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Dear Ms. Ouchi,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Case Files and Related Correspondence of Special Agents, 1833 - 1915 in the Records of the U.S. Customs Service (Record Group 36) that may include the incident you seek. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at email@example.com.
We also located the Notes from Foreign Missions, 1789 - 1906 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that includes a file unit titled Notes from the Mexican Legation in the United States to the Department of State, 1821-1906 which contains Volume 36-37 September 3, 1886-April 30, 1889. The Mexican government may have complained about the seizure of the cattle. These records have been digitized and are available using the Catalog.
Since he worked for the U.S. Customs Service, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, please check the Official Personnel Folders (OPF), Archival Holdings and Access website.
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For records when he was a justice of the peace, please contact the local government that appointed him to the post.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!
Wow! Thank you so very much for this detailed response. I will explore all of these leads. Much, much appreciated.