Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Samuel T. Burns Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC168

Collection Summary

Creator: Burns, Samuel T.
Title: Samuel T. Burns papers
Dates: 1842, 1844
Abstract: Two documents illustrate financial and legal transactions in San Augustine County, Texas, during the Republic of Texas period.
Identification: MC168
Quantity: 2 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is known about Samuel T. Burns who was born circa 1812 in Wilkes County, Georgia, the oldest son of James W. and Charlotte Holtzclaw Burns. Burns married Eliza Smith in 1838 and resided in San Augustine, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains both a financial and a legal document dating from the period of the Republic of Texas. There is a signed 1844 bill of sale for two Negroes purchased by Samuel T. Burns from Augustus W. King for the sum of two hundred dollars. The legal document is a signed deed of sale for three hundred acres of land located in San Augustine County and purchased by Samuel T. Burns for the sum of twenty six dollars dated in 1842.


Arrangement is alphabetical by document type.


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

Burns, Samuel T.
King, Augustus W.
Land tenure--Texas
Slave trade--Texas
San Augustine County (Tex.)

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Samuel T. Burns Papers, MC168, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mrs. Harvey F. Cowart, January 1954.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.


"Burns Family in Texas."


box folder
166.3 1 Bill of Sale, 1844 August 30

box folder
166.3 2 Land deed, 1842 September 9