Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Abishai Dickson Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC014

Collection Summary

Creator: Dickson, Abishai M., 1803-1836
Title: Abishai Dickson family papers
Dates: 1834-1965
Dates: (Bulk: 1834-1861, 1925-1941)
Abstract: Correspondence and printed materials present a picture of family life in Texas and in Mississippi in the second third of the 19th century.
Identification: MC014
OCLC Record No.: 46688092
Quantity: 17 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born in 1804 in Dublin County, North Carolina, Abishai Dickson came to Texas from Alabama to fight in the Revolution as a member of the Red Rovers under the command of Dr. Jack Shackelford. Joining with the army of James Fannin at Goliad, the Red Rovers surrendered to General José Urrea on March 19, 1836. All but Shackelford were executed on March 27, 1836.

Dickson's widow, Ann Margaret Lucas Dickson, and three children eventually came to Texas where she married John Sutherland in 1841. Richard Hogue Dickson, son of Abishai and Ann Margaret, married Ellen L. Read. His youngest son, Richard Lee Dickson, grandson of Abishai Dickson, donated the papers to the San Jacinto Museum of History in 1950.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence (1834-1941), genealogical works, clippings (1925-1965), a photograph and a daguerreotype constitute this small collection of 16 documents from the descendants of Abishai Dickson. Abishai Dickson's separation from his wife and young family while in Mississippi and later while en route to fight in the Texas Revolution with the Red Rovers from Tuscumbia, Alabama, is recorded in the 1834-1835 correspondence. The correspondence from 1839-1861 deals primarily with family life in Texas during the Republic and statehood, and the effects of the Civil War in Mississippi. Later correspondence, genealogical works, and clippings concern the Dickson family. A daguerreotype in good condition of Ann Margaret Lucas Dickson Sutherland, and a shapshot of Richard Hogue Dickson are included.


Organized into 5 series: Correspondence, Printed materials, Creative works, Photographs, and Typescripts; arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Dickson family
Dickson, Ellen--Correspondent
Dickson, R. L. (Richard Lee)--Correspondent
Dickson, Richard Hogue--Correspondent
Dickson, Richard Hogue--Photographs
Sutherland, Ann Margaret Dickson, 1809-1862--Correspondent
Sutherland, Ann Margaret Dickson, 1809-1862--Photographs
Alabama Red Rovers
Goliad Massacre, Goliad, Tex., 1836
Mississippi--Economic conditions--1861-1865
Mississippi--Social conditions--1861-1865
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836
Texas--History--Republic, 1836-1846

Other Archival Resources

John W. Lilly Family Papers, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, P.O. Box 1401, San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Abishai Dickson Family Papers, MC014, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of R. L. Dickson, 1950, 1951.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.



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20.1 1 Ann Margaret Lucas Dickson 1834-1835
2 Richard Hogue Dickson 1849, 1861
3 Ellen Dickson 1857
4 R. L. Dickson 1936, 1941

Printed Materials

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20.1 5 Newspaper Clippings and Periodicals 1928, 1939, 1941, 1965

Creative Works

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20.1 6 Genealogical Notes 1845, undated


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20.1 7 Daguerreotype: Ann Margaret Lucas Dickson, and Snapshot, Richard Hogue Dickson 1951, undated


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20.1 8 Typescripts 1834-1941