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 2: Edwards EstateAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Administrative notices, orders by the court, 1850-1858Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles of agreement, 1853-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles of agreement, 1853-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Bonds, mortgages, vouchers, 1849-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Deeds, 1851-1855Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Document requesting administratorship, 1850Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Documents requesting to submit statements or exhibits, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Envelopes and miscellaneous papers, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Exhibits of execution distribution of land and debts incurred by administrator (typescripts), 1849-1850Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Exhibits of execution, 1849-1856Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Exhibits of execution (typescripts of originals in Folder 10), 1849-1850Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Haden Edwards Headright, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Inventory of land, 1850, 1858Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Leases, 1855, 1857Add to your cart.

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


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