A Guide to the Frazor Family Papers, 1784-1884
Daniel F. Frazor or Frazier (d. 1819) was an early settler of Middle Tennessee. In the fall of 1779, he joined a company of immigrants, including Amos Eaton and Kaspar Mansker, following the Kentucky Trail to the Cumberland Plateau. The settlers built Mansker’s Fort near present-day Goodlettsville. In 1783, he received 640 acres of land in Davidson County, Tennessee, on which he farmed and owned slaves, from the government of North Carolina.
Frazor’s Tennessee-born son Moses B. Frazor (b. 1790?) served in the Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812. In 1831, he acquired land in Fayette County, Tennessee, but moved to Jefferson, Texas, sometime before 1860.
Mansker, Dennis. “Kaspar Mansker Cumberland Frontiersman.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Volume XXX, Number 2 (Summer 1971).
Consisting of correspondence, account papers and books, legal documents, printed material, and a photograph, the Frazor Family Papers, 1784-1884 chronicle the business and property of the family, particularly Moses B. Frazor. The legal documents include U. S. military pension documentation, an inventory of the estate of Daniel F. Frazor including slaves, and receipts for Confederate bonds and taxes. Deeds and other papers concern Frazor family land in Jefferson, Texas, and Fayette County and Davidson counties, Tennessee. Correspondence relates to land and business transactions, while a a cabinet card portrays a man named Norwood.
This collection is open for research use.
Frazor Family Papers, 1784-1884, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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