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[Bellville Town Meeting Minutes, January 18, 1858]

Description: Minutes of the Bellville, Texas Town Meeting on January 18, 1858, which was called in memory of the recently deceased Thomas Bell, "the father of Bellville," who arrived in Texas in 1822 and settled in Austin's Colony and served under Ben Milam during the Texas Revolution.
Date: January 18, 1858
Creator: Fular, A. W.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Letter from the Pension Office to John Patterson Osterhout, July 2, 1858]

Description: Letter from the Pension Office to John Patterson Osterhout discussing Lewis Summer's request for a war bounty scrip instead of land. The request was view favorably and sent to the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury. Included is an envelope addressed to "John P. Osterhout Esq."
Date: July 2, 1858
Creator: United States. Pension Bureau.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Marriage Certificate for John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout]

Description: Marriage certificate for John Patterson and Junia Roberts Osterhout officiated by William Frear of the Baptist church. The wedding was held at the house of Henry Roberts in Pennsylvania and witnessed by P. M. Osterhout, James Frear, and Henry Roberts.
Date: February 23, 1859
Creator: Frear, William
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, April 25, 1859]

Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, thanking him for the news in his letter. John and his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, expressed their desire to hear more from Orlando and wanted him to visit their parents to gather more news. He wrote briefly about what he and his wife were doing and in the post script, he asked for a canning recipe for his wife.
Date: April 25, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

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

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.
Date: April 29, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to Ann Roberts, September 1, 1859]

Description: Letter from Junia Roberts Osterhout to her sister, Ann Roberts, discussing the possibility of Ann coming to liver with the Osterhouts in Texas. Junia says that she thinks Ann would easily find a husband there.
Date: September 1, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, Junia Roberts
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

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

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.
Date: October 19, 1859
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from David Osterhout to Orlando Osterhout, July 29, 1860]

Description: Letter from David Osterhout to his brother, Orlando Osterhout, discussing his family. His children had gotten well after having the measles and he said they were doing well after moving to Texas. The hot weather was making it difficult for David to work and he wished he had money to buy cattle and sheep to lighten his work load. He hoped his letter found Orlando well and wanted to hear from him soon.
Date: July 29, 1860
Creator: Osterhout, David
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Letter from Lizzie Roberts to Junia Roberts Osterhout, January 12, 1861]

Description: Letter from Lizzie Roberts to her sister, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing Junia's health, the possibility of war, and other news of family and friends. She says that she has become "dissatisfied" with where she lives and would like to go home to the North.
Date: January 12, 1861
Creator: Roberts, Lizzie
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Letter from J. W. McDade to Headquarters, March 19, 1862]

Description: Letter from J. W. McDade to Headquarters concerning Private John Patterson Osterhout's detachment. The brief message stated that John was officially detached from his unit and had to report back to his company after seven days.
Date: March 19, 1862
Creator: McDade, J. W.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Austin College

[Soldier's Discharge Papers for John Patterson Osterhout]

Description: Soldier's discharge papers for John Patterson Osterhout due to his term of service expiring. He was discharged honorably from the army of the Confederate States on April 25, 1862. The document includes a basic description of his appearance and who he served under.
Date: April 25, 1862
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College

[The Confederate States Receipt for Time of Service for James L. Cunningham, July, 1862]

Description: The Confederate States of America receipt for time of service for James L. Cunningham. Cunningham served as a lieutenant from May 13 to July 18, 1862. The receipt included the payment he received for his service, his regiment, and a signed statement from Cunningham that verified the information was correct.
Date: 1862-07~
Creator: Confederate States of America
Item Type: Text
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Letter from Private H. C. Denny to Captain H. M. Bouldin, October 13, 1862]

Description: Letter from Private H. C. Denny to Captain H. M. Bouldin. Denny wrote Bouldin about the movement of his group past the Arkansas line. He passed along a message from another soldier to be given to his wife and other small pieces of news, such as the price of corn back home.
Date: October 13, 1862
Creator: Denny, H. C.
Item Type: Letter
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Invoice from S. B. Brush for Captain H. M. Bouldin, July 1863]

Description: Invoice from S. B. Brush for Captain H. M. Bouldin. The invoice listed what purchases Bouldin made including muslin, packs of pins, boxes of caps, and buttons. The purchase was made from a store that dealt in tin ware, stoves, pumps, house furnishing goods, etc.
Date: July 1863
Creator: Brush, S. B.
Item Type: Text
Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center

[Certificate of the Election to Adjutant for John Patterson Osterhout]

Description: Certificate of the election to adjutant of the 23rd Battalion of the Texas State Troops for John Patterson Osterhout. It was part of a rally for troops for the Civil War and the certificate was signed by the governor, Francis Richard Lubbock, and the Secretary of State.
Date: September 23, 1863
Creator: Lubbock, Francis Richard
Item Type: Text
Partner: Austin College