Francis Wheatley Letters to Richard Ashhurst:
Francis Wheatley was a business colleague of brothers William H. and Alexander Patton in their hometown of Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Richard Ashhurst was Wheatley's Philadelphia business partner. In 1832, the Patton brothers emigrated to Marion, a settlement on the Brazos River in what is now Brazoria County, Texas, taking with them trade goods financed by Ashhurst. Once in Texas, William H. Patton saw military service at the Battle of Velasco, June 26, 1832, and at the Siege of Bexar, December 5-10, 1835. Enlisting in the Texas Army in January 1836, Patton became an aide-de-camp to General Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto, April 21, 1836, and was entrusted by Houston to guard Santa Anna in Columbia, and later to be among the officers conducting Santa Anna to Washington to consult with President Andrew Jackson. Patton achieved the rank of major during his military career. In 1837 he was made Quartermaster General of the Army by President Houston. He retired from the military in Bexar County where he worked as a surveyor. Patton was elected to represent Bexar County in the House of Representatives of the Second Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1837-1838. He was murdered at his home on June 12, 1842.
Correspondence. These five letters, written by Francis Wheatley to Richard Ashhurst chronicle the Pattons' emigration to Texas in 1832 and efforts by the Patton family including their father, [John G.] Patton, to maintain the various trade accounts established prior to their departure.
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Francis Wheatley Letters to Richard Ashhurst, 1832-1834, GA212, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.
Accessioned as number 2010-11.
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