University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

James F. and Stephen S. Perry Papers, 1785-1942



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perry, James Franklin, 1790-1853, Perry, Stephen S.
Title: James F. and Stephen S. Perry papers
Dates: 1785-1942
Abