A Guide to the J. C. George Papers, 1862-1904
John Chowning George was born in Warren County, Kentucky, one of seven children of Alfred and Elizabeth (Chowning) George. George and his brother William H. George (b. 1829) both migrated to Ellis County, Texas, around 1860 and joined the Confederate Army in 1861. George served in the 10th Texas Infantry before being discharged in 1865 due to injury. After the war, George returned to Ellis County and worked as a blacksmith. He married Rachil Matilda Davis in 1866. The family later lived in Palo Pinto County and then Nolan County.
Voran, B. J. “John Chowning George.” Ancestry.com. Accessed December 13, 2010.
Consisting of correspondence, an autobiography, a broadside, and photographs, the J. C. George Papers document, 1862-1904, the service of brothers John Chowning and William H. George as Confederate soldiers and their involvement with veteran reunions. The correspondence includes a letter from John to William during the war (1862) and a letter from a fellow veteran to William about a reunion (1904). Additionally, the collection includes William’s brief handwritten autobiography, a printed broadside for the 1904 annual reunion of the Texas Division, and two undated photographs of Confederate veterans at reunions.
This collection is open for research use.
J. C. George Papers, 1862-1904, 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