Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

J. C. Heaton and Brother Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC043

Collection Summary

Creator: J. C. Heaton and Brother, druggists
Title: J. C. Heaton and Brother papers
Dates: 1869-1886
(Bulk: 1870-1886)
Abstract: Eighteen ledgers and a handbill record the business of J. C. Heaton and Brother, Druggists, in Victoria, Texas, from 1870 through 1886.
Identification: MC043
OCLC Record No.: 48677663
Quantity: 18 volumes
Language: Materials are in English and Latin.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

J. C. Heaton and Brother, Druggists, sold kerosene, window glass, sewing machines, stationery, wallpaper and fancy goods in addition to filling prescriptions for their customers. Brothers Lorenzo Don, John C. and David Henry Heaton were born in Potsdam, New York. In 1854 they emigrated to Texas and conducted business in Indianola before moving to Victoria. The brothers filled prescriptions concurrently in Victoria and Port Lavaca in 1870. After establishing a secure clientele in Victoria, they opened another branch of the drug store in Cuero that was managed by David. Harding and Parker Drug Store succeeded J. C. Heaton and Brother, Druggists circa 1886.

Scope and Content Note

Eighteen ledgers and a handbill from J. C. Heaton and Brother, Druggists, located in Victoria, Texas, record 39499 prescriptions filled by the firm from September 9, 1870, through March 7, 1886. The handbill advertises merchandise sold by both the Victoria store and the Cuero branch. The ledgers include pharmaceutical formulations, instructions for use, patients' names, and the prescribing physicians. A 1869 prescription for Gadsburys Spleen Mixture is glued to the inside cover of 4863.03. Various formulations for curing gonorrhea are glued to the inside back cover of 4863.01 and written on the inside cover of 4863.02.


Organized into one series; arrangement is 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

J. C. Heaton and Brother, druggists--Archives
Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions
Cuero (Tex.)--Archives
Victoria (Tex.)--Archives

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], J. C. Heaton and Brother Papers, MC043, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


E. W. Parker, 1942.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Petty, Jr., J. W. A Republishing of the Book Most Often Known as Victor Rose's History of Victoria. Victoria, Texas: Book Mart, 1961.

Victoria County Genealogical Society. The History and Heritage of Victoria County, Volume One. Austin: Nortex Press, 2000.


Financial: Prescription Books

17.1B.F9 Prescription Numbers: 1-1743 (4863c.01) 1870 September 8-1872 December 31
17.1B.F8 Prescription Numbers: 1744-5100 (4863c.02) 1873 January 1-November 2
17.1B.F7 Prescription Numbers: 5101-6999 (4863c.03) 1873 November 3-1875 August 8
17.1B.F6 Prescription Numbers: 7000-9887 (4863c.04) 1875 August 8-1877 November 8
17.1B.F5 Prescription Numbers: 9888-12232 (4863c.05) 1877 November 10-1878 October 27
17.1B.F4 Prescription Numbers: 12233-14320 (4863c.06) 1878 October 28-1880 January 20
17.1B.F3 Prescription Numbers: 14321-16699 (4863c.07) 1880 January 21-1881 April 19
17.1B.F2 Prescription Numbers: 16700-19700 (4863c.08) 1881 April 20-1882 January 24
17.1B.F1 Prescription Numbers: 19701-21794 (4863c.09) 1882 January 26-August 12
17.1B.B9 Prescription Numbers: 21795-24100 (4863c.10) 1882 August 12- December 17
17.1B.B8 Prescription Numbers: 24101-26054 (4863c.11) 1882 December 18-1883 April 17
17.1B.B7 Prescription Numbers: 26055-28190 (4863c.12) 1883 April 18-October 23
17.1B.B6 Prescription Numbers: 28191-30456 (4863c.13) 1883 October 24-1884 May 10
17.1B.B5 Prescription Numbers: 30457-33106 (4863c.14) 1884 May 10-November 25
17.1B.B4 Prescription Numbers: 33107-34767 (4863c.15) 1884 November 25-1885 April 21
17.1B.B3 Prescription Numbers: 34768-36864 (4863c.16) 1885 April 22-September 18
17.1B.B2 Prescription Numbers: 36865-39038 (4863c.17) 1885 September 18-1886 February 2
17.1B.B1 Prescription Numbers: 39039-39499 (4863c.18) 1886 February 3-March 7

Printed Materials

OV7 Printed Materials: Handbill undated: circa 1854-1886