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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Vachel Weldon Collection, 1821-1924, 1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Weldon (Vachel)
Title: Weldon (Vachel) Collection
Dates: 1821-1924, 1963
Abstract: Papers and materials relating to Vachel Weldon's service in the Confederate States of America Army, buisess records, family affairs, political campaign, diaries, and ledgers.
Accession No.: 70-20; 72-81
Extent: 25 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Vachel Weldon (1832-?) was born to Abram and Mary J. Weldon in Hickman (now Ballard) County, Kentucky. He moved to Texas in 1854, working in trade and studying law. On July 23, 1858, he married Sophia Dodge in LaGrange Texas. They eventually had one son and two daughters.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Weldon volunteered in the Confederate Army as First Lieutenant of Company G, Twenty-fifth Texas Cavalry, and commanded at the battle of Arkansas Post. He was captured at this battle and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, and then to Fort Delaware, Delaware. He was exchanged after the battle of Chancellorsville and assigned to post duty in Austin, Texas and Corsicana, Texas. Weldon was promoted to the rank of Captain and given command of a detached company of cavalry.

After the war, Weldon moved to Indianola and continued his work in trade. In 1872, he began to travel on various trading expeditions, during which time his considerable property holdings in Indianola were swept away by the storm of 1875. By 1879, he had permanently settled in Cuero, which he represented in the Texas House of Representatives.

Source:

Daniel, L. E. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, Embracing the Executive and Staff, Heads of the Departments, United States Senators and Representatives, Members of the Twenty-First Legislature. Austin: Smith, Hicks & Jones, State Printers, 1889.

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Scope and Contents

The Vachel Weldon Collection, 1821-1914, 1963, contains Civil War letters written by Vachel Weldon to family in Kentucky, as well as other family correspondence belonging to his wife Sophia Dodge Weldon, his sister Jennie Weldon Stayton Lackey, and her second husband Samuel C. Lackey. Also included are military orders and a muster role, diaries and a ledger, business letters, and papers, street railway construction proposals for Indianola, Texas, correspondence relating to political campaigns, Samuel C. Lackey’s relative Joseph Lacky’s 1900 passport, and color photographs of Mr. and Mrs. Vachel Weldon.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Crain, William Henry, 1848-1896.
Lackey, Jennie Weldon
Lackey, Joseph
Lackey, Samuel C.
Rodgers, H. B.
Rutter, William
Silliman, C. H.
Strayton, Jennie Weldon
Strayton, John W.
Strayton, Peter
Weldon, Abram
Weldon, G. Grundy
Weldon, John F.
Weldon, Sophia Dodge
Weldon, Vachel, Sr., 1832-? -- Archives
Weldon, William
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army.
G. W. Norton Co.
H. Seeligson Co.
Subjects
Banks -- Texas -- History -- 19th Century
Legal affairs -- Texas -- History
Political campaigns -- Texas -- History
Ranching -- Texas -- History
Places
Chicago (Ill.)
Louisville (Ky.)
Bracken County (Ky.)
Graves County (Ky.)
Washington Coutny (Ky.)
Austin (Tex.)
Brownsville (Tex.)
Clinton (Tex.)
Cuero (Tex.)
Fort Worth (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
Goliad (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Indianola (Tex.)
Karnes City (Tex.)
Kerrville (Tex.)
Rockport (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Victoria (Tex.)
Jackson County (Tex.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

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Related Material

Eberstadt Collection, 1699-1959 - Civil War Petition

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Newspaper Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vachel Weldon Collection, 1821-1924, 1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sara Rumbo, March 16, 1972. Subsequent additions were processed by Walter H. Richter, Jan 1975.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3C43 Abram Weldon:
Correspondence and papers:
1821-1874
Undated
Legal documents:
1823
1830
1835
1850
1865
Undated
Business records:
1820-1874
Undated
box
3C144 Vachel Weldon:
Correspondence and papers:
1858-1897
Fragments
Undated
box
3E470 Vachel Weldon:
Legal documents:
1876-1896
Undated
Business records:
1867-1870
1873-1900
Undated
Political material
box
3E471 Sophia dodge Weldon:
Correspondence and papers:
1857-1901
Undated
Diaries:
1895
1896
Clippings
Samuel C. Lackey and Jennie Weldon Lackey correspondence and papers:
1866
1877
1891-1924
1963
Undated
Joseph Lackey passport, 1900
Printed material:
Theater prpograms:
1923
1924
1930
Undated
Miscellaneous
Obisutaries:
1858
1872
1881
Undated
clippings and printed material
Atlas
box
3T234 Color photographs of unidentified paintings

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