University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William A. Droddy Diary, 1936



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Droddy, William A., 1823-1891
Title: Droddy, William A., Diary
Dates: 1936
Abstract: The William A. Droddy Diary, 1936, chronicles Droddy’s experiences as a soldier in the United States Army during the Mexican War.
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

Banks, Herbert C. Daughters of the Republic of Texas patriot ancestor album.Paduca, KY: Turner Pub. Co., 2001.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Droddy, William A., 1823-1891--Archives
Subjects
Travel--Texas--History--19th century
Places
Ciudad Camargo (Tamaulipas, Mexico)--History--19th century
Galveston (Tex.)--History--19th century
Jasper County (Tex.)--History--19th century
Matamoros (Coahuila, Mexico)--History--19th century
Port Isabel (Tex.)--History--19th century
Texas--Description and travel--19th century--Sources
United States--History--Mexican war, 1846-1848

Related Material

See also William A. Droddy Diary, Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. (Additional typescript). http://www.cets.sfasu.edu/etrc/DB/57.gif.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William A. Droddy Diary, 1936, 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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2Q497 Three typescript copies of diary, 1936