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Meuly, Conrad (1812–1865)

Hortense Warner Ward Biography

Conrad Meuly, merchant and member of the Texan Santa Fe expedition, was born in Switzerland on April 12, 1812. In 1833 he immigrated to New York and later traveled to Texas with some $1,600 worth of merchandise to sell. He joined the Texan Santa Fe expedition, was taken prisoner, and had his goods confiscated. After his release from prison he returned to Texas. In 1847 he went to New Orleans, where he married Margaret Rahm. They settled in Corpus Christi and opened a bakery and confectionery business, which later was expanded to include groceries and dry goods. In 1862 Meuly moved to Banquete, where he engaged in delivering supplies to Union forces. On a trip to Brownsville in connection with this work he contracted yellow fever, from which he died on July 10, 1865. He was survived by his wife and nine of his twelve children.

Thomas Falconer, Expedition to Santa Fe (New Orleans, 1842; rpt., as Letters and Notes on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, 1841–1842, with intro. by Frederick Webb Hodges, New York: Dauber and Pine Bookshops, 1930). George Wilkins Kendall, Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition (2 vols., New York: Harper, 1844; rpts. Austin: Steck, 1935; n.p.: Readex, 1966).


  • Exploration
  • Explorers (American)
  • Peoples
  • Swiss
  • Business
  • Ranching and Cowboys

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