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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the P. B. Faison Papers, 1874-1884, 1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Faison, Peter Ballard, 1833-1918
Title: Faison, P. B., Papers
Dates: 1874-1884, 1963
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 63-117; 65-52
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

"History," Historic N.W. Faison House, La Grange, Texas. Accessed November 30, 2010. http://www.faisonhouse.org/history.html.

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Scope and Contents

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).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Faison, Nathaniel W.
Faison, Peter Ballard, 1833-1918--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
La Grange Garden Club
N.W. Faison House and Museum (La Grange, Tex.)
Subjects
Cotton trade--Texas--History--19th century
Historic sites--Texas--La Grange
Wholesale trade--Texas--History--19th century
Places
La Grange (Tex.)--History--19th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

P. B. Faison Papers, 1874-1884, 1963, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2K210 Family history and narrative of creation of historic site, 1963
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2L263 Letterbook, 1874-1884

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