A Guide to the Sem Kegley Papers, 1848-1868
Landowner and saddlemaker Sem Kegley (1813-1889) was born in Wythe County, Virginia. In the 1840s, Kegley moved to Texas and resided in Belton, the county seat of Bell County, Texas. He married Sarah Anne Carpenter and was appointed treasurer of Bell County in 1867.
Source: “Sem Kegley.” Find a Grave. Accessed June 30, 2011. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=30200545.
Correspondence, business papers, political papers, and land deeds comprise the Sem Kegley Papers, 1848-1868, documenting Kegley’s life in Bell County, Texas. Correspondence (1848-1860) from his brother John in Wythe County, Virginia relates to family affairs, while business papers (1852-1866) consist of tax receipts, including 1863 Confederate war tax receipts. Additionally, political papers include an appointment to the position of treasurer of Bell County, Texas (1867).
This collection is open for research use.
Sem Kegley Papers, 1848-1868, 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.
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