A Guide to the James Travis and William H. Cleveland Papers, 1850-1864
Cattle raiser James Travis Cleveland lived in Independence and Gonzales, Texas. In the 1850s, Cleveland traveled through Mexico to California in search of gold, and after returning to Texas, he served as the secretary of a local stock raisers association in the 1860s. During the Civil War, Cleveland fought in Hood’s Texas Brigade, Fifth Texas Infantry Regiment, Company C, under the command of Stephen Heard Darden. He was the brother of William H. Cleveland, the husband of Rachel H. Cleveland, and the father of J. Wellington Cleveland and other children.
The James Travis and William H. Cleveland Papers, 1850-1864, consist of family correspondence and stock raisers association meeting minutes. The correspondence between James Travis Cleveland and his family, 1850-1864, discusses Cleveland’s service during the Civil War, his travel to California via Mexico to search for gold, and social and economic conditions in Independence and Gonzales, Texas. Recorded by Cleveland as secretary, the minutes document an 1862 meeting of local stock raisers in District 12 at Rabon’s Ranch. The collection also contains a volume of photocopies of the documents.
This collection is open for research use.
James Travis and William H. Cleveland Papers, 1850-1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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