Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Richard Hogue Dickson Family Papers, 1846-1947

Descriptive Summary

Creator: R. H. Dickson Family
Title: Richard Hogue Dickson Family Papers
Dates: 1846-1947
Creator Abstract: R. H. Dickson was the son of Texas Revolution soldier Abishai Mercer Dickson, who was killed in the Goliad Massacre in 1836. R. H., his wife Eleanor, and their children lived in Texas for the rest of his life.
Content Abstract: This collection primarily consists of correspondence, business documents, and ephemera associated with the family of Richard H. Dickson.
Identification: Col 15156
Extent: .6 linear feet (1 5 in. document box and 1 oversize box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Richard Hogue “R. H.” Dickson was born in Russellville, Alabama on 13 September 1831. His father, Abishai Mercer Dickson, joined the Alabama Red Rovers commanded by Dr. Jack Shackelford and headed for Texas when R. H. was four years old. The unit joined Colonel Fannin’s division of the Texian army. On 27 March 1836, Abishai and his unit were executed in the Goliad Massacre. Only Dr. Shackelford survived. In 1841, Abishai’s wife married Dr. John Sutherland of Sutherland Springs.

R. H. married Eleanor J. “Ellen” Read in the late 1840s. He joined the Confederate Army where he was assigned to a border unit that protected the frontier settlements from Native American attacks. After the Civil War, he continued as an Indian fighter as a member of the Texas Rangers. He was listed as a brickmason in the 1870 and 1880 United States Census in Refugio and the Baytown area in Harris County. He and Eleanor had eleven children together: Elizabeth, William, Charles, Matthews, John R., Martha, Margaret, Sarah, Lilly, Roger Archer, and Richard Lee. R. H. died in 1931, just a few month short of his 100th birthday, and he is buried at the Cedar Crest Cemetery in Baytown, Texas.


VF - BIOGRAPHY-- DICKSON FAMILY, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Scope and Content Note

The R. H. Dickson Family Papers contain papers related to several individuals of the Dickson family. The papers, spanning a one hundred year period from 1846 to 1947, consist of letters, writings, receipts, miniature psalm books, photographs, ephemera, clippings, and personal artifacts. The collection documents the courtship of R. H. and his future wife, Eleanor Read, Dickson’s personal writings, some of his business dealings, family activities, and family correspondence. There are also memorial pamphlets and obituaries for R. H. and R. A. Dickson as well as two photographs of unidentified men.

Organization of Collection

Documents and other items are arranged into four series based on the primary subject or recipient of correspondence. Within these series are subseries that generally consist of letters, business and professional documents, and ephemera, and these subseries are arranged thereunder by date.
Series 1. R. H. Dickson Papers
Series 2. Eleanor J. Read Dickson Papers
Series 3. R. A. Dickson Papers
Series 4. General Papers


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Dickson, Abishai M., 1803-1836.
Dickson, Eleanor Jane Read, 1835-1899.
Dickson, Emma Pearl, 1929-2009.
Dickson, Richard Hogue, 1831-1931
Dickson, Richard Lee, 1877-1951.
Dickson, Roger Archer, 1869-1947.
Hamilton, Louisa McIntosh Dickson, 1826-1898.
Sutherland, Ann Margaret Dickson, 1809-1862.
American Civil War.
Coronal School (San Marcos, Texas).
Deeds—Texas—DeWitt County.
Dickson family.
Frontier and pioneer life--Coastal Bend (Tex.)
Harris County (Tex.).
Nueces County (Tex.).
Refugio County (Tex.).
Family papers.

Related Material

Dickson Family Papers, Doc 5180, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

John W. Lilly Family Papers, 1835-1936, Col 7184, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Abishai Dickson Family Papers, MC014, Jan Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Hogue Dickson Family Papers, 1846-1947, Col 15156, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Colleen Novotny, Cathleen Thompson, and Christeen Bauer in memory of their mother, Emma Pearl Dickson, and their grandmother, Annie Pearl, 2014 March.

Processing Information

Processed by Jaime Espensen-Sturges, 2014 May.

Finding aid written and encoded by Jaime Espensen-Sturges, 2014 May.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: R. H. Dickson Papers

Personal Papers, 1849-1896 and undated
Box Folder
1 1 Letter, Eleanor J. Dickson to Richard (Dick) Dickson, 17 July 1852
2 Letter, unknown to R. H. Dickson, 18 April 1858
3 Letter, Lillie Huck to R. H. and Eleanor J. Dickson, 26 July 1896
4 Letters, A. M. (Ann Margaret Dickson) Sutherland to R. H. Dickson, undated
5 Letter, Richard Lee Dickson to Richard H. Dickson and family, undated
6 Minutes and Sermons, 1858-1871
Business Papers, 1856-1931, undated
Box Folder
1 7 Receipts, 1860-1865, 1876
8 “Receipts for Cultivation in Texas,”, undated
9 Account Books, 185- and 1886
10 Deed, Hugh Chandler and Robert W. Garrett, 1856
11 Memorial pamphlet, 1931

Series 2: Eleanor J. Read Dickson Papers, 1846-1879 and undated

Personal Papers, 1846-1879 and undated
Box Folder
1 12 Letter, R. H. Dickson to Eleanor (Ellen) J. Read, 15 April 1847
13 Letter, R. H. Dickson to Eleanor J. Read, 5 January 1849
14 Letters from the Dickson children, 1879 and undated
15 Correspondence, 1858, 1862, and undated
16 Invitation and needlepoint squares, 1846
17 School Report slip, undated
Box Folder
1 18 Calling cards, undated

Series 3: R. A. Dickson Papers, 1885-1947

Box Folder
1 19 Letter, R. H. Dickson to Roger Dickson, 29 September 1885
20 Receipts for tuition, Coronal Institute, San Marcos, Texas, 1889
21 Memoranda book with Psalms, inscribed R. H. Dickson to R. A. Dickson, 1896
22 Horoscope [Typescript], 1907
23 Memorial pamphlet and obituary clippings, 1947

Series 4: General Papers, 1852-1941 and undated

Box Folder
1 24 Correspondence, 1852, 1868, and undated
25 Correspondence, 1941
26 Obituary, Margaret Louise (Nannie) Dickson, 26 January 1942
Ov. 2 Obituary, Richard H. Dickson, Tri Cities Sun,1907
Miscellaneous newspapers
Box Folder
1 27 Miscellaneous clippings
28 Photographs, unidentified people, undated
28 Artifacts, undated
Molar, owner identified
Eyeglass lens
Lock of hair in paper, tied with red cloth ribbon
3 miniature prayer books
Cigar box wtih Battleship Texas image, 1890s to 1909