Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers, 1833-1965 | East Texas Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Albert Aldrich Nelson Papers, 1833-1965Add to your cart.

ID: A/22

Primary Creator: Nelson, Albert Aldrich (1814-1892)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Nacogdoches (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century, Nelson, Albert Aldrich, 1814-1892 -- Diaries, Surveying -- Texas, East, Surveyors -- Texas -- Nacogdoches, Whaling -- Pacific Ocean

Scope and Contents of the Materials

In addition to the diary the collection includes correspondence relating to surveying and local politics, family correspondence, business and legal papers.

Collection Historical Note

Albert Aldrich Nelson was born on May 15, 1814 in Milford, Massachusetts. As a young man he went to sea, and among these papers is the typescript of his diary of his adventures on a whaling voyage in the Pacific Ocean (1833-1838). He came to Texas in 1838, staying first with Aldrich relatives in Crockett then settling in Nacogdoches where he became first the Nacogdoches Land District Surveyor and later the County Surveyor (ca. 1841-1850). He also served as an alderman and mayor of Nacogdoches. During the Civil War he served as Paymaster in the Confederate Navy and under Gen. H. H. Sibley in New Mexico, where he was wounded at Glorieta. He spent part of the war languishing in a Federal Prison, but ended it with an important post in Richmond. Following the war he returned to Nacogdoches and was an active participant in the Texas Veterans Association. He died on September 25, 1892.

("NELSON, ALBERT ALDRICH." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/NN/fne12.html [Accessed Fri Jun 18 13:39:19 US/Central 2004 ]).

Subject/Index Terms

Nacogdoches (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Nelson, Albert Aldrich, 1814-1892 -- Diaries
Surveying -- Texas, East
Surveyors -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Whaling -- Pacific Ocean


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Folder 1: Correspondence from Nelson, 1837-1842Add to your cart.

1837, Sept. 19 Bangor. To Horatio Nelson [brother]. Typescript [source unknown]. 1 p.

1837, Dec. 19 New Orleans. To Samuel Nelson [father]. Typescript [source unknown]. 3 p.

1838, Jan. 30 New Orleans. To Samuel Nelson [father]. Typescript [source unknown]. 1 p.

1839, Sept. 20 Nacogdoches. To Charles Nelson [brother]. Typescript [source unknown]. 2 p.

1841, Oct. 25 Nacogdoches. To Charles H. Nelson [brother]. Typescript [source unknown]. 3 p.

1842, May 23 Nacogdoches. To Charles H. Nelson [brother]. Typescript [source unknown]. 2 p.

1842, Nov. 11 Nacogdoches. To Charles H. Nelson [brother]. Typescript [source unknown]. 3 p.

Folder 2: Corresondence from Nelson, 1843-1851Add to your cart.

1843, Sept. 25 Nacogdoches. To Brother. Typescript [source unknown]. 3 p.

1844, Aug. 6 Nacogdoches. To Charles H. Nelson [brother]. Typescript [source unknown]. 2 p.

1848, Sept. 7 n. p. To Mrs. H. B. Dillingham. Typescript [source unknown]. 1 p.

1851 [?], Apr. 19 Nacogdoches. To Wm. Phillips. 1 p.

Folder 3: Corresondence from Nelson, 1838-1860Add to your cart.

1838, Oct. 13 John P. Border, Com. General Land Office, Houston. To W. A. Ferris, County Surveyor, Nacogdoches. 2 p.

1839, June 11 John P. Border, Houston. To W. A. Ferris. 2 p

1839, Aug. 8 H. W. Raglin, Chief Clerk, General Land Office, Houston. To Willis A. Ferris. 2 p.

1839, Aug. 28 John P. Border, Houston. To W. A. Ferris. 1 p.

1839, Sept. 2 John P. Border, Houston. To W. A. Ferris. 2 p.

1840, Mar. 6 Ja[mes] H. Starr, Secretary of the Treasury, Austin. To Sir. 1 p.

1840, Apr. 22 John P. Border, Austin. To Willis A. Ferris. 2 p.

1840, Oct. 28 John P. Border, Austin. To County Surveyor, Nacogdoches. 1 p.

1841, Mar. 15 Thos. Wm. Ward, Commissioner, General Land Office, Austin. To County Surveyor, Nacogdoches. 2 p.

1847, Jan. 21 Thos. Wm. Ward, Austin. To Burrell J. Thompson. 1 p.

1849, Feb. 25 J. De Cordova, Houston. To Adolphus Sterne 1 p.

1860, Dec. 29 Samuel Burriss, n. p. To C. C. Grayson, Nacogdoches County Surveyor. Photocopy of typescript from Blake Vol. LIX [source unknown]. 1 p.

n. d. J. H. Mallory, n. p. To Mr. Bristow. 1 p.

Folder 4: Business Papers, 1870-1871Add to your cart.

1870, Sept. 20 New Orleans. Statement for A. A. Nelson from Albert Eyrich, Wholesale Bookseller Stationer. 1p.

1871, Dec. 1-20 Receipt of Mr. Nelson for tuition of Miss Lula at Sacred Heart Convent. 1 p.

1871, Dec. 1 Receipt of Mr. Nelson for fuel expense for Miss Lula at Sacred Heart Convent. 1 p.

Folder 5: Legal Papers and Miscellaneous, 1840-1850Add to your cart.

1848, July 4 Dallas Co. Petition to retain A. G. Walker as Dallas Co. Surveyor. 6 p. Typescript. 7 p.

1848, Nov. 22 Nacogdoches Co. Appointment of Robert A. Terrell as Deputy Surveyor under Nelson. Photocopy of typescript from Blake Vol. LIX [source unknown]. 1 p.

1849, Apr. 18 De Soto, Parish, LA. Power of attorney granted by Anthony Manchack (?] to William Craig. Witnessed by John P. Irion, John W. Parsons, P . W. Caspavy [?].

1850, Jan. 10 n. p. Memo for Col. W. A. Brislow. Land notes. 1 p.

1850, May 9 Hunt Co. Appointment of John Grainger as County Surveyor. 4 documents on 3 p.

1850, May 19 Hunt Co. Petition to appoint John Grainger as County Surveyor. 2 p.

1850, Aug. 27 Dallas Co. Appointment of A. M. Keen as Deputy Surveyor. Photocopy from Blake Vol. LIX [source unknown]. 2 p.

n. d. Dallas Co. Petition to appoint Meredith Myers as Deputy Surveyor. 2 p. Typescript. 2 p.

n. d. Memorandum. 1 p.

n. d. Page of an index. 1 p.

n. d. May of a survey. 1 p.

Folder 6: Scrapbook, 1933-1938Add to your cart.
A SCRAPBOOK CONTAINING THE MOST REMARKABLE INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED DURING A LONG VOYAGE IN PACIFIC OCEAN FOR WHALES. COAST OF BRAZIL. Typescript of a diary, 1833 -1838. [Copied in 1936?] 36 p. Typescript. [Copied in 1936]. 39 p.
Folder 7: Biographical and Genealogical MaterialsAdd to your cart.

1892, Sept. 27 "An Old Timer Gone." Photocopy of typescript of obituary from GALVESTON NEWS in Blake Vol. LIX. 2 p.

1930 [?] Photocopy of Crocket's handwritten Nelson Family Tree. Original in Crocket Folder 14. 1 p.

n. d. Photocopy of typescript of biographical sketch from TEXAS AND TEXANS in Blake Vol. LIX. 1 p.

1952 Photocopy of biographical sketch from THE HANDBOOK OF TEXAS Vol. II. 1 p.

1965 Typed manuscript of "A. A. Nelson: Sailor, Surveyor, and Citizen: A Personal Profile" by James G. Dickson, Jr., SFASU. [Later printed in EAST TEXAS HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL, Oct. 1965.] 16 p.


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