A Guide to the South (Walter S.) Diaries, 1860-1890
Reverand Walter S. South (1824-1897) was a Methodist clergyman, farmer, and circuit rider, born in Kentucky. He moved to Texas in 1847, settling in the town of Bryan in Brazos County, Texas in 1863. South’s duties as a circuit rider required him to travel throughout Texas in an effort to minister to settlers and organize congregations.
Source: “Statewide County NcArchives Obituaries.....Freeman, Andrew 1894”. TX Gen Web Project. Accessed on February 28, 2011. http://files.usgwarchives.net/nc/statewide/obits/f/freeman2141ob.txt.
The Walter S. South Diaries, 1860-1890, consist of four transcribed diaries describe South’s daily activities of travel, hunting, and religious study. Additionally, the diaries discuss funeral services he performed for communities, most often in the aftermath of a skirmish with the local Native Americans.
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Walter S. South Diaries, 1860-1890, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, 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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