William Roark Papers, 1827-1860 | East Texas Research Center

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Collection Overview

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ID: A/146

Primary Creator: Roark, William (1803-1862)

Extent: 0.2 Linear Feet

Subjects: Nacogdoches County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources, Roark, William, 1803-1862, Slaveholders -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Surveyors -- Texas -- Nacogdoches

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The items in this collection relate to William Roark's work as a surveyor and in other official positions, to the buying and selling of slaves, and to other aspects of his life. All of the items in the collection are photocopies plus one typescript of one of the documents.

Collection Historical Note

William Roark was born September 16, 1803 in Tennessee. He married Margaret Reed, the daughter of the famous pioneer Baptist minister, Isaac Reed. In the fall of 1834 they immigrated from Tennessee to Texas. They were accompanied by both William and Mary's parents. William Roark was appointed surveyor for the Mexican government by the land commissioner in Nacogdoches in early 1835. Soon after he was also surveying for the colonies of David G. Burnet, Lorenzo de Zavala, and Joseph Vehlein. On July 31, 1837, Roark was commissioned by Sam Houston, President of the Republic of Texas, to the office of Justice of Peace in the Captains district of Nacogdoches County. In the late 1830's, Roark was a partner in Durst and Mitchell Mercantile Co. located on the east side of the Angelina River. Roark was one of the first two Deacons when the Old Palestine Baptist Church was organized in the home of Thomas Selman. When there were no schools, Roark, who had a long interest in education, provided tutors for his children. In 1845 when the Nacogdoches University was organized, Roark was one of the original subscribers. On July 13,1846, in the first election held in the county, he was elected as one of the four county commissioners.

William Roark died of diphtheria in his home near Linwood, Texas on December 10, 1862. He and his wife are buried in the family cemetery which he had designated in 1838. It is now a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. William and Margaret had eleven children.

("Roark, William." Control File, East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University).

Subject/Index Terms

Nacogdoches County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources
Roark, William, 1803-1862
Slaveholders -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Surveyors -- Texas -- Nacogdoches


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Folder 1: Appointment as surveyor for the colonies granted to De Zavala, Burnet, and Vehlein with instructions to surveyors. 1 item., July 1835Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Further instructions on duties as surveyor, August. 1 item., 1835Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Appointment as deputy surveyor of Nacogdoches County, and further instructions on how surveys are to be conducted. 2 items (3 pieces)., 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Further instructions on conducting surveys, from the General Land Office. 1 item, 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letter requesting Roark's survey notes on Barr and Davenport land, from A. A. Nelson. 1 item., 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letter requesting Roark's survey notes on land in Corsicana County, from W. Mitchell. 1 item (2 pieces)., 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Appointment as overseer of the road from Nacogdoches to John Durst's new on the Angelina River. 1 item., 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Statement appointing Roark as Presiding Judge of an election in his precinct. 1 item., 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Judgment of Roark as Justice of Peace in the case of C. M. Watters vs. Daniel Lacy. 1 item (2 pieces)., 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Appeal bond, James H. and Delia Durst to Charles Chavaillier, with Roark as Justice of the Peace. 1 item (2 pieces). Papers relating to slavery., 1844Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Bill of sale in Henderson County, Tennessee, to Roark, for slave. 1 item (2 pieces)., 1832Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Deed of gift of slave to daughter, Margaret, from Isaac Reed. 1 item., 1843Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bill of sale for slave to Roark from Benjamin F. Hunt. 1 item (2 pieces)., 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bill of sale for slave to work James H. and Elizabeth Durst. 1 item., 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Bill of sale for slave to Roark from Levi B. Dike. 1 item., 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Bill of sale for two slaves to Roark from Levin Luckett. 1 item., 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Bill of sale for three slaves to Roark from William Y. Lacy. 1 item (2 pieces)., 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Promissory note to John Durst. 1 item (2 pieces), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Subscription to Nacogdoches University. 1 item., 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Execution of a note, Roark to John Durst. 2 items (photocopy and typescript)., 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Deed of John Durst to Roark. 1 item., 1849Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Account with C. & H. W. Raguet [General Merchandise store] Linwood, Cherokee County. 1 item., 1851-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Statement to customers of C. & H. W. Raguet regarding insurance on cotton sunk on a flat boat. 1 item., 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Sale of land on Angelina River to Roark by Ira R. Lewis. 1 item (2 pieces)., 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Receipt for subscription to building of the Baptist meeting house near Frizzells. 1 item., 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Bill for tuition for two daughters. 1 item., 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Receipt for postage on mail at Linwood. 1 item, 1860Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sale of land certificate by James Dill. 2 items., 1827Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Certification of vote on the Constitution, annexation, and ordinances in Nacogdoches. 1 item., 1845Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Copy of field notes for survey in Cherokee County with plat. 2 items., 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Sale of land in Columbia, Perry B. Iles to John Duncan. 1 item., 1835Add to your cart.

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