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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Robert Weldon Stayton, Sr., 1873-1948

Annie Vineyard Stayton, 1902-1912, undated

Stayton, Robert Weldon Jr., 1903-1960

John W. and Jennie Stayton, 1894, 1911-1912

A. D. (Druce) Evans, 1922-1932

Randolph Robertson, 1910-1929

Richard Roberston, 1909-1920

Unattributed Items, 1926, unknown

Austin History Center

Stayton Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Stayton family
Title: Stayton Family Papers
Dates: 1873-1960
Dates (Bulk): 1892-1957
Abstract: Three generations of the Stayton family are documented through correspondence, legal and financial documents, and other material. The bulk of the material, dating from 1890 to 1957, pertains to Robert Weldon Stayton, Sr. and his son, Robert Weldon Stayton, Jr., both of whom practiced law, primarily in Victoria, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi, Texas.
Accession number: AR.S.008
Quantity: 4.8 linear feet (12 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks, qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Robert Weldon Stayton Sr.

Robert Weldon Stayton Sr. was born in Pleasanton, Texas, in 1859. His parents were Judge John William and Jennie Stayton. Judge Stayton was Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. He attended Hapden-Sydney college of Virginia and the law department of the University of Virginia. He was admitted to the bar in Victoria, Texas, in 1880. He married Annie Spaulding Vineyard in December, 1881 In 1889, Stayton Sr. moved from Victoria to Corpus Christi and formed the firm of Wells, Stayton and Kleberg. The firm was dissolved in 1895. In 1890, he was appointed attorney for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway. Stayton Sr. started the law firm Stayton & Berry in San Antonio, Texas, and also lived part time with his family in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as a district judge. He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General in the Texas National Guard.

The Staytons had four children: John Weldon, Robert Weldon Jr., Annie Louise, and George Kleberg. Stayton, Sr. died on September 16, 1907, in Corpus Christi and was buried in Cuero, Texas.

Robert Weldon Stayton Jr.

Robert Weldon Stayton Jr. was born in Victoria, Texas, on December 17, 1886. He earned his B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Texas and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1908. He married Hallie Bremond Robertson on October 6, 1915. He practiced law in San Antonio for a short time and then moved to Corpus Christi where he practiced until 1923 with the firm Kleberg & Stayton. He served on the Texas Board of Legal Examiners from 1921 until 1923. He sat on the Texas Supreme Court's Commission of Appeals from December 1923 to June 1925, concurrently serving as president of the Texas Bar Association from 1924 to 1925. Stayton Jr. joined the law faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1925. He was one of the nation's authorities on civil practice and legal procedure. In 1940, Stayton was appointed to the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure in order to create rules of civil procedure for actions in Texas. The final work was adopted by the Texas Supreme Court in September 1941. After the adoption of the rules, Stayton remained on the committee until 1961 and continued to work on amendments and revisions. He also served as chair of the Subcommittee on Interpretation of Rules of Civil Procedure. From 1926 to 1961, he served as managing secretary of the Texas Law Review. He was the author of many volumes on legal procedure, publishing books from 1915 to 1957.

The Staytons had four daughters: Eleanor Robertson (Mrs. William Gammon Jr.), Hallie Randolph (Mrs. Druce Evans), Betty Beverly (Mrs. Harry Elwell Jr.), and Ann Vineyard (Mrs. William Lewis).

He died on November 15, 1963 and was buried at Austin Memorial Park.

Druce Evans

Druce Evans was the youngest son of Nellie Robertson (Mrs. George F. Evans), who was Hallie Stayton’s older sister.

Randolph Robertson

Randolph Robertson was a brother of Hallie (Robertson) Stayton. Randolph lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Richard Robertson

Richard Robertson was a brother of Hallie (Robertson) Stayton. Richard was in the United States Navy.

