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Hardin Family:

An Inventory of the Benjamin Franklin Hardin Family Papers at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, 1826-1947, bulk 1833-1928



Overview

Creator: Hardin (Family: 1839- : Hardin, Franklin, 1803-1878).
Title: Benjamin Franklin Hardin family papers
Dates: 1826-1947
Dates: bulk 1833-1928
Abstract: The Benjamin Franklin Hardin family papers consist of the personal and business papers of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Hardin, his brother William, and his descendants, dating from 1826 to 1947, with the bulk dating 1833-1928. They are primarily comprised of plats, field notes and other documents pertaining to land grants in Liberty and other Southeast Texas counties; legal and financial documents; military documents pertaining to Frank Hardin's service as colonel of the 2nd Regiment of the 2nd Brigade of the Republic of Texas Militia; Hardin, O'Brien, and Davis family correspondence, including a number of Civil War-era letters; letters to Robert W. Humphreys from prominent Republican elected officials in the 1920s-1930s, including Herbert Hoover; and family photographs.
Quantity: 0.75 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that these records are at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are in English, except for a few pre-1836 documents that are in Spanish.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch: Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Hardin

Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Hardin, was born in Franklin County, Georgia on January 25, 1803, to Swan and Jerusha Blackburn Hardin. Frank Hardin moved to Texas in 1826 and served under Stephen F. Austin in the campaign to put down the Fredonian Rebellion of 1827. In 1831 he was elected secretary of the ayuntamiento of Liberty and served as surveyor of the Atascosito District from 1834 to 1836. On November 29, 1835, he was appointed first lieutenant of infantry by the General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas. He took part in the siege of Bexar in December 1835 and went on to serve as first lieutenant in Captain William M. Logan's Company until June 1836. A veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, Frank Hardin carried the victory dispatch for Sam Houston to the United States border. From July 7 to October 7, 1836, he commanded a volunteer company and joined an expedition against the Indians.

Frank Hardin served as surveyor of Liberty County (1838-1845) and district surveyor (1849-1852). On September 6, 1841, he was elected colonel of the 2nd Regiment of the 2nd Brigade of the Republic of Texas Militia. In 1857, the year Hardin County was formed from Liberty County and named in honor of the Hardin family, he served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Liberty County.

Frank Hardin married Cynthia A. O'Brien, daughter of Ann Berwick and Christie O'Brien, on August 15, 1839. They had six children: Kaleta "Shattie" (1840-1884), William F. "Bee" (1841-1908), Camilla "Mimmie" (1843-1927), Christy (1848-1867), Cynthia Ann "Nan" (1848-1928), and Helen (1853-1914). Frank Hardin died at Liberty, Texas on April 20, 1878.

"Bee" Hardin served in the 9th (Nichols') Regiment, Texas Infantry and then Waul's Texas Legion during the Civil War. He married Eugenie Stanwood. Christy Hardin served in Company I, 25th Texas Cavalry. He was killed in a hunting accident in 1867. Nan Hardin married John F. Skinner in approximately 1872 and the couple moved to Lampasas. Kaleta and Helen Hardin never married.

Camilla Hardin married George Washington Davis in 1867. They had four children who survived to adulthood: Agatha (1870 - ?), Wirt (1873-1945), Geraldine (1876-1961), and Percy (1883-1948). They eventually settled in Dallas.

Geraldine married Robert Wade Humphreys, and they had one daughter, Kalita (1914-1954). Geraldine Humphreys established the Humphreys Foundation to benefit historical and cultural endeavors, including the Geraldine Humphreys Cultural Center, which was built on the Hardin family home site in Liberty; it was dedicated and opened in 1970.

Robert Wade Humphreys was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on May 30, 1875. He was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati Law School. He moved to Texas in 1912 and first resided in San Antonio. Humphreys moved to Liberty during World War I and soon thereafter assumed the post of county foods administrator. President Warren G. Harding, who had been a close friend in Ohio, appointed him Collector of Customs for the Port of Galveston in 1921, a position he held until 1929. From that time he and his family maintained residences in both Liberty and Galveston.

