Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Gifford E. White Papers, 1770-2000

Descriptive Summary

Creator: White, Gifford E. (Gifford Elmore), 1912-2002
Title: Gifford E. White Papers
Dates: 1770-2000
Creator Abstract: In addition to researching his own family history, Texas native Gifford E. White (1912-2002) compiled and edited a number of publications that became standard sources for genealogists and others researching early Texas. In all, he compiled and published over thirty works, including White family genealogies, compilations of Texas land grants and other source data, and records of the early settlers of several Texas counties.
Content Abstract: Correspondence, source material, genealogies, printed material, and photographs are part of the Gifford E. White Papers, reflecting over forty years of genealogical and historical research.
Identification: Col 13020
Extent: 8.42 linear feet (7 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Gifford Elmore White was born in 1912 near Cherokee, Texas, in rural San Saba County to William C. and Willie Carter White. The family moved frequently throughout Texas, living in Brown County, Lampasas, Goldthwaite, and Eastland. After graduating from high school in Fredericksburg, White attended the University of Texas, majoring in physics, before going to work for the Humble Oil Company as a geophysicist. He returned to the University of Texas to obtain his B.A. and M.A. degrees in physics in 1939 and pursued graduate work in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After ten years with Sperry Gyroscope Company and Statham Instruments, during which time he obtained a number of patents, White formed his own company, White Instruments, in Austin, Texas, developing and manufacturing electronic equipment from 1953 to 1985.

White’s family had deep roots in Texas and the American South, and he began compiling family information during his working career, continuing to research and correspond with others throughout his life. In addition to research on his own family, White compiled and edited a number of publications that became standard sources for genealogists and others researching early Texas. In all, he compiled and published over thirty works, including White family genealogies, compilations of Texas land grants and other source data, and records of the early settlers of several Texas counties.

White married Sarah R. Harrison in 1935; they were the parents of two children. Gifford White died in Austin in 2002.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, source material, genealogies, printed material, and photographs are part of the Gifford E. White Papers, reflecting almost forty years of genealogical and historical research. Some materials in the collection are photocopies.


Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into four series, the first three reflecting White’s own organization of his files.
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Research files
Series 3: Projects
Series 4: Separated material


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

Personal Names
White, Gifford E.
Carter family.
Gray family.
Kuykendall family.
Sims family.
White family.
Llano County (Tex.)--History.
San Saba County (Tex.)--History.
Personal papers.
Research notes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gifford E. White Papers, 1770-2000, Col 13020, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Sue Snyder, 2005 May.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 2005.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 December.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Series 1: Correspondence

The Correspondence series features an extensive range of contacts, primarily other genealogists and family members with whom he shared research interests. Copies of outgoing letters are frequently included, as are items related to the correspondence, such as genealogical information and source material.
Box Folder
1 1 Almond, [Bill and Phyllis]
2 Anderson, Hazel
3 Andrews, Peggy
4 Angle, [A. B.]
5 Ashley, [Carlos]
6 Benavides, [Adan]
7 Berwick, Allene
8 Blair, [Pat]
9 Boner, [C. Paul Fellowship]
10 Botto, [Robert]
11 Brooks, Connie and Lillian
12 Bruce-Purdy
13 Brown, Hiram
14 Bruning family
15 Bryant, [Suzanne York]
16 Bunch, Gail S.
17 Burns, Alva
18 Bushman, [Vaughn A.]
19 Cadena, [Gloria]
20 Capps, Joyce
21 Clark, Kendon
22 Coker, [Michael Ann]
23 Conley, Goldie
24 Couch, Bill
25 [Cousins, Evelyn]
26 Crawford, Robert
27 Crowel, Debi
28 Davis Brothers Publishing Co.
29 Debrett’s
30 Dow, Malcolm L.
31 Dunman, Cecil
32 Dunman, Mrs. Marcus
33 Dunn, Eve White
34 Elliott, Alline
35 Epperson, [Jean L.]
36 Falk, [Bernice]
37 Ferguson, Ira O.
38 Finley, Willis T.
39 Flatau, [Susie]
40 Genealogical Publishing Co.
41 General Land Office
42 Gilleland-Scroggins
43 Granberry, [Dauris Jackson]
44 Gray, Albert
45 Gray, Charles
46 Gray, Cleveland
47 Gray, E. W.
48 Gray, James
49 Gray, James A.
50 Gray, Leon
51 Gray, [Molly Moffett]
52 Haley, Shirley
53 Hamilton, Nancy
54 Henley, Lana
55 Henson, Margaret Swett
56 Heritage Books
57 Herridge, [Monte]
58 Hooker, Sandra
59 Huff, [Gladys]
60 Jackson, Ralph S.
61 Jary, [Roland S.]
62 JTW Reprint
63 Keeton, [Burl A.]
64 Kowert, [Art and Elise]
65 Kuykendall, Marshall
66 LaCaff, Ted
67 LaForest, Mike
68 Landry, [Allen]
69 LeVois, [Myrtle]
70 Lloyd, [Bettiann]
71 London, Lori
72 McCoin, Frances
73 McColman, Ora Belle
74 McGlothing, Yvonne
75 McManus, [J. W.]
76 Massman, [Betty]
77 Maxfield, [Mary S.]
78 Miller, Don
79 Morse, Milton
80 Murray, Narcile
81 Nelson, B. J.
82 Oatman, [Wilburn]
83 Oklahoma Historical Society
84 Pace, Jackie A.
85 Patterson, W. W.
86 Perry, Wanda
87 Peterson, [Geneva]
88 Purdum, [Betty Gray]
89 Richardson, [Tom]
90 Ritter, Jane
91 Robinson, [Elva H.]
92 Roelofs, [Ruth Marie]
93 Royce, [Nancy]
Box Folder
2 94 Saffell, [Arlene]
95 Simmons, Jean
96 Sims, Bob
97 Sims, Virgil
98 Smith, Dan
99 Smith, Eva Lee
100 Snapp, Elizabeth – Texas Woman’s University
101 Sophienburg Museum and Archives
102 Speck, [Ernest B.]
103 Staats, [Cathy]
104 Stadler, Doris C.
105 Stamper, [Sue]
106 Stewart, Bill and Lora
107 Strickland, Anne
108 Swinney, [Mary L.]
109 Texas State Historical Association
110 Thompson, Hardy
111 Thompson, Karen
112 Urbanski, [Tommi]
113 Vaughan, Mary and Rich
114 Vernon, Barbara
115 Vineyard, [Maribeth]
116 Wall, Glynora
117 Wallisville Heritage Park
118 Weeks, Ethel F.
119 White, Betty
120 White, Carol
121 White, Ed
122 White, Giff A.
123 White, Jack D.
124 White, Jack N.
125 White, James Cody
126 White, James Ervin
127 White, Reba
128 Williams, Villamae
129 Willis, Louise
130 Wilson, Mary S.
131 Wipff, [Pershing]
132 Wright Press
133 Yaklin, [Robin T.]


