A Guide to the Al McFaddin Papers, 1842-1895
Rancher Allen Minor "Al" McFaddin (1863-1930) was born to James Alfred McFaddin (1840-1916) and Margaret V. Coward. James worked on his father William’s ranch near Beaumont, Texas, before establishing his own ranch in Refugio County in 1858. Following his service in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, James returned to ranching and set up a pseudo-bank, keeping his neighbors’ money in a safe until a local bank was established. In 1881, the McFaddins moved to a Victoria County ranch, where their son Al began working after marrying Ada Pettus in 1888. As one of the earliest breeders of Brahman cattle, James began trading the animals in the 1880s, while Al promoted Brahman cattle breeding programs, even acting as a consultant to the King Ranch’s breeding program. Al also co-founded and became first president of both the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in 1912 and the American Brahman Breeders Association in 1924. Additionally, he served a term in the Texas Legislature and as director of the Victoria National Bank.
Wilson, Rosine McFaddin. "McFaddin, Allen Minor."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 8, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmcbe.
Wilson, Rosine McFaddin. "McFaddin, James Alfred."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 8, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fmcbd.
Composed primarily of James A. and Al McFaddin’s ranch books, the Al McFaddin Papers, 1842-1895, document the business activities of the McFaddin Ranch in Victoria County, Texas. The ranch books include tally books, brand books, account books, and a pasture book, which record the number of cattle, identified by brand mark, ranches purchased from the McFaddins and how many cattle per brand were in a given pasture. Consisting of receipts, bills of sale, checks, a brand mark registration certificate, and other records, the financial and legal documents also illustrate the McFaddin Ranch’s cattle trade business. Furthermore, business cards, notes, and correspondence chronicle the shipping of and payment for cattle by the McFaddins.
This collection is open for research use.
Al McFaddin Papers, 1842-1895, 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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