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Moses P. Lamar Family Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lamar, Moses P.
Title: Moses P. Lamar Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1797-1969
Bulk Dates: 1855-1925
Abstract: A businessman from Milsap, Texas, Moses P. Lamar and his son E. P. Lamar were active in the Farmers’ Alliance in Milsap. They are possible relatives of Mirabeau P. Lamar. The papers include correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, clippings, and certificates. These papers contain documents relating to Lamar’s business and that of his son. Also included are correspondence with family members and business associates, 1884-1920; tax and bank records, 1858-1925; records and certificates relating to the Farmer’s Alliance, 1888-1924; property deeds and mineral lease agreements, 1858-1919; legal documents, 1798-1881; newspaper clippings and family histories; and certificate of indenture and Confederate Army discharge papers.
Identification: AR236
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Moses Perry "M. P." Lamar, son of Dr. Samuel Lamar, was a Parker County, Texas, farmer born in Richman County, Kentucky, in 1829. He lived in Lancaster and Waxahachie, Texas, in the early 1850's with his wife Sarah (1830-1912), and the couple reared four sons and five daughters. Lamar died around 1916.

In March 1855, Lamar acted as "agent or attorney" for G. A. Clayton to prevent the cutting or taking of timber from Clayton's ranch in Navarro County, southeast of Dallas. After moving to Dallas early in the Civil War, M. P. enlisted on March 1, 1864, and served, at age 35, as a private in Captain Thomas Healey's Company, in the 12th Regiment of the Texas Cavalry. Lamar, who stood 5′5″ and with blue eyes and light hair, was honorably discharged August 20, 1864, three months after the death of his brother, John R., in the Yellow Bayou battle.

Lamar registered to vote in Tarrant County, Texas, in August 1867, but changed his registration two years later when he bought some land 2½ miles southwest of Dallas. He apparently moved west again, for in 1874, Lamar joined the farmers' cooperative Oak Grove Alliance in Parker County. He also became a member of the Phoenix Masonic Lodge #257 in Weatherford. In 1881 he bought 160 acres of land twelve miles west of Weatherford on Grindstone Creek near Millsap and turned to farming and ranching.

The Lamars' oldest son, James Rankin "J. R." Lamar, was born in 1851 in Cass County, Texas. He studied law and received his license, but did not enter practice due to health problems. J. R. taught the first school in Millsap in a log house with twelve students. Later, he became a cowboy, working on the Chisholm and Santa Fe trails, then he turned to ranching. He married Emma K. Gambill in 1874 and ten years later served as secretary of the Farmer's Alliance in Millsap while M. P. was also a member. J. R. also acted as deputy sheriff of Parker County. J. R. and Emma moved to Eckert, Colorado, in 1894 where he worked as a stonemason. In 1926 the couple moved back to Dallas where J. R. died on May 25, 1933. An obituary said he "was a kinsman of the famous L. Q. C. Lamar and Mirabeau B. Lamar," the third president of the Republic of Texas, but no known documentation confirms that claim.

J. R. and Emma Lamar (1868-1936) had three sons: Clyde, Quincy and W. A. Lamar. Clyde founded a funeral home in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas in 1912, then merged his company to form the Lamar & Smith Funeral Home in 1925, still at 800 West Jefferson Blvd. None of J. R.'s three sons had children, and Clyde died in 1968. J. B. Christian, a longtime employee of Clyde's, doubts any family connection with Mirabeau B. Lamar.

Another of M. P. and Sarah Lamar's sons was William D. "Honest Bill" Lamar. According to a business card with his picture, he was also called "Uncle Willie" and "The Hay Seed." W. D. lived in Crosbyton, Texas, with his wife Susan. He died at age 69 around May 1933 and apparently "suffered many years" with health problems.