Humphreys was active in civic affairs wherever he resided. He was one of the original directors of the Liberty Chamber of Commerce, served as high priest in the Dayton Chapter, Masonic Order, and was active in helping stage the Trinity Valley Exposition. Humphreys was one of the pioneers in pushing the Trinity River development program and was an influential leader in the Republican Party for many years. He served as president of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution.

R.W. Humphreys died in Galveston on January 1, 1950 after suffering a stroke a few days before. His ashes are interred at Grace Episcopal Church in Galveston, Texas.


Biographical Sketch: William Hardin

William Hardin, brother of Benjamin Franklin Hardin, was born in Franklin County, Georgia, on March 25, 1801. In the early 1800s, the family moved to Maury County, Tennessee. By 1825 Hardin was the editor of the Columbia (Tennessee) Reporter. By 1827, he had settled in what is now Liberty County. He was elected commissary of police in Anahuac in May 1831 and the same year served as secretary of the board for the town of Liberty.

William took part in the Anahuac Disturbances of 1831–1832 and in March 1832, he was elected alcalde of Anahuac. From 1831 to 1836, he practiced law and engaged in land speculation while maintaining residences in both Liberty and Anahuac. He served as a delegate to the Convention of 1833 in San Felipe de Austin. William was elected alcalde of Liberty in 1835. In 1836, he served as postmaster and the first judge for the jurisdiction of Liberty, housing Mexican officers taken prisoners at the Battle of San Jacinto at his Liberty plantation. In 1838 Hardin became one of the original ten proprietors (founders) of the city of Galveston, where he also established a residence. In 1839 he was reappointed as postmaster at Liberty.

William married Sarah Loony in 1829; they had two children. He died of yellow fever in Galveston on June 28, 1839. He was buried in the Hardin family cemetery north of Liberty.

(Sources include: Schaadt, Robert L. "Hardin, William," and Trammell, Camilla D. "Hardin, Benjamin Franklin," Handbook of Texas Online, both accessed November 4, 2016; Trammell, Camilla Davis. Seven Pines: Its Occupants and Their Letters. Houston: self-published, 1986. Distributed by Southern Methodist University Press, 1986; "R.W. Humphreys, Prominent Liberty Resident, Dies in Galveston Sunday," Liberty Vindicator, January 5, 1950; "Robt. W. Humphreys, Former Collector of Customs, Expires," January 2, 1950, Galveston Daily News, accessed February 21, 2015.


Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Benjamin Franklin Hardin family papers consist of the personal and business papers of Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Hardin, his brother William, and his descendants, dating from 1826 to 1947, with the bulk dating 1833-1928. They are primarily comprised of plats, field notes and other documents pertaining to land grants in Liberty and other Southeast Texas counties; legal and financial documents, military documents pertaining to Frank Hardin's service as colonel of the Second Regiment of the Second Brigade of the Militia of the Republic of Texas; Hardin, O'Brien, and Davis family correspondence, including a number of Civil War-era letters; letters to Robert W. Humphreys from prominent Republican elected officials in the 1920s-1930s, including Herbert Hoover; and family photographs. Family members documented in the collection include Benjamin Franklin Hardin, Cynthia O'Brien Hardin, William Hardin, Catherine O'Brien Farley, Camilla Gertrude Hardin Davis, George Washington Davis, and Robert Wade (R.W.) Humphreys.


Arrangement of the Papers

The papers are arranged in chronological order by date of document. Photographs are arranged separately at the end of the inventory.