Series 2: Research files

The second and largest series consists of subject files that White organized into some general groups based on subject. The bulk of the series is related to his family genealogy, particularly the White, Carter, Gray, Kuykendall, and Sims families, each of which is grouped into subseries. Genealogical files related to various other families and general family research are grouped together in a separate subseries. Other subseries include White’s research files on the history of Llano and San Saba Counties, Texas, and general Texas history and source material. Several files of newspaper clippings are part of the series.
There is a good deal of overlap in subject matter in the files, based on the intricacies of the family connections being investigated, and the subject files contain many items of correspondence, including some from the individuals represented in the Correspondence series. White’s earliest research efforts date from the early 1960s and continue to shortly before his death at age ninety. Source material found in the files includes photocopies of documents dating as far back as the eighteenth century. White’s file titles have been retained, with additions in square brackets used to clarify the subject matter and to group related files together in the alphabetical arrangement.
Box Folder
2 White family
134 Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi census
135 Bell Falls
136 Bradley, McMinn, Tn. Records
137 Burke [County, N.C.]
138 Burke [County, N.C.]
139 Burke [County, N.C.] court minutes
140 Burke Co., [N.C.]: grants, maps
141 Calendar diary
142 Film index
143 Georgia White
144 Giles Co., Tn. Records
145 Grants: Amy White, etc.
146 Kentucky census
147 Knox Co., Tn.
148 Louisiana census
149 Louisiana records
150 Mississippi census records
151 Mississippi records
152 Missouri census
153 Moss, Campbell, etc. [Some Southwest Louisiana Settlers]
154 Muldoon baptism
155 North Carolina census lists
156 North Carolina tax rolls
Box Folder
3 157 Ohio, Illinois census
158 Richmond County, Va.
159 Royce-Vineyard
160 San Saba Marriages
161 South Carolina
162 Spotsylvania [County, Va.]
163 Tax roll searches, Texas
164 Tennessee census
165 Texas census, families
166 Texas census A-H
167 Texas census I-Z
168 Texas mortality schedule
169 Texas 1900
170 Topo prints
171 Va. Census and notes
172 Virginia miscellaneous
173 White: Alabama settlement
174 [White, Amy] Amy “Cradle Bio”
175 [White, Amy] Amy letter, map
176 [White, Benjamin] Benjamin White
177 White census A-M
178 White census N-W
179 White charts
180 White Civil War pension
181 White: Davidson, Maury, Hickman, Tenn.
182 [White, Dempsey] Dempsey White, Morris White
183 White: Essex, Caroline, Richmond, Chisum
184 [White, James] James White family, Knox Co.
185 [White, James Taylor] JTW Anahuac pictures
186 [White, James Taylor] JTW hist.
187 [White, James Taylor] JTW of Liberty
188 [White, James Taylor] JTW South Carolina
189 [White, James Taylor] Taylor White from Lorraine Silva
190 [White, Jesse] Jesse White estate
191 [White, Joseph] Joseph White
192 [White, Joseph] Joseph White
193 White, M[atthew] G.
194 [White, Reuben] Reuben White
195 [White, Reuben] Reuben White, Dumsey
196 [White, Robert] Robert White gen.
197 White, Sydney B.
198 White Texas census search
199 [White, Thomas] Daughter Thomas White
200 [White, Thomas] Thomas White, other Mississippi
201 White, Thomas Bannister
202 [White, William] William White, Orange Co., Va.
203 [Unsorted White family material]
Box Folder
Oversize 1 [Unsorted White family material] oversize
Box Folder
4 Carter family
204 [Carter, Andrew J.] Andrew J. Carter Civil War pension
205 Carter, John, Chester Co., S.C.
206 Carter, John, Hopkins Co., Ky. – Chester Co., S.C.
207 Carter: Llano County and Texas
208 Carter: Rangers
209 Carter-Sims history
210 Carter-Sims history
211 Carter: South Carolina
212 Carter: Tennessee
213 Coggin feud
214 Walker
Gray family
215 [Brown, Oscar] Oscar Brown
216 Burnett, Ralph
217 Fitzhugh; John E. Gray
218 Fowler
219 Gray
220 Gray
221 Gray, Aaron Pinson
222 [Gray, Alexander] Alex Gray I
223 Gray, Alexander 1770, James 1796
224 Gray: Alice G. Upchurch notes
225 Gray census
226 Gray, Halifax County [Va.]
227 Gray, Hickman County [Tenn.]
228 Gray history
229 Gray: Jane Gray Buchanan
230 Gray, John
231 [Gray, John H.] John H. Gray, Miss.; Wayne Gray
232 Gray, Samuel
233 Gray Tennessee
234 Gray Texas
235 Mrs. Huggins: North Carolina
236 Valentine papers
237 [Unsorted Gray family material]
Kuykendall family
