J. Roy Gray Collection, 1830-1881 | East Texas Research Center

By Natasha McClanahan, 1992

Collection Overview

Title: J. Roy Gray Collection, 1830-1881Add to your cart.

ID: A/152

Primary Creator: Gray, J. Roy (James Roy) (1887-1966)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1960

Subjects: Deeds -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Land titles -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches University (Nacogdoches, Tex.) -- History -- Sources

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of original deeds and other documents relating to the von der Hoya family in Nacogdoches. One item of interest is a conveyance of property in Nacogdoches from Thomas J. Rusk to Bennett Blake which includes the Red House. The Red House was the Old Spanish Barracks until 1832, and in 1845 it became Nacogdoches University.

Collection Historical Note

J. Roy Gray, son of Joseph R. and Julia McPaul Gray, was born in Bastrop, Texas, on November 5, 1888. On October 5, 1914, he married Clara Hoya, daughter of Charles and Francis Meisenheimer Hoya. J. Roy Gray served as a prominent businessman and civic leader in the Nacogdoches community. For many years, he was president of the Hoya Abstract Company. He also served as President of the First Federal Savings and Loan Association, as a director of the Stone Fort National Bank, and as a director of the community Hotel Corporation. From the opening of City Memorial Hospital in 1928 until his death, he served on the executive Committee and promoted many Hospital programs. J. Roy Gray died on March 30, 1966, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

("J. Roy Gray Dies Today."Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel 30 March 1966: A1)

Subject/Index Terms

Deeds -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Land titles -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Nacogdoches University (Nacogdoches, Tex.) -- History -- Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Related Materials: Nacogdoches University. ETRC Business & Organizational Collection. B-46

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Deed to Maria Dolores Sanchez, Nacogdoches, from Jose Ignacio Y'barbo, Alcalde, certified by Santiago del Valle, Leona Vicario, March 26, 1830Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Testimonial of Title to William B. Lockhart from Jose Antonio Navarro, Gonzales, for a sitio of land in Arroyo de los Texcocotes, as a member of the Green de Witte Colony, 17 September 1832Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letter and financial accounting of business from Samuel Williams, San Felipe de Austin, to Frost Thorn, November 15, 1832Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sale to Mr. Francis Hoya of lot and two houses on West side of Public Square, Nacogdoches, by David Rusk, Sheriff, offering land at public outcry; property of Albert Emanuel, October 2, 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Deed from Mariano Mora to Francis von der Hoya, for house and lot on South West corner of the Public Square, Nacogdoches, October 7, 1839Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Deed from Francis von der Hoya to Joseph von der Hoya, for one town lot, Nacogdoches, November 10, 1841Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Conveyance from Thomas J. Rusk to Bennett Blake of property in Nacogdoches, including the Red House, February 10, 1845Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Deed from Freidrich von der Hoya Grand Duchey of Oldenburg, Germany and Francis von der Hoya, Nacogdoches, to Joseph von der Hoya, Nacogdoches, for 200 acres on the Lanana Creek, August 24, 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letter in German script, from Freidrich von der Hoya, Germany to his brother, Joseph von der Hoya, Nacogdoches, October 1, 1881Add to your cart.


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