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Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, legal and financial documents, printed material, writings, a diary, a scrapbook, and other material that documents three generations and covers a time period from 1873 to 1960. Members of the Stayton family have contributed the majority of the material. Connections by marriage brought in material concerning the Vineyard family, the Robertson family, and the Evans family

The lives of Robert Weldon Stayton Sr. and his wife Annie Vineyard Stayton are represented through family correspondence and material concerning his law practice. The majority of the professional correspondence is dated from 1894 and 1895, while Stayton, Sr. was living in San Antonio. Letterhead is for McLeary & Stayton and Stayton & Berry. In addition there are letters addressed to Stayton, Sr. in Corpus Christi where he was serving as District Judge, and letters from various political candidates in 1894 when Stayton was serving as a delegate at the Democratic State Convention. There are legal and financial documents for both his law practice and family. Within this group are documents concerning his parents, Judge John W. and Jennie Stayton.

The bulk of the material (4 linear feet) pertains to Robert Weldon Stayton Jr., his family and friends, his law practice, and his various activities concerning the law profession and is dated from 1903 through 1957. His association with the Board of Legal Examiners, the Texas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and other organizations are included. The manuscript for one of his books, published in the 1950s with the working title “Stayton’s Texas Practice in Civil Cases,” is included, as well as the manuscript for a short story he wrote. There are two folders documenting his involvement with the Municipal Relief Kitchen, which provided food and assistance to people affected by the 1919 hurricane near Corpus Christi.

Correspondence that Druce Evans received from family and friends while he was at the Schreiner Institute in Kerrville in the early 1930s are of interest. The letters from his brother George in Austin and friends in Corpus Christi give insight into the daily lives of young people at the time and also how they experienced Prohibition.

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Arrangement

Collection is arranged into seven series:


  • Robert Weldon Stayton, Sr.
  • Annie Vineyard Stayton
  • Robert Weldon Stayton, Jr.
  • John W. and Jennie Stayton
  • A. D. (Druce) Evans
  • Randolph Robertson
  • Richard Robertson

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Stayton, Robert Weldon Sr., 1859-1907.
Stayton, Robt. W.(Robert Weldon), 1886-1963.
Stayton, Jennie Vineyard, -1911.
Stayton, Annie Robertson.
Stayton, John W.
Stayton, Annie Louise.
Stayton, George Kleberg.
Stayton, Hallie Bremond.
Evans, Nellie Robertson.
Evans, George.
Evans, A. D. (Druce).
Robertson, Randolph.
Robertson, Richard.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Bar Association (Tex.).
University of Texas.
University of Texas. School of Law.
United States Civil Service Commission. Board of Legal Examiners.
Texas Law Review Association.
Kleberg & Stayton.
United States Naval Academy.
Subjects
Civil procedures--Texas.
Professional associations.
Law--Study and teaching.
Lawyers--Texas.
Practice of law--Texas--History.
Family--Texas.
Places
Corpus Christi (Tex.).
Austin (Tex.).
San Antonio (Tex.).
Document Types
Black-and-white photographs.
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Memorabilia.
Financial records.
Legal documents.
Scrapbooks.
Speeches.
Writings.

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Related Material

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - William Gammon - includes Eleanor Stayton Gammon
  • AF Biography - John William Stayton - includes Robert W. Stayton, Jr. and Druce Evans

General Collection


  • A 347.764 ST AA Stayton, Robt. W. (Robert Weldon), 1886-, Method of Practice in Texas Courts: Method of Practice in Texas Courts, Book Including Preparation, Pleading, Trial, Appeal and Appellate Briefing of Civil Cases in County, District and Appellate Courts. 1935.

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Separated Material

Due to the nature of some of the material in the Stayton Papers some items were separated out and sent to other organizations. The following maps and meteorological reports for the Corpus Christi area were sent to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Library, Special Collections & Archives.

  • Map of the Gateway to the SW showing land subdivisions. 1914.
  • Robstown Quadrangle, U.S. Corps of Engineers. 1920.
  • Petronilla Quadrangle, U.S. Corps of Engineers. 1924
  • Corpus Christi Quadrangle, U.S. Corps of Engineers. 1924?
  • Survey for Safe and adequate harbor-Coast of Texas. 1921.
  • Map of Corpus Christi. undated.
  • Map showing subdivisions with text. undated.
  • Meteorological reports for Corpus Christi. 1887-1925.

The Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy, was contacted and accepted assistant paymaster’s accounts for USS Galveston and USS Baltimore, circa 1911-1915. There is also some material on USS Texas. This material measures about 1.5 linear feet.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stayton Family Papers (AR.S.008). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: Unknown

Donation Date: pre-1970s

Processing Information

Collection inventoried by Ruth Baker in 1999. Collection arranged and finding aid encoded by Molly Hults and Mara West in 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Robert Weldon Stayton, Sr., 1873-1948

Correspondence, 1893-1900
Professional, 1893-1900, undated
Box Folder
1 1 Letters and telegram received, 1893, undated
2-8 Letters sent and received - McLeary & Stayton (law office), 1894
9-11 Letters and telegrams sent and received - McLeary & Stayton (law office), 1895
Box Folder
Letter received - Stayton & Berry (law office), 1900
Box Folder
1 13 Letters received - District Judge (Corpus Christi),
14 Letters sent and received - Democratic State Convention delegate, 1894
15 Letters sent and received - Assistant Judge Advocate, Texas National Guard, 1894
Personal Correspondence, 1894-1895, undated
Box folder
1 16 Letters sent and received from family and friends, 1894-1895, undated
Legal Documents, 1877-1925, 1946
Box Folder
1 18 Dissolution of the firm of Wells, Stayton & Kleberg, 1895
23 Warranty deed, Craig & Allen, Nueces County, 1890
24 Opinion of the Supreme Court at Galveston, 1877
25 Judgement, John van Bibber versus John Mattis, 1879
26 Deed, C. J. Allen to Wm. Benton, 1894
27 Judgement, Muse vs. Muse, 1906
Financial Documents, 1873-1948
Box Folder
2 1 Stock Certificate: C.H. Barstow, and check, 1873
3 Bank book, Stayton, R. W. Sr., 1889-1890
4 Stocks, Stayton, R. W. Sr. and Annie, 1889-1990
5 Bills and Loans, Stayton, R. W. Sr. and Annie, 1891-1914
Newspaper Clippings, 1880, 1907
Box Folder
2 9 Obituaries for Stayton, R. W. Sr., 1907 September
10 Synopsis of Supreme Court decision regarding land frauds, The Galveston News, 1880
Certificates, Appointments, and Memberships, 1881-1895
Box Folder
2 11 Assorted professional commissions, appointments, licenses, certificates, 1881-1894
12 Appointment as a presidential elector, 1892
13 Memberships, 1882,1895
14 Roster of “D” Company – 2nd Infantry, Texas Volunteer Guard, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/15/001 Membership certificate - Ben Hur Temple, 1893
01/15/003 Appointment certificate, R. W. Stayton to Major in Staff Corps, Texas Volunteer Guard, 1899
01/15/004 Appointment certificate, R. W. Stayton to Special Associate Justice, 1901
01/15/005 Appointment certificate, R. W. Stayton as delegate to the Gulf Transport Convention, 1893
01/15/006 Appointment certificate, R. W. Stayton to Lieutenant Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General, Texas Volunteer Guard, 1902
Writings, undated
Box Folder
2 15 Poem, undated
16 "National & State Constitutions: Importance of Knowledge of Them", undated
17 Engravings of John W. Stayton, 1894

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Annie Vineyard Stayton, 1902-1912, undated

Box Folder
1 17 Personal correspondence, 1902-1912, undated
19 Personal will and Robert Weldon Stayton, Sr. estate, 1908, 1922, undated
22 Assorted legal documents, 1898-1925, 1946
Box Folder
2 6 Tax Receipts, Stayton, Annie, 1914-1948
7 Bills and correspondence, Cage-Mills Funeral Home, Funeral of Annie Stayton, 1947
8 Estate of Annie Stayton, 1948

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Stayton, Robert Weldon Jr., 1903-1960

