A Guide to the Nathan Thomas Papers, 1839-1868
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).
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.
The collection is open for research.
Nathan Thomas Papers, 1839-1868, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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