A Guide to the Peter F. Tumlinson Papers, 1848, 1879, 1882, 1904
Peter Tumlinson (1802-1882), early Texas settler and soldier in the Texas Revolution, was born in North Carolina in 1802. His family settled in Fort Smith, Arkansas, a location that became known as Tumlinson Township. Upon hearing that Stephen F. Austin was recruiting for his first colony, Peter and his parents traveled to Texas in 1825, but soon went back to Arkansas to be nearer to extended family. After Tumlinson married and started a family, he returned to Texas in 1830. He served with a company from San Augustine during the Texas Revolution and later became mail carrier there, from 1845 to 1846. He moved to Atascosa County in 1852, a place he was frequently defending against Indian and Mexican raids. Along with a company of rangers, Tumlinson battled and defeated Juan N. Cortina and his troops in the lower Rio Grande valley in 1859. In 1876 Tumlinson moved to Carrizo Springs and died there in 1882. Tumlinson is the grandfather of renowned Texas fiddler and Carrizo Springs community leader Peter Tumlinson Bell.
Sources: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Tumlinson, Peter," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/TT/ftu26.html (accessed August 2, 2010).
Foster, Dan and John Wheat. "P. T. Bell." Field Recorders’ Collective. http://www.fieldrecorder.com/docs/notes/bell_foster.htm (accessed August 2, 2010).
Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Cortina, Juan Nepomuceno," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/fco73.html (accessed August 2, 2010).
The Peter F. Tumlinson Papers, 1848, 1879, 1882, 1904, contain correspondence (1879, 1904) and legal documents (1848, 1882). Two letters between Peter F. Tumlinson and his granddaughter Molly, as well as one letter between Molly and her mother, comprise the correspondence. The legal documents include a four-page court document and an original land title pertaining to Tumlinson.
The collection is open for research.
Peter F. Tumlinson Papers, 1848, 1879, 1882, 1904, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Sara Clark, March 2000.
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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