Restrictions

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Index Terms

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Personal Names:
Bagarley, Catherine Farley, 1806-1872.
Davis, Camilla Gertrude, 1843-1927.
Davis, George Washington, 1835-1898.
Hardin, Cynthia O'Brien, 1812-1889.
Hardin, Franklin, 1803-1878.
Hardin, William, 1801-1839.
Humphreys, Robert Wade, 1875-1950.
Family Names (subjects):
Davis family.
Harding family.
Humphrey family.
O'Brien family.
Subjects:
Armies--Texas--19th century.
Land grants--Texas--Liberty County.
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Places:
Liberty County (Tex.)
Texas--History--1846-1950.
Texas--History--19th Century.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1845.
Document Types:
Decrees--Texas--1835.
Deeds--Texas--1838-1868.
Field notes--Texas--1831-1875.
Financial documents--Texas--1836-1901.
Land grants--Texas--1835, 1878, 1890.
Legal documents--Texas--1835-1868.
Letters (correspondence)--Texas--1840-1947.
Military records--Texas--1842-1843.
Photographs--Texas--1890-1930s and undated.
Plats (maps)--Texas--1831-1875.
Promissory notes--Texas--1836-1898.

Related Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Benjamin Franklin Hardin family papers. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2015.001

These papers were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on January 13, 2015, by the Atascosito Historical Society.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa Meisch, February 2015


Detailed Description of the Papers

Benjamin Franklin Hardin family papers, 1826-1947, bulk 1833-1928,
0.75 cubic ft.

