University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Thomas O'Connor Papers, 1926, [ca. 1950s-1970s]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Connor, Thomas, 1819-1887
Title: O'Connor, Thomas, Papers
Dates: 1926, [ca. 1950s-1970s]
Abstract: The Thomas O’Connor Papers are comprised of newspaper clippings, typescripts recounting the history of San Jacinto Day, a brief historical overview of the beginnings of La Bahia, religious materials including a program for a Knights of Columbus event, photographs of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas, which are accompanied by typescripts describing each image, as well as correspondence detailing an intended sale of presumably stolen historical documents.
Accession No.: 2000-132
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 1819 in County Wexford, Ireland, Thomas O’Connor along with his uncle, James Power emigrated from Ireland and settled in the Power and Hewetson Colony, which was a settlement for Irish Catholic immigrants located in Texas. O’Connor’s craft was originally in saddle trees, which allowed him to save enough money to buy a few horses by the time he married Mary Fagan in 1838. For her part, she brought with her a dowry of livestock, which O’Connor used to establish a successful career in ranching in Refugio County. Along with his wealth and power, O’Connor was at the forefront of the business issues surrounding ranching matters, such as cattle tax. O’Connor had three sons, and married his second wife Helen Shelly many years after Mary died. O’Connor died in Refugio County on October 16, 1887.

O’Connor’s grandson, Thomas O’Connor III (son of Dennis O’Connor) married Kathryn Stoner, and Mrs. O’Connor became a renowned member of Texas society in her own right. The daughter of George Overton and Zilpa (Rose) Stoner, Mrs. O’Connor was born in Victoria County in 1883, married Thomas III in 1905 and had three children. Educated privately, she had a zest for history and wrote The Presidio La Bahia del Espiritu Santo De Zuniga, 1721-1846 (1966), which was the first major text concerning La Bahia. Aside from her writing, Mrs. O’Connor is best known for her work on restoring and preserving the Nuestra Senora de Loreto Presidio (Presidio La Bahia), and forming the Kathryn O’Connor Foundation. A devout Catholic, Kathryn’s philanthropy was awarded with two papal decorations and several other awards. Mrs. O’Connor died in Victoria in 1979.

Sources:

Kathryn Stoner O'Connor, "O’Connor Thomas," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/foc13), accessed March 03, 2015.

Louis S. O’Connor, “O’Connor, Kathryn Carlisle Stoner,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/foc11), accessed March 03, 2015.

“Power and Hewetson Colony,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/uep03), accessed March 03, 2015.


Scope and Contents

The Thomas O’Connor Papers are comprised of newspaper clippings, typescripts recounting the history of San Jacinto Day, a brief historical overview of the beginnings of La Bahia, religious materials including a program for a Knights of Columbus event, photographs of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas, which are accompanied by typescripts describing each image, as well as correspondence detailing an intended sale of presumably stolen historical documents.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
O’Connor, Thomas, 1819-1887
O’Connor, Kathryn Stoner
McLean, Malcolm Dallas, 1913-
Subjects (Organizations)
St. Patrick's Cathedral (Fort Worth, Tex.)--History
Knights of Columbus--History
Subjects
Catholic Church--Texas--Fort Worth--History
Texas--History
Sculpture--Religious
Philanthropy
Places
San Jacinto (Tex.)
Presidio La Bahia (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Fort Worth (Tex.)
Victoria (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas O'Connor Papers, 1926, [ca. 1950s-1970s], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, March 2015.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
2.325/M73 Typescripts
"The Significance of San Jacinto Day in Texas"
Brief historical overview of the establishment of the Royal Spanish Presidio of La Bahia
Correspondence
Letter from Malcolm McLean to Dennis O'Connor regarding an attempt to sell potentially stolen documents to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, July 29, 1971
Newspaper clippings, ca. 1960s-1970s
Bulk of clippings regard Kathryn Stoner O'Connor
Religious materials
Exemplification-Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, Southern District of Texas program, Houston, Texas, April 18, 1926
Typescript of "Short History Sketch on the Parish," St. Patrick's Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas
Photographs of sculptures and architecture of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas, ca. 1950s