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Title Biographical Sketches of the Rabb Family
Date 1823-1997
Document Type Personal Account
Publisher Information Southwest Texas-Goodspeed Brothers
Reference 2J457, Box 1
Library / Archive Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Collection Name Rabb (Mary) Family Papers, 1823-1922
Description Individual notes recording potted biographies of principle members of the Rabb Family.
Series Description The Mary Rabb Family Papers, 1823-1997 document the history of the Rabb family and their experiences relating to the Texas Revolution, the Civil War, early settlements in Texas, the history of Fayette County and Spanish Colonial Texas. The correspondence includes letters between Rabb family members, including Mary, her husband John and their children. The genealogical research and reminiscences consists of biographical and autobiographical information, genealogical charts, correspondence and other documents pertaining to the Rabb, Newman, McCollom, and Young families. The business and legal documents include deeds, land grants, wills, legal transactions, marriage and military records and tax receipts. The printed material and ephemera contain newspaper clippings, brochures, and booklets about the Rabbs, the Methodist Church in Texas and other topics. The collection also includes photographs of the Rabb family.
Biographical Note / History Born in North Carolina in 1805, Mary Crownover Rabb married John Rabb and in 1823 settled in Stephen F. Austin's colony in Texas. Mary kept written records of her pioneer experiences living in Texas, including the many hardships endured and activities as a member of the early Methodist Church in Texas. The family became embroiled in the Texas Revolution and lost a child while fleeing Mexican forces during the 'Runaway Scrape'. Two of the Rabb sons, John and Virgil, later fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. After amassing a sizeable tract of land in Fayette County, the family moved to Barton Springs, adjacent to Austin, where Mary died in 1882.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Remigration
Country (from) Germany; United States of America
Country (to) United States of America; England
Places Pennsylvania, Miller County, Arkansas, Rabb's Mill, Austin's Colony, Barton Springs, Colorado, La Grange, Guntersville College, Guntersville, Hempstead, San Antonio, Bexar County, Fayette County, Texas, Louisiana, Chicago, Illinois, Steubenville, Warren County, Ohio, Choctaw County, Oklahoma, United States; Mexico City, Mexico; Germany
Nationality Spanish; American; Mexican
People Rabb, John; Rabb, Lillian Bell; Rabb, Mary Crownover; Rabb, William; Rabb, Andrew; Rabb, Thomas; Rabb, Rachael; Newman, Joseph; Austin, Stephen Fuller; Rabb, Virgil S; Rabb, George Washington; Hotchkiss, Mildred V; Strickland, L B; Woolridge, Thomas; Dealy, Daniel; Miller, Kathryn M; Crownover, John; Crownover, Mary Chesney; McDow, Alexander; Rabb, Samuel; Rabb, Ulysses; Flournoy, George M; Rabb, Lillian Howard; Knittie, Walter; Rabe, Theodore F; Rabb, Jacob; Rabb, Ann; Scott, Alvilda; Rabb, Captain Thomas J (d.1846); Houston, General Samuel; Moore, Colonel John H; Wegenhoft, Victor C; Wgenhoft, Charles (b.1918); Wegenhoft, Edna Rabb (1895-1979); Rabb, Lee Bell (1857-1936); Rabb, Gail Texas
Keywords children, women, family, overland migration, settlement, relocation, onward travel, land grant, government, empresario, religion, Protestantism, education, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, newspaper, advertisement, business, timber, marriage, death, cemetery, burial and graves, societies, memorial, housing, flood, farming, livestock, construction, property, finance, military, conflict, American Civil War, injury, Christianity, Iroquois, treaty, politics, Choctaw, rent, literature, Texas Revolution, army, push factors, colony, Battle of San Jacinto, Comanche indigenous people
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin catalogue.
Language English
Copyright Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin