A Guide to the Edward T. Manton Papers, 1818-1891
Born in Johnston, Rhode Island, Edward T. Manton (1820-1893) moved to Fayette County, Texas in 1833. After enlisting in a Fayette County volunteer regiment in 1842, Manton helped quell the Mexican Army’s advances north after attacking San Antonio. He later joined Captain Nicholas Dawson’s volunteer regiment and survived the massacre at Salado Creek, where he was taken prisoner and incarcerated in Perote Prison in Mexico. Following his release in 1844, Manton returned to Fayette County, where he owned a plantation.
Carroll, Jeff. "Manton, Edward T."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 12, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma38.
Comprising correspondence, legal documents, financial records, reminiscences, and genealogical materials, the Edward T. Manton Papers, 1818-1891, chronicle his activities in Rhode Island and Texas as well as his imprisonment in Mexico. Correspondence concerns familial affairs and his experiences as a prisoner, while legal documents pertain to the sale of slaves. Financial records relate to his accounts and business affairs as a plantation owner. Additionally, the collection includes reminiscences consisting of Manton’s account of the Dawson massacre and genealogical notes regarding his family’s history.
This collection is open for research use.
Edward T. Manton Papers, 1818-1891, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers