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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Sanders Oury Narrative, 1930



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Oury, William Sanders, 1817-1887
Title: Oury, William Sanders, Narrative
Dates: 1930
Abstract: A biographical narrative comprises the William Sanders Oury Narrative, 1930, describing Oury’s life as a soldier and rancher.
Extent: 1 item
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The oldest of nine children of Augustus Oury, William Sanders Oury (1817-1887) was born in Abingdon, Virginia. In 1833, he moved to Texas, after his family settled in Missouri. During the Texas Revolution, Oury rode to San Antonio with William Barret Travis and served in the Alamo garrison, leaving on a courier mission just before the battle of the Alamo began. He was also a courier for Sam Houston and fought in the battle of San Jacinto. In 1840, Oury joined the Texas Rangers in their battles against Comanche Indians at Plum Creek and Bandera Pass. A member of the 1842 Mier expedition, he survived an execution lottery by Mexican captors and returned to Texas to fight in the Mexican War, serving as an interpreter for General Zachary Taylor. Oury married Inez Garcìa of Durango, Mexico, in 1849, and the couple headed to California in pursuit of gold soon afterward. In 1856, the family moved to Tucson, Arizona, where Oury became a cattle rancher and was elected sheriff several times. Oury was also a leader in the April 1871 Camp Grant Massacre of Apache Indians.

Source:

Groneman, Bill. “Oury, William Sanders.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 17, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

A biographical narrative comprises the William Sanders Oury Narrative, 1930, describing Oury’s life as a soldier and rancher. The narrative, transcribed by Oury’s grandson, Colonel William O. Smith of Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, discusses Oury’s military service serving at the Alamo garrison during the Texas Revolution, fighting Apaches with John C. Hays’s Texas Rangers, working with the U. S. Army’s Camel Corps, and participating in the Mier Expedition. The account additionally addresses Oury’s work as a rancher and community leader in Arizona, his participation in the Camp Grant Indian massacre, and a duel with Edward Flournoy.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hays, John Coffee, 1817-1883
Oury, William Sanders, 1817-1887 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Rangers -- History -- 19th century
United States. Army. Camel Corps.
Subjects
Camp Grant Massacre, Ariz., 1871
Comanche Indian -- Wars, 1840
Ranching -- Tucson (Ariz.) -- History -- 19th century
Texan Mier Expedition (1842-1844)
Places
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- Siege, 1836
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Sanders Oury Narrative, 1930, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

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2R131 Life of William Sanders Oury, 1817-1887

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