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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

John W. Lilly Family Papers, 1835-1936

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the John W. Lilly Family Papers, 1835-1936



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lilly, John W., 1818-1883
Title: John W. Lilly Family Papers
Dates: 1835-1936
Creator Abstract: John W. Lilly (1818-1883) appears to have come to Texas by 1838. He engaged in businesses in Matagorda and Wharton Counties. Prior to 1861, he moved to Wilson County and formed a business partnership with W. K. Baylor.
Content Abstract: Correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, maps, and printed material document members of the Lilly, Sutherland, and Craighead families.
Identification: Col 7184
Extent: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Born in 1818, John W. Lilly appears to have arrived in Texas by 1838, and in the ensuing years conducted business in Matagorda and Wharton Counties, including a partnership under the name Wadsworth and Lilly. He received a third class headright grant from the Republic of Texas in 1845, which was later patented in Maverick County. Sometime prior to 1861, Lilly relocated to Sutherland Springs in Wilson County, where he entered into a partnership with W. K. Baylor in a mercantile business. He had a daughter, Rowena, from an early marriage and another daughter, Alice Viola, from his marriage to Eliza T. Craighead on 1873 June 17. He died in Sutherland Springs in 1883.

John Sutherland, born in Virginia in 1792, came to Texas in 1835 and took part in several events during the Texas Revolution, including the siege prior to the Battle of the Alamo. He lived in Egypt, Texas, before settling in Wilson County, where the town of Sutherland Springs was named for him. Married three times, Sutherland had eleven children. He died in Sutherland Springs in 1867.

References

Hudson, Florence Sutherland. We Cousins. vol. II. Harlingen, Texas: Valprint, Inc., 1970.

Meyr, Irma M. Cemeteries of Wilson County, Texas.

Sutherland, John. The Fall of the Alamo. San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Co., 1936.

White, Gifford. 1840 Citizens of Texas, vol. 3: Land Grants. Austin, Texas: Gifford White, 1988.

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Scope and Content Note

Consisting of correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, maps, essays, printed material, and an artifact, the John W. Lilly Family Papers document members of the Lilly, Sutherland, and Craighead families. The bulk of the papers are related to John W. Lilly (1818-1883), a merchant who lived or worked in Matagorda, Wharton, and Wilson counties during his residence in Texas. In particular, the bills and receipts and promissory notes record Lilly's business activities, while land records document a number of transactions, often involving Lilly and his wife's family. Some records of Lilly's estate are part of the papers, including his will. Much of the correspondence is related to the family of Lilly's wife, Eliza Temperance Craighead (1843-1877), including her parents, James P. N. Craighead (1812-1854) and Sarah Agnes Sutherland Craighead (1822-1870); her maternal grandfather, John Sutherland, Jr. (1792-1867); and Sutherland's third wife, Ann Margaret Dickson (1809-1862). The letters primarily contain family news and current events in Texas and Tennessee. Letters to John W. Lilly are both family and business related.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Lilly, John W., 1818-1883.
Lilly, Eliza Craighead, 1843-1877.
Craighead, James P. N. (James Patterson Nelson), 1812-1854.
Craighead, Sarah A. (Sarah Agnes), 1822-1870.
Sutherland, John, 1792-1867.
Sutherland, Ann Margaret Dickson, 1809-1862.
Locations
Tennessee.
Texas.
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Correspondence.
Land grants.
Legal documents.
Property records.

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Related Material

Dickson Family Papers, 1834-1851, 1965, and undated, Doc 5180, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John W. Lilly Family Papers, 1835-1936, Col 7184, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alice Harris, 1985 May.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1994 May.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 August.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

