A Guide to the Dyer Family Papers, 1800-1869
After arriving in Texas in 1822 as part of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred colonists, Clement C. Dyer (1800-1864) settled in present-day Colorado and Waller Counties and married Sarah Stafford, with whom he had twelve children. Dyer served as the manager of the Stafford plantation and two years later served as a delegate to the Consultation. Following the Texas Revolution, Dyer was appointed justice of the peace in Harrisburg (now Harris) County and Fort Bend County as well as being elected county chief justice between 1843 and 1856. As a landowner, his estate was valued at $40,000 in the 1860 census. Two of his sons, William Thomas Dyer (1825-1869) and John Eli Dyer (1832-1894), also owned land in Fort Bend County.
Dyer, Clement C."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 20, 2011.
Comprising a diary, correspondence, legal documents as well as a railroad stock certificate, the Dyer Family Papers, 1800-1869, chronicle the lives of Clement C. Dyer and his sons William Thomas Dyer and John Eli Dyer. The Photostat diary contains geological information, while letters are between William and John. Legal records detail the families land holdings and railroad stock certificates from the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos and Colorado Railway Company document financial transactions.
This collection is open for research use.
Dyer Family Papers, 1800-1869, 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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