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Abishai Dickson Family Papers
Manuscript Collection: MC014
Born in 1804 in Dublin County, North Carolina, Abishai Dickson came to Texas from Alabama to fight in the Revolution as a member of the Red Rovers under the command of Dr. Jack Shackelford. Joining with the army of James Fannin at Goliad, the Red Rovers surrendered to General José Urrea on March 19, 1836. All but Shackleford were executed on March 27, 1836.
Dickson's widow, Ann Margaret Lucas Dickson, and three children eventually came to Texas where she married John Sutherland in 1841. Richard Hogue Dickson, son of Abishai and Ann Margaret, married Ellen L. Read. His youngest son, Richard Lee Dickson, grandson of Abishai Dickson, donated the papers to the San Jacinto Museum of History in 1950.
Correspondence (1834-1941), genealogical works, clippings (1925-1965), and a daguerreotype constitute this small collection of 16 documents from the descendants of Abishai Dickson. Abishai Dickson's separation from his wife and young family while in Mississippi and later while en route to fight in the Texas Revolution with the Red Rovers from Tuscumbia, Alabama, is recorded in the 1834-1835 correspondence. The correspondence from 1839-1861 deals primarily with family life in Texas during the Republic and statehood, and the effects of the Civil War in Mississippi. Later correspondence, genealogical works, and clippings concern the Dickson family. A daguerreotype in good condition of Ann Margaret Lucas Dickson Sutherland is included.
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[Identification of Item], Abishai Dickson Family Papers, MC014, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Gift of R. L. Dickson, 1950.
Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.