A Guide to the John A. E. Knight Papers, 1850-1915
The son of Matthew Jewell Knight, John A. E. Knight (d. 1894) married Henrietta Mercer Chiles in the 1850s, following Henrietta’s trip to the Northern Plains of the United States and California. The Knights operated a ranch in Texas and made trail drives to Kansas and Missouri.
The correspondence, diaries, and account books in the John A. E. Knight Papers, 1850-1915, document Knight’s business and familial activities. Knight’s correspondence, 1852-1889, and account books, 1862-1910, concern his vocation as a drover and rancher in Texas and relate in particular to a cattle drive to Kansas City and Dodge City, Kansas, and Sedalia, Missouri. The correspondence of his wife Henrietta Knight, 1862-1915, illuminates her lawsuit to collect money for a herd of cattle taken by Native Americans and her research into the Knight family history. Additionally, the photocopied and typed transcript diary of Henrietta describes her 1850 wagon train trip across the Northern Plains, through Oregon, and to California.
This collection is open for research use.
John A. E. Knight Papers, 1850-1915, 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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