A Guide to the Brown, Lane, and Garwood Law Firm Records, 1843-1911
Established in LaGrange, Texas, the Brown, Lane, and Garwood Law Firm included attorneys Hiram Morgan Garwood (1864-1930), Joseph C. Brown, and Jonathan Lane. Brown, who passed the Texas State Bar in 1868, worked on a number of high profile cases, such as the dispute over William Mosby Eastland’s (1806-1843) estate in 1906, which examined the sale of his lands and a slave during the 1850s to repay debts.
Cutrer, Thomas W. "Eastland, William Mosby."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 6, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fea07.
Comprising correspondence, manuscripts, financial papers, and legal documents, the Brown, Lane, and Garwood Law Firm Records, 1843-1911, chronicle Joseph C. Brown’s investigations of the William Mosby Eastland estate case as well as two other cases involving bankruptcy and the accounts of a farm. Eastwood case documents consist of correspondence concerning various clients, lawyers, legal opponents, and descendants of Eastwood (1906-1907) and manuscripts such as his will. An inventory and an appraisal of his estate mentions the sale of various personal possessions, including a slave (1843-1850). Additional correspondence and financial records pertain to the accounts of M. L. Shropshire and the rental of her farm (1901-1907) as well as the bankruptcy of another client, M. Cockrill (1901-1907). The collection also contains Brown’s personal correspondence relating to his health issues and his cotton farm and legal papers concerning other cases (1889-1911).
This collection is open for research use.
Brown, Lane, and Garwood Law Firm Records, 1843-1911, 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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