Box
2015.001-1 Untitled document, February 2, 1826
[Names: John McFarlan and George Orr. Signed by John McFarlan, Robert Berry, Estevan (Stephen) F. Austin, and Samuel M. Williams. In Spanish.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for Edward Tanner, May 29, 1831
[Surveyed by Benjamin Tennelle, Deputy Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for Edward Tanner, May 29, 1831
[Surveyed by Benjamin Tennelle, Deputy Surveyor. Same as Folder 2, but the plat was labeled "error."]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, August 8, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, August 23, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, August 28, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, September 1, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, September 1, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, September 5, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, September 8, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Hardin, November 10, 1833
[Surveyed by George M. Patrick, District Surveyor.]
Decree from J. Henry Rueg, Department of Nacogdoches, to the Constitutional Alcalde of the Municipality of Liberty (William Hardin) regarding order for new local elections of electors for state officials, January 1, 1835
Decree from J. Henry Rueg, Department of Nacogdoches, to the Constitutional Alcalde of the Municipality of Liberty regarding decree, results of new local elections of electors for state officials, January 31, 1835
[Signed by J. Enrique Rueg, Elisha Roberts, William Hardin, and Charles Taylor. In Spanish.]
Field notes for Isaiah L. Fields Survey, Franklin Hardin, Surveyor, February 16, 1835
Field notes for P.A. Sublett League, Liberty County, S.C. Hirams, Surveyor, March 31, 1835
Plat for John Swinney, land near Long King Creek (Polk County), hand drawn by Franklin Hardin, April 10, 1835
Plat for John Swinney, land near Indian Trace (Polk County), hand drawn by Franklin Hardin, May 7, 1835
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for Claiborne West (Orange County), Franklin Hardin, Municipal Surveyor, May 20, 1835
Plat for John Swinney, hand drawn by Franklin Hardin, June 1, 1835
[Possibly a preliminary drawing.]
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for Michel B. Manard (Menard), Franklin Hardin, Municipal Surveyor, June 3, 1835
Department of Nacogdoches, Jurisdiction of Liberty. Deposition of Peter J. Menard on Catholic Priest Jose Antonio Diaz, deceased, June 10, 1835
[Signed by Peter J. Menard, William Hardin, J.M. Moreland, and Samuel Whiting.]
Department of Nacogdoches, Jurisdiction of Liberty. Report of Dr. S. Orville Thompson on examination of the body of Catholic Priest Jose Antonio Diaz, deceased, [June] 25, 1835
[Signed by S. Orville Thompson, William Hardin, Samuel Whiting, and B.W. Hardin.]
Plat for John Swinney, land near Turtle Bayou (Chambers (?) County) drawn by Franklin Hardin, June 11, 1835
Order to survey in Zavala's Grant, near Anahuac, for Mr. Murdock (McKinsee?), June 11, 1835
[From George Antonio Nixon, Commissioner, Nacogdoches, to Surveyor (probably Franklin Hardin).]
Land grant for Joseph Young, June 20, 1835
[George Antonio Nixon, Commissioner, Vehlein's Colony. In Spanish.]
Republic of Texas Bounty Warrant, John P. (?), December 23, 1835
[repaired; bottom half of document is missing]
Receipt issued to William Hardin of Liberty for $5 for twelve months subscription to the Telegraph and Texas Register newspaper, issue one, 1836
Appointment of William Hardin as captain of the militia, from William Fisher, Secretary of War, War Department, Columbia, January 9, 1837
Promissory note from Samuel C. Hirams to succession of William Shaw, for a horse, November 6, 1837
Sworn declaration by Franklin Hardin and Peter J. Menard to the authenticity of the signature of George Nixon, Republic of Texas, County of Liberty, March 30, 1838
Deed, Joseph Morgan to John Swiney and Franklin Hardin, Republic of Texas, County of Liberty, August 21, 1838
[Recorded in Polk County on June 7, 1848.]
List of names of trees in Spanish and English, undated, possibly the 1830s
[Possibly compiled by Franklin Hardin. Field notes included trees as reference points.]
Plat, hand drawn and colored, apparently for land in or near Liberty, undated, possibly the 1830s
[Possibly drawn by Franklin Hardin.]
Surveyor's field note book containing field notes for "quarters" for Cotton, Blanchett, Mayfield, Cleveland, Nathaniel Lynch and Hiram Bunch, undated, possibly 1830s
