University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Peyton Forbes Edwards Family Papers, 1812-1947



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Edwards (Peyton Forbes) Family
Title: Edwards (Peyton Forbes) Family Papers
Dates: 1812-1947
Abstract: Peyton Forbes Edwards was a soldier in the Civil War, lawyer, judge, politician, and Nacogdoches county treasurer. The papers include certificates, land grants, speeches, a plat map, photographs, postcards, a diary, tax receipts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal papers, notes, memoranda, and architectural sketches, and relate to Edwards’s family and career.
Accession No.: 1948
Extent: 11 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Peyton Forbes Edwards (1844-1918) was a soldier in the Civil War, lawyer, judge, politician, and Nacogdoches county treasurer. He was the eldest of eight children of Sarah M. (Forbes) and Haden Harrison Edwards, soldier and legislator. Edwards’s grandfather, Hayden Edwards, was a leader of the Fredonian Rebellion (December 1826-January 1827). During the Civil War, Peyton Edwards served in the Fourth Texas Cavalry and in Company A of the Seventeenth Texas Cavalry, Confederate Army.

After earning a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1867, Edwards returned to Nacogdoches to practice law. He served as county treasurer before joining the state Senate of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth legislatures (1876-1879). Edwards served as a judge of the Third Judicial District (1874-1884) and in the electoral college for the Democratic party (1884) before moving to El Paso in 1886.

Edwards married Odelia Arnold, granddaughter of Hayden S. Arnold, Texas Revolution army officer and Republic of Texas legislator, in 1867. The couple had three children, including El Paso County sheriff Peyton F. Edwards, Jr. Following Odelia’s death, Edwards married her sister, Minnie Arnold, and subsequently Callie Myrna Stewart. He died in 1918.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Edwards, Peyton Forbes," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/EE/fed8.html (accessed July 8, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Peyton Forbes Edwards Family Papers, 1812-1947, include certificates, land grants, speeches, a plat map, photographs, postcards, a diary, tax receipts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal papers, notes, memoranda, and architectural sketches, and relate to Edwards’s family and career. The papers contain family correspondence with Edwards during his service in Company A of the Seventeenth Texas Cavalry in the Civil War and legal papers dealing with his law practice in Nacogdoches. Additionally, the papers include the constitution and by-laws of the Dialectic Society at Nacogdoches College and the genealogical research of Edwards’s daughter Leila Edwards Akin.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Peyton Forbes Edwards Family--Archives.
Edwards, Peyton Forbes, 1844-1918--Archives.
Akin, Leila Edwards
Arnold, James R.
Carmel, Maria del
Conner, W. F.
Craven, Daisy
Dowd, Albert
Edwards, Emily, 1888-1980
Edwards, Haden, 1771-1849
Edwards, Isabel
Edwards, Sarah Mansfield Forbes
Forbes, John
Gaines, Edmund Pendleton, 1815-1894
Gaines, James W.
Gaines, Thomas Kemp
Hancock, H. C.
Hardeman, William Polk, 1816-1898
Muckleroy, David, 1806-1869
Parmalee, Richard
Starr, Amory R.
Starr, Frank
Starr, James Harper, 1809-1890
Taylor, David, 1818-1891
Thorn, Frost, 1793-1854
Vail, Daniel H.
Vail, Isabella
Veatch, John W.
Weems, Benjamin Francis, b. 1886
Subjects (Organizations)
Dialectic Society (Nacogdoches, Tx.)
Subjects
Deeds--Texas
Diaries--Texas
Land grants--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Practice of law--Texas
Slavery--Texas
Texas. Legislature
Wills--Texas
Estates--Texas
Places
Confederate States of America
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Angelina County (Tex.)
Jasper County (Tex.)
Melrose (Tex.)
Nacogdoches (Tex.)
Nacogdoches County (Tex.)
Rusk County (Tex.)
Shreveport (La.)

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Preferred Citation

Peyton Forbes Edwards Family Papers, 1812-1947, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Claire Maxwell, September 1985.

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.


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