University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dyer Family Papers, 1800-1869



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dyer Family
Title: Dyer Family Papers
Dates: 1800-1869
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

Dyer, Clement C."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 20, 2011.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dyer, Clement C., 1800-1864 -- Archives
Dyer, William Thomas, 1825-1869 -- Archives
Dyer, John Eli, 1832-1894 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Buffalo Bayou, Brazos, and Colorado Railroad
Subjects
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Agriculture -- Texas -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Places
Fort Bend Co., (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dyer Family Papers, 1800-1869, 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

 

Inventory

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2D80 Diary and Genealogy
Dyer Family Papers
Letters and legal documents