[May have belonged to Franklin Hardin.]
Field notes for boundaries for Double Bayou league of land for William Hardin, undated, about 1830s
[Surveyor unknown.]
Field notes for boundaries for second Double Bayou league of land for William Hardin, undated, about 1830s
[Surveyor unknown.]
Field notes for Jerutha Hardin Survey (San Jacinto County), Robert O.W. McManus, Surveyor, undated, probably 1830s
[Note: Same field notes as Folder 38.]
Field notes for Jerutha Hardin Survey (San Jacinto County), undated, probably 1830s
[Note: Same field notes as Folder 37.]
[Not signed.]
Field notes for Murdock A. McKinsee Survey, about 1830s-1840s
[Note: One page.]
[Surveyed by Franklin Hardin, Surveyor.]
Field notes for Robert E. Boothe Survey, about 1830s-1840s
[Surveyed by Franklin Hardin, Surveyor.]
Field notes for Arthur Slayton Survey, Franklin Hardin, Surveyor, about 1830s-1840s
[Note: Differs from survey in following folder.]
Field notes for Arthur Slayton Survey, Franklin Hardin, Surveyor, about 1830s-1840s
[Note: Differs from survey in pervious folder.]
Field notes for James B. Wood Survey, Franklin Hardin, Surveyor, about 1830s-1840s
Plat and field notes for league of land surveyed for William Stephenson, Franklin Hardin, Municipal Surveyor, about 1830s-1840s
Plat and field notes for unnamed league of land, east side of the River Neches including the ferry of Wm. Ashworth, Franklin Hardin, Municipal Surveyor, about 1830s-1840s
Plat and field notes for unnamed league of land, east side of the River Neches, Franklin Hardin, Municipal Surveyor, about 1830s-1840s
Field notes for unidentified league of land, near George Allen Survey (Polk County), undated, about 1830s-1840s
[Surveyed by Franklin Hardin, Surveyor.]
Field notes for unidentified league of land, near William Hardin First League (Polk County), Franklin Hardin, Surveyor, undated, about 1830s-1840s
Plat of unknown league bounded by the Joab Blackman League and the James H. Blount League, hand drawn and colored, undated, about 1830s-1840s
Document titled "Memo for Mr. (Franklin?) Hardin," undated, probably 1830s-1850s
[Notes on surveys and land titles (John House, Robert Sherman, Jas. Morgan).]
Family letter from Ann Dawson O'Brien, Dutch Settlement, Louisiana, to Cynthia A. Hardin, Liberty, Texas, February 25, 1840
General Orders No. 18 from George Fisher, Secretary of War, War Department, Houston, to Colonel or Commandant (Franklin Hardin), Commanding 2nd Regiment 2nd Brigade, Texas Militia, Liberty, Liberty County, to organize local militia regiments by order of Brigadier General E. Morehouse, July 15, 1841
Family letter from Catharin (Catherine) O'Brien Farley, Tiger Island, Louisiana to "Brother Franklin" and "Dear Sister Cynthia," Liberty, Texas, July 24, 1841
[Postmarked New Orleans.]
Family letter from Ann Dawson O'Brien, Tiger Island, Louisiana, to Kaleta Hardin, Liberty, Texas, August 17, 1841
Military document to F. Hardin, Company Commander, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Texas Militia from E.T. Branch regarding Election Return Beat No. 10, Liberty, February 19, 1842
Field notes for Morris Emanuel and Richard Barnett, assignees of Prosper Barnardi, March 28, 1842
[Surveyed by E. Jewell, District Surveyor.]
Regimental Order No. 4, Liberty. To: The Men and Soldiers of the 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Texas Militia. From: Col. F. Hardin (?), September 25, 1842
[Pertains to marching against Mexican invasion.]
Cover (envelope) from Department of War and Marine to Colonel Franklin Hardin, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Texas Militia, Liberty, February 1843
[Note: No document was found to match the date.]
Orders from Col. F. Hardin, 2nd Regiment, 2nd Brigade, Texas Militia, regarding practice and inspection, March 13, 1843
[Muster roll of calvary and infantry, Beat No. 2, signed by Capt. Benjamin Enloe, undated, possibly March 1843.]
Family letter from America O'Brien Stevens, Tiger Island, Louisiana, to "Dear Sister" (Cynthia Hardin), Liberty, Texas, June 30, 1843
Family letter from America O'Brien Stevens, Tiger Island, Louisiana, to "Dear Brother" (Franklin Hardin), Liberty, Texas, August 17, 1844
Field notes for unnamed survey, near Benjamin Harper's survey on Long King Creek (Polk County), Franklin Hardin, surveyor, about December 5, 1844
[Labeled on back: Old field notes, maps etc. Dec. 5 1844 May be Useful F. Hardin.]
