A Guide to the Louis Horst Papers, 1840-1880
Born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Louis Horst (1807-1878) emigrated with his wife Magaretha "Mary" (1811-1879) to the United States in the 1830s. First arriving in New Orleans, Louisiana, Horst settled in Austin, Texas, around 1836. A butcher by profession, he also owned a plantation, where the couple raised their six children.
Edward, Sarah Monroe. "Simien-Horst-Monroe." Rootsweb. Accessed June 14, 2011. http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1753008&id=I520969031.
Correspondence, financial records, and legal documents compose the Louis Horst Papers, 1840-1880, chronicling Horst’s business interests and familial affairs. Correspondence concerns life on the plantation as well as news from family and friends in Germany. Legal papers relate to power of attorney, the acquisition of land, and Horst’s business endeavors, while financial documents consist of a promissory note and Confederate bonds.
This collection is open for research use.
Louis Horst Papers, 1840-1880, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers