William F. Price Collection, 1837-1867 | East Texas Research Center

By Elizabeth Tucker & Pam Palmer

Collection Overview

Title: William F. Price Collection, 1837-1867Add to your cart.

ID: A/26

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in 6 clamshell boxes and 1 oversize bundle.

Subjects: Business records -- Texas -- San Augustine, Family records, Financial statements, Letterheads, Price, Elijah, 1791-1852, Price, Temperance, d. ca. 1859

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Most of the collection consists of papers of Elijah and Temperence Price, but there are also papers relating to the Blount & Price mercantile business, George Fulton Crocket and his family, and S[tephen] W[illiam] Blount & Co., all of San Augustine. Crocket and Blount, along with Travis Gustavus Broocks and Mathew Cartwright, jointly operated a steam mill near San Augustine which appears to have had facilities for sawing lumber and grinding grain. The papers include correspondence; financial records relating to cotton; personal and business bills, accounts, and receipts; and legal papers. The bills and accounts give details about consumer purchases such as clothing, fabrics, food, household items, medical expenses, school books, and music. Letterheads on the business stationery are decorated with ships, lighthouses, and covered wagons.

A genealogy including some of this line of the Price family is available in "Price Family Record," compiled by William Hall Price and Anne Price Mackenzie (1976). William F. Price was the grandson of Elijah and Tempe Price.

Collection Historical Note

Elijah Price was born in Martin County, North Carolina on September 9, 1791. On December 11, 1821 he married Temperance ("Tempe") Thomas of Stantonsburg, North Carolina. They remained in North Carolina until 1830, at which time they moved to Lawrence County, Alabama. They also lived in Sumter County, where Price served as a State Representative in the Alabama Legislature. In 1841 the Price family moved to Texas, staying for a while in Polk (then Liberty) County, then later settling on a large plantation near San Augustine. Price was a Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He died in San Augustine on November 17, 1852, leaving his widow to continue running the plantation until her death about 1859. There were ten children in the Price family, and the plantation was sold after Tempe died.

(Price, William Hall and Mackenzie, Ann Price, Price Family Record, 1976; Crocket, G. L., Two Centuries in East Texas, Dallas: Southwest Press, 1932)

Subject/Index Terms

Business records -- Texas -- San Augustine
Family records
Financial statements
Letterheads
Price, Elijah, 1791-1852
Price, Temperance, d. ca. 1859


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Bundle 1: Plat of Irish Survey [San Augustine Co.?], n.d.; drawing of plans for the steam mill [?], n.d. Handwritten. 2 items.],
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Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence to Tempe Price,  re: family matters, religion, Christmas, labor costs. Includes recipes for dyes. Includes Susan [Alice] Price [m. Smith, daughter], Henry Sansom, 1852-1857Add to your cart.
December 29, 1857, recipe for red and green dye [Image]
Folder 2: Correspondence to Tempe Price, re: labor costs, corn, merchandise. Includes T. A. BroockAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Legal papers of Tempe Price, Receipt for lost promissory note; agreement with A. G. Price [son Albert Galatin?] re: maintenance of plantation; receipt for court case., 1854-1858Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price, Includes cotton, merchandise, medical fees., 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price, Includes merchandise and medical fees, 1854Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price. Includes merchandise, medical fees, wagon repairs., 1855Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price, Includes merchandise, carpentry., 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price, Includes merchandise, labor, music, portrait painting., 1856-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price, Includes merchandise, music., 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Accounts and bills of Tempe Price, Includes merchandise, medicines, 1857Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Receipts to Tempe Price, 1854-1858Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Letter from Su[san Alice Price] Smith to George F. Crocket, re: Tempe Price's estate., 1862Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Estate of Elijah and Tempe Price, administrator's sale notice, Photocopy. [Gift of Charles S. McMillan.], 1859Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Envelopes addressed to Tempe PriceAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence to Betty [Elizabeth] Price, from Su[san Alice Price] Smith [sister] re: family matters, pie recipe., 1858Add to your cart.
April 4, 1858, mock apple pie recipe. [image]
Folder 16: Correspondence and notes of A[lbert] G[alatin] Price,  re: cotton, merchandise, financial concerns., 1843 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence, bill, and receipt of B[enjamin] F[ranklin] Price, Includes cotton, marriage, murder trial in Henderson, lawyer Frank Bowdon, Thomas Smith of Henderson [brother-in-law], 1852-1854Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Letter to E[lizabeth] R. B. Thomas [sister of Tempe Price?], re: church, school, family matters, 1847Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Miscellaneous. Small memo book, with cotton weights, accounts; leather wallet, n.d.; cloth bag [money sack?], 1844-1847Add to your cart.
Folder 20: 2 Daybooks, 1837-1843, 1852-1854Add to your cart.

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Box 6],
[Bundle 1: Plat of Irish Survey [San Augustine Co.?], n.d.; drawing of plans for the steam mill [?], n.d. Handwritten. 2 items.],
[All]

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