University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Searight Cattle and Ranch Company Records, 1868-1988



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Searight, Gilbert A., Sr., 1834-1906, Searight, George P., 1838-1898, Carothers, W.S. (William Sprole), 1840-1917
Title: Searight Cattle and Ranch Company records
Dates: 1868-1988
Abstract: Searight Cattle and Ranch Company Records, 1868-1988 are comprised of legal and financial documents, correspondence, printed material, and a map related to the cattle companies founded by the Searight family in Texas and Wyoming, as well as photographs and genealogical material related to the Searight family.
Identification: camh-arc-004329
Extent: 5 inches
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical / Historical Note

Gilbert A. Searight came from the area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Burnet County, Texas, about 1859 and acquired through the courts land left by an uncle, Peter Kerr, to the county for the building of a school. Searight operated a ranch there before and after the Civil War. In 1876, he began his first cattle business, Searight and Orr, with Hugh N. Orr, in Laramie County, Wyoming Territory. In 1883, Searight Cattle Company was formed with his brother, George P. Searight, in the same place. With W. S. Carothers, a cousin, and other family members, he formed Dolores Land and Cattle Company with land holdings in Dimmit, Zavala, and Kinney counties of Texas covering more than 200 acres.


Scope and Contents

Searight Cattle and Ranch Company Records, 1868-1988 are comprised of legal and financial documents, correspondence, printed material, and a map related to the Searight Cattle and Ranch Company, the Dolores Land and Cattle Company, the Searight and Orr Company, and the Carothers and Searight Company in Texas, Wyoming and Pennsylvania.

The papers also include genealogical material, correspondence, legal and financial documents and printed material relating to the Searight family. Subjects may include, Mary Elizabeth Peffer Searight, William F. Searight, Francis W. Searight, Robert M. Searight, Polk family and the Saul family.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Carothers, W.S. (William Sprole), 1840-1917
Orr, Hugh N., 1834-1880
Searight, George P., 1838-1898
Searight, Gilbert A., Sr., 1834-1906
Corporate Names
Dolores Land and Cattle Company (Tex.)
Searight Cattle Company (Laramie County, Wyo. : 1883-1886)
Searight and Orr Company (Laramie County, Wyo.)
Subjects
Cattle breeders
Ranchers
Ranches
Places
Dimmit County -- Texas
Kinney County -- Texas
Laramie County
Zavala County -- Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Searight Cattle and Ranch Company Records, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1992-181; 1992-217; 1992-294; 1993-156; 1994-125; 1994-167

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Emma Trent, October 2020.


OCLC Number

27782505


Detailed Description of the Collection

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3B39 [SRH1230014922] Business Papers, 1876-1895



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3B39 [SRH1230014922] Family Papers, 1868-1988



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2.325/D33c [SRH1230000825] Oversized genealogical material, stock certificate, and map



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3S50 [SRH1230027743] Photographs



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3S129a [SRH1230029532] Oversized Photographs