University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John W. Lawrence Papers, 1834-1933



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lawrence, John W.
Title: Lawrence, John W. Papers
Dates: 1834-1933
Abstract: John William Blount Lawrence (1815–1909) was a lawyer, soldier, land agent, and notary public. Papers include letterpresses of Lawrence, Lawrence and Clarke, Lawrence and Edwards, Lawrence and Son; tax book; correspondence; and legal and business documents relating to Lawrence's career activities.
OCLC No.: 658059162
Extent: 16 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

John William Blount Lawrence (1815–1909), lawyer, soldier, land agent, and notary public, was born in North Carolina. In 1837 he and his family moved to Florida where Lawrence had an unsuccessful career as a cotton speculator. After moving to Houston in 1841, Lawrence served in a Milam County volunteer army during the Rafael Vásquez invasion before attending law school. He voted for annexation in 1845 while practicing law in Matagorda. In 1847 he moved back to Houston to work for land agent Jacob de Cordova and later for James Morgan in the investigation of land titles.

During the Civil War, Lawrence served as captain of a company of Harris County home guards and worked to commission Texas troops across the state line in Louisiana. In 1866 Lawrence acted for a short time as assistant assessor of internal revenue for Harris County but soon resigned and went back to his land business.

Lawrence partnered in the law firms of Lawrence & Clarke, Lawrence & Edwards, and Lawrence & Son. He married Louisa J. (Mrs. William Milton) Tyron, and they had one son, John R. Lawrence.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Lawrence, John W.," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/fla55.html (accessed May 27, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The John W. Lawrence Papers, 1834-1933, consist of correspondence, letterpresses, legal and business documents, account papers, land papers, tax book, literary productions, photographs, and printed material. The collection pertains to Lawrence's activities as a lawyer and land agent in the firms of Lawrence & Clarke (1870-1873), Lawrence & Edwards (1880-1883), and Lawrence & Son (1884-1909), all of which specialized in the purchase and sale of lands. Papers also relate to the payment of taxes for nonresidents, litigation of land titles, settlement of estates, and searches for lost lands for owners or heirs. Also included are the papers of John R. Lawrence, who continued the firm of Lawrence & Son after his father's death. Papers of both father and son relate to agriculture, commerce, cultural and social affairs.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lawrence, John W., 1815–1909--Archives.
Lawrence, John R., 1860–1936--Archives.
Adriance, John Sabin, 1861-
Clarke, W. H.
Clarke, William F., 1883-1961
Cope, Charles West, 1811-1890
De Cordova, Jacob, 1808-1868
Jones, C. Anson (Cromwell Anson), b. 1850
Nelson, Aaron Alma, 1878-1946
Waggaman, George Augustus, 1790-1843
Wells, James B., 1850-1923
Subjects (Organizations)
Lawrence & Clarke
Lawrence & Edwards
Lawrence & Son
Subjects
Lawyers--United States
Real estate investment--Texas
Land use--Texas
Real estate business--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Estate planning--Texas
Inheritance and succession--Texas
Places
Raleigh (N.C.)
Austin (Tex.)
Harris County (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Matagorda (Tex.)
Travis County (Tex.)

Related Material

See also: Jones (Cromwell Anson) Papers, 1837-1926

See also: Wells (James B.) Papers, 1837-1926


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. Lawrence Papers, 1834-1933, 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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2E314 Lawrence and Clarke letter presses
March 1870-1871
March 1871-1872
1872-1873
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2E315 October 1872-July 1873
Clarke letter press, October 1873-April 1875
Lawrence letter presses
July 1873-August 1874
August 1874-November 1876
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2E316 January 1874-December 1877
December 1877-July 1878
July 1878-January 1880
Lawrence and Edwards letter press
July-October 1880
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2E317 December 1880-June 1881
June 1881-June 1882
June-November 1882
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2E318 November 1882-August 1883
Lawrence and Son letter presses
January-July 1884
July-October 1884
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2E319 October 1884-April 1885
April-September 1885
September 1885-March 1886
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2E320 March 25-May 1886
May 1886-February 1887
February-May 1887
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2E321 May 1887-January 1888
January-December 1888
December 1888-July 1889
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2E322 July 1889-January 1890
January-June 1890
June-September 1890
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2E323 October 1890-April 1891
May 1891-March 1892
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2E324 June 1893-July 1894
July 1894-May 1895
May 1895-March 1896
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2E325 March 28, 1892-June 20, 1893
March 30, 1896-September 1897
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2E326 September 1897-September 1898
September 1898-October 1899
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2E327 October 1899-June 1901
June 1901-September 1902
September 1902-August 1904
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2E328 John R. Lawrence letter press, August 1904-April 1907
Tax book
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2E329 John R. Lawrence letter presses,
April 1907-June 1908
June 1908-June 1909
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2E330 July 1909-March 1911
March 1911-September 1912
September 1912-March 1914
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2E331 March 1914-July 1918
July 1918-November 1920
December 1920-May 1924
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2E332 Correspondence
1853-1884
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2E333 1885
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2E334 1886
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2E335 1887
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2E336 1888-1889
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2E337 1889-1890
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2E338 1890-1891
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2E339 1891-1893
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2E340 1893-1895
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2E341 1896-1898
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2E342 1898-1900
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2E343 1901-1902
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2E344 1902-1904
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2E345 1905-1907
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2E346 1907-1910
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2E347 1910-1914
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2E348 1915-1921
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2E349 1922-1927
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2E350 1928-1929
Undated
Envelopes
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2E351 Legal and business documents, 1834-1929, undated