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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families Papers, 1840-1885

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families Papers, 1840-1885



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families
Title: Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families Papers
Dates: 1840-1885
Creator Abstract: Dr. John Burrowes Gardiner, a surgeon in the Texas Navy, married Susan Bryson Fontaine, a widow with three children, in 1842. The couple had two children before Gardiner’s death in Galveston in 1851. Benjamin E. Edwards came to San Antonio, Texas, from Illinois in 1846. He married Susan H. Mudge in New Orleans in 1852, becoming the father of two sons. He died while on a trip to Illinois in 1858. A granddaughter of Benjamin and Susan Edwards married a son of Sydney T. Fontaine.
Content Abstract: The collection contains letters, financial documents, certificates, and a journal associated with several individuals, representing three families tied by blood and marriage.
Identification: Doc 6174
Extent: 16 items (16 document folders, 1 oversize folder)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Dr. John Burrowes Gardiner, a surgeon in the Texas Navy, married Susan Bryson Fontaine, a widow with three children, in 1842. The couple had two children before Gardiner’s death in Galveston in 1851. His widow married a third time to John S. Rhea in 1855 and had one more child. Three of Susan Rhea’s sons, Henry B. Fontaine, Sydney T. Fontaine, and Charles B. Gardiner, served in the Confederate army during the Civil War.

Benjamin E. Edwards came to San Antonio, Texas, from Illinois in 1846. He married Susan H. Mudge in New Orleans in 1852, becoming the father of two sons. He died while on a trip to Illinois in 1858. A granddaughter of Benjamin and Susan Edwards married a son of Sydney T. Fontaine.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection contains letters, financial documents, certificates, and a journal associated with several individuals, representing three families tied by blood and marriage. Most of the papers are associated with members of the Gardiner and Fontaine families. The earliest items include correspondence of Texas Navy surgeon John Burrowes Gardiner regarding a disagreement with another officer and a medical journal maintained by Gardiner during the 1840 cruise of the Texas Navy ship Austin. The journal contains a log of medical treatment, weather observations, and a commentary on conditions on the ship. Other items include Civil War letters of half brothers Charles B. Gardiner and Henry B. Fontaine during their Confederate service in the Texas Brigade, other family letters, and miscellaneous financial documents. Two items are associated with another branch of the family and consist of letters from Benjamin Edwards to his wife-to-be, written from San Antonio.

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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
Gardiner family.
Fontaine family.
Edwards family.
Gardiner, John Burrowes, d. 1851.
Gardiner, Charles Bryson, 1843-1888.
Edwards, Benjamin E., 1825-1858.
Organizations
Austin (Sloop of war)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Brigade.
Texas. Navy--Medical care.
Texas. Navy--Surgeons.
Subjects
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Locations
Galveston (Tex.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Virginia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Correspondence.
Diaries.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families Papers, 1840-1885, Doc 6174, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Floy Fontaine Jordan, 1977 December.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 July.

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families Papers, 1840-1885

Gardiner and Fontaine families
Folder
1-2 Journal: “Abstract from the Medical Journal of the Texas Sloop of War Austin, Bearing the Broad Pennant of Commodore E. W. Moore,” J. Burrowes Gardiner, 1840 October-December.
Correspondence, 1841-1863
Folder
3 John Burrowes Gardiner to Charles A. Cushman [two notes, copies], 1841 May 8.
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4 Charles A. Cushman, Sloop-of-War Austin, Galveston, Texas, to Dr. John Burrowes Gardiner, 1841 May 11.
Folder
5 Clifford N. Fontaine, Galveston, Texas, to Aunty, 1846 January 25.
Folder
6 John Burrowes Gardiner, Galveston, Texas, to Ann S. Bryson, 1846 January 25.
Folder
7 Charles Bryson Gardiner, Dumfries, Virginia, to Susan E. Rhea, 1861 December 30.
Folder
8 Henry B. Fontaine, Neabico, Virginia, to Susan E. Rhea, 1862 February 15.
Folder
9 Charles Bryson Gardiner to Susan E. Rhea [incomplete], 1862 June 28.
Folder
10 Charles Bryson Gardiner, near Richmond, Virginia, to Susan E. Rhea, 1863 March 13.
Folder
11 Charles Bryson Gardiner, near Suffolk, Virginia, to Susan E. Rhea, 1863 April 17.
Folder
12 Charles Bryson Gardiner, fragment, undated. On reverse of handbill containing “Song of the Bayou City Guards in the Chicahominy Swamp” and “A Compliment to the Texas Volunteers,” circa 1862.
Folder
13 Treasury warrant: Treasurer of the State of Texas to G. W. Smith, 1862 August 11.
Folder
14 Account record: Confederate States of America, Officer's Pay Account, Charles Bryson Gardiner, circa 1864.
Folder
Oversize 1 Certificate: Charles Bryson Gardiner, appointment as notary public, 1885 May 20.
Collection
Land Patent Collection Land patent [separated]: State of Texas to James O'Flaherty, assignee of Grandiston Lynn. No. 353, Vol. 4, Bounty. 640 acres, Brazoria District. George T. Wood, Governor. 1848 May 2.
Edwards family
Folder
15 Letter: Benjamin E. Edwards, San Antonio, Texas, to Susan H. Mudge, 1852 October 23.
Folder
16 Letter: Benjamin E. Edwards, San Antonio, Texas, to Susan H. Dodge Mudge, 1853 March 15.

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