Monday, June 26, 2017
   
Text Size

AAGSNC

 
 
 
 

Articles

Preliminary Inventory of Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105) - Texas

Category: Articles

Preliminary Inventory of Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105) - Texas
Prepared by Marvin Holmes, Genealogist

  
Records of the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Texas , Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1869. The headquarters office for the Assistant Commissioner for the State of Texas was at Galveston from September 1865 until the Bureau ended its operations in the State.
32 rolls. DP.

Letters sent: Arranged and numbered in chronological order.
Name Indexes. Includes Huntsville, Texas, Walker County, and Liberty, Texas, Polk County:

Roll Description Dates Film No.
1 Vol. 1 (4) Sept. 1865-Mar. 1867 1503542
  Vol. 2 (5) Mar. 1867-May 1869  
  Unbound Letters May-July 1868 and undated  

Endorsements sent - Arranged and numbered in chronological order.
Name Indexes:

Roll Description Dates Film No.
2 Vol. 1 (7) Apr. 1866-Sept. 1867 1503543
  Vol. 2 (8) Sept. 1867-May 1869  
  

Registers of letters received

Entries are arranged by initial letter of surname of correspondent and there under generally chronologically. Name index. For Huntsville, Texas, Walker County, entries are arranged and numbered in chronological order. Volume 110 includes a name index, and there is a partial name index in volume 111. Volume 110 also contains letters sent and circulars issued, October 1866-January 1867, arranged and numbered in chronological order, and monthly narrative reports of conditions and operations, August-December 1867. Volume 11 also contains a register of contracts and narrative reports of conditions and operations, January-May 1868. For Liberty, Texas Polk County, entries arranged chronologically. This volume also contains a list of permits to ship cotton, November 1866:

  
Roll Description Dates Film No.
3 Vol. 1 (1) Feb. 1866-Aug. 1867 1503544
  Vol. 2 (2) Sept. 1867-June 1869  

Letters received

Roll Description Dates Film No.
4 A-C 1866-67 1503545
5 D-G 1866-67 1503546
6 H-I 1866-67 1503547
7 M-R 1866-67 1503548
8 S 1866-67 1503549
9 T-Z 1866-67 1503550
10 A-C 1867-69 1503551
11 D-G 1867-69 1503552
12 H 1867-69 1503553
13 I-M 1867-69 1503554
14 N-R 1867-69 1503555
15 S 1867-69 1503556
16 T-Y 1867-69 1503557
17 Unregistered Letters 1865-66 1503558
18 Unregistered Letters 1867-69 and undated 1503559
19 Issuance's and Rosters of Bureau Personnel (9) Oct. 1865-Apr. 1869 1503560
  Special Orders Received July 1866-May 1868  
 

Reports

The received and retained reports relating to rations, land and Bureau personnel, Oct. 1865-Apr. 1869, are arranged chronologically by month and thereunder by type of report. The received reports came from sub-assistant commissioners in the field offices and consist primarily of monthly reports of rations, clothing, and medicines issued to freedmen and refugees, and monthly reports of abandoned and confiscated lands:

   
Roll Description Dates Film No.
20 Reports of Operation and Conditions Dec. 1866-May 1867 1503561
21 " June-Aug. 1867 1503562
22 " Sept.-Oct. 1867 1503563
23 " Nov-Dec. 1867 1503564
24 " Jan.-Feb. 1868 1503565
25 " Mar-Apr. 1868 1503566
26 " May-July 1868 1503567
27 " Aug.-Oct. 1868 1503568
28 " Nov.-Dec. 1868 1503569
29 Reports Relating to Rations, Land, and Bureau Personnel 1865-66 1503570
30 " 1867 1503571
31 " 1868-69 1503572
  Oaths of Office of Bureau Personnel Sept. 1866-Nov. 1867  
  Unidentified volumes relating to Patients and Accounts. 1866-68  

Records relating to murders and outrages and other criminal offenses

Roll Description Dates Film No.
32 Record of Criminal Offenses Committed in the State of  Texas. Vol. 1-3 (11—13) Sept. 1865-Dec. 1868 1503573
  Registered Reports of Murders and Outrages Sept. 1866-July 1867  
  Miscellaneous Records Relating to Murders and Other Criminal Offenses Committed in Texas 1865-68  
 

Records of Criminal Offenses

Are numbered consecutively. The entries in the first volume for the period 1865-68 are not in chronological sequence up to page 43; however, beginning with page 43, and continuing throughout volumes 2 and 3, the entries that span Feb. 1 867-Dec, 1868 are arranged chronologically according to the date a particular offense was reported. The record" may have been at least partially compiled from the registered reports.

Registered Reports of Murders and Outrages

Are arranged by time period and thereunder in the order they were entered in volume 1 of the registers of letters received. The first group of reports is narrative and the second and third are tabular; the third was submitted on prepared Bureau forms. Preceding the first group is a report of freedmen murdered in the State of Texas since the close of the rebellion, evidently compiled in the Assistant Commissioner’s office from the registered reports received. Information about criminal offenses is also available in the reports of operation and conditions.

Miscellaneous Records Relating to Murders and Other Criminal Offenses

The miscellaneous records relating to murders and other criminal offenses, 1865-1868, include unregistered reports relating to murders and outrages, 1865-66; list of criminal offenses reported and not reported by the sub-assistant commissioners, March 1868. An inspection of the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville, Texas Walker County, the appendix of lists 209 freedmen confined, including their names, counties of residence, crimes allegedly committed, sentences, and miscellaneous remarks.

 

Login Form