A Guide to the William A. Droddy Diary, 1936
The son of Methodist preacher John Droddy (b. 1790) and Sarah Hays (b. 1772), William A. Droddy was born in Missouri on May 16, 1823. By 1838, his parents had moved to Texas, where his father received a headright grant for land in Newton County. Droddy married Dicey Watson (1826-1886) on July 12, 1849, and the couple bore ten children. A farmer by profession, Droddy also fought in the Mexican War and was a corporal in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He died on May 7, 1891, and is buried in Dickerson Cemetery in Newton County.
Banks, Herbert C. Daughters of the Republic of Texas patriot ancestor album.Paduca, KY: Turner Pub. Co., 2001.
The William A. Droddy Diary, 1936, chronicles Droddy’s experiences as a soldier in the United States Army during the Mexican War. The collection consists of three typescript copies of his diary, which relate Droddy’s riverboat travels between May 17 and September 2, 1846, from Jasper County, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico. Droddy describes the cities and towns he travels through, including Galveston, Port Isabel, and Matamoros.
This collection is open for research use.
William A. Droddy Diary, 1936, 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