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  Partner: Austin College
 Decade: 1850-1859
[Appointment of John Patterson Osterhout as Attorney to Hazel P. Ford]

[Appointment of John Patterson Osterhout as Attorney to Hazel P. Ford]

Date: November 23, 1854
Creator: Ford, Hazel P.
Description: Appointment of John Patterson Osterhout as Hazel P. Ford's attorney to allow him to receive bounty and law warrants that were due to Ford for military services. At the bottom of the document, a clerk verified that the statement was signed.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Business Card for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: March 3, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Business card for John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney and collector of claims for Austin and surrounding counties. On the back of the card is a note concerning that if money was collected from a claim, it would be paid to someone while John would retain half as commission.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Certificate of Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: February 1, 1858
Creator: Runnels, Hardin Richard
Description: Certificate of appointment to Notary Public in Austin County, Texas for John Patterson Osterhout. The certificate was signed by the Texas governor, Hardin Runners Runnels, and the Secretary of State, J. S. Anderson.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

[Certificate of Appointment to Notary Public for John Patterson Osterhout]

Date: August 28, 1854
Creator: Pease, Elisha M.
Description: Certificate of appointment to Notary Public in Texas for John Patterson Osterhout signed by the Texas governor, Elisha M. Pease, and the Secretary of State, Edward Clark. In the center of the certificate is a hole that renders parts of it unreadable.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Payment]

[Certificate of Payment]

Date: 1855
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Certificate of payment stating that E. H. Cantes was owed money and that John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney, would obtain the payment and receive half as commission. On the back the certificate says the payment was received in full on March 15, 1855.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Certificate of Payment]

[Certificate of Payment]

Date: September 14, 1854
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Certificate of payment for J. Bird and the enlisted help of John Patterson Osterhout, an attorney, in collecting the debt. On the back of the certificate it states that the debt was paid in full on March 15, 1855. Included is a business card for John Patterson Osterhout. The card states he is an attorney for Bellville, Texas and on the back of the card is an agreement for another collection to be done by John.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout, December 5, 1854]

[Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout, December 5, 1854]

Date: December 5, 1854
Creator: Maray, Diana
Description: Letter from Diana Maray to John Patterson Osterhout discussing daily life in Athens, Pennsylvania. Letters had been received from other family members and her children were doing well in school. In the state of Pennsylvania, the temperance movement was working to get a prohibitive liquor law passed. She closed her letter by writing about what she felt made a real friend and hoped she would meet John in this life or the next. She included two locks of hair, one from each of her sons. Included is an envelope addressed to "John P. Osterhout."
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[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, April 29, 1859]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, April 29, 1859]

Date: April 29, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother discussing brief news about him and his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout. He sent gifts to some friends and that he hoped they arrived safely. He had begun constructing a kitchen and dining room for his home and asked that his brother try to locate some seeds that were misplaced somewhere.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, January 18, 1857]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, January 18, 1857]

Date: January 18, 1857
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother regarding his time in Bellville, Texas. He was appreciative of his brother sending him news from home and told him about a real estate sale that had happened recently. People from the U.S., Germany, and Bohemia were in attendance and alcohol was passed around. Money has been short in Bellville because of the cotton and corn crops failing. John needed to borrow money and requested a loan from his brother or anyone else in the family. He requested that his brother write again soon with more news from home.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, October 19, 1859]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his Brother, October 19, 1859]

Date: October 19, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother regarding land in Texas. He sold a couple hundred acres out of the 400 acres he bought a few years earlier. He wrote about other land he had bought and the cheap pricing of land in Texas. An uncle of theirs was thinking about moving to Texas and John agreed that he should and could get a lot of land for his money. He gave some advice for his uncle if he chose to move to Texas and recommended he should have a few thousand dollars before coming. At the end of the letter, John wrote about several pieces of furniture and cattle he purchased.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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