Personal Materials, 1903-1960
Correspondence, 1903-1957
Box Folder
2 18 Received from parents and brothers, 1906-1914
19 Received regarding death of father and illness of mother, 1907-1908, 1925
20-21 Received from friends, 1906-1913, undated
22 Received from family, 1906-1908, 1948
Box Folder
3 1-4 Received from Hallie, 1912-1923, undated
5 Sent/received miscellaneous, 1908-1957
10 Letters of recommendation, 1907
11 Received, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Stayton Jr., 1957
13 Sent/received regarding Salvation Army Home Service Appeal, 1922
14 Telegram, Werntz to Lichtenstein, 1903
Financial Records, 1907-1960
Box Folder
9 15 Bills, 1907, 1922, 1945-1957, undated
Box Folder
3 6-8 Insurance policies and loan information, 1910-1922, 1950-1951
Box Folder
9 14 Stock certificates, 1914-1916
18 Tax receipts, 1916, 1923, 1954
19-21 Income tax records, 1918-1959
Box Folder
3 9 Investments, 1951-1957
12 Donations, 1950-1960
Legal Documents, 1912-1922, 1947
Box Folder
9 10 Deed of Trust, Warranty Deeds and contract, 1912-1915, 1947
11 Contract for purchase of car, 1920
12 Insurance policies, 1917-1922
Memorabilia, 1905-1913
Box Folder
11 11 Programs, dance card, 1905, 1907, 1913
Municipal Relief Kitchen/City Kitchen, 1919
Box Folder
9 16 Bills and food orders, 1919
17 Payroll, 1919
Travel, 1957, 1960
Box Folder
11 9 Trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, 1957
10 Trip to San Antonio, Texas, 1960
Professional Materials, 1908-1958
Law Practice Correspondence and Legal Documents, 1908-1958
Box Folder
3 15-16 Correspondence, sent/received, 1908-1919
17 Correspondence regarding Estate of William Eubank, 1908-1919
18 Correspondence, sent/received, 1921
Box Folder
4 1-2 Correspondence and legal documents regarding Beakley case, 1921
3 Correspondence regarding Wade versus Folinsby and Wade versus Baldwin, 1920-1921
4 Correspondence, sent/received, and legal documents, 1922
5 Correspondence and legal documents regarding Hund case, 1921-1923
6-7 Correspondence, sent/received, and legal documents, 1923
8 Correspondence and legal documents regarding Philip Garrett (family land), 1923 October
9 Correspondence, sent/received, 1923 November
10 >Correspondence regarding Munger Auto Co. versus R. Morgan, 1923
11 Correspondence and legal documents regarding Davis versus Davis, 1923
12 Correspondence received regarding income tax, 1923
13-14 Correspondence and legal documents regarding John Ball Estate case, 1922-1923
Box Folder
5 1 Correspondence, sent/received, 1946-1951
2 Correspondence, sent/received, and legal documents regarding Highland Presbyterian Church, 1933-1952
3 Correspondence, sent/received, and legal documents regarding University Club, 1951-1957
4 Correspondence, received, Law-Legislative Committee, 1924
5 Correspondence, sent/received, Committee on the Mezes Donation to UT R.W. Stayton, Chairman, 1930-1952
King Oil Leases – Crane & Upton Counties, 1937-1949
Box Folder
5 6-10 Correspondence, 1937-1949
11 Map showing King property, undated
12 Reports of crude oil production, The Texas Company, 1935-1937
Box Folder
9 3 Assorted wills, Contractor's Agreements, Transfers of Mechanic's Liens, etc., 1908-1914
Box Folder
11 2 Diary, circa 1913
3-8 Corpus Christi real property documents, 1912, undated
Box Folder
6 2 Attorney’s docket, 1913-1917
Box Folder
9 4 Assorted extension agreements, Deeds of Trust, 1915-1920
5 Assorted contracts, 1923
6 Assorted sales agreements, 1927, 1946
7 Abstracts of Title for Nueces County, 1921-1926
8 Warranty Deed - Ward Island, 1915-1916
9 Estate of John Washington Vineyard documents, 1948-1958
Box Folder
11 12 Publications, 1919, 1925, 1952
13 Assorted programs, cards, invitations, 1912, 1913, 1952
14 Assorted printed materials, 1922, 1924, undated
University of Texas Law School, 1950-1958
Box Folder
6 1 Requests for research assistants for Institute of Public Affairs project, 1950-1958
Box Folder
9 1 Judicial Administration class information, 1951-1952 Spring
2 Judicial Administration class correspondence, 1952
Literary Productions, 1942-1957, undated
Box Folder
10 1-19 Stayton's Texas Practice in Civil Cases manuscript, undated
Box Folder
5 13-14 Correspondence regarding publication of law book, 1942-1957
Box Folder
9 13 West Publishing Company contract, 1951
Box Folder
10 20 "The Trouble with Brunettes" short story, undated
Box Folder
11 1 Speeches, undated
Professional Organizations, 1913-1957
Board of Legal Examiners, 1900-1952, undated
Box Folder
6 4-16 Correspondence sent/received, 1921-1927
Box Folder
7 1-4 Correspondence sent/received, 1921-1927
5 Correspondence regarding rules, 1922-1923
6 Rule Books for Admission to the Bar, 1900-1930
7 "Rules for Admission to the Bar," 1922
8 Instruction to applicants for license, undated
9 Legal documents, 1922, 1952
10 Questions for exam and notes, undated
Texas Bar Association, 1913-1924
Box Folder
7 11-15 Correspondence and telegrams sent and received, 1913, 1914, 1921, undated
16-21 Correspondence sent and received, 1922
Box Folder
8 1 Correspondence sent and received, 1922
2 Correspondence regarding printing of the Proceedings of the Texas Bar Association, 1922-1923
3-6 Correspondence sent and received, 1923
7 Correspondence sent and received, 1924
8 Speeches, 1921
9 Newspaper clippings regarding meetings, 1923
10 Programs, letterhead and blank membership form, 1921, undated
Nueces County Bar Association, 1941
Box Folder
8 11 Correspondence and a report, 1921 October
12 Ribbon, undated
American Bar Association, 1913, 1921-1923, 1949-1957
Box Folder
8 13-18 Correspondence sent and received, 1921-1923, 1957
19 Membership and registration cards, 1921, 1949
20 Newspaper clippings regarding annual meeting in Montreal, Canada, 1913
Texas Law Review, 1922-1923
Box Folder
8 21 Correspondence sent and received, 1922-1923
American Law Institute, 1923
Box Folder
8 22 Correspondence received, 1923
Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee, 1941
Box Folder
6 3 List of changes made and not made, Rules Committee, Order of Supreme Court, 1941 March
Texas Bar Journal, 1952, 1954
Box Folder
8 23 Correspondence sent and received, 1952, 1954
Committee on Constitutional Revision, 1952-1953
Box Folder
8 24 Correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, 1952-1953

