Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Lubbock Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC029

Collection Summary

Creator: Lubbock family
Title: Lubbock family papers
Dates: 1838-1931
(Bulk: 1850-1884)
Abstract: Correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed materials, photographs and albums document the lives of Francis R. Lubbock, Robert Lockart, Henry S. Lubbock and William L. Lubbock.
Identification: MC029
OCLC Record No.: 47188792
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English and Latin.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Texas governor and treasurer Francis Richard Lubbock was born on October 16, 1815, in Beaufort, South Carolina, to Dr. Henry Thomas Willis and Susan Ann (Saltus) Lubbock. Lubbock pursued business careers in South Carolina and New Orleans before moving to Texas in 1836 in search of his brother, Thomas. In 1837 Lubbock and his wife moved to the new town of Houston and he opened a hardware store there. He was narrowly defeated as the town's first mayor. During the 1840s he began his ranching operations and continued his political aspirations in Texas. He was elected lieutenant-governor in 1857 but lost his re-election bid in 1859. He chaired the Southern Democratic Convention of 1860, and in 1861 he was elected governor of Texas.

Lubbock was an ardent supporter of Jefferson Davis and the Confederacy, and worked hard to enhance Texas' military capabilities, including supporting Confederate conscriptions in the state for fighting in the East. He decided not to seek a second term in 1863, and instead immediately enlisted. He was appointed lieutenant colonel and was active in the Red River campaigns. In August 1864 Jefferson Davis summoned Lubbock to Richmond to serve as his aide-de-camp and expert on trans-Mississippi affairs. Lubbock accepted the position, and after Lee's surrender, he fled with Davis and his cabinet, headed toward Texas, but Federal troops captured them in Georgia.

After an eight-month imprisonment, Lubbock returned to Texas and ranching, then to Houston and business ventures. He served as tax collector in Galveston, and from 1878 to 1891, state treasurer. Lubbock died in Austin on June 22, 1905. He was married three times: Adele Baron, 1835; Sarah E. Black Porter, 1883; and Lou Scott, 1903.

Houston businessman Robert Lockart married Anna Bythewood Lubbock, sister of Francis R. Lubbock, in 1843. He went into the realty business in Houston with his son, Robert Lockart (circa 1849-1920).

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed materials, photographs and albums document the personal and professional lives of Francis R. Lubbock, Robert Lockart, Henry S. Lubbock and William L. Lubbock. Correspondence of interest includes post-Civil War letters from Jefferson Davis to Francis R. Lubbock. The legal and financial documents mainly deal with real estate and land in and around the Houston area, in the form of deeds, grants, receipts, and surveyor's notes and sketches. These documents range from 1838 to 1880. The Robert Lockart Papers are believed to have belonged to the father, Robert Lockart Sr. Photographs of family members are Francis R., Henry S. and William L. Lubbock. In addition to personal photographs, the snapshot album contains pictures of damage in Galveston and Houston after the 1900 hurricane, the St. Louis flood of 1903, the 1904 powerhouse explosion of St. Louis Transit Co., and the first Beaumont, Texas, oil gusher.


Organized into three groups and thirteen series: Francis R. Lubbock Papers, Robert Lockart Papers, and Lubbock Family Papers; arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


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

Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Foushee, Mattie L.
Lockart, Robert
Lubbock, Francis Richard, 1815-1905
Lubbock, Henry S.
Lubbock, William L.
St. Louis Transit Co.--Photographs
Hurricanes--Texas--Galveston--20th century--Photographs
Land tenure--Texas
Oil wells--Texas--Beaumont
Beaumont (Tex.)--Photographs
Galveston (Tex.)--Photographs
Galveston (Tex.)--Storm, 1900--Photographs
Houston (Tex.)
St. Louis (Mo.)--Photographs

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Lubbock Family Papers, MC029, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Mrs. Wendell T. Lubbock, 1951 and Mrs. W. H. Murray, 1952.

Processing Information

Processed by Joel Minor, 2001.


Nunn, Dr. W.C., ed. Ten Texans in Gray. Hillsboro, Tex.: Hill Junior College Press, 1968.

Raines, C.W., ed. Six Decades in Texas: The Memoirs of Francis R. Lubbock Confederate Governor of Texas. Austin, Tex.: The Pemberton Press., 1968.

"Lubbock, Francis Richard." The Handbook of Texas Online.


Francis R. Lubbock Papers

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31 1 Jefferson Davis 1873-1889
2 General 1864-1884
3 Typescripts 1864-1889
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31 4 Deed 1845 November 24
Printed Materials
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31 5 Loans 1862 January 1
6 Real Estate Bond 1880s
7 Certificate 1903 May 11
8 Newspaper Clipping 1905

Robert Lockart Papers

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31 9 Mattie L. Foushee 1870-1871
10 General 1872-1873
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31 11 Property Lists 1851-1852
12 Receipts and Statements 1853-1879
13 Promissory Notes 1874 July 20
14 Receipts: Typescripts 1866-1867
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31 15 Land 1850-1879

Lubbock Family Papers

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31 16 General 1869-1931
17 Typescripts 1865-1869
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31 18 Promissory Notes 1861 March 30
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31 19 Land 1838-1880
Printed Materials
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31 20 Newspaper Clippings 1931, undated
Creative Works
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31 21 "The Influence of Protestantism on American Independence" undated
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31 22 Lubbock Family 1905, undated
23 General undated
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31 24 Autograph 1876-1877
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14 4 Snapshot 1901-1904