Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

El Capote Ranch:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1830-1917 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator El Capote Ranch (Tex.)
Title: El Capote Ranch Records,
Dates: 1830-1917 and undated
Abstract: Records and activities of El Capote Ranch in Gonzales County, Texas.
Collection # S 1000.1
Quantity: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Capote Ranch refers to Jose de la Baume's ranch originally located 45 miles northeast of San Antonio. Jose, a French immigrant, had built a log cabin which was later relocated and restored at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas, in 1975. It was provided by Wallace and Maurice Harrell of the Harrell Cattle Company.

Located in South Texas, Gonzales County was created in 1836 and organized in 1837. It was named after Coahuila y Texas Governor Rafael Gonzales. Its county seat is Gonzales. The area was among the first to be settled by an Anglo-American settlement known as the DeWitt Colony late in the 1820s. It main economy is agribusiness.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photocopied probate records (1840-1847) from Gonzales County, Texas, which detail properties and their values from several wills, photocopied abstracts (1845-1917) dealing with the six leagues of land known as the El Capote Ranch in Gonzales County, photocopies of correspondence, financial records, diaries, and maps to the El Capote Ranch.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Harrell, Wallace.
Baume, Jose de la.
Subjects (Organizations)
El Capote Ranch.
Capote Farm.
El Capote Ranch (Tex.)
DeWitt Colony (Tex.)
Gonzales County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

El Capote Ranch Records, 1830-1917 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection Accession number(s):
98-0298-B and unknown

Gifts, 1998

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 1998.

Additional Sources

Moellering, Arwerd Max. A History of Guadalupe County, Texas. Thesis (M.A.), University of Texas, 1938.

Carlson, Paul H.Inventory of County Records, Guadalupe County Courthouse, Seguin, Texas. Austin, Texas: Archives Division of Texas State Library, 1979.

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Personal, 1845-1913 and undated

Financial Documents

box folder
1 2 Promissory Notes, 1872-1883
3 Abstracts to Capote Farm, 1845-1917

Legal Documents

box folder
1 4 Deed Records, 1844-1877
5 Land Grants, 1844-1899 and undated
6 Probate Records of Gonzales County, Texas, 1840-1845
7 Will, 1834

Literary Production

box folder
1 8 Biographical Material and Field Notes, 1830-1879 and undated
9 Diaries and Account Books, 1862-1863
10 Journal, 1854
11 Untitled Typescript, undated

Scrapbook Material

box folder
1 12 Maps, undated