Edwin N. Swinburn Collection, 1862-1908 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Edwin N. Swinburn Collection, 1862-1908Add to your cart.

ID: A/176

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Autobiography, enlistment and discharge Confederate records for himself and his son, Alvin C. (or Alva C.) Includes newspaper articles written regarding wife's death and his 86th, 88th, 90th birthday reminiscences.

Collection Historical Note

Edwin N. Swinburn (also spelled Swinborn, Swineburn, Swinburne and E. N. Swinburn) was born in Worcestershire, England around September 13, 1813? and remained there until he was 14. He was then sent to Birmingham to learn a trade at pearl button making. He quickly became aware of books, newspapers and politics and after avid reading, determined he would travel to the new land, which he did some time after the year 1832.

He and his cousin traveled about from New York to Louisiana to the outskirts of civilization and back-traveled by water and land until he went up the Ohio river in a small craft to a settlement where he met and married Martha Ann O'Neal. In 1854 they moved to Nacogdoches where they were living when the Civil War began. He and his oldest son, Alvin C. or Alva C., enlisted in the Confederate Army and served in the 17th Company of the Texas Cavalry under S. M. Noble, Captain. They both received discharges later in 1862.

His wife passed away around 1904. Census records show that he was the father of eight children and that he and his oldest son were brick masons by trade. No recorded information has been found as to the date or place of death or burial, although he lived in Mexia, Texas in his later years at least at ages 86 to 90.

("Edwin N. Swinburn Collection." East Texas Research Center. Ralph W. Steen Library. Stephen F. Austin State University)

Subject/Index Terms

United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans


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Box 1: Swinburn Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Copy of hand-written partial autobiography.Add to your cart.
Hand-written by scribe, dates mentioned from 1813? to 1833. 1 item.
Folder 2: Copy of hand-written partial (continued) autobiography.Add to your cart.
In own hand writing dates mentioned 1833 to 1862. 1 item.
Folder 3: Copy of typed transcript of autobiography pages.Add to your cart.
1 item.
Folder 4: Civil War documents on Edwin Swinburn.Add to your cart.
Item 1: Copy of Civil War Confederate document.Add to your cart.
Document shows the enlistment of Edwin N. Swinburn, dated March 12,1862.
Item 2: Copy of Civil War document.Add to your cart.
Document shows the discharge of Edwin N. Swinburn, dated May 24, 1862, witnessed by Captain S. M. Noble.
Item 3: Copy of Civil War Confederate document.Add to your cart.
Showing the enlistment of oldest son, Alvin C. or Alva C. Swinburn, dated March 12, 1862.
Item 4: Copy of archival locator card.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Copies of newspaper clippings.Add to your cart.
Written by Edwin N. Swinburn regarding his wife's death, his birthdays (86, 88, 90). Last entry date, September 13, 1908. 2 items.
Folder 6: Copies of Census and biographical information.Add to your cart.
Regards Edwin N. Swinburn and Alvin C. or Alva C. Swinburn. 3 items.
Folder 7: Swinburn family genealogy notes.Add to your cart.
1 item.

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