University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John O'Neall Papers, 1853-1899



Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Neall, John, 1813-1897
Title: O'Neall, John, Papers
Dates: 1853-1899
Abstract: Letters and a bound journal compose the John O'Neall Papers, 1853-1899, documenting the life of John O'Neall and his family.
Accession No.: 84-162
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Edgefield County, South Carolina, John O'Neall (1813-1897) immigrated to Texas in 1853 with four members of his family, four slaves, six horses, and two wagons. After a 63-day journey, he arrived in Gonzales County, Texas, where he lived until his death.


Scope and Contents

Letters and a bound journal compose the John O'Neall Papers, 1853-1899, documenting the life of John O'Neall and his family. The volume contains a handwritten diary chronicling O'Neall's 1853 journey from South Carolina to Gonzales County, Texas, and describing his expenses, each day's travel, and his impressions of the land. The journal also includes recipes for medicine, cattle inventories (1959-1960), a will, instructions for accounting, and an attendee list for the Methodist Episcopal Church South at Five Mile of the Leesburg Circuit in the San Antonio District, West Texas Conference. Additionally, letters to O'Neall and his family in Texas from friends and South Carolina family concern familial and local activities and news.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
O'Neall, John, 1813-1897 -- Archives
O'Neall family
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Episcopal Church -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
Frontier and pioneer life -- Southern states
Places
Edgefield County (S.C.) -- History -- 19th century
Gonzales County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John O'Neall Papers, 1853-1899, 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

 

Inventory:

box
2.325/B1 Journal
Letters