A Guide to the P. B. Faison Papers, 1874-1884, 1963
Born in North Carolina, Peter Ballard Faison (1833-1918) lived with his wife, Susan Rhodes, and their three children in Tennessee. In November 1872, Faison moved with his family to La Grange, Texas, where he purchased his older brother Nathaniel’s home from his emancipated slave, Louisiana Brown (b. 1817), to whom Nathaniel had deeded the house before his death. Nathaniel Faison was a surveyor, soldier in the Texas Revolution, and clerk of the Fayette County court. A member of the Dawson expedition, he also survived the Black Bean Episode during the Texas Revolution by befriending a Mexican soldier. Following Nathaniel’s death, Faison took over his brother’s cotton and wholesale goods business and became quite wealthy. He lived in La Grange until his death in 1918. Faison’s son, James R., inherited the property upon his mother’s death.
"History," Historic N.W. Faison House, La Grange, Texas. Accessed November 30, 2010. http://www.faisonhouse.org/history.html.
Consisting of a letterbook containing photocopies of correspondence and a narrative of the Faison family history and homestead, the P. B. Faison Papers, 1874-1884, 1963, document the careers of Peter B. and Nathaniel W. Faison. The letterbook contains the business correspondence of Peter B. Faison relating to the cotton and wholesale goods business (1874-1884). In addition to the family history, the narrative also describes the development of the Nathaniel W. Faison homestead as a historic site by the La Grange Garden Club (1963).
This collection is open for research use.
P. B. Faison Papers, 1874-1884, 1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman in 1964.
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