Durst Family Collection | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Durst Family CollectionAdd to your cart.

ID: A/89

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Subjects: Durst family, Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846 -- Sources

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Languages: English

Collection Historical Note

Born on February 4, 1797 in Missouri Territory, John Durst came with his brother Joseph to Texas in the early 1800's. Fluent in Spanish, John Durst acted as an interpreter for the Mexican government in Indian negotiations. While serving in the Legislature of Coahuila and Texas at Monclova, Mexico in 1836, he learned of the impending invasion of Texas by Santa Anna and rode 960 miles back to East Texas to warn the settlers. John Durst was an Indian trader and merchant and hoped to establish the town of Mount Sterling on the Angelina River in what is now Cherokee County, but was discouraged by the Cordova Rebellion of 1838. An undated letter to Thomas J. Rusk in the collection tells how some of Durst's property was burned by unidentified persons and may refer to his problems during that time. In 1843 he moved his family to Leon County. Some of the relatives of John Durst represented in the collection include nephew James H. Durst (a custom claims collector in Point, now Port, Isabel), sons John Sterling and Bruno, and his wife Harriet Matilda Jamison Durst. (Ericson, Carolyn. "Durst, John M." Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas, Texas; Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p. 264).

Subject/Index Terms

Durst family
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846 -- Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],
[Box 2: Bible with no family information],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1857, UndatedAdd to your cart.

James H. Durst, Point Isabel, to Aunt [Helena Dill Berryman], [Cherokee County]. Jan. 8, 1857. A.L.S. Photocopy. 4 p.

Mortimer L. Durst, Point Isabel, to Cousin, n.p. Sept. 16, 1857. A. L. Initialed. Photocopy. 3 p.

John Durst, n.p. to General [Thomas J.] Rusk, Nacogdoches]. n.d. A.L.S. 2 p.

Folder 2: John & Harriet Durst. Newspaper clippings and typescript of clippings, 1900, UndatedAdd to your cart.

"Colonel John Durst: The Interesting Life Story of an Early Texas Pioneer," HOUSTON DAILY POST, Dec. 2, 1900. 1 p.

"Early Days in Texas: A Woman Who Lived Under Three Flags Relates Many Interesting Pioneer Incidents," [Houston Chronicle ], n.d.

Typescript Carbon of above two articles, made from a reprint of the articles by Perry Printing Co., Oklahoma City, n.d. 22 p.

Folder 3: John Durst Legal Papers. Typescript and typescript carbon, 1829-1836Add to your cart.

Venta de varies titulos de tierra por Juan Durst -- a favor de B. B. Davenport. Nov. 4, 1829. Typescript carbon. 3 p.

Sale of various titles of land by John Durst -- in behalf of B. B. Davenport. Nov. 4, 1829. Translation of above document. Typescript carbon. 3 p.

Jno. Durst to Russell, Tausin, Cable, Bullard and Tausin. Sale of land, slaves Cc. May 27, 1836. Typescript. 3 p.

Folder 4: John Durst and Mount Sterling. Newspaper clippings, 1954 1977Add to your cart.

"Mount Sterling Was Durst Dream," DALLAS MORNING NEWS, July 29, 1954. 1 p.

"'Texas Heartbeat' In Our Front Door," DAILY SENTINEL, August 1, 1961. 1 p.

"Touring East Texas," DAILY SENTINEL, July 28, 1965. 1 p.

"Ghost Towns. . . Mount Sterling Overlooked Busy Boat Landing on River," DAILY SENTINEL, May 19, 1966. 1 p.

"Durst Worked, Fought for East Texas," REDLAND HERALD in SUNDAY SENTINEL, January 2, 1977. 1 p.

Folder 5: Descendants of John Durst. Newspaper clippings, 1942, UndatedAdd to your cart.

"Bruno Durst," n.p., n.d. 1 p.

"Preacher Who Died at Menard Born in Old Stone Fort at Nacogdoches," n.p., n.d. I p.

"Old Stone Fort Has Picture Display of Historic, Early Texas Families," REDLAND HERALD in SUNDAY SENTINEL, July 23, 1942. 1 p.

Folder 6: Durst Family Biographical and Genealogical Papers, 1931-1973Add to your cart.

John Durst, Land Agent, Tyler, Texas. ApriI 2, 1931. Typescript. 2 p.

Data concerning the family of John Durst compiled by Louis Durst, 610 E. Front Street, Tyler Texas. July 4, 1942. Typescript. 2 p.

Durst-ana Centennial!!! n.d. Printed. 1 p.

"John Durst and Some of His Descendants," RECORDS OF EAST TEXAS, Jan. 1973. Photocopy.

FOUNDERS AND PATRIOTS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS, p. 499. Vol. I, 1963. Photocopy. 1 p.

Census of Nacogdoches, 1828, Town Proper. Typescript with handwritten notes. 2 p.

The Durst Family (Written down by Mrs. John Durst, So. for Mr. John Durst, Jr. of Tyler, when she was eighty years old). Typescript with handwritten notes by Lois Foster Blount. 4 p.

Untitled. "John Durst, his parents were originally of German origin. . ." n.d. Typescript. 5 p.

Mount Sterling. n.d. Typescript. 1 p.

Folder 7: Items from the BibleAdd to your cart.
Includes pressed leaves and flowers, paper frame, piece of lavender ribbon [sash?].
Box 2: Bible with no family informationAdd to your cart.
Bible, ca. 1790 [title page missing], owned by Susan Beal Edwards, wife of Haden Edwards. Passed on to her daughter Jane Beall Edwards Hart, and on to Mrs. Hart's daughter, Susan Azalie Hart Durst, mother of John Durst and niece of Susan Wroe Edwards [Mrs. Frost] Thorn. Contains notes on the above but no additional family records.


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