The following bibliography should help you in your own research into your connections with Refugio County, Texas. Some of the material may be available by inter-library loan through your local public library or genealogical society. Many of the titles are out of print, however, and may not be available on a circulating basis. If you need help in locating a copy of any of the below titles, please contact me.

1870 U.S. census population schedule of Refugio County, Helen Swenson Smothers, F.T. Ingmire, St. Louis, Mo. (10166 Clairmont Dr., St. Louis 63136), 1980.

Gold Under the Trees : The O'Connor ranch and the People Who Made It, Ann Fears Crawford,   Archive/Manuscript ; 185 leaves ; 28 cm.

A History of Education in Refugio County, Ernest J. Wranosky,  Thesis (M.A.)--Texas College of Arts and Industries, 1944. Bibliography: leaves 120-130.

History of Refugio County,  Robert Lee Moore, Thesis (M.A.)--University of Texas, 1937. Bibliography: leaves 108-110.

History of Refugio Mission, William Oberste, 1942.

The History of Refugio County, Texas, 1836-1986, Refugio County History Book Committee, Curtis Media Corp., Dallas, Tex., 1985

Law and Facts in Support of the Refugio Pueblo Grant from Coahuila and Texas, 1834, Hobart Huson, Refugio, TX, 1940; 260 p. : maps

The Life and Times of Elmer F. Norris : An Autobiography, Elmer F(ranklin). Norris; published by E.F. Norris, Woodsboro, TX, 1964.

The Mission Nuestra Senora del Refugio, George Castor Martin, San Antonio, TX, 1937.

"The old town Saint Mary's on Copano Bay and some interesting people who once lived there" , Camille Yeamans Neighbors; Thesis (M. A.)--Southwest Texas State University, 1942; vii, 120 leaves ; 28 cm.

Our Lady Comes to Refugio, William Oberste.

A Pictorial History of Refugio County, Lucile Fagan Snider, Nortex Press, Austin, TX, 1994, 

Plummer Family Papers, 1830 1861.  Archive/Manuscript; 149 items.
NOTES: Correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, speech, catalog, congressional document, and broadside. Letters are between several members of the Plummer family and from business associates in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. The letters relate daily life in frontier Texas and the South and also comment on contemporary political
events including prominent historical figures such as Sam Houston and General Santa Anna. Letters from Joseph F. Smith, an attorney, 1855-1861, concern his efforts to legally claim title to land under dispute at Copano, Texas, for the Plummers. Also included are letters from William Henderson, 1842-1844, while a student at Emory and Henry College (Virginia) to his parents, and letters from D.C. Freeman, Jr., on business in Texas, to his wife in Kentucky, 1860.  The Plummers came to Texas in the 1830s. Joseph E. Plummer was a surveyor, served in the Texas Army, and built the first residence at Copano in Refugio County circa 1840. Samuel A. Plummer was a lawyer and business associate of Mirabeau B. Lamar, and a captain in the Texas Army. Joseph E. Plummer, Jr. and Francis W. Plummer also served in the Texas Army.
SUBJECT: Plummer family -- Archives. Plummer, Francis W. -- Correspondence.
Plummer, Joseph E. -- (Joseph Elton), -- 1798-1859 -Correspondence. Plummer, Joseph E. -- (Joseph Elton), -- 1830-1883 -Correspondence.Plummer, Mary, -- 1790-1848.
Plummer, Mary K., -- d. 1904. Plummer, Samuel A. -- Correspondence.
Henderson, Mary K. -- Correspondence. Henderson, William -- Correspondence.
Freeman, D. C. -- Correspondence. Freeman, Mollie. Smith, Joseph F. -- Correspondence.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas. Refugio County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846 -- Sources.
OTHER: Plummer, Francis W. Plummer, Joseph E. (Joseph Elton), 1798-1859. Plummer, Joseph E. (Joseph Elton), 1830-1883. Plummer, Samuel A. Henderson, Mary K. Henderson, William.
Freeman, D. C. Smith, Joseph F.

Refugio: A Comprehensive History of Refugio County from Aboriginal Times,  Two volumes. Hobart Huson, Rooke Foundation, Woodsboro, TX, 1953 1955.  Reprinted 2001 by Refugio County Historical Commission.  Please note:  This 2-volume set as reprinted in 2001 can be purchased from the Refugio County Museum for $125.00, plus $10.32 (tax).  Telephone:  361-526-5555.  Contact: Maxine Reilly.

Refugio County, Texas, Marriage Books A-B-C, 1839-1881, Helen Smothers Swenson, F. Ingmire, St. Louis, Mo. (10166 Clairmont Dr., St. Louis, 63136) 1980

The Refugio Timely Remarks Centennial Edition. "December 14, 1934."  Microfilm at Corpus Christi Public Library, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Schroeder, Fred and Katherine, papers, 1886 - 1958, Archive/Manuscript; 10 ft.
NOTES: Documents provide information about the Schroeders, focusing on Fred Schroeder's various business interests: land leasing, development, and farming; banking and other financial dealings; cottonseed oil production; and a hot mineral wells health resort. The papers illuminate not only Fred Schroeder's individual business affairs, but also those of his numerous partnerships with various members of the Henry Hollmann, Sr., family, as well as with other businessmen in the South Texas counties of Bee, Goliad, Karnes, Nueces, and Refugio. Other materials concern personal matters of Fred, wife Katherine, and daughter Hulda. Much of the personal, as well as some business, correspondence is in German, for which annotations are provided. Because Fred Schroeder's business and personal relationships were not always mutually exclusive and the financial transactions were often complex, there is some overlap among the series and subseries. German immigrant businessman in South Texas in the early 20th century was involved in a variety of ventures, chiefly land and financial dealings.

South Texas Genealogical Society Quarterly, published by the Society, Beeville, Texas.  Issues on file at Barnhart Library, Beeville, Texas.

Souvenir program : Refugio County commemoration of centennial of statehood of Texas at Refugio, Texas, Friday, February 15, 1946; compiled by Hobart Huson, printed by Refugio Timely Remarks, Refugio, Texas, 1946, 36 p.   

Stolen heritage : A Mexican-American's Triumphant Quest for the Lost Becerra Grant in Texas, Abel G. Rubio, Eakin Press, Austin, TX, 1896; ISBN: 0890155488.

A Study of Refugio County Schools, William A. Reeves,   Thesis (M.A.)--Texas College of Arts and Industries, 1951. Bibliography: leaves 54-55, maps ; 28 cm.

Texas Coastal Bend : People and Places, Alpha Kennedy Wood, 1979. 

Texas Coastal Bend Trilogy, Hobart Huson, Eakin Press, Austin, TX, 1994 ( Includes Two sea-captains Johnson and some of their friends;  El Copano; and St. Mary's of Aransas.)
ISBN: 0890159157.



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