Searight Cattle and Ranch Company Records, 1868-1988
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.
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.
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Searight Cattle and Ranch Company Records, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
1992-181; 1992-217; 1992-294; 1993-156; 1994-125; 1994-167
This collection was processed by Emma Trent, October 2020.
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