Texas Archival Resources Online

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lawhon Family Papers, 1832-1959



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lawhon Family
Title: Lawhon Family Papers
Dates: 1832-1959
Abstract: Photocopied articles, pamphlets and notes, newspapers and newspaper clippings document the history of the Lawhon and Gardner families, particularly the life of Marmaduke Gardner and the origins of the Universalist Church in Texas.
Accession No.: 65-33; 67-112; 71-62; 72-114
Extent: 2 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

David E. Lawhon (1811-1884) was born in Tennessee, then moved to Texas from Louisiana in 1835 with his brother, Dr. John C. Lawhon. David Lawhon was a soldier, judge and printer. He published the Nacogdoches newspaper Texian and Emigrant’s Guide from 1835 to 1836, as well as war proclamations and legal blanks. After the Texas Revolution, he married Nancy Carr, and they had six children.

Marmaduke Gardner (1812-1879) was a pioneer Universalist minister in Texas. Born in South Carolina, he moved to Texas in 1854 and subsequently organized the first Universalist Society in Texas at Smith Springs, now Lawhon Springs.

David Lawhon’s son, John Carr Lawhon, married Marmaduke Gardner’s daughter, Ellen, in 1868. John Carr Lawhon was ordained as a Universalist minister by Gardner in 1878.

Return to the Table of Contents


Scope and Contents

Photocopied articles, pamphlets and notes, newspapers and newspaper clippings document the history of the Lawhon and Gardner families, particularly the life of Marmaduke Gardner and the origins of the Universalist Church in Texas. Portions of the articles and clippings pertain to David E. Lawhon, Nancy Carr Lawhon, John Carr Lawhon, and Ellen Gardner Lawhon. The collection also contains an original 1877 bill of sale for cattle signed by John C. Lawhon and an 1832 scripture commentary book owned by David E. Lawhon.

Return to the Table of Contents


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Return to the Table of Contents


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lawhon, David E., 1811-1884
Gardner, Marmaduke, 1812-1879

Return to the Table of Contents


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lawhon Family Papers, 1832-1959, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Return to the Table of Contents


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2L260 "Memorandum book with copies of sermons of the Reverend Marmaduke Gardner (1812-1879), Pioneer Universalist Minister in Texas," photocopies, 1852-1857
Photocopies of scrapbook articles:
Clippings regarding Gardner, Lawhon and Carr family history
Poems
“The Texas Volunteers,” Nacogdoches, November 1, 1835
“New Yankee Doodle,” printed by David E. Lawhon, Nacogdoches, undated
Clipping of article: “Universalism in Texas,” photocopy, from The Christian Leader, publication of the Universalist Fellowship, October 22, 1838
Pamphlet: "The Universalist Church and Texas," photocopy, by Stanley Manning, circa 1923
Selected pages from “Family Annals of the Lawhon-Gardner Family,” by Mrs. Martin J. Lide, Jr., photocopy
Book: The Daily Scripture Commentary. New York: Francis S. Wiggins, 1832. “A family relic taken from the library of D. E. Lawhon by J. C. Lawhon this December 31, 1879.” Book also signed by Sam Lawhon, Elgin, Texas, December 19, 1914.
Bill of sale for cattle, J. C. Lawhon, December 24, 1877
Newspapers
Universalist Herald, Notasulga, Alabama; Columbia, South Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia
July 1, 1877
September 1, 1878
June 15, 1879
January 15, 1884
April 15, 1884
June 1, 1918
The Arkansas Pilot, (Universalist), Little Rock, Arkansas, October 1907
Newspaper clippings
Political advertisement, W. H. Joiner, undated
Marmaduke Gardner and David E. Lawhon, undated
Obituaries
Thomas J. Lawhon, 1932
John E. Lawhon, 1930
Ned Lawhon, Elgin Courier, August 22, 1932
box
Ephemera Poems: “New Yankee Doodle” and “The Texas Volunteers,” printed items, written in Nacogdoches by order of the Chairman of the Committee of Vigilance and Safety, November 1, 1835

Return to the Table of Contents