University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Fanthorp Inn Records, 1832-1888



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fanthorp Inn
Title: Fanthorp Inn Records
Dates: 1832-1888
Abstract: Henry Fanthorp built the Fanthorp Inn in 1834 near the intersection of stage roads from Houston to Springfield and Nacogdoches to San Felipe de Austin in what is now Anderson in Grimes County, Texas. The records consist of Henry Fanthorp's twenty-seven ledgers, dating from 1832-1888, which document the operation of the Fanthorp Inn and an associated mercantile business.
Accession No.: 79-66
Extent: 1 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Henry Fanthorp built the Fanthorp Inn in 1834 near the intersection of stage roads from Houston to Springfield and Nacogdoches to San Felipe de Austin in what is now Anderson in Grimes County, Texas. The inn became the first post office in the area when Fanthorp was appointed postmaster of Grimes County in 1835. In 1837 he opened a general store at the inn with his brother-in-law, Mike Kennard and Abraham Womack. The inn served many important historical figures, including Sam Houston, Anson Jones, and Robert E. Lee.


Scope and Contents

The Fanthorp Inn Records consist of Henry Fanthorp's twenty-seven ledgers, dating from 1832 to 1888, which document the operation of the Fanthorp Inn and an associated mercantile business. The records include ledgers of credit accounts, daily records of transactions, guest registers, bound invoices from suppliers, and stage line records. Furthermore, they document the many important personages who visited the inn and their various travel plans.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fanthorp, Henry.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870.
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Subjects (Organizations)
Fanthorp Inn.
Subjects
Hotels--Texas--History.
Places
Anderson (Tex.)
Grimes County (Tex.)
Nacogdoches (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
San Felipe de Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Fanthorp Inn Records, 1832-1888, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4Zb16 Credit ledgers
1832-1838
1839
1847-1849
1866-1869
1866-1871
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4Zb17 1867-1869
1868
1869-1870
1870-1875
1880-1885
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4Zb18 1887-1888
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4Zb15 Daybooks (daily records of transactions)
1832-1837
1839-1840
1847-1851
1847-1852
1854
1859-1861
1860-1866
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4Zb16 1866-1867
1866-1871
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4Zb17 Guest registers (includes transcript of registers)
1852-1854
1854-1855
1858-1860
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4Zb18 1860-1861
Invoices
1863-1867
1869-1876
Stage line records, 1852-1859