Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers, 1837-1971



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stratton family; Stevens family; Follin family
Title: Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers
Dates: 1837-1971
Abstract: The Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers hold correspondence and family histories of these three families. The correspondence ranges in date from the 1850s to the 1870s, and was sent between multiple members of the family. Most of the correspondence was sent to or from Asa Stratton, Jr., and his wife, Louisa Waldmann Stratton. The collection also holds papers describing the family history of the Stevens family, which intermarried with the Stratton family in 1893. Finally, the Follin family papers include legal documents created by Charles and Adolphus Follin.
Identification: AC-586
Extent: 1 box, 0.25 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Asa Evans Stratton, Sr., was born June 13, 1798, in Athol, Massachusetts. He was married four times, and had thirteen children. He married his first wife, Mary Graves Alexander, on March 17, 1824, in Jasper County, Georgia. They had six children: Dorcas Elizabeth (1824-1826), Jane Alexander (1827-1895), Mary Elizabeth (1830-1910), George Henry (1833-1861), James Marshall (1836-1837), and Dorcas Cassandra Rebecca Victoria Stratton (1838-1845). Mary died in 1839. Stratton remarried on February 26, 1843, uniting with Amanda Ann Gibbons. They had two children: Asa Evans Stratton, Jr. (1844-1921), and Sarah Emily Stratton (1847-1924). By 1845, the family had moved to Panola County, Mississippi. Amanda died in 1847. Stratton married Caroline Ann Epps Steger on July 19, 1848, and they had one child: James Thomas Stratton (1849-1910). Caroline died in 1856. Stratton married for the fourth time on April 30, 1856, marrying Mary Jane Chisholm. They had four children: Jesse David Tait (1857-?), Edward Everett (1858-1858), George (1861-1863), and Amanda Ann (1863-?). By 1856, the family had moved to Marshall County, Mississippi.

Stratton died on July 22, 1877, in Luling, Texas, and is buried in Clear Lake Cemetery, in Brazoria, Texas.

Asa Evans Stratton, Jr., was born January 13, 1844, in Panola County, Mississippi. He fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, joining Company S of the Texas 13th Cavalry regiment. He achieved the rank of Sergeant Major. He married Louisa Henrietta Waldmann on February 7, 1867. They had five children: Emily Bryan (1873-?), Florence (1883-1938), Louisa Waldmann, Charles Waldmann (1868-1870), and Berta Amanda (1875-1902). Louisa died in 1895. Asa remarried in 1904, uniting with Ina Lee Smith.

Asa, Jr., was appointed a county judge of Brazoria County on January 30, 1882. In 1915, he gave a speech to a reunion of Confederate veterans at Camp Robinson Springs, Alabama. This speech was later published as "The Address of Judge Asa E. Stratton, of Montgomery, Ala." He died on April 28, 1921, in Montgomery, Alabama, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

Asa and Louisa's daughter, Florence, became a well-known journalist in Beaumont in the 1920s. Born in 1883, Florence grew up with her family in Montgomery, Alabama. She was valedictorian of her class at Gray Normal College. In 1905, she moved to Beaumont to live with her sister, Emily, who had married Walter Stevens. Florence taught at Belle Austin's private academy for two years, then began to work for the Beaumont Journal. Around this time, she established two charities, the Milk and Ice Fund and the Empty Stocking Fund. During the 1910s, Florence left Beaumont, but returned in 1920. She became the society, food, and garden editor of the Beaumont Enterprise, and began her most popular news column. In her "Susie Spindletop's Weekly Letter," Stratton wrote of the society news of Beaumont, and the column provides a detailed glimpse of the social life of the booming town. In 1925, she published her book, The Story of Beaumont, which was the first history of the city. She followed it with several other books, O. Henry's Postscripts; Recipes of Famous Women; The White Plume; and Where the Storm God Rides.

Florence lived at 1929 McFaddin Street, and her home is still standing. It was built using bricks recovered from Beaumont's old bell-tower courthouse, and with bricks from her grandfather's plantation in Brazoria. She died in 1938, at the age of 55, following a surgery at a New Orleans hospital.

Asa's daughter, Emily Bryan, married Walter H. Stevens on April 26, 1893.

Walter Herbert Stevens (October 13, 1870 - October 14, 1939) was born to Hennell Stevens and Sarah Blake Rowley, in Texas. His family was originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Hennell Stevens (October 28, 1832 – July 9, 1895) had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Regular Army Medical Staff Infantry Regiment on August 13, 1862, and was mustered out on March 14, 1866. During the war, he was stationed in the southwest, and enjoyed the climate so much that he moved his family to Brazoria County, Texas.

Adolphus and Charles Follin were brothers, born in South Carolina. Adolphus was born in 1814, and worked as a physician. Charles was born in 1812. They lived in New Orleans for a time, but by 1850, they had moved together to New York City. Little else of their lives is known, and it is not clear how their papers were acquired by the Stratton and Stevens families.


Scope and Content Note

The Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers hold correspondence and family histories of these three families. The correspondence ranges in date from the 1850s to the 1870s, and was sent between multiple members of the family. Most of the correspondence was sent to or from Asa Stratton, Jr., and his wife, Louisa Waldmann Stratton. The letters include those sent to Asa during his time in the Confederate army during the Civil War; letters of condolence to Asa and Louisa after the death of their son, Charles; and letters of condolence sent between Stratton family members after the death of Asa's brother, George, in 1861. There is also one letter from 1901 which discusses the Texas oil boom.

The collection also holds papers describing the family history of the Stevens family, which intermarried with the Stratton family in 1893. Hennell Stevens was very interested in genealogy, and wrote a history of his known ancestors. He also encouraged his descendants to keep track of the family and its lineage, and so a brief history of the family from 1889 to 1915, written by Walter H. Stevens, is included.

The Follin family papers consist of legal documents in which Charles Follin granted power of attorney to Adolphus Follin.


 

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into seven folders in one box, and is organized into two series. The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically. Undated letters are placed at the end of the series. The Other Family Papers series is arranged by document type.
Correspondence
Other Family Papers

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for papers created by the Stratton, Stevens, and Fallon families. Exceptions include published works, for which copyright is retained by the creators and/or publishers. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Stratton, Asa E., Jr., 1844-1921
Stevens, Hennel, 1832-1895
Organizations
United States. Army
Confederate States. Army
Subjects
Family life
Letters
United States--History--1861-1865, Civil War
Locations
Brazoria (Brazoria county, Texas : inhabited place)
Genres/Formats
Correspondence
Essays
Genealogical tables
Orders (military records)
Powers of attorney

Related Material

None.


Separated Material

A framed 1930s map of Beaumont has been placed on the oversized shelves.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [folder], [box], Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers, 1837-1971, AC-586, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Fjellin, 2013 September.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 October.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2014 June.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence, 1857-1901

Arranged chronologically. Undated letters are placed at the end of the series.
Folder
1 M. B. Forrest, Memphis, Tennessee, to A. E. Stratton, 1857 August 01
George H. Stratton, Como, Mississippi, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1859 January 30
Sarah E. Stratton, Como, Mississippi, to her brother, 1859 February 14
George H. Stratton, Como, Mississippi, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1859 February 20
Jane Stratton, Shady Grove, Bastrop County, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1859 February 24
Sarah E. Stratton, Memphis, Tennessee, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1859 March 06
David Townsend, Panola County, Mississippi, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., Center Hill, Mississippi, 1859 March 12
[I. H. Rodgers?], Center Hill, Mississippi, to friend, 1859 December 07
Thomas J. Hill, Shady Grove, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, 1859 December 28
J. Morse, Chappell Hill, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., Bastrop, Texas, 1860 July 14
A. E. Stratton, Sr., Bastrop, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1860 October 26
[B. Ballaye?], New Orleans, to Judge W. B. [Ochiltece?], 1860 October 31
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Chappell Hill, Texas, to George H. Stratton, 1860 December 09
George H. Stratton, Brazoria, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., Chappell Hill, 1860 December 18
A. E. Stratton, Sr., Bastrop, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1860 December 20
Mary E. Stratton, Webberville, Texas, to her brother, with Essay on Hope, written by George H. Stratton, 1861 February 21
James E. Stratton, Webberville, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1861 August 11
Mary E. Stratton, Webberville, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1861 August 11
Sarah Emily Stratton to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1862 February 11
A. E. Stratton, Sr., to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1862 July 20
Sarah Emily Stratton, Chappell Hill, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1863 April 10
A. E. Stratton, Sr., [Emma?] Stratton, and [P. H. Deers?] to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1863 June 07 and 19
Sarah Emily Stratton, Brazoria County, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1863 June 13
Folder
2 Mary E. Stratton, Clinton, Dewitt County, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1863 July 05
James E. Stratton, Clinton, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1863 July 06; A. E. Stratton, Sr., to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1872 March 13
Mrs. J. B. Walker, Madison, Georgia, to Lula Waldmann and Julia Neckley, Matagorda, Texas, 1864 September 01
Mary E. Stratton, Webberville, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1865 July 24
Jane A. Stratton Hill, Bastrop, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1865 July 27
[Mollie?] Hill, Shady Grove, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1865 August 08
A. E. Stratton, Sr., Columbia, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1866 January 26
D. L. Wells, Carrey, to [A. E. Stratton, Jr.?], 1866 July 20
[I. K.?] Stratton, Como, Mississippi, to Louisa Waldmann, 1866 December 16
A. E. Stratton, Jr., New Orleans, to Louisa Waldmann, 1866 December 09
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Como, Mississippi, to Louisa Waldmann, 1866 December 16
[L. G. Kinnau?], Goliad, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1867 May 03
Letter from unknown person to his/her sister, 1867 November 20
A. E. Stratton, Sr., Brazoria County, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1868 January 14
A. E. Stratton, Sr., to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1868 March 09
A. E. Stratton, Jr., to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1869 June 20
[Jessie ?], Matagorda, Texas, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1869 October 02
Thomas Ruffin, Como, Mississippi, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1869 October 11
J.[ames?] T.[homas?] Stratton, Randolph, to his father, 1870 January 26
[James?] Thomas Stratton, Randolph, to his sister, 1870 February 05
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Brazoria, Texas, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1870 May 21
E. B. [Waldmann?], Woodland, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1870 May 24
[G. Hikuso?] to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1870 August 04
Emma Waldmann, Durazno, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1870 November 02
Unknown person, Matagorda, Texas, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1870 November 28
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Galveston, Texas, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1870 December 24
A. E. Stratton, Jr., [Quinfaua?], Texas, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1871 December 11
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Galveston, Texas, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1871 December 14
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Como, Mississippi, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1871 December 17
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Como, Mississippi, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, 1871 December 21
Mary E. Stratton, Clinton, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1872 January 28
[K. L. Hills?], Plantation, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1872 March 12
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Montgomery, Alabama, to Florence Stratton, 1895 June 12
Emily S. Stratton, Durazno, Texas, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1901 June 11
Folder
3 Francis E. Jones to A. E. Stratton, Jr., June 11 of unknown year
A. E. Stratton, Jr., Ponola County, to Louisa Waldmann Stratton, [1878?] November 04
Emily Stratton and Louisa Waldmann Stratton, Brazoria, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., [1883?] February 11
Emma Stratton to her sister, undated
Charles Sumner, Senate Chamber of U.S. Capitol Building, to A. E. Stratton, Jr., February 15 of unknown year



 

Other Family Records

Folder
4 Invitation from P. S. [Meal?] to A. E. Stratton, Jr.
Handwritten poem, "The Knot of Blue and Gray"
Essay, "The Union Ought to Be Preserved," possibly by A. E. Stratton, Jr.
Essay, "Of Patriotism," by A. E. Stratton, Jr.
Medical prescription for A. E. Stratton, Jr., 1865 September 29
Poems copied from Illustrated Bible Readings
Essay, "Whence is true happiness derived"
Envelopes from Stratton letters
Folder
5 Newspaper clippings: Wedding announcement of Jeannetta Stafford and Charles S. Bennett; Article on Damon Oil Mound
Galveston News Price Current, 1867 April 08
Certification of W. Y. Lewis as a notary public for city of New Orleans, 1837 July 14
Power of Attorney, granted by Charles Follin to Adolphus Follin, New Orleans, 1837 July 21
Power of Attorney, granted by Charles Follin to Adolphus Follin, New York, New York, 1853 October 20
Appointments of Hennell Stevens to position of Notary Public, 1873 April 19; and as a County Judge, 1869 April 16
Appointments of Hennell Stevens to Postmaster of Brazoria County, Texas, 1867; as Medical Purveyor for U.S. Army at Cairo, Illinois, 1862 October 24; as Medical Storekeeper, 1862 August 13; as Medical Storekeeper at Memphis, Tennessee, 1863 May 08; as County Judge of Brazoria County, Texas, 1869 April 15; Correspondence from D. S. Magruder, Louisville, Kentucky, to Hennell Stevens, 1865 September 01
Appointment of Hennell Stevens as Registrar of the Second Sub-District in the Third Registration District of Texas, 1867 June 07
Appointment of Hennell Stevens as Postmaster of Brazoria, Texas, 1882 June 28
Enrollment of Hennell Stevens as Attorney and Councellor of the State of Texas, 1876 January 29
Acceptance of Hennell Stevens' Resignation as General Storekeeper of United States Army at Louisville, Kentucky, 1866 March 14
List of Stevens Family Internments at the Burial Ground of the Friends Meeting
Program for Entertainment put on by the Brazoria Public School
Acrostic of "Hennell Stevens", written by Charles Keyser, circa 1840
Letter of introduction for Hennell Stevens, from Samuel Thomas, Colonel and Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau of the State of Mississippi, 1866 February 15
Letter requesting bond from Hennell Stevens; Letter of recommendation from John S. Hart, Principal of Central High School, Philadelphia, 1847 December 10
Transcript of marriage certificate of Hennell Stevens and Sarah Blake Rowley, 1854 December 25
Letter acknowledging receipt of resignation letter of Hennell Stevens from U.S. Army, 1866 March 16
Special Order appointing Hennell Stevens as Medical Purveyor at Cairo, Illinois, 1862 August 23
Special Order appointing Hennell Stevens as Medical Storekeeper at Louisville, Kentucky, 1865 August 26
Letter from Annie [Masterson?] to Annie [?], undated
Folder
6 "A History of the Stevens Family," by Hennell Stevens
"Sarah Blake Stevens," by Hennell Stevens
Booklet, "The Address of Judge Asa E. Stratton, of Montgomery, Ala., At the Reunion and Memorial Exercises of Camp Robinson Springs No. 396 Alabama Division, United Confederate Veterans, Robinson Springs, Elmore Co., Ala., July 24, 1915"
Booklet, "Address of Judge Asa E. Stratton, at Prattville, Ala., October 14, 1909, Against the Constitutional Amendment."
"Address of Judge Asa E. Stratton at the Commencement of Autauga County High School," Prattville, Alabama, 1914 May 20
"The Name and Family of Stevens or Stephens," Compiled by The Media Research Bureau
Letter, Lydia [?], Angleton, Texas, to Eunice [?], 1971 July 7
Folder
7 "Chart Showing Descendants of Hennell and Sarah B. Stevens"
Stevens Family Tree
Stevens Family History, through 1889
"History of Stevens Family From May 15th, 1889"
"Sarah Blake Stevens," by Hennell Stevens
Notes on family history, by Hennell Stevens, 1889 May 20