A Guide to the Beardsley (Abel Smaltom) Papers, 1850-1857.
Mechanic and merchant Abel Smaltom Beardsley (b. 1818) was born in New Fairfield, Connecticut. After moving to Anderson, Texas in 1850, he became a partner in the firm of Case, Beardsley & Co. Beardsley returned to Connecticut and was a mechanic at the Plume & Atwood Manufacturing Company in Thomaston. In 1874, he was elected president of the Plymouth Library Association.
Source: All-Biographies. “A. S. Beardsley.” Accessed on March 25, 2011. http://all-biographies.com/business/a_beardsley.htm.
Correspondence comprises the Abel Smaltom Beardsley Papers, 1850-1857, documenting Beardsley’s mercantile and agricultural businesses in Anderson, Texas. Two copies of a bound volume of transcribed letters (1850-1855) from Beardsley to family members in Connecticut relate to the conditions and business opportunities he observed in Texas. Letters (1851-1857) written to A. S. Beardsley from C. N. and Uriah F. Case, his business partners in Anderson, concern business prospects in Texas and how to best conduct business with Texans and African Americans.
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Abel Smaltom Beardsley Papers, 1850-1857, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
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Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, March 2011.
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