Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

David More Family Papers

Collection Summary

Creator David More
Title David More Family Papers
Dates: 1850-1994
Abstract: David More immigrated to Canada from Scotland in the late 19th century and to Texas in the early 20th century. He worked on various railroad-building projects and farmed in the area of Discoll, Texas. As a western European immigrant in Hispanic South Texas, he had a unique immigration experience.
Identification A2003-012
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=More%20EAD
Quantity: 2.5 linear ft.
Location: STAD Boxes 778, 779, 780
Language: English

Historical Note

David More was born in Glasgow, Scotland on August 25, 1863. He immigrated to Canada in 1883 to seek work. He helped build the first railroad in the Pacific Northwest, the Canadian National railroad. For two years he traveled around Canada working at different jobs. After marrying a Canadian girl, whose family had also emigrated from Scotland, More moved to Ohio and then Michigan where he began working for the railroad and then later for a steel plant. In 1901, with his growing family, he moved to Bloomington, Indiana and continued working for a railroad. By 1909 he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad Line, and other lines until 1923 when he moved his family to Corpus Christi, Texas and subsequently to Kingsville and Driscoll, Texas. David More, a plow contractor, broke the first land in the Petronilla community. His wife, Margaret Nicol More Scott, born on April 29, 1872 was at one time postmistress at Driscoll. They farmed land in and around Driscoll in the early part of the 20th century. The More family, in Texas, included three children, including Roderick McDonald Scott More. Rod More was educated in Kingsville public schools and briefly attended Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville. Subsequently brothers were aviation mechanics in World War I. Roderick became a pilot and in 1936 opened the More Flying School (1936-1938). After serving in World War II, Rod More returned to Corpus Christi and with his wife, also a pilot, they opened the More Aircraft and Supply Firm. Margaret Nicole More died December 9, 1939. David More died February 12, 1947.

Scope and Contents

The materials in this small collection includes correspondence between family members dating back to 1850, before the immigration, or even the birth of David More, while the family lived and worked in Scotland. One family member immigrated to New Zealand and wrote home about that experience. Also included are correspondence between family members in Scotland and the David More family in Canada and the United States; financial papers of life in South Texas; photographs of family members and scenes in Scotland and South Texas



The collection is arranged chronologically in three series and by family members. Series I - Correspondence Series II – Family Papers Series III – Subject Files Series IV - Photographs

Index Terms

More, David, 1836-1947
More, Margaret Nicole, 1872-1939
Canadian National Railways
Union Pacific Railway Company
Texas College of Arts & Industries
More Flying School (1936-1938)
More Aircraft and Supply Firm
World War I (1914-1918)
World war II (1939-1945)
Geographical Names
Glasgow, Scotland
Petronilla (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Driscoll, (Tex.)
Steel industry and trade
Country life -- Texas, South -- Nueces County
Farm life -- Texas, South -- Nueces