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Title Correspondence and Papers of William Rabb
Author Rabb, William
Date 1807-1824
Document Type Correspondence
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 William Rabb's correspondence and papers relate to his requests to settle and establish a mill on lands colonised by Stephen Fuller Austin in Texas. Letters returned to Rabb by Austin confirm his petition for residency and set out specific territories and location of granted lands. Following such documents are biographical notes and further correspondence noting the life and pioneering contributions made by William Rabb in Fayette County, Texas.
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) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Places San Felipe de Austin, Fayette County, Texas, United States
Nationality Mexican; American; Spanish; American Indian
People Rabb, William; Castleman, Sylvanus; Austin, Stephen Fuller (b.1793); Neri, Baron de Bastrop, Felipe Enrique; Garcia, Luciano; Saucedo, Jose Antonio; de la Garza, Felipe; McNair, James; Cook, James; McKenzie, Hugh; Tone, J; Borden, Thomas H; Chance, Samuel; Selkirk, William; Alexander, Amos; Moore, Colonel John H; Coleman, Robert M; Crownover, John; Castleman, Nacy
Keywords settlement, family, overland migration, citizenship, government, industry, construction, land grant, land, law, farming, agriculture, relocation, surveying, nationalism, empresario, court, politics, indigenous people, conflict, weapon, marriage, application
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; Spanish
Copyright Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin