil War, and the founding of Hempstead, Texas. Additionally, the collection contains letters to Richard M. Bozman while a student at the University of the South, 1895-1899; Rachel Peebles White’s correspondence with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas about the protection and restoration of the Alamo; and Sarah M. Peebles’s diary and book on exercises in writing and arithmetic. The papers also concern Reuben G. White’s cotton plantation, the development of cotton fertilizer and insecticide, and personal affairs. Finally, the collection contains T. H. Pointer’s account book, 1914-1917.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
White family--Archives.
Peebles family--Archives.
Bozman, Richard M.
Baker, William R.
Subjects (Organizations)
Daughters of the Republic of Texas
University of the South
Subjects
Cotton plantations--Texas
Cotton--Fertilizers--Texas
Places
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.)--History
Texas--History
Hempstead (Tex.)--History--Sources
Austin (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Childers (George Purl) Papers, 1856-1919.

See also the Peebles (Richard Rodgers) Papers, 1841-1845, ca. 1870-1880.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reuben G. White Family Papers, 1819-1929, 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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2H363 Record books, 1879-1918
Correspondence:
1819-1879
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2H364 1900-1916
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2H365 1880-1905
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2H366 1916-1929, undated
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2H367 White-Peebles correspondence and legal documents, [ca. 1835-1925]
White-Bozman correspondence, 1886
Unclassified miscellany
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2H368 White-Peebles family papers, newspaper clippings
Family records and miscellaneous papers
M. A. Peebles diary, 1854
S. M. Peebles exercise book, 1860
Peebles family notebook
T. H. Pointer account book, 1914-1917
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3L185 White-Peebles family papers, family scrapbook
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3Y197 Unidentified studio portraits, ca. 1880s-1890s