A third son, Edward P. "Uncle Ed" Lamar, was born in Dallas County in 1862, but soon moved to Parker County. Later, "E. P." and his father joined the Masonic Lodge in Millsap. They also worked together at the Parker County Milling & Elevator Company starting in 1888. He married Emiline "Emma" Williams in 1882, and they had three sons and four daughters. E. P. became president of the Farmers Union Warehouse Company in Millsap beginning in 1914.

One of M. P. and Sarah's daughters was Ellen Lamar, who married George W. Gillmore and settled in Girard, Texas. The Lamars named two other daughters Vina and Ethel, while a fourth became Mrs. J. C. Hurst. The fifth daughter, Francis, married F. E. Walker.


  • Christian, Asakyrus. "Mirabeau Bonaparte Lamar" (Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1922).
  • Christian, J. B. Personal interview, April 27, 1997.
  • Southern Historical Research Magazine. Dallas, Texas, September 1936.

Scope and Contents

This collection, housed in one legal size document box, consists primarily of personal and business papers of Moses Perry "M. P." Lamar, a farmer and rancher who lived in Parker County, Texas, from the mid-1800's until about 1916. Other papers include those of his wife, children and ancestors who lived in the Dallas-Tarrant-Parker county areas and in Colorado. The entire collection spans the years 1797-1969. A letter of inquiry from a distant relative relates her unsuccessful search for information linking the Lamar family to Mirabeau B. Lamar, the third president of the Republic of Texas.

The collection is arranged alphabetically in eleven series, beginning with books and publications. These include almanacs and memoranda/calendar books for just before and after the turn of the 19th century. One, a New Testament bible inscribed "E. P. Lamar 10 cts," appears here along with several health booklets. Although some members of the Lamar family lived into their eighties, a few apparently experienced recurring health problems. The second folder includes a special 1928 Weatherford newspaper touting benefits in the area, including an article about Millsap, the town in which M. P. and Sarah lived most of their lives.

The second series, in two folders, includes letters from the late 1890's to early 1900's sent to M. P. or E. P. Lamar from family members in Texas and Colorado. Several show the loneliness felt by those unable to travel. The third series, a group of empty envelopes with no matching letters, is retained for their interesting stamps and postmarks.

In the fourth series, family artifacts are collected in two folders. A homemade wallet was kept and a recently written note with it says "Mrs. Walker was told this was carried by M. P. Lamar during service in the Civil War." The reference is presumably to Mrs. F. E. (Francis) Walker, one of M. P.'s daughters. This series also includes several home and published "remedies" for afflictions such as scarlet fever, cholera, rheumatism and dropsy.

Series five is the family history. Much of their biographical information comes from 1912-1933 newspaper articles, family documents and correspondence. Little is known about the Lamars as people; available records show mostly what they did, not what they thought.

Documents from the Farmers Alliance in Weatherford, Texas, will be found in the sixth series, and it includes dues receipts and publications by the national group describing how the Alliance should conduct its business. M. P. Lamar and son J. R. were members, and an undated audit suggests the Alliance's paperwork was insufficient but its financial condition was good.

Series seven is the Farmers Union Warehouse business ledger for 1916-1922 when E. P. Lamar was its president. Financial records comprise the eighth series in two folders, including M. P.'s property tax receipts for most years from 1855-1916. There is also a letter from the State of Texas in 1916 confirming that he would receive a pension later in the year.

Series nine gives some insight into daily life in the nineteenth century. Several IOU's and promissory notes for cash loans from both Samuel and M. P. Lamar are saved and show simple business transactions for merchandise or livestock.

Legal documents such as deeds, medical licenses, voter registrations, a marriage license and oil exploration contracts, are collected in series ten. M. P. purchased 160 acres of "school" land near Millsap, Texas, and the deed appears in the collection along with instructions on how to find additional property he bought in downtown Mineral City, Texas. A tax receipt and two medical licenses are the oldest documents directly connected with the Lamars. They were issued to Samuel Lamar, M. P.'s father, in the mid-1840's. A deed and two letters of recommendation issued to Young Lamar in 1797 were found among M. P.'s papers. While he was probably related to this Lamar family, no other documents confirm it.

