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Asa Hoxey Family Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hoxey, Asa, 1800-1863.
Title: Asa Hoxey Family Papers
Dates: 1788-1930
Abstract: Asa Hoxey was a trained physician and plantation owner who participated in the Texas Revolution and served the Republic of Texas as medical censor. The Asa Hoxey Family Papers document the educational, social, and professional activities of Asa Hoxey and his daughter, Sarah Anne. A letter dated June 11, 1788 from American Revolutionary Patrick Henry to his daughter, Betsey, is also included in the collection.
Identification: GA19
Extent: 1 box (0.04 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Asa Hoxey was born in Savannah, Georgia on February 22, 1800. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1820 and from the medical department of the University of New York in 1822. After practicing medicine for ten years in Mobile, Alabama, he moved his family and household to Washington County, Texas, and opened two large plantations. With Thomas Gray, John W. Hall and others he organized the Washington Townsite Company to promote the town of Washington-on-the-Brazos. Dr. Hoxey represented Washington County in the Consultation in 1835, served on the General Council and participated in the siege of Bexar. Although he practiced medicine very little after he came to Texas, during the presidency of Sam Houston he was appointed medical censor of the Republic. He owned a fine library and contributed to the support of Baylor University and other institutions of learning. He was a member of the Masonic lodge. He died at Independence, Texas, on May 20, 1863.


  • Webb, Walter Prescott, et al., editors. The Handbook of Texas, Vol. I. Austin: The Texas State Historical Association, 1952.

Scope and Contents

The Asa Hoxey Family Papers consist of correspondence, official documents, Confederate currency, Republic of Texas currency, printed material and memorabilia. Also included is a letter from Patrick Henry to his daughter, Betsey, dated June 11, 1788 that was acquired with the collection.


Materials are arranged chronologically in 5 folders.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Hoxey, Asa, 1800-1863--Archives.
Hoxie family--Archives.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


Asa Hoxey Family Papers, GA19, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift of Jenkins Garrett, 1974. Processed by Tad C. Howington and Shirel Spivey, February 18, 1984.

Administrative Information


The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" projects, 2014-2015.

Container List

1 Letters and Documents (10 items), 1788-1820.
June 11, 1788
ALS., 2pp. Richmond [Virginia]. Patrick Henry to his daughter Betsy, concerning the health of her sisters and other family members as well as informing her of the birth of her brother. [Envelope included, but not the original used for mailing.]
November 20, 1820
4pp. New York. Document serving as notice of the election of Asa Hoxey to the Medico-Chirurgical Society of the University of the State of New York. Signed by A.D. Wetson, Secretary Pro-tempore of the Society.
Approximately November 1820
Eight admission passes to various medical classes at the University of the State of New York issued to Asa Hoxey:
  1. Obstetrics
  2. Surgery
  3. Botany
  4. Chemistry
  5. Anatomy and Physiology
  6. Pass to dissecting room
  7. Pass to the University Hospital
  8. Pass to New York Hospital

2 Letters and Documents (4 items), 1832-1839.
April 2, 1832
Pf., 4pp. New Orleans. [in Spanish] Passport granted to Asa Hoxey by Francisco Pizarro Martinez, Mexican Consul to the United States in New Orleans.
Approximately 1834
MsD. Field notes of a survey of land for [Asa] Hocksey [sic]. A part of J.P. Coles' grant, this was a survey of land along the Yegua Creek in what is today Washington County, Texas.
December 28, 1834
Pf., 4pp. Houston. Certificate of appointment of Dr. A.C. Hoxie [sic] as "Medical Censor of the Senatorial District of Washington for the Republic of Texas" by President Sam Houston. Document is signed by Houston and Robert A. Irion, Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas.
April 17, 1839
ALS., 4pp. Houston. James Webb, [Secretary of State of the Republic of Texas] to Asa Hoxey, telling Hoxey of his appointment by President Houston to be the "Commissioner to run the boundary line between the United States and this country." Letter also tells of Houston's high regard for Hoxey's "character and talents."

3 Letters and Documents (6 items), 1841-1859.
Approximately 1841.
Two pieces of money from the Republic of Texas:
  1. Twenty (20) dollar bill
  2. Three (3) dollar bill
December 24, 1850
Pf. Marriage certificate for Franklin H. Hubert and Sarah Ann Hoxey. daughter of Asa Hoxey. Married in the Protestant Episcopal Church by H.N. Pierce, Presbyter.
August 10, 1859
ALS., 4pp. Independence [Texas], Sam Houston to Mrs. Asa Hoxie [sic], expressing Houston's regret that he and Mrs. Houston will be unable to spend the evening with the Hoxies [sic] due to Mrs. Houston's planning of a trip to "the Springs."
December 3, 1859
D. [printed on silk], Austin. Invitation to the Inaugural Ball of Governor Sam Houston in Austin on December 21, 1859.
May 1, 1862
ALS., 2pp., Auston Conty [sic], L.L. Johnston to Frank Hubert, son-in-law of Asa Hoxey, requesting information about some land owned by Hubert that Johnston may buy.

4 Letters and Documents (2 items), filed in GD/8, 1862-1865
June 26, 1862
Confederate Bond for one hundred (100) dollars. Bond number 7453, payable July 1, 1869. Includes coupons for redemption of interest; one coupon redeemed, 14 remaining.
November 16, 1865.
Funeral notice of Mrs. Hoxey, wife of Asa Hoxey.

5 Miscellany (11 items)
ANS., 1p., n.p. M[irabeau] B. L[amar] to Mrs. Hoxey, thanking her and her family for his stay in their home and their kindness shown to him.
February 17, 1864
Twenty (20) dollar bill from the Confederate States of America.
MsN., 1p., undated Note stating, "Old Papers of interest to my father Dr. Asa Hoxey…"
Envelope addressed to "Mrs. Frank Hubert, Independence, Texas" from B.H. Davis.
MsN., n.p. Note explaining the contents of the accompanying envelope: "This bracelet is made of your Grandma Hoxey's hair…" Envelope and hair bracelet included.
Ms., 4pp. Washington, Republic of Texas. Poem atrributed to Mirabeau B. Lamar written for Sarah Ann Hoxey, daughter of Dr. Asa Hoxey. Poem entitled "Birth Day Acrostic."
Ms., 4pp., n.p. Unidentified poem written for Sarah Ann Hoxey titled "The Heart to Friendship true."
MsN., 1p., undated Recipe for a remedy for the "Blind Staggers."
June 22, 1930
4pp. Article taken from the Houston Gargoyle on the home and life of Dr. Asa Hoxey. Mentions the type of home built, the furnishings, and the many visitors who frequently visited the Hoxey home.