El Capote Ranch Records, 1830-1917 and undated

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: El Capote Ranch (Tex.)

Title: El Capote Ranch Collection

Dates: 1830-1917 and undated

Abstract: Records and activities of El Capote Ranch in Gonzales County, Texas

Collection#: S 1000.1

Quantity: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)

Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Capote Ranch refers to Jose de la Baume's ranch originally located 45 miles northeast of San Antonio. Jose, a French immigrant, had build a log cabin which was later relocated and restored at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas, in 1975. It was provided by Wallace and Maurice Harrell of the Harrell Cattle Company.

Located in South Texas, Gonzales County was created in 1836 and organized in 1837. It was named after Coahuila and Texas Governor Rafael Gonzales. Its county seal is Gonzales. The area was among the first to be settled by an Anglo-American settlement known as the DeWitt Colony late in the 1820s. Its main economy is agribusiness.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photocopied probate records (1840-1847) from Gonzales County, Texas, which detail properties and their values from several wills, photocopied abstracts (1845-1917) dealing with the six leagues of land known as the El Capote Ranch in Gonzales County, photocopies of correspondence, financial records, diaries, and maps to the El Capote Ranch.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Harrel, Wallace
  • Baume, Jose de la
  • Places

  • Capote Farm
  • El Capote Ranch (Tex.)
  • DeWitt Capote (Tex.)
  • Gonzales County (Tex.)
  • Related Material

    For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections.

    Block Ranch Papers, 1885-1994 and undated

    Michael Erskine Papers [microfilm], 1830-1913

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    El Capote Ranch Records, 1830-1917 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

    Collection Accession number(s): 98-0298-B and unknown

    Gifts, 1998

    Processed by: Abel Ramirez, August 1998

    Additional Sources

    Moellering, Arwerd Max. A History of Guadalupe County, Texas. Thesis (M.A.), University of Texas, 1938

    Carlson, Paul H. Inventory of County Records, Guadalupe County Courthouse, Seguin, Texas. Austin, Texas: Archives Division of Texas State Library, 1979

    Collection Inventory


    Box 1

  • Folder 1, Personal, 1845-1913 and undated
  • Financial Documents

  • Folder 2, Promissory Notes, 1872-1883
  • Legal Documents

  • Folder 3, Abstracts to Capote Farm, 1845-1917
  • Folder 4, Deed Records, 1844-1877
  • Folder 5, Land Grants, 1844-1899 and undated
  • Folder 6, Probate Records of Gonzales County, Texas, 1840-1845
  • Folder 7, Will, 1834
  • Literary Production

  • Folder 8, Biographical Material and Field Notes, 1830-1879 and undated
  • Folder 9, Diaries and Account Books, 1862-1863
  • Folder 10, Journal, 1854
  • Folder 11, Untitled Typescript, undated
  • Scrapbook Material

  • Folder 12, Maps, undated
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