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Title Mary Rabb Reminiscences
Author Rabb, Mary
Date Jan 1875 - 1922
Document Type Personal Account
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 Memoirs of Mary Rabb's experiences migrating to Austin's colony in Texas. This document was presumably written for her children as she refers to 'your grandpa' and 'your pa' throughout. There are also references to contact with Indians surround land granted to the family in Richmond, 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 Pennsylvania, Austin's Colony, Fayette County, Richmond, Texas, United States
Nationality French; American; American Indian
People Rabb, Mary; Rabb, Nathaniel; Rabb, Thomas; Rabb, Andrew
Keywords family, settlement, colony, overland migration, travel, children, women, livestock, land, transportation, road, indigenous people, food, living conditions, land grant, animals, climate, health and sickness, animals, flood, fishing and fishermen, clothing, construction, death, murder
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