University of Texas Arlington

Nolan Henry Havens Family Collection:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Havens, Nolan Henry, 1906-1992.
Title: Nolan Henry Havens Family Collection
Dates: 1870-1991
Abstract: Papers consist of correspondence, a diary, photographs, certificates, family records, artifacts, and printed materials collected by Nolan Havens in documenting the Havens, McNeil, Padgett, and Prickett families, among others. The collection documents Havens' early life in Fort Worth, Texas, and also the life of his mother, Brooxia Havens, widow of Henry Thomas Havens, an employee of Texas Brewing Company. The correspondence primarily reflects family life in Fort Worth; Kyle, Texas; and Newman, Georgia, exchanged between the women of the families. Also included is the constitution and by-laws of the National Union of United Brewery Workmen of the United States, Local Union No. 109, Fort Worth, Texas, approximately 1906; a family history, The Prickett Family, compiled by Frances W. Garrison, 1972; batons used by Havens in his musical work; and two pair of 19th century spectacles.
Identification: AR357
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Nolan Henry Havens (1905-1991) was a long-time Fort Worth resident that conducted genealogical research and preserved his family's records. Families he documented included the Havens, McNeil, Padgett, and Prickett families.

Scope and Contents

The Havens Family Collection contains items and records of Havens family members and their progenitors. The collection was assembled by Nolan Henry Havens, a long-time Fort Worth resident. Contained in three boxes, the Havens Family Collection provides both a personal and professional family history. The collection houses a published work, Shaking Our Family Tree, by Nolan H. Havens, which focuses on the genealogy of the Havens family. In this book, the city of Fort Worth, as it was in the early twentieth-century, is also depicted. The Havens Family Collection includes a published genealogy of the family. Materials within the collection include personal and professional correspondence, vital records, Revolutionary War documents and records, photographs, and family artifacts.

The bulk of the collection consists of both photographs and incoming correspondence. Most correspondence is personal and has been sent to or received from family members. Although the majority of photographs have identifications on the back, a description and relation of only direct family members to Nolan H. Havens have been given. For description and relation to other progenitors, consult Shaking Our Family Tree.


Within series, folders are arranged alphabetically according to topic. Within folders, records are arranged in chronological order. Items not dated are filed at the back of folders except for photographs.
Series I. Nolan Henry Havens, 1910-1986
Series II. Other Havens Family Members, 1753-1990
Series III. Family Histories, 1972-1990
Series IV. Photographs, 1900-1979
Series V. Photographs of Havens Family Trips, 1929-1964
Series VI. Artifacts and Books, undated
Series VII. Miscellaneous, 1930-1970



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Havens, Nolan Henry, 1905-1991--Archives.
Havens family--Genealogy.
McNeil family--Genealogy.
Padgett family--Genealogy.
Prickett family--Genealogy.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information


Nolan Henry Havens Family Collection, AR357, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift, 1992.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

Series I. Nolan Henry Havens, 1910-1986

Box Folder
1 1 Cemetery Plot, undated
Located in Oakwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth.
2 Correspondence-Incoming, July 1924-June 1984
Includes personal letters from Brooxia McNeill Havens and Dora McNeill, and letters from Oakhurst Presbyterian Church.
3 Correspondence-Out Going, July 1963-September 1970
Includes letters to Oakhurst Presbyterian Church denoting Havens' retirement as music director.
4 Correspondence-Post Cards, June 1929-July 1986
Includes personal notes from Dora McNeill telling of her trip to Mississippi.
5 Genealogical Society Certificates, January 1963-June 1976
Contains certificates from The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and The Society Of Colonial Wars In The State Of Texas.
6 Greeting Cards, undated
7 Music Books, undated
Contains two books; Danforth, Reverend William. A Hundred Years, Ago: An Up To-Date Old Folks Concert In The Form Of A Farce In Two Acts. Arranged by George F. Rosche. Chicago: George F. Rosche and Co., 1910, and Lupton, F.M.. The People Handbook Series: One Hundred And Fifty-six Popular Songs, Sentimental, Pathethis And Comic. Baltimore: I and M Ottenheimer, undated
8 Music Documents and Records, February 1926-July 1930
Contains report cards from Fort Worth Conservatory of Music and both secular and religious music programs. Newspaper clippings from radio appearance are also included.
9 Oakhurst Presbyterian Church Records and Documents, 1949-1986
Includes church programs and church directory.
10 Retirement, 1970
Contains General Dynamic Newsletter announcing retirement and retirement documents.
11 School Records and Documents, 1921-1925
Contains junior high and high school report cards and fragments of Central High School's 1923 yearbook.
12 Vital Records, undated
Includes birth certificate, census report, 1973 driver's license and 1945 identification card for Texas Electric Company.

