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Title Papers Appointing Robert S. Henderson Surveyor and Inspector of Velasco Port
Author Herndon, John Hunter
Date 15 Jan 1846
Document Type Legal Papers
Reference 2E 239
Library / Archive Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Collection Name Herndon (John Hunter) Papers, 1814-1872
Description Commission certificate appointing Robert S. Henderson Surveyor and Inspector of the Revenue for the Port of Velasco, in the State of Texas.
Series Description Correspondence, diary, legal documents and military documents relating to observations of John Hunter Herndon (1813-1878), lawyer and soldier, during his journey from Kentucky to Texas via New Orleans (1837-1838), especially his impressions of Galveston and Houston, and his opinions regarding the President and members of the Congress of the Republic of Texas. Also included is material relating to land transactions in Texas and to the military career of Alexander Calvit.
Biographical Note / History Born and educated in Kentucky, John Hunter Herndon arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1838. He studied law in Kentucky and Houston, and was admitted to the bar in Fort Bend County in November 1838. In 1839, Herndon married Barbara Makall Wilkinson Calvit, heir to the Calvit sugar plantation in Brazoria County, and by 1860 he had become one of the wealthiest landowners in Texas. Although he was not in active military service during the Civil War, the war and Reconstruction depleted most of his fortune. Herndon died on July 6, 1878, and was buried at Hempstead.
Theme(s) Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences
Ports Velasco, Texas, United States
Nationality American
People Herndon, John Hunter (1813-1878); Herndon, Robert S
Keywords employment, port, labour, commissioner, surveying
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