Series eleven includes three amateur attempts at poetry, probably by Sarah Lamar, for the handwriting and sentiments appear to be written in a feminine style. Two are incomplete and have fallen apart. Attempts to photocopy them were unsuccessful.

Most of the Moses P. Lamar Family Papers are in good condition, but some newspaper clippings and fragile letters have been photocopied on acid-free paper. Other fragile items have been encased in polyvinyl and supported by acid-free paper.

The Moses P. Lamar Family Papers reflect an ordinary, but successful, group of farmers in the mid-1800's to early 1900's in north Texas. Lamar and his children lived long lives in both the commercial and public service sectors of their communities. Their lifestyles suggest, for the most part, a middle to upper-middle class existence on the range and in the city.



The Lamar Family Papers are organized into eleven series, most of which are arranged chronologically:
Series I. Books and Publications, 1873-1928. 0.1 linear ft. (2 folders)
Series II. Correspondence, 1876-1925. 0.05 linear ft. (2 folders)
Series III. Envelopes, 1884-1911. 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series IV. Family Artifacts, 1864(?)-1908. 0.05 linear ft. (2 folders)
Series V. Family History, 1829-1969. 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series VI. Farmers Alliance, 1884-1920. 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series VII. Farmers Union Warehouse, 1916-1922. 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series VIII. Financial Records, 1855-1916. 0.05 linear ft. (2 folders)
Series IX. IOU's, 1845-1918. 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series X. Legal Documents, 1797-1919. 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series XI. Poetry, approximately 1861. 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)



Open for research.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Lamar, Moses P., b. ca. 1829--Archives.
Lamar, E. P.--Archives.
Lamar family--Archives.
National Farmers’ Alliance and Industrial Union (Milsap, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Milsap (Tex.)--Biography.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


Moses P. Lamar Family Papers, GA236, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.


Gift, 1994.

Accessioned as number 96-4.

The M. P. Lamar Papers were donated to the University of Texas at Arlington on February 21, 1994, by Jenkins Garrett of Fort Worth. Mr. Garrett, a collector of historical materials, has previously donated similar collections.

The papers were received by Dr. Gerald D. Saxon, Assistant Director for Special Collections, and preliminary sorting was done. The collection was processed in the Spring 1997 semester of Dr. Saxon's "Introduction to Archives" class. Arrangement and organization was made by Gary Mack, archivist for The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas.

 Note to the Researcher 

While there is no known proof that M. P. Lamar and Young Lamar were related, or that either was related to Mirabeau B. Lamar, there is no documentation proving otherwise. Further study in this area may prove rewarding.

Container List


Series I. Books and Publications, 1873-1928.
Extent 0.1 linear ft. (2 folders)

Arranged chronologically. Memoranda, almanac and calendar/account books, health booklets, liquor price list, Bible with prayer card, Weatherford Democrat.
Box Folder
GA236 1 Pierce's memorandum and account books for 1885-1886 and 1903-1904
1 B. F. Avery farm tools catalog and calendar/account book for 1887
1 Regulator almanac for memoranda, 1890
1 Multi-language health booklet & memoranda by St. Jacob Institute, approximately 1902
1 New testament, 1904, inscribed "E. P. Lamar 10 cts"
1 Prayer card for Willie Nevil, 1873-1905
1 Bible school picture card for Psalm 23, dated November 15, 1908
1 How to Become a Lightning Calculator No. 2
1 Erie Medical Company brochures on sexuality, addressed to M. P. Lamar
1 H. Brann & Co. liquor price list
2 1928 Weatherford Democrat special "Rural Life and Industrial Edition"
2 Progress Company, Chicago "Catalog of Books" and cover letter


Series II. Correspondence, 1876-1925.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (2 folders)

Arranged chronologically. Letters and envelopes to M. P. and Sarah Lamar, E. P. Lamar and others from family members in Texas and Colorado.
Box Folder
GA236 3 Letters to M. P. Lamar, Sarah Lamar or the Lamar family, 1876-1912
4 Letters to E. P. Lamar, Emiline (Emma) Lamar and others, 1899-1925


Series III. Envelopes, 1884-1911.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)

Arranged chronologically. Empty envelopes addressed to M. P. Lamar.
Box Folder
GA236 5 Fifteen empty envelopes addressed to M. P. Lamar (two undated)


Series IV. Family Artifacts, 1864(?)-1908.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (2 folders)

Civil War era wallets, medals, medicinal remedies and receipts for food and supplies.
Box Folder
GA236 6 White paper wallet advertising Chattanooga Medicines
6 Small, brown cloth wallet believed carried by M. P. Lamar during Civil War
6 Three decorative pins: two Civil War and one Masonic Lodge
7 Cards of Dona D. LaMar and William "Honest Bill" Lamar
7 Receipts for food and supplies
Published medicinal remedies for scarlet fever and cholera
Handwritten medicinal remedies for salvina, rheumatism, fever and dropsy
Written formula for soap


Series V. Family History, 1829-1969.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)

Arranged chronologically. Newspaper articles, obituary notices, 1902 election guides and letter of inquiry concerning family heritage.
Box Folder
GA236 8 Obituaries, newspaper articles, election guides and letter of inquiry


Series VI. Farmers Alliance, 1884-1920.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)

Arranged chronologically. National Farmers Alliance publications, along with receipts for paid dues to the local alliance, and a public weigher's certificate
Box Folder
GA236 9 Receipts for dues paid 1884-1911 and leaving the alliance in 1914
9 1889 Proceedings of Farmers and Laborers Union of America & National Farmers Alliance and Industrial Union book
Deputy public weighers certificate for W. W. Paul, dated October 6, 1920
Undated audit of Farmers Alliance Distributing Association of Parker County
Farmers Alliance ritual, constitution and bylaws booklets


Series VII. Farmers' Union Warehouse, 1916-1922.
Extent 0.1 linear ft. (1 folder)

Financial journal showing business transactions from August 1916-September 1922.
Box Folder
GA236 10 Financial journal, showing daily business records from August 19, 1916, to September 25, 1922


Series VIII. Financial Records, 1855-1916.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (2 folders)

Arranged chronologically. Tax receipts, inventories and stock certificates showing holdings of M. P. and E. P. Lamar.
Box Folder
GA236 11 Property tax receipts (except for 1857, 1859-1866, 1878, 1884, 1888, 1892, 1896, 1901, 1907, 1910)
12 Purchase receipts, property inventories, Farmers Union Warehouse stock certificates, response to Texas pension request


Series IX. IOU's, 1845-1918.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)

Arranged chronologically. IOU's and promissory notes to Samuel and M. P. Lamar for cash loans in exchange for property.
Box Folder
GA236 13 IOU's given to Samuel and M. P. Lamar for loans to others


Series X. Legal Documents, 1797-1919.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)

Arranged chronologically. Property deeds, medical licenses, military discharge notice, voter registrations, marriage license, bills of sale, vendor's lien, oil exploration contracts for Young, Samuel, M. P. and E. P. Lamar.
Box Folder
GA236 14 Deeds, medical licenses, military discharge, voter registrations, marriage license, bills of sale, vendor's lien, oil exploration contracts


Series XI. Poetry, approximately 1861.
Extent 0.05 linear ft. (1 folder)

Three poems, all untitled, apparently written to or for M. P. Lamar, perhaps by Sarah Lamar.
Box Folder
GA236 15 Untitled, to M. P. Lamar by E. S. Allin, December 20, 1861
Untitled and incomplete, written on Willow Branch, Bosque County, Texas
Untitled and incomplete, beginning "A soldier's life is the life for me…"