University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sebron Graham Sneed Family Papers, 1830-1904, 1958



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sneed, Sebron Graham, 1802-1879
Creator: Sneed family
Title: Sneed, Sebron Graham, family papers
Dates: 1830-1904, 1958
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, legal and financial documents, plats, memoranda, and literary productions, the Sebron Graham Sneed Family Papers, 1830-1904, 1958, concern Sneed’s legal and military career and his family in Arkansas and Texas.
Accession No.: 1923
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to John Thomas Sneed, Jr., and the former Mecca Isabell Graham in Kentucky, Sebron Graham Sneed (1802-1879) moved with his family to Missouri, where he became a colonel in the state militia (1823) and Justice of the Peace of Clay County (1824-1825). In 1824, he married Marinda Adkins, and the couple had eleven children, including Thomas Eskridge (1832-1901) and Sebron Graham, Jr. (1836-1894). Moving to Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1830, Sneed opened a law partnership with Williamson Simpson Oldham. He also served as the Fayetteville district’s prosecuting attorney (1831-1833), registrar of the United States Land Office (1839), district judge of Fayetteville District Court (1839), and judge of the Fourth Judicial District Court (1844-1848).

In 1848, the family moved to Austin, Texas, where Sneed helped organize the Travis County Democratic Party in 1857. The following year, he and William M. Walton formed a law firm, which Sneed’s son Thomas later joined. At the beginning of the Civil War, after the law firm dissolved, Thomas and Sebron, Jr., joined the Confederate Army, while Sneed, Sr., served as a Confederate provost marshal and volunteered his home as a recruiting station and military hospital. After the war, Sneed operated a farm until his death in 1879.

Source:

Koch, Mary Wilcox. "Sneed, Sebron Graham."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 24, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fsn01.


Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, legal and financial documents, plats, memoranda, and literary productions, the Sebron Graham Sneed Family Papers, 1830-1904, 1958, concern Sneed’s career and family. Correspondence, legal records, and financial documents chronicle Sneed’s activities as a U. S. Land Office registrar; judge for the Fayetteville, Arkansas, District Court; an attorney in Arkansas and Texas; an organizer for the Democratic Party in Travis County, Texas; and a provost marshal during the Civil War. Financial documents include receipts, pay-on-demand orders, and promissory notes, while legal documents consist of contracts for the sale of land, slaves, cattle, and lumber. Correspondence also includes letters between Sebron Sneed, Jr., and his wife Fannie during the Civil War, while newspapers contain copies of obituaries for Sebron Sneed, his wife Marinda, and their children: Sebron Sneed, Jr., Louisa Sneed Costa, and Thomas E. Sneed. Additionally, the collection comprises land plats, a notebook, a copy of a short story, and a 1958 biography on Sneed by W. J. Lemke.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sneed, Sebron Graham, 1802-1879 -- Archives.
Sneed family -- Archives.
Sneed, Sebron Graham, 1836-1894.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army.
United States. General Land Office.
Democratic Party (Travis County, Tex.)
United States. District Court (Arkansas).
Subjects
Attorneys -- Texas -- Travis County.
Attorneys -- Arkansas -- Fayetteville County.
Judges -- Arkansas -- Fayetteville County.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Travis County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Fayetteville (Ark.) -- History -- 19th century.
Fayetteville County (Ark.) -- History -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sebron Graham Sneed Family Papers, 1830-1904, 1958, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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