Haden Edwards Papers, 1831-1969 | East Texas Research Center

By Linda Comingore, Pam Palmer

Collection Overview

Title: Haden Edwards Papers, 1831-1969Add to your cart.

ID: A/37

Primary Creator: Edwards, Haden (1771-1849)

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in 5 boxes and 1 bundle consisting of 800 total items.

Subjects: Edwards, Haden, 1771-1849, Fredonian Insurrection, 1826-1827, Land titles, Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These papers are a collection from several sources. Part of them were given to the ETRC by the Old Stone Fort, others were found among the Nacogdoches County Court House Records, and the rest were already a part of the East Texas Research Center's vertical file collection. They have been combined so that they will be in a more useable and convenient form.

Collection Historical Note

Haden Edwards, pioneer settler and land speculator, was born in Stafford County, Virginia, on August 12, 1771. In 1820 he married Susanna Beall of Maryland, and they eventually had thirteen children together. They moved to the area of Jackson, Mississippi, where he and his brother Benjamin W. Edwards acquired a plantation.

In 1823 Edwards traveled to Mexico City, where he joined Stephen F. Austin in a three-year attempt to persuade various Mexican governments to authorize American settlement in Texas. Their efforts resulted in the colonization law of 1824 in Mexico City and of 1825 in Saltillo, which allowed impresarios to introduce settlers to Texas.

After a series of reversals and frustrations, Edwards and his brother supported, and eventually headed the events known as the Fredonian Rebellion. Before an armed clash occurred the Fredonians dispersed, in early February 1827, and Edwards fled to Louisiana for safety. He returned to Texas during the Texas Revolution and made his home in Nacogdoches until his death, on August 14, 1849. Edwards is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery in Nacogdoches, Texas.


"EDWARDS, HADEN." The Handbook of Texas Online. Online at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/EE/fed4.html (Accessed 21 November 2003).

Subject/Index Terms

Edwards, Haden, 1771-1849
Fredonian Insurrection, 1826-1827
Land titles
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Finding Aid Revision History:

Linda Comingore, 1978

Pam Palmer, 1983

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Box 2: Edwards Estate],
[Box 3: Edwards Estate],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
[Bundle 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Abstract: Sovereignty of the Soil to Mathew Cartwright, 1831-1834Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Affidavit, application for land, certificate, criminal cases, 1841-1853Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Articles of agreement, 1834-1902Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Authorization to H. H. Edwards (typescript), 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Bills, 1833-1841Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Bills, 1841-1849Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Blotter copies of letters (illegible), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Bonds for land, 1844-1878Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Book of Accounts between Haden Edwards and his son H. H. Edwards in the disposal of partnership Plank & Lumber", 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Certification of H. H. Edwards as a Grand Juror (typescript), 1864Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Committee of Vigilance and Safety of Nacogdoches, empowers Haden Edwards to solicit funds in U.S. for "Ladies Brigade" to protect Nacogdoches from Santa Anna. (typescript), 1836Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, affidavit of heirship, and other genealogical materials relating to the Edwards family, 1898-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence - Business (typescripts), 1832-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence - Business (originals), 1841-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Correspondence - Business (originals), 1841-1892Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Correspondence - Business (typescripts of originals in Folders 15 and 16), 1844-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence - Personal - Haden Edwards and son H. H. Edwards, 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Correspondence - Personal (typescripts of originals in Folder 18), 1848Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "Dreamer in No Man's Land" by George Scullin (True Magazine), one article about Hayden Edwards, 1948Add to your cart.

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[Box 1],
[Box 2: Edwards Estate],
[Box 3: Edwards Estate],
[Box 4],
[Box 5],
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