Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Claiborne and Pendleton Rector Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC006

Collection Summary

Creator: Rector, Claiborne, 1805-1873 Rector, Pendleton, 1807-1888
Title: Claiborne and Pendleton Rector papers
Dates: 1831-1881
(Bulk: 1831-1838)
Abstract: These five items give a brief glimpse into the lives of Claiborne and Pendleton Rector during and immediately following the Texas Colonial Period.
Identification: MC006
OCLC Record No.: 45966733
Quantity: 5 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Brothers Claiborne and Pendleton Rector migrated to Texas in 1830 and settled in what is now Brazoria County. Pendleton served in Captain John Austin's company in the Battle of Velasco in 1832 and participated in the siege of Bexar in 1835. Both Claiborne and Pendleton enlisted in Captain Patton's company on March 1, 1836, and fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. They continued to serve until September 1, 1836, in Captain Byrd Lockhardt's spy company.

Claiborne Rector married twice and had three children by his first wife. He died March 23, 1873, in Lavernia, Wilson County, Texas.

Pendleton Rector married Mary Jane Bridges in 1848, with whom he had two children. They lived in Prairie Lea, Caldwell County, Texas, where he died March 10, 1888.

Scope and Content Note

This small collection of five items, two letters, a tax receipt, a certificate of military service, and a Texas Veterans Association membership certificate, constitute a brief glimpse into the lives of two San Jacinto veterans during and immediately following the Texas Colonial Period. Of particular interest are the two letters (1831 and 1832) which comment on the richness of the Texas land and the current political and military situations while urging relatives to join the Rectors in Texas. The 1832 letter refers to Santa Anna by name.


Organized into five series; arrangement is by subject.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Rector, Claiborne, 1805-1873--Archives
Rector, Pendleton, 1807-1888--Archives
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876
Texas Veterans Association
Caldwell County (Tex.)
Texas--History--To 1846
Wilson County (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Claiborne and Pendleton Rector Papers, MC006, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mrs. John Banks, 1949.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Dixon, Sam Houston and Louis Wiltz Kemp. The Heroes of San Jacinto. Houston: Anson Jones Press, 1932.

"Rector, Claiborne." The Handbook of Texas Online


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16.3 1 Correspondence 1831-1832

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16.3 2 Financial: Tax Receipt 1837

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16.3 3 Legal 1838

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16.3 4 Printed Material 1881

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16.3 5 Typescripts undated