Family letter from America O'Brien Stevens, Tiger Island, Louisiana, to Cynthia Hardin, Liberty, Texas, July 20, 1846
Bill and accounting of payment to R. Smith for tuition, from Franklin Hardin, February 1848
[On reverse side is bill and accounting from 1848-1849 for R. Smith, from the Hardin & Jackson Store. Handwritten account, possibly from the Hardin & Jackson Store, undated, possibly February 1848.]
Deed from Franklin Hardin to A.B. Hardin, Liberty County, December 9, 1850
[Originally filed in Liberty County on December 12, 1850. Refiled on August 6, 1928.]
Letter from Franklin Hardin to Swazy (Farley), November 7, 1852
Two letters in one document: "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Sister" (Kaleta Hardin), and "Pa" (Franklin Hardin) to "Shattie" (Kaleta Hardin), November 23, 1852
Family letter from "Pa" (Franklin Hardin) to "Shattie" (Kaleta), January 21, 1853
Three letters in one document: "Bee" (William F. Hardin) to "Sister" (Kaleta Hardin), "Mimmie" (Camilla G.) to Sister "Shattie" (Kaleta Hardin), and "Pa" (Franklin Hardin) to "Shattie" (Kaleta), January 23, 1853
Family letter from Catharine Farley, Pattersonville (Louisiana), to Swazy Farley, June 8, 1853
Family letter from Franklin Hardin to Mrs. (Catherine) Farley, March 5, 1854
Notice of nonpayment to Catherine Farley from Parish of St. Mary, Louisiana, April 7,1855
Two letters in one document: "Pa" (Franklin Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), and "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Shattie" (Kaleta Hardin), April 13, 1856
[A pressed flower found in the letter is now enclosed in the envelope.]
Family letter from "Pa" (Franklin Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), May 4, 1856
Family letter from "Pa" (Franklin Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), November 21, 1856
Family letter from "Shattie" (Kaleta Hardin), Livingston, Texas, to "Pet" (Helen B. Hardin), March 4, 1857
Letter from Frank (Franklin Hardin), Austin, Texas, to Cynthia (Hardin), Liberty, Texas, November 1, 1857
[There is a separate envelope with printed stamp. Franklin Hardin was in Austin for the Texas legislative session and describes the arrivals.]
Family letter from Mimmie (Camilla G. Hardin) to Bee (William F. Hardin), December 7, 1857
Receipt from Philip and Black, Austin, Texas, January 20, 1858
[Receipt for Robert Sherman's land certificate for acreage in Liberty County from Franklin Hardin.]
Letter from Frank (Franklin Hardin), Austin, Texas, to Cynthia (Hardin), Liberty, Texas, January 22, 1858
[There is a separate envelope with Washington stamp. Letter regards Texas legislative session events.]
Family letter from "Bee" (William F. Hardin) to "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin), April 22, 1858
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), September 29, 1958
Family letter from one of the Hardin sisters to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), Huntsville, Texas, March 27, 1860
[There is a separate envelope with Washington stamp.]
Bond from Franklin Hardin, County of Liberty, to Henry Cravey, County of Hardin, for Hardin's sale of land to Cravey, November 3, 1860
Family letter from "Mimmie"(Camilla G. Hardin) to "Mom" (Cynthia Hardin), January 7, 1861
Family letter from "Cousin" (Pamela O'Brien) to "Cousin" (William F. Hardin), February 12, 1861
Family letter from Kaleta Hardin, Liberty, Texas, to "Lun" (William F. Hardin), April 19, 1862
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), July 31, 1862
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Bee" (William F. Hardin), Caldwell, Texas, to Mother (Cynthia Hardin), August 2, 1862
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Bee" (William F. Hardin), Monroe, Louisiana, to Mother (Cynthia Hardin), September 28, 1862
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Bee" (William F. Hardin), Grenada, Mississippi, to Mother (Cynthia Hardin), December 19, 1862
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Letter from Cynthia A. Hardin, Chappel Hill, Texas, to "Pa" (Franklin Hardin), January 10, 1863
[School news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Lunny" (William F. Hardin), March 8, 1863
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Bee" (William F. Hardin), Yazoo County, Mississippi, to Mother (Cynthia Hardin), March 13, 1864
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from F. (Franklin) Hardin, Liberty, Texas, to Bee (William F. Hardin), March 22, 1863
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from William F. Hardin, Fort Pemberton, Mississippi, to Kaleta Hardin, April 1, 1863
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), February 17, 1864
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), April 14, 1864
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), April 20, 1864
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to "Bee" (William F. Hardin), June 4, 1864
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Field notes for two tracts of land conveyed by Thomas H. Tanner to Joseph N. Dark by deed, Liberty County, Texas, June 13, 1864
[Surveyor unknown.]
Family letter from "Nanny" (Cynthia A. Hardin) to Chris (Christy O'Brien Hardin), November 7, 1864
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from Christy (Christy O'Brien Hardin), Camp Groce, Texas, to "Sister", January 24, 1865
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin) to Chris (Christy O'Brien Hardin), January 27, 1865
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from J.C. Brien, Big Creek, to Camilla (Hardin), January 29, 1865
Family letter from Chris (Christy O'Brien Hardin), Camp Lubbock, Texas, to "Pa" (Franklin Hardin), March 10, 1865
[separate envelope]
[Civil War news.]
Family letter from Chris (Christy O'Brien Hardin), Camp Lubbock, Texas, to "Sister" (unknown), May 7, 1865
[Civil War news.]
Calling note from Bessie Wofford (?), Liberty, Texas, to Mrs. Frank Hardin, May 10, 1865
Family letter from "Bee" (William F. Hardin), Galveston, Texas, to "Mimmie" (Camilla G. Hardin), May 14, 1865
[Civil War news.]
Box
2015.001-2 Letter from County Judge James K. Blair, Bonham, Texas, to George W. Davis, April 25, 1867
[Regarding John House land.]
Family letter from Camilla Hardin Davis, Livingston, Texas, to "Aunt and Theresa" (America and Theresa Stevens), May 14, 1867
[Regarding Camilla's marriage to George W. Davis.]
Family letter from Camilla Hardin Davis, Livingston, Texas, to Helen (Hardin), August 1867
Family letter from Camilla Hardin Davis, Livingston, Texas, to "Aunt" (America Stevens), October 12, 1867
[Yellow fever.]
Letter from George W. Davis, Livingston, Texas, to Mrs. Bagarley, November 21, 1867
[Regarding land and taxes.]
Deed from Franklin Hardin to William Hardin and George W. Davis, for land sale, March 12, 1868
[includes recording attachments]
[Recorded in Liberty County, Texas on March 14, 1868; additionally recorded in the counties of Fannin in 1872, Lamar in 1879, Taylor in 1880 and Palo Pinto in 1893.]
Letter from George W. Davis, Livingston, Texas, to Mrs. Bagarley, June 15, 1868
[Houses, general conditions.]
Letter from George W. Davis, Livingston, Texas, to Mrs. Bagarley, December 2, 1868
[First born daughter, general conditions and news.]
Family letter from "Mimmie" (Camilla Hardin Davis), Livingston, Texas, to "Girls" (possibly her sisters), September 13, 1869
Field notes for 500 acres of land, part of the James Harvey League, Liberty County, about October 1870 or later
[Surveyor unknown.]
Letter from Amanda, Chatham, Texas (?), to Kaleta (Hardin), April 20, 1877
Letter from J. Freeman, Leggett, Texas, to George W. Davis, April 26, 1877
[Land, timber.]
Copy of No. 102, Vol. 41, L.D. Evans land grant, Chambers County, January 15, 1878
[Originally issued on March 17, 1870.]
Copy of No. 394, Vol. 4, John Swinney land grant, Liberty County, March 18, 1890
[Originally issued on November 4, 1845.]
Promissory note from Zack Boothe to Abner McMurtry, witnessed by W.F. Hardin, November 4, 1891
[Paid in full December 31, 1892.]
Receipt from A.W. Spaight to George W. Davis for payment of promissory note interest, May 30, 1898
[Includes a note pertaining to the Spanish-American War and a Pacific Express Co. money order receipt.]
Letter and receipt from A.W. Spaight to Wirt Davis, enclosing receipt for payment on Davis's father's (George W. Davis) note, January 30, 1901
[separate envelope included]
Handwritten list of the First State Bank of Liberty stock owners and their number of shares, undated
[Not an official bank document. Helen B. Hardin and Wirt Davis are among the shareholders.]
Family letter from Wirt (Davis), Liberty, Texas, to "Mamma" (Camilla Hardin Davis), Dallas, Texas, September 9, 1905
[separate envelope included]
[Family news and oil drilling. Liberty County Land & Abstract Company letterhead.]
Automobile register receipt, May 6, 1909
[No. 601, issued to Percy Davis, Dallas County, Texas.]
Letter from H.F. Wetzel, Texas City, Texas, to Mrs. (Camilla Hardin) Davis, regarding land in Texas City, September 7, 1909
