University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Daniel Parker Family Papers

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Parker, Daniel, Family
Title: Parker, Daniel, Papers
Dates: 1836-1890, 1910-1953
Abstract: The Daniel Parker Family Papers document the family's history from 1836 to 1953, mostly through correspondence.
Accession No.: 67-105; 2006-004
Extent: 1.9 ft.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Anti-missionary Baptist leader Daniel Parker (1781-1844) was born in Virginia to Reverend John and Sarah Parker. In 1802, he married Patsy Dickerson with whom he had eleven children. Parker was ordained to preach by the Turnbull Baptist Church in 1806 and advocated “Two Seedism,” a belief that mankind has been born with either a divine or a diabolical seed since Adam. This conviction separated Parker from most Primitive Baptists, though he retained their opposition to Missionary Baptists. While living in Illinois, Parker published several religious pamphlets and a newsletter, served in the Illinois state senate, and organized the Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church. He moved to Texas in 1834. Arriving in Nacogdoches County, he was elected to the Fourth Texas Congress, but was forbidden to take his seat because the Texas Constitution barred ordained ministers. Parker also led the organization of the Union Primitive Baptist Association, the second Baptist association created in Texas.


Hesler, Samuel B. "Daniel, Parker." Handbook of Texas Online Accessed April 6, 2011

Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, news clippings, a diary, a scrapbook, and financial records, the Daniel Parker Family Papers, 1836-1890, 1910-1953, chronicle the history of the Parker family from the Republic of Texas to the 1950s. Largely personal in nature = the bulk of the correspondence relates to Daniel or Richard Denny (R. D.) Parker. Additionally, the collection contains tax and financial records from the 19th century, a notebook containing correspondence as well as religious poetry and a biography of Daniel Parker. 20th century documents consist mostly of the personal correspondence, engineering reports, and a diary of Richard Denny.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

The donor retains copyright on all materials by the creator. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Parker, Daniel, 1781-1844 -- Archives
Parker, Richard Denny -- Archives
Parker family -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Railroad Commission of Texas -- History
Primitive Baptists -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas

Related Material

See also R. D. Parker Family Papers, 1924-1959

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Daniel Parker Family Papers, 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



3G479 Parker family documents
Biography of Daniel Parker, 1913-1953
4Ad105a-b Daniel Parker family papers, 1913-1953