University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Nathan Thomas Papers, 1839-1868



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thomas, Nathan
Title: Thomas, Nathan Papers
Dates: 1839-1868
Abstract: Correspondence, business and legal papers concerning the career of Nathan Thomas (1809-1881), planter, early settler, and legislator, relate to the provisioning of Thomas's plantation with supplies and slaves.
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Nathan Thomas (1809-1881) was a planter, early settler, and legislator, who represented Austin County, Texas, in the House of Representatives of the Fifth Congress, 1840–1841. He is the namesake of Thomaston, Texas, a community and railroad station on land that Thomas bought in 1845 and sold in 1872 to the Gulf, Western Texas and Pacific Railway. In 1866 he represented Washington and Fayette counties in the Eleventh Legislature, serving on the federal relations committee. He died in Waxahatchie in 1881.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Thomas, Nathan, " http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/fth11.html (accessed May 27, 2010).


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, business and legal papers comprise the Nathan Thomas Papers, 1839-1868, which concern the career of Thomas as well as the provisioning of Thomas's plantation with supplies and slaves. The collection also relates to personal and family news.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Thomas, Nathan, 1809-1881--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Federal Relations Committee.
Southern Pacific Railroad Company
Subjects
Plantation life--Texas--History--19th century
Plantation owners--Texas--History
Plantations
Real estate business--Texas
Places
New Orleans (La.)
Tipton County (Tenn.)
Fayette County (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
Shelby County (Tex.)
Washington County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Nathan Thomas Papers, 1839-1868, 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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3K341 Papers, 1839-1868