238 [Kuykendall, Abner] Abner Kuykendall
239 [Kuykendall, Abner] Capt. Abner Kuykendall
240 [Kuykendall, Adam] Adam Kuykendall
241 Kuykendall charts
242 Kuykendall history, draft
243 [Kuykendall, Marshall] Marshall Kuykendall
244 [Kuykendall, Peter] Peter Kuykendall II
245 [Kuykendall, Robert] Robert H. Kuykendall
246 Peter4, Peter3, Mat2
247 Peter4, Peter3, Mat2, Ruth Wyatt
Sims family
248 Matthews
249 Sims
250 Sims
251 [Sims, Augustine] Augustine Sims
252 Sims census, Ala., Ky., La.
253 Sims census lists
254 Sims census, Mississippi, Virginia
255 [Sims, John] John Sims
256 [Sims, John] John Sims, Civil War record
257 [Sims, John] John Sims, Virginia
258 Sims: Monroe-Jackson
259 Sims of Virginia
260 [Sims, Parish] Parish Sims
261 Sims Texas
262 [Sims, Thomas J.] Thomas J. Sims
263 Sims: Thompson book
264 [Sims, William] William Sims
265 Tennessee Confederate pension
266 Wine-Sims
Box Folder
5 Other genealogy
267 Berwick
268 [Bruster, James] James Bruster
269 Bryan
270 Bryan-Goodnight-Blount
271 Collins paper
272 Comstock
273 Comstock
274 Davenport, N.C.
275 Davenport, Va.
276 Dunman
277 Dunman estate
278 Faulk
279 Fowler search
280 Gambill
281 Gambill: Sparks report
282 Gill
283 Greer
284 Greer history
285 [Jackson, Humphrey] Humphrey Jackson
286 Lee
287 [Lynch, Joseph P.] Jos. P. Lynch (Mrs. Hines)
288 McGrew
289 Macomb
290 Newman
291 O’Brien history
292 O’Bryan, Campbell, Faulk, Hargrave
293 Phipps
294 Powe
295 Rachal
296 Ryan
297 Singleton
298 [Smith, David] David Smith
299 Warren
300 Wautauga Co. [N.C.] history
301 Whitlock
302 Whitlock history
303 Whitt photos
304 Wilburn estate
305 Wilburn heirs
306 Willcox
307 William Comstock-Luke Bryan
308 Williams genealogy
309 Wiseman
310 Wiseman: Bob Emery
311 Wright memoirs
Box Folder
6 Llano and San Saba Counties
312 1860 San Saba census
313 1871 militia, San Saba
314 1910 San Saba census
315 Babyhead cemetery
316 Barler
317 Cherokee
318 Cherokee cemetery
319 Cherokee census, 1870-80
320 Cherokee census, 1900
321 Cherokee: Dan Kuykendall
322 Cherokee house pictures
323 Cherokee prints
324 Enchanted Rock
325 Llano
326 Llano: C.W. Wimberly
327 Llano, 1880 horse theft trial
328 Llano maps
329 Llano notes
330 Llano petition
331 Llano scholastic 1855
332 Lone Grove history
333 San Saba notes
334 San Saba petition
335 School: Cherokee, Taylorville
336 Voters 1867 San Saba
337 [Williamson, James A.] Dr. Williamson
338 [Williamson, James A.] Dr. Williamson daybook
339 WPM files
340 York pictures
General Texas
341 1826 census
342 1830 census statistics, Bexar, etc.
343 1830 Nacogdoches census
344 1831 Bexar census
345 1835 Bevil census
346 1835? census: Tenehaw and San Augustine
347 1870 mortality schedule, Travis Co.
348 Ages, 1850 census data
349 Asbury, [Samuel E.]
350 Asbury: Liberty persons
351 Atascosito
352 Atascosito biographical notes
353 Atascosito biog., A-I
354 Atascosito biog., J-P
355 Atascosito biog., R-V
356 Atascosito biog., W-Y
357 Atascosito 1850
358 Atascosito 1850 census
359 Atascosito, GLO index
360 Austin register #1
361 [Austin] Register 2
Box Folder
7 362 Book A index
363 C. S. Taylor orders of survey
364 Depop. counties
365 DeWitt
366 Don Carlos Barrett
367 Early settlers Jasper Co.
368 Falls County
369 Harrison [County] 1840 tax
370 Jasper [County]
371 Jasper [County] trav. Board
372 Jefferson [County]
373 [Jones, Anson] Anson Jones
374 Judicial cos.
375 Kokernot, [David L.]
376 Lamar [County] tax 1842
377 Land fraud
378 Liberty [County]
379 [Lum, Jesse D.] Jesse D. Lum letter
380 McMullen & McGloin colonists
381 Matagorda petitions
382 Matagorda surveyor records
383 Menard, etc.
384 Mercer [Colony]
385 Mex. War rolls
386 Milam’s colony, vol. 61
387 Nacogdoches archives index
388 Panola
389 Petition: Harrison-Shelby
390 Petition: Jasper-Milam
391 Pictures, 1830 & 1840
392 Poll tax
393 Postal system, Texas
394 Red River petitions
395 Roberts, R. C., Ranger
396 San Jacinto R.
397 Shelby [County] traveling board
398 Shelby [County], not verified
399 Smithwick, [Noah]
400 Smyth Papers: 1836 letters
401 Texas census
402 Texas census and statistical calendar
403 Texas census, DeWitt, etc.
404 Texas population
405 Texas Supreme Court
406 Texas Tories
407 Unknown list- Jasper [County]
408 [Waldon, William] William Waldon letters
409 Washington [County] 1854 census
410 Washington County petition
411 Wavell Colony register
412 Williams, [Villamae], counties
413 [Winters, J. W.] J. W. Winters typescript
414 [Unsorted material]
415 Newspaper clippings: Fredericksburg
416-420 Newspaper clippings: various topics


