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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Pettus Family Papers, 1822-1972



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pettus family
Title: Pettus Family Papers
Dates: 1822-1972
Abstract: Comprising microfilm of legal and financial records, printed material, and maps, the Pettus Family Papers, document the land, cattle, and legal and financial business of descendants of William Albert Pettus (1787-1844) and Freeman Pettus (b. 1781).
Accession No.: 1987
Extent: 4 reels
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, William Albert Pettus (1787-1844) settled near Huntsville, Alabama, in 1815 and married Elizabeth Patrick, with whom he had at least two sons. In 1822, he sailed to Texas with his wife and brother Freeman (b. 1781) on the Revenge. As members of Stephen F. Austin’s colony, each brother received two leagues and a labor of land. William settled in present-day Wharton, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties as a farmer and stock raiser. Freeman’s land was in Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, and Brazoria counties. Before coming to Texas, he married Elizabeth Craddock, with whom he had sons Samuel and Edward.

From 1824 to 1832, William Albert Pettus served as sindico procurador in San Felipe, before moving to present-day Austin County, where he opened a house of entertainment in 1836. He was a member of the central standing committee established by the Convention of 1832 and was appointed to the San Felipe committee of vigilance and safety in 1835. In 1840, Pettus became director of the Houston and Brazos Railroad Company. Two years later, Sam Houston sent Pettus to Austin in an unsuccessful attempt to move the republic’s archives from Austin to Washington-on-the-Brazos, an act known as the Archive War. His son William Albert Pettus (b. 1838) became a farmer and stockraiser in Goliad.

Source:

Pettus, Freeman.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 18, 2011.

Pettus, William Albert.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 18, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising microfilm of legal and financial records, printed material, and maps, the Pettus Family Papers, document the land, cattle, and legal and financial business of descendants of William Albert Pettus (1787-1844) and Freeman Pettus (b. 1781). Relating primarily to William Albert Pettus (b. 1838), the legal and financial papers contain records of land litigations, land grants, land patents and surveys, field notes, deeds, power of attorney, and tax receipts and statements, invoices, promissory notes, bills, and purchase receipts. The papers also include inventories of property, agreements, certificates, letters, and a death notice. Participants in the transactions include John Hodges, Dennis and Thomas O'Connor, and members of the Gantt family. Additionally, the collection contains newspaper clippings and maps.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hodges, John
O’Connor, Dennis Martin, 1839-1900
O’Connor, Thomas, 1819-1887
Pettus, Freeman, 1781-?
Pettus, William Albert, 1787-1844
Pettus, William Albert, 1838-? -- Archives
Gantt family
Pettus family -- Archives
Subjects
Deeds -- Texas, South -- History
Land grants -- Texas, South -- History
Livestock -- Texas, South -- History
Ranches -- Texas, South -- History
Places
Texas, South

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Pettus Family Papers, 1822-1972, 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:

box
830.14-17 Microfilm:
Legal Records, 1822-1967, undated
Financial Records, 1837-1972, undated
Printed Material, 1899-1942, undated
Pictorial, Maps, 1885, undated

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