A Guide to the Joel Walter Robison Papers, 1835-1891
Soldier and Texas legislator Joel Walter Robison (1815-1889), born in Washington County, Georgia, was married to Emily Almeida Alexander and had seven children. He fought in several battles, including Velasco (1832), Bexar (1835), and San Jacinto (1836), where he helped capture Antonio López de Santa Anna. Also in 1836, he was made first lieutenant of the Texas Rangers by Sam Houston, and in 1860 he was selected as a member of the Eighth Texas Legislature, a role which he advocated secession.
Source: Cutrer, Thomas W. “Robison, Joel Walter.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 16, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro42.
Two bound Photostats, correspondence, and legal papers comprise the Joel Walter Robinson Papers, 1835-1891, documenting his business activities and familial affairs. The papers and Photostat copies, 1835-1861, include Robison’s father’s will, a slave bill of sale, correspondence between Robison and his family, and receipts for taxes, equipment repaired, and materials purchased. The papers dated 1887-1891 contain two letters from Robison to J. W. Lawrence & Son regarding submission of tax payments, and correspondence written by G. W. Fulton.
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Joel Walter Robison Papers, 1835-1891, 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