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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

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Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Angelina Smith Letters, 1842-1843



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, Angelina
Title: Smith, Angelina, letters
Dates: 1842-1843
Abstract: The Angelina Smith Letters, 1842-1843, comprise photocopies of three letters to Smith in Austin, Texas, about the Comanche Indian capture of her son Fayette and his subsequent rescue.
Accession No.: 1942
Extent: 3 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The daughter of Elijah Stamps, Angelina Stamps married chief justice of Travis County, Texas, James Smith, with whom she had three children: Caroline, Fayette (also called La Fayette), and Lorena. On Fayette’s ninth birthday, January 21, 1841, James took his son to search for wild hogs in the woods near their home in Austin. Comanche Indians attacked the two, killing James and capturing Fayette. James’ brother William Smith trailed after them, eventually reaching Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he informed American tradesmen of the kidnapping. The story reached John Rowland in Taos, and he hired several Comancheros (Mexicans who traded with the Comanche tribe) to find the child. The men purchased Fayette from the Comanches near the Texas-New Mexican border and brought the boy to Rowland, with whom he then lived for over a year. In September 1842, Fayette started his journey home, meeting his grandfather Elijah Stamps in Independence, Missouri, in January 1843. The two traveled to Stamps’ home in Talladega, Alabama, finally reuniting Fayette with his mother Angelina.

Source:

"Smith, Angelina," Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Scope and Contents

The Angelina Smith Letters, 1842-1843, comprise photocopies of three letters to Smith in Austin, Texas, two from Lewis Jones in Independence, Missouri, and one from James Sawson in Talladega, Alabama. The authors discuss the capture of Smith’s son Fayette by Comanche Indians and Fayette’s rescue and return to his mother Angelina and her father Elijah Stamps.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Smith, Angelina -- Archives.
Smith, Fayette.
Jones, Lewis.
Sawson, James.
Stamps, Elijah.
Subjects
Indian captivities -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Comanche Indians -- Texas -- History -- 19th century.
Places
Independence (Mo.) -- History -- 19th century.
Talladega (Ala.) -- History -- 19th century.
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Taos (N.M.) -- History -- 19th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Angelina Smith Letters, 1842-1843, 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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2G218 Letters, 1842-1843

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