University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Hunter Herndon Papers, 1814-1872

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Herndon, John H. (John Hunter), 1813-1878.
Title: John Hunter Herndon Papers
Dates: 1814-1872
Abstract: Correspondence, diary, legal documents, and military documents relating to John Hunter Herndon (1813-1878), and his journey from Kentucky to Texas in 1837-1838.
Extent: 2 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born and educated in Kentucky, John Hunter Herndon arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1838. He studied law in Kentucky and Houston, and was admitted to the bar in Fort Bend County in November 1838. In 1839, Herndon married Barbara Makall Wilkinson Calvit, heir to the Calvit sugar plantation in Brazoria County, and by 1860 he had become one of the wealthiest landowners in Texas. Although he was not in active military service during the Civil War, the war and Reconstruction depleted most of his fortune. Herndon died on July 6, 1878, and was buried at Hempstead.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diary, legal documents and military documents relating to observations of John Hunter Herndon (1813-1878), lawyer and soldier, during his journey from Kentucky to Texas via New Orleans (1837-1838), especially his impressions of Galveston and Houston, and his opinions regarding the President and members of the Congress of the Republic of Texas. Also included is material relating to land transactions in Texas and to the military career of Alexander Calvit.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Herndon, John H. (John Hunter), 1813-1878.
Calvit, Alexander, 1784-1836.
Herndon, Barbara Makall Wilkinson Calvit.
Cannon, William Jarvis.
Carson, Joseph.
Gray, Peter W., 1819-1874.
Green, Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1863.
Holmes, David A.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
King, John A.
Lubbock, Francis Richard, 1815-1905.
Martin, Wylie.
Mitchell, Asa, 1795-1865.
Raguet, Henry, 1796-1877.
Riley, William C.
Robbins, Elliott.
Sharp, John.
Lake Pontchartrain (La.)
New Orleans (La.)
Boerne (Tex.)
Brazoria County (Tex.)
Fort Bend County (Tex.)
Galveston County (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
Hempstead (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Liberty County (Tex.)
Richmond (Tex.)
Yorktown (Tex.)
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846--Sources.
Texas--Politics and government--1836-1846.
Texas--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century--Sources.
Texas--Social life and customs--19th century.
Legal documents--Texas.

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Preferred Citation

John Hunter Herndon Papers, 1814-1872, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2E239 Correspondence, 1814-1857
Legal documents, 1814-1872
Discharge, 1814
Military orders, 1814-1815
Officer's commission, 1862
Diary, 1837-1838
2R36 Diary of a trip from Kentucky to Texas, 1837-1838