Letter from H.F. Wetzel, Texas City, Texas to Mrs. G.W. (Camilla Hardin) Davis, April 19, 1916
[separate stamped envelope]
[Regarding sale of her land in Texas City.]
Letter (typewritten) from Herbert Hoover, Washington, D.C., to R.W. Humphreys, Galveston, Texas, March 22, 1927
[Regarding Hoover speaking to East Texas Chamber of Commerce.]
Letter (typewritten) from Herbert Hoover, Washington, D.C., to R.W. Humphreys, Galveston, Texas, June 16, 1928
[separate envelope]
[Thanking Humphreys for telegram.]
Four telegrams from R.W. Humphreys, Galveston, Texas to Herbert Hoover and others and a carbon copy of a typewritten page (press release?) regarding Hoover's victory in the 1928 presidential election, November 7, 1928
Letter from Charles D. Lawrence, Assistant Attorney General, New York City, to "Bob" (R.W. Humphreys), Galveston, Texas, November 7, 1928
[Congratulations on election results.]
Letter (typewritten) from Herbert Hoover, Stanford University, to R.W. Humphreys, Galveston, Texas, November 13, 1928
[Thanking Humphreys for telegram, on Hoover's personal letterhead.]
Letter (typewritten) from Herbert Hoover to R.B. [sic] Humphreys, Liberty, Texas, December 21, 1935
[Thanking Humphreys for telegram on his St. Louis address, on Hoover's personal letterhead.]
Newspaper clippings mounted on two sheets of paper, and a short typed letter from "Den" (?), and envelope, undated, about 1936
[A typed heading on one sheet identifies clippings as "Home Town News," and they apparently pertain to events in Anderson County (Texas?). Letter dated July 3, 1936, pertaining to a trip to Cristobal, is on the opposite side of one sheet. The recipient is unidentified. Envelope has handwritten notation, "Louise sent Aileen and Uncle Neill a letter to be opened each day they were on the ship," and typewritten notation, "To Be Opened July 1, 1936. On Board Ship."]
Letter (typewritten) from Alf M. Landon, Governor of Kansas, Topeka, to R.W. Humphreys, Galveston, Texas, September 10, 1936
[Thanking Humphreys for kind birthday message.]
Letter (typewritten) from Frank Knox, Chicago, to R.W. Humphreys, Liberty, Texas, December 22, 1937
[Sending good wishes for Christmas and New Year.]
Letter (typewritten) from Frank Knox, Chicago Daily News, to R.W. Humphreys, Liberty, Texas, February 17, 1938
[Thanking him for letter and news.]
Letter (typewritten) from Frank Knox, Chicago, to R.W. Humphreys, Liberty, Texas, December 31, 1940
[Sending good wishes for Christmas and New Year.]
Membership card, for Robert Wade (R.W.) Humphreys, Galveston, Texas, 1941
[Showing him to be a member in good standing in Texas Consistory (Scottish Rite, Freemasonry).]
Letters (typewritten) from Mrs. Sam Houston Hearne, Corresponding Secretary, San Jacinto Chapter, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Houston, to Mrs. R.W. Humphreys, Galveston, Texas, 1947
[separate envelopes]
[Regarding president of the Franklin Hardin Chapter not being listed and support for Mrs. Henry R. Maresh for state president.]
Bob Porterfield Presents Barter Theatre in Review, about post-1946
[Pictorial publication pertaining to the history of the Barter Theatre in Virginia. Kalita Humphreys appears in one of the photographs.]
Nine envelopes, about 1830s-1860s
[Addressed to various Hardin and O'Brien family members.]
Document fragments, about 1830s-1860s (?)
Hand drawn plat for the John House Survey, undated
[County and surveyor unknown.]
Field notes for 50 acres, for "Ridley," on a survey sold to C. W. Brien (?) by E.P. White, undated
[County and surveyor unknown.]
Field notes for 1500 acres of land, Malvina Whittington H.R. League, Liberty County, undated
[Surveyor unknown.]
Three cabinet card photographs, undated, about 1880s, 1893, 1890
[Geraldine Davis (Humphreys); William F. Hardin; May Masterson (friend of Wirt Davis).]
Photographs, two black-and-white and one colorized, undated, 1896
[Percy Davis; Phil Smith; unidentified man.]
Two 8 x 10 inch black-and-white photographs, about 1930s, about 1890s
[Geraldine Humphreys presenting artwork to President Franklin D. Roosevelt; possibly taken by a news media outlet. Reproduction of a portrait of Mrs.Humphreys as a young woman; date of reproduction unknown.]
Black-and-white photographs, undated, April 1930
[Snapshots of new and old Trinity River Bridges, Liberty, Texas; York Minster (cathedral), York, England.]
Box
Artifact Calling card case, 1893
[Belonged to Cynthia Hardin and was given to her by one of her sisters.]