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Collection Summary

Creator Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Bibliography:

Description of Series

Walston Family

Church Documents

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Walston Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC079



Collection Summary

Creator: Walston family
Title: Walston family papers
Dates: 1831-1933
Dates: (Bulk: 1840-1890)
Abstract: Genealogical records, a church book, an historical sketch, and photographs document the history of the Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church and the Walston and Parker families.
Identification: MC079
OCLC Record No. 52598853
Quantity: 11 items
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Daniel Parker, an early Baptist leader in Texas, was born April 6, 1781, to Rev. John and Sarah (White) Parker. The family moved to Georgia and in 1802 Parker married Patsy Dickson. In 1803 he was licensed to preach in Dickerson County, Tennessee, in the Primitive Baptist church and became an advocate of Two Seedism. Parker published several pamphlets supporting the doctrine while living in Illinois. In 1833 he founded the Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church in Lamotte, Illinois, and in November the entire congregation immigrated to Texas, eventually settling near present-day Elkhart in Anderson County. An already established church did not break Mexican laws prohibiting the establishment of non-Catholic religious bodies. Parker led the second Baptist association organized in Texas, the Union Primitive Baptist Association, in 1840. He died at home in Anderson County in 1844.

Benjamin F. Parker, son of Daniel and Patsy Parker, was born February 10, 1819, in Crawford County, Illinois. In November 1833 he moved to Texas with his father and his congregation. In 1846 he married Irena Douthell and earned his living as a farmer, schoolteacher, and surveyor. He represented Anderson County for two terms in the Texas Legislature, 1855 and 1859. In 1863 Benjamin Parker and his wife Irena were baptized in the Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church. Called to preach, he became assistant pastor of the church in 1864 and pastor in 1869. He served in that capacity until his death December 28, 1896. Parker is probably best known for his appointment by the Texas legislature as one of the guardians of Cynthia Ann Parker and her daughter, Topsanna.

The Walston family immigrated from Troup County, Georgia, and settled in Anderson County, Texas. Elder Benjamin Walston was clerk of the Union Primitive Baptist Association in 1933. It is assumed in that capacity he came into possession of the Church Book of the Fort Houston Baptist Church, established October 22, 1840, which was later donated by his family to the San Jacinto Museum of History.

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Scope and Content Note

Genealogical records, a church book, an historical sketch, and photographs document the history of the Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church and the Walston and Parker families. The genealogical records concern the Walston family and include correspondence from Pearl D. Newton, a Walston family member, genealogical tables, and copies of legal documents. The church book, Church Book For the regular Baptist Constituted At Fort Houston On the 22nd day of October 1840, records the actions of the church from October 22, 1840 to October 29, 1890. Church business includes members received and disciplined, and lists current elders and preachers. A carbon typescript copy of "Chapter III," an historical sketch of the early history of the church (author unknown), opposes Missionary Baptists and documents the role of the Predestinarian Baptists as the earliest Baptists in Texas. The Pilgrim Church is portrayed as the mother church of the Regular Baptists. Included in the sketch are excerpts from a church book, October 11, 1833, to July 13, 1838, that record the congregation's journey from its establishment in Illinois to Louisiana and later Texas. Photographs of Elder Daniel Parker, Elder Benjamin Parker, and church members in front of the 1886 church built by Benjamin Parker document the history of the church.

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Arrangement

Organized into two series; arrangement is chronological.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

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Index Terms

Names:
Parker, Benjamin F., 1819-1896
Parker, Daniel, 1781-1844
Walston, Benjamin
Walston family
Organizations:
Fort Houston Baptist Church
Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church
Subjects:
Baptists--Texas
Places:
Elkhart (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Walston Family Papers, MC079, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Gift of Lucy M. Doyle, 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2003.

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Bibliography:

"ELKHART, TEXAS." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/EE/hje9.html

"PARKER, BENJAMIN F." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/fpa16.html

"PARKER, DANIEL." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/fpa119.html

"PILGRIM PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/PP/ccp5.html

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Inventory

 

Walston Family

box folder
142 1 Genealogy 1831-1929

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Church Documents

box folder
142 2 Church Book, Church Book For the regular Baptist Constituted At Fort Houston On the 22nd day of October 1840 1840, 10/22-1890, 10/29
3 Chapter III, Church History, typescript ca. 1933
4 Photographs - Elder Daniel Parker, Elder Ben Parker, Church Members ca. 1886, n.d.

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