Series II. Other Havens Family Members, 1753-1990

Box Folder
1 13 Correspondence to Charles A. Byars, August 1929
Personal from Dora McNeill Byars describing her train trip to Georgia.
14 Correspondence to Dora McNeill Byars, April 1896-September 1909
Includes personal correspondence from family and friends.
15 Correspondence to Mary Brooxia McNeill Havens, June 1896-September 1929
The bulk of this correspondence is from Dora McNeill Byars telling of her stay in Georgia.
16 Correspondence to James Monroe McNeill, May 1883-August 1896
Includes personal letters from his brother, J.E. McNeill. The letter dating August 10, 1896, tells of their mother's death.
17 Papers and Records of James Monroe McNeill, 1873-1895
Includes Lodge Dimit and the Constitution and By-laws of Local Union No. 109.
18 Correspondence to Mrs. James Monroe McNeill (Teresa Caroline Padgett), June 1906-August 1911
The letters are personal, most are from her daughter Dora McNeill Byars.
19 Correspondence from the Padgetts (parents of Teresa Padgett Mc Neill), February 1885-August 1885
All correspondence is personal, with most being written to Padgett children. Letters speak of illness and devotion to both school and church.
20 Correspondence from Antonio Parr (mother-in-law to Nolan H. Havens), beginning in September 1954
These letters are addressed to her granddaughter and tell of her life as a pioneer woman.
21 Religious Diary of Rebecca A. Prickett, May 16, 1869 and December 19, 1870
Her devotion to God is affirmed. She pledges her life and service to God.
Box Folder
2 1 Obituaries, 1835-1990
Also contains programs from funerals, such as the funeral of Brooxia McNeill Havens.
2 Vital Records and Documents, undated
Includes fragments of family bibles that date as far back as 1753 and birth, death, and marriage certificates.

Series III. Family Histories, 1972-1990

Box Folder
2 3-6 Draft of Havens Family Genealogy by Nolan H. Havens, Shaking Our Family Tree, 1990
Includes prints of family letters and family stories. Bound published copy can be found in the Garrett Library in UTA Special Collections Division.
7-8 Published Genealogy of the Prickett Family, 1972
Includes information on George Prickett, an early settler of Georgia.

Series IV. Photographs, 1900-1979

Box Folder
2 9 Dora McNeill Byars, undated
(aunt to Nolan H. Havens).
10 Gladys and Thelma Havens, undated
(Nolan H. Havens' sisters).
11 Henry Thomas Havens, 1900
(father of Nolan H. Havens).
12-13 Nolan H. Havens, 1905-1979
Box Folder
3 1 Nolan H. Havens and Friends, undated
At a party.
2 Brooxia McNeill Havens, undated
(mother of Nolan H. Havens).
3 James Monroe McNeill, undated
(maternal grandfather to Nolan H. Havens).
4 Teresa Caroline Padgett McNeill, undated
(maternal grandmother of Nolan H. Havens)
5 Wiley Jefferson Padgett, undated
(maternal great-grandfather of Nolan H. Havens).
6-7 Other Family Members, undated
Includes Catherine Parr Havens, Prudence B. McMakin McNeill, Benjamin Franklin Prickett, and Jane Stubbs.
8 Havens Family Friends, undated
Includes Nolan H. Havens' music teacher, B.U. Taylor, Clara McDowell, and Merle and Bea Wheaton.
9 Fort Worth, Texas, undated
Includes photographs of Nolan H. Havens' elementary school, the Eleventh Ward.

Series V. Photographs of Havens Family Trips, 1929-1964

Box Folder
3 10 Dora McNeill Byars, 1929
To Georgia; includes photos of graves, Georgian landmarks, and old family landsites and worksites.
11-12 Brooxia McNeill Havens, 1932 and 1935
To Buda and Kyle, Texas; features picture of first McNeill home in Texas.
13 Nolan H. Havens, 1931
To California; includes photos of Felix Grundy Havens (half brother to Nolan's father Henry Thomas Havens).
14 Nolan H. Havens, 1935
To Buda and Kyle, Texas; includes a photograph of Havens relatives' grave. Also includes negatives of Havens family members.
15 Nolan H. Havens, 1964
To Mississippi; photo of tombstone of Robert P. Havens.

Series VI. Artifacts and Books, undated

Box Folder
3 16 Artifacts and Books, undated
The artifacts and books which came with the collection have been separated from it. See this file for location and list.

Series VII. Miscellaneous, 1930-1977

Box Folder
3 17 Correspondence, undated
Letters and fragments of letters. Includes fragments of letters from Marvin Havens and J.E. McNeill.
18 Items of Havens Family Members, undated
Includes an illustration of a Georgian home which Brooxia McNeill Havens saved to remind her of Georgia, her home state, and fragments of a family bible.
19 Nolan Havens' Cassette Tapes, 1930-1977
Includes WBAP musical performance and song services of Arlington Heights Methodist Church and Oakhurst Presbyterian Church.
OS177 Two F-III airplane photographs inscribed to Nolan Havens.