University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Edward T. Manton Papers, 1818-1891



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Manton, Edward T., 1820-1891
Title: Manton, Edward T., Papers
Dates: 1818-1891
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

Carroll, Jeff. "Manton, Edward T."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 12, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma38.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dawson, Nicholas Mosby, 1808-1842.
Manton, Edward T., 1820-1891 -- Archives.
Manton family -- Genealogy.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Militia.
Subjects
Prisoners -- Mexico -- Vera Cruz.
Slaves -- Texas -- Fayette County.
Soldiers -- Texas -- Fayette County.
Texas Mier Expedition (1842-1844).
Places
Fayette County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846.
Veracruz-Llave (Mexico : State) -- History --19th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward T. Manton Papers, 1818-1891, 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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2E466 Correspondence, legal documents, and financial records, 1818-1891
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2R93 Reminiscences, correspondence, and genealogical materials, 1818-1891