Neighbors, Robert Simpson, 1815-1859

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From the description of Letters of Robert Simpson Neighbors, 1846-1847. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79452667

Born in Virginia, Indian agent Robert Simpson Neighbors (1815-1859) arrived in Texas in 1836. He enlisted in the Texas Army, attaining the rank of captain and title of acting quartermaster. Joining the Texas Rangers, Neighbors served under John C. Hays, when General Adrián Woll imprisoned the company in Mexico in 1842. Following his release to Texas, Neighbors became an Indian agent in 1845 and transitioned the office from the practice of waiting for Native Americans, as was the agency’s routine, to visiting them in their territories. After the annexation of Texas, Neighbors served the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs from 1847 through 1849. He then served as a Texas commissioner (1850) and state legislator (1851-1853). Additionally, in 1851, he married Elizabeth Ann Mays, with whom he had two sons. Returning to the Indian Bureau in 1853, he and U.S. Army captain Randolph B. Marcy explored northwest Texas for possible Native American reservation sites. Despite receiving many threats for his work with the tribes, Neighbors survived until 1859, when he was murdered by Edward Cornett, a man with whom he was not acquainted.

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Richardson, Rupert N. Neighbors, Robert Simpson. Handbook of Texas Online . Accessed February 15, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fne08 .

From the guide to the Neighbors, Robert Simpson, papers 1936., 1838-1935, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Born in Virginia, Indian agent Robert Simpson Neighbors (1815-1859) arrived in Texas in 1836.

He enlisted in the Texas Army, attaining the rank of captain and title of acting quartermaster. Joining the Texas Rangers, Neighbors served under John C. Hays, when General Adrián Woll imprisoned the company in Mexico in 1842. Following his release to Texas, Neighbors became an Indian agent in 1845 and transitioned the office from the practice of waiting for Native Americans, as was the agency's routine, to visiting them in their territories. After the annexation of Texas, Neighbors served the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs from 1847 through 1849. He then served as a Texas commissioner (1850) and state legislator (1851-1853). Additionally, in 1851, he married Elizabeth Ann Mays, with whom he had two sons. Returning to the Indian Bureau in 1853, he and U.S. Army captain Randolph B. Marcy explored northwest Texas for possible Native American reservation sites. Despite receiving many threats for his work with the tribes, Neighbors survived until 1859, when he was murdered by Edward Cornett, a man with whom he was not acquainted.

From the description of Neighbors, Robert Simpson, papers, 1838-1935 (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 702683658

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creatorOf Neighbors, Robert Simpson, 1815-1859. Letters of Robert Simpson Neighbors, 1846-1847. Library of Congress
creatorOf Neighbors, Robert Simpson, 1815-1859. Neighbors, Robert Simpson, papers, 1838-1935 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Thomas Jefferson Rusk Papers, 1824-1859 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Calhoun, James S., 1803-1852. Letters, 1850. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Biography -- Neighbors, Robert S. Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
creatorOf Neighbors, Robert Simpson, papers 1936., 1838-1935 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Skinner, Alanson, 1886-1925. Letter from Texas Indian agent, 1853 March 30. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857. Rusk, Thomas Jefferson, papers, 1824-1859. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
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associatedWith Calhoun, James S., 1803-1852. person
associatedWith Rusk, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1803-1857 person
associatedWith United States. Office of Indian Affairs. corporateBody
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Indians of North America
Indian agents--Texas
Indian agents
Indians of North America--Texas
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Birth 1815-11-03

Death 1859-09-14

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