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Herrera Family Papers

Identifier: A-0015

Scope and Contents

The Herrera Family Papers include a original land grant signed by Gov. Hubbard. There are also 15 original deeds of sale, mostly concerning portions of the original grant, dated 1886 to 1965. The collection also includes family photographs, account books and a copy of the will of Marvin Falcon and Beulah Herrera Falcon.


  • Creation: 1877-1965

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The name Herrera first appears on the Spanish census records for Nacogdoches in 1806. Miguel and Manuel Herrera, who are listed as heads of households in the 1830 census, both participated in the Cordova Rebellion of 1838 against the Republic of Texas.

Jose Herrera, born about 1834, was a farmer. He fought in the Civil War in Company B of the 3rd Brigade of the Texas State Troops. His wife's name was Manuela Flores and they had at least two daughters, Telisfora and Mary. In 1871 Jose received a land grant for 160 acres, signed by Gov. Richard Bennett Hubbard, for a tract on the "Mountain" [also called Cherry Ridge] 13.5 miles east of Nacogdoches.

Manuel Herrera, born Oct. 17, 1877, continued to hold land in the grant. He married Mandy Cordova, who was born on January 1, 1888. They had one son named Robert, and six daughters: Beulah (m. Falcon), Claudia, Eulah (m. Y'Barbo), Cora (m. Y'Barbo), and two others. Mandy Herrera died on May 19, 1932 and Manuel died on September 24, 1943.

Robert Herrera was born on February 10, 1914. He was a farmer who married Verna Pascal [?] on June 12, 1937. Their children were Betty R. (m. McClelland) and Manuel. Robert was a resident of Martinsville when he died in a Galveston hospital on June 15, 1967.

(Ericson, Carolyn Reeves. The People of Nacogdoches County in the Civil War. 1980. p. 110; Robert Bruce Blake Research Collection. Blake, R. B. Vol. 18. pp. 375, 386, 389, Vol. 53. pp. 311-312; Burk, Joel Barham, Ericson, Carolyn Reeves. Nacogdoches County Cemetery Records. Vol. IV. Lufkin, TX; Pineywood Printing, 1977. p. 85; Obituary: "Herrera Rites Held Saturday." Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel 27 September 1943. p. A1; Obituary: "Robert Herrera, 53, Dies, Rites Saturday." Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel 16 June 1967. p. A3).


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This collection has 32 items described in six folders. It was originally housed in one clamshell box but is now housed with other collections in a banker's box. the original foldering numbering remains in place. The collection is organized at the item level.

Guide to the Herrera Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository