University of North Texas Archives

Guide to the Levi Perryman Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Perryman, Levi, 1839-1921
Collection Title Levi Perryman Papers
Dates 1871-1917
Abstract The Levi Perryman Collection, 1871-1917, documents the life and activities of a Texas Sheriff and Tax Collector from Montague County, Texas.
Identification 02/HM. 51
Physical Description 3.00
Repository University Archives

Biographical Information:

Sheriff and Tax Collector in Montague County, Texas

Administrative History:

The Levi Perryman Collection, 1871-1917, documents the life and activities of a Texas Sheriff and Tax Collector from Montague County, Texas, illustrating the difficulties of collecting taxes after the Civil War and the increase in criminal activity. Levi Perryman was a sheriff and tax collector in Montague County, Texas, from 1873 to 1880. Montague County was created from Cooke County in 1857 on the north central Texas border with Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) and was organized in 1858 -- therefore, Perryman worked in the county when it was just fifteen years old and had a total of about 11,000 residents.


Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence; financial documents such as journals, notes, and receipts; legal documents such as deeds and claims; and printed material that together reflect the activities of Levi Perryman during the years he served as sheriff and tax collector in Montague County.


Arrangement of Materials:

Materials are arranged by type.

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department.  Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Box 1829 and 1829b are housed at Willis Library and available for same day paging.

Box 3 is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Geographic Name:
Chaves County (N.M.)
Montague County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Levi Perryman Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

Acquisition Information:

Gift


Detailed List of Contents

Box
1829 Levi Perryman Collection 1871-1912
Scope and Contents
primary container
1 Letters 04/1875-10/1908
27 sheets. 5 from comptroller's office (2 are 2 pages); 3 letters from attorneys (1 is 3 pages); 1 postcard; 4 envelopes; 1 from son, Pleas Price, to Levi Perryman; 2 letters to Bob Perryman, rejecting soldier homestead application; and 7 misc. letters.
2 Letters 10/1908-undated
25 sheets. 4 letters from Emmett Patton, lawyer; 1 letter from J. T. Evans, Probate Judge; 8 envelopes; 1 letter from W.H. Smith, Real Estate; 1 letter to W.A. Morris from Perryman; 3 from E.W. Powell (1 is 3 pages, 1 is 4 pages); and 1 misc. letter to the sheriff.
3 Financial Documents
34 sheets. 3 bills, 10 checks written by H.B. Caddel to various people; 5 checks written by Levi Perryman; 5 account statements; 1 personal bank statement for Levi Perryman; 4 informal statements; 1 list of claims against estate of Bob Perryman, deceased; 1 statement to and 4 checks from H.B. Caddel as secretary of the school. 1 insurance contract to Powell and Perryman, moved to Map Case.
4 Financial Documents
1 journal.
5 Financial Documents
35 sheets. 5 promissory notes written by Levi Perryman; 7 promissory notes written by Bob Perryman; 5 blank promissory notes; 14 tax receipts received of Levi Perryman; 1 tax receipt received of Elizabeth Webb, signed by Levi as sheriff; 1 tax receipt signed by W.H. Perryman; 2 letter receipts of Levi Perryman.
6 Financial Documents 01/1876-01/1879
30 sheets. 29 receipts recieved of Levi Perryman, as sheriff, and other deputy sheriffs pertaining to legal cases; 1 letter receipt of Austin Perryman.
7 Financial Documents 02/1879-12/1879
51 sheets. 47 receipts received of Levi Perryman, as sheriff, and other deputy sheriffs pertaining to legal cases; 1 letter receipt recieved of Levi Perryman; 1 letter receipt recieved of WA Morris; 1 tax receipt recieved of Levi Perryman; and 1 report of prisoners.
8 Financial Documents 01/1880-10/1894
36 sheets. 20 receipts received of Levi Perryman, as sheriff, and other deputy sheriffs pertaining to legal cases; and 16 tax receipts recieved of Levi Perryman and PM Price.
9 Financial Documents 04/1895-undated
34 sheets. 28 tax receipt received of Levi Perryman and PM Price; 2 lodge membership receipt by Levi Perryman; 1 receipt recieved of Levi Perryman in regards to a deceased Bob Perryman; 1 heavily faded reciept; 1 receipt recieved of Levi Perryman, pertaining to legal cases; and 1 receipt recieved of MA Morris.
10 Financial Documents 06/1874-04/1880
42 sheets. 42 Triplicate Warrants.
11 Financial Documents 04/1880-11/1880
25 sheets. 26 Triplicate Warrants.
12 Legal Documents 07/1871-10/1880
22 sheets. 3 deeds; 15 legal documents pertaining to outcomes of cases including amount paid to Levi Perryman and other deputy sheriffs; 3 misc legal documents; and 1 audit statement.
13 Legal Documents 04/1882-06/1912, undated
28 sheets. 10 deeds; 2 sales of desert land; 3 assignments of mortgage; 4 mortgage deeds; 1 satisfaction of mortgage; 1 lease long form; 1 warrant to appraisers; 1 bill of sale; 3 tax receipts; and 2 legal documents on death of Bob Perryman.
14 Printed Material
7 sheets. "To old settlers and veterans," a request for information for a book; 4 newspaper clippings; 1 information card about the Memphis & Little Rock Railway including fares; and 1 table of distances from Memphis.
15 Photograph



Box
1829b Oversized Material 1871-1917
Scope and Contents
Oversized Box 1828-1845. This box contains the oversized material for the Levi Perryman Collection, as well as the Kindred Watkins Collection and the Terry Jordan Log Cabin Register. NOTE: This box is housed in the Special Collections Department in the Willis Library and it is shelved in flat storage (oversize) under the Levi Perryman Collection with a Collection Number of HM.51.
Tax Receipts from Levi Perryman 1914-04-2
Scope and Contents
2 receipts
Tax Receipts from Levi Perryman 1914-11-28
Scope and Contents
2 receipts
Receipt to Levi Perryman from Comptroller's Office 1881-03-01
State Tax Accounts 1871, 1874, 1875, 1878, 1879
Scope and Contents
5 state tax accounts
Deed to J. B. Smith 1876-05-09
Land Grant to Levi Perryman 1882-12-27
Land Grant to Levi Perryman 1883-05-17
Land Indenture of Bob Perryman in New Mexico Territory 1907-04-01
Abstact of Title to Fruitland Company 1906-05-18
American Shorthorn Breeder's Association Registry Certificate 1917-12-13
Certificate of the Register of the Land Office 1907-08-16
Scope and Contents
Certificate recognizes that Bob Perryman has made full payment for land in Roswell, New Mexico.
Map of Land Holdings



Box
3 Levi Perryman Letter Transcripts
Scope and Contents
This section is one folder that is housed with Kindred Watkins Family Collection of letter and financial transcriptions. This box is housed in remote storage.
1 Levi Perryman Letter Transcripts 1875/04/19 - 1888/09/07