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John W. and Jennie Stayton, 1894, 1911-1912

Box Folder
1 20 Abstract of Judgement: Jennie Stayton versus J. M. Eckford, 1894
21 Estate of Jennie Stayton - legal documents, 1911
Box Folder
2 2 Estate of Jennie Stayton - financial documents, 1911-1912

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A. D. (Druce) Evans, 1922-1932

Box Folder
12 1 Correspondence received, 1922
2-3 Correspondence received, 1930, undated
4-6 Correspondence received including 2 candid photographs (#002-003), 1931
7-8 Correspondence received, 1932
9 Correspondence sent, 1932 April
10 W. T. Harris Grocer bills, 1922

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Randolph Robertson, 1910-1929

Box Folder
11 15 Correspondence sent and received, 1910, 1926-1929
16 House plans and estimates for construction, 1928-1929

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Richard Roberston, 1909-1920

Box Folder
11 17 U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis scrapbook, circa 1909
18 Correspondence received, undated
19 Naval Academy certificates, invitations and grade reports, 1912, 1920

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Unattributed Items, 1926, unknown

Location FlatFile
qAR 01/15/002 Southern Pacific Lines advertising broadside for Texas A&M vs. Texas University football game, 1926 November 25
Box Folder
12 11 Unidentified portrait (#001), undated

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