A Guide to the Orceneth A. Fisher Papers, 1855-1884
Born in Illinois, Orceneth Asbury Fisher (1831-1885) was the son of Methodist circuit rider Orceneth and Elizabeth Watts Fisher. The Methodist church sent the elder Fisher to Texas in 1839. Two years later, he led a group of five wagons, including his family, to the Republic. He preached and led ministries throughout East Texas, including service as chaplain of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, before being transferred to California and then Oregon. Orceneth Asbury Fisher followed in his father’s footsteps, also becoming a Methodist minister. He married Mary Simons (1843-1912), daughter of early Texas settlers Captain Thomas and Susan Thomas Simons. The couple had several children, including sons Asbury and Sterling. Orceneth A. Fisher led congregations in Texas, Oregon, and California.
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The Orceneth A. Fisher Papers, 1855-1884, document the family life and career of Fisher as a Methodist minister. Original letters and Photostats of correspondence, sermons, receipts, and a license to preach concern Fisher’s ministerial activities in Oregon, California, and Texas, as well as his family life. The papers additionally include Photostats of photographs of Fisher family members.
This collection is open for research use.
Orceneth A. Fisher Papers, 1855-1884, 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.
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