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Virginia native John W. White (1817-1859) arrived in Texas around 1836-1837. He served in the Republic of Texas army and reached the rank of Major. He and his wife Helen Chapin, a native of New York, resided in Harris County, Texas.

The collection contains letters, legal documents, and printed material related to John W. White and members of his family. The bulk of the papers consists of letters dating from 1850-1859, including three from White to his wife Helen written during his journey to the California gold fields in 1850-1851. A photograph and portrait of John W. White and a book have been separated from the collection.


Gold mines and mining, Travel, California, Texas Harris County

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White (John W.) Family Papers, 1850-1890



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