John W. Lilly Family Papers, 1835-1936

Box Folder
1 Correspondence, 1835-1874
1 1835-1842
William Gamble, U.S.S. Brandywine, Callao, Peru, to James P. N. Craighead, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1835 September 30.
John Sutherland, Egypt, Texas, to Sarah A. Sutherland, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1842 August 6.
John Sutherland, Colorado City, Texas, to William S. Kennedy, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1842 December 28.
2 1844-1849
John Sutherland, Galveston, Texas, to Sarah A. Craighead, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1844 February 1.
John Sutherland, Wharton County, Texas, to J. P. N. Craighead, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1847 October 24.
Robert L. Dillard, Petty's Head Prairie, Texas, to James Denison, 1848 November 24.
John Sutherland, Sulphur Springs, Texas, to Sarah A. Craighead, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1849 May 29.
3 1851-1854
Maggie H. Ramsey, Nashville, Tennessee, to Sarah A. Craighead, 1851 August 6.
A. M. Sutherland, Sutherland Springs, Texas, to Sarah A. Craighead, 1852 February 18.
John Sutherland, Sutherland Springs, Texas, to Sarah A. Craighead, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1852 July 23.
M. A. Sutherland, Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Sarah A. Craighead, Knoxville, Tennessee, [1852?] October 11.
Louisa M. Hamilton and A. M. Sutherland to unknown recipient, 1853 May 3.
Lue F. Birdsong, Harmony Grove, [Virginia?], to John W. Lilly, Matagorda, Texas, 1854 August 17.
4 1860-1874
Anson Lewis, Alexander, New York, to John W. Lilly, 1860 April 20.
Elizabeth S. Pooley, Franklin, Louisiana, to Mr. Lilly, 1860 November 18.
B. S. Williams, Kalamazoo, Michigan, to J. W. Lilly, 1861 March 28.
Robert W. Lilly, Ashland, Texas, to John W. Lilly, 1874 April 8.
Joe N. Lilly, Ashland, Texas, to John W. Lilly, 1874 September 13.
5 Land records, 1847-1870
Deed: Andrew Lynch to John W. Lilly, Wharton County, Texas, 1847 May 20.
Deed: Daniel R. Kincheloe, Augustus J. Kincheloe, and Laurence H. Kincheloe to John W. Lilly, Wharton County, Texas, 1849 April 27.
Deed: John Sutherland to John W. Lilly, Wilson County, Texas, 1860 August 27.
Deed: John Sutherland to John W. Lilly, Wilson County, Texas, 1865 November 16.
Deed: Jack Sutherland to John W. Lilly, Wilson County, Texas, 1869 February 1.
Mortgage: John W. Lilly to Jack Sutherland, Wilson County, Texas, 1869 February 1.
Release: Jack Sutherland to John W. Lilly, Wilson County, Texas, 1870 February 11.
Deed: J. J. Hankinson to Eliza T. Craighead, Wilson County, Texas, 1870 March 5.
6 Legal documents, 1860-1881
Power of Attorney: Elizabeth S. Pooley to J. W. Lilly, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, 1860 January 24.
Articles of agreement: W. K. Baylor and John W. Lilly, Wilson County, Texas, 1866 September 1.
Brand record: John W. Lilly, Wilson County, Texas, 1861 January 14.
Registration certificate: Webb County, Texas, 1874 May 12.
Registration certificate: Webb County, Texas, 1874 May 12.
License: A. G. Pickett, Clerk of the County Court, Wilson County, Texas, to J. W. Lilly, 1874 November 4.
Insurance policy: Texas Banking and Insurance Co. to J. W. Lilly, 1876 March 29.
Registration certificate: Dimmitt County, Texas, 1881 June 18.
Redemption certificate: Texas Comptroller's Office to J. W. Lilly, Austin, 1881 October 24.
7 Estate records: John W. Lilly estate, 6 items, 1883, 1887, 1891.
8 Promissory notes: 9 items, 1838-1862.
Bills and receipts, 1838-1898
9 4 items, 1838-1841
10 21 items, 1846
11 18 items, 1847-1849
12 18 items, 1850-1859
13 15 items, 1861-1898
14 Map: Kinney and Webb counties, including Andrew Lynch survey no. 566.
15 Essays, undated
James P. N. Craighead, "Temperance," undated
James P. N. Craighead, "Forensick," incomplete, undated
16 Miscellaneous papers, 2 items, 1928 and undated
17 Book: John Sutherland. The Fall of the Alamo. San Antonio, Texas: The Naylor Co. Inscribed to Jack and Edith Caskry by Annie B. Sutherland. 1936.
18 Artifact: spur
Collection
Land Patent Collection Separated material, 1856
Land patent: John W. Lilly, 3rd class headright, . 1856 July 29
Land patent: Andrew Lynch, 3rd class headright, . 1856 July 30

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