Series 3: Projects

The third series, Projects, gathers a small amount of material related to two activities White undertook during in his later years: a presentation on Sam Houston and a series of writer’s workshops conducted at his retirement community.
Box Folder
7 421 [Sam] Houston
422 [Writer’s workshops] Writers ‘93
423 [Writer’s workshops] 5th Anniversary


Series 4: Separated material

See the DRT Library's online catalog for the location of these items.
Bieciuik, Hank, and Bill Corbin. Texas Confederate County Notes & Private Scrip. s.l. : s.n., 1961.
Catalogue forty-five: Texas. New Haven, Connecticut: William Reese Company, 1986.
Catalog Number 25, featuring Books, Pamphlets, etc. Illustrated by H. D. Bugbee. Waco, Texas: Price Daniel, Jr., 1963.
Charlton, Magdalene. New Kentucky and the Great Decision. Houston: Chatham & Sterling, 1962.
The Edwards Plateau Historian. Vol. I (1965).
Gospel Preachers in Texas and Oklahoma. Dallas: Warlick Printers, 1911.
Gray, Frank S. The Gray School and the Cherokee College at Cherokee, San Saba County, Texas. Bandera, Texas: Hunter Publishing Co., 1950.
Imprints on Texas History: 1975-1976: An Annotated Bibliography of General Land Office Publications (1836-1975). Austin: General Land Office, possibly 1976.
Jameson, Henry B. Miracle of the Chisholm Trail. Tri-State Chisholm Trail Centennial Commission, undated.
Kuykendall, George Benson. History of the Kuykendall Family since its Settlement in Dutch New York in 1646. Reprint, Portland, Oregon: Kilham Stationery & Printing Co., 1919.
1910 Census, Llano County, Texas. Llano, Texas: Wade-Smith Genealogy Service, 1989.
The Photographic Heritage of Wallisville, Chambers County, Texas. Wallisville, Texas: Wallisville Heritage Park Foundation, undated.
Proceedings of the Sixth Annual Reunion of the Old Settlers’ Association of Bell County, held at Belton, Texas, November 5, 1904, and papers read at the reunion.
Ramsey, Grover. Confederate Postmasters in Texas, 1861-1865. Waco, Texas: W. M. Morrison, 1963.
Schweizer, Charles B. Descendants of James and Rhoda (Sellers) Faulk. Edwardsville, Illinois: C. B. Schweizer, 1985.
Stephen, Homer. The Frontier Postmasters. Dublin, Texas: Dublin Progress, 1952.
Texas and the West: Featuring Books Printed and designed by Jack D. Rittenhouse of the Stagecoach Press (A Bibliography). Waco, Texas: Price Daniel, Jr., 1965.
Texas and the West, Featuring C. W. Raines and his Bibliography of Texas. Waco, Texas: Price Daniel, Jr., 1959.
Texas and the West: Featuring the Writings of J. Frank Dobie: A Contribution Towards a Bibliography. Waco, Texas: Price Daniel, Jr., possibly 1963.
Texas Batteries, Battalions, Regiments, Commanders and Field Officers, Confederate States Army, 1861-1865. Midlothian, Texas: Mirror Press, 1959.
White, Jack D. A Line of White. Weatherford, Texas: J. D. White, 1989.
Llano News, section three only, 1952 May 29 and 1953 June 4.
San Saba News, 1970 April 23.
San Saba Star, 1960 June 20.