University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James W. Reding Family Papers, 1837-1910



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reding family
Creator: Reding, James Williamson, 1845-1932
Creator: Reding, William Rehum
Title: Reding, James W., family papers
Dates: 1837-1910
Abstract: Composed of correspondence, financial and legal documents, and newspaper clippings, the James W. Reding Family Papers, 1837-1910, document the family’s social and business affairs primarily in Bastrop, Texas.
Accession No.: 1939
Extent: 1 ft., 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In 1844, William Rehum Reding married Margaret Isabelle Williamson in Tennessee, and the next year the couple moved to Houston, Texas, and then to Bastrop. Their first child, James Williamson Reding (1845-1932) attended the Bastrop Military Institute and served under Captain P. R. Turner in Terrell’s Regiment of the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Following the war, Reding and Dr. T. P. Early operated a pharmacy until the mid-1880s.

Source:

Reding Family, Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Scope and Contents

Composed of correspondence, financial and legal documents, and newspaper clippings, the James W. Reding Family Papers, 1837-1910, document the family’s social and business affairs primarily in Bastrop, Texas. Composed of account books and receipts, the financial documents (1840-1880) illuminate the estate of A. W. Tunnard as well as the business affairs of Bastrop Military Institute, James W. Reding, William W. Reding, and James’ partnership, Early & Reding, with Dr. T. P. Early. Correspondence (1837-1869), legal documents (1838-1904), newspaper clippings (1863, undated), and a diary (1837, 1845) concern the general economic situation in Bastrop during the 1830s, social affairs of the Reding family in the late 19th century, and depredations of Native Americans. Belle Jones’s 1910 reminiscences and correspondence discuss slavery in Bastrop, the first Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the town, and the Bastrop Military Institute. The collection also includes James W. Reding’s 1871 phrenological chart and an undated copybook for Mrs. S. J. Orgain’s school in Bastrop.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Reding family -- Archives.
Reding, James Williamson, 1845-1932 -- Archives.
Reding, William Rehum -- Archives.
Early, T. P.
Subjects (Organizations)
Early & Reding (Bastrop, Tex.)
Subjects
Drugstores -- Texas -- Bastrop.
Places
Bastrop (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James W. Reding Family Papers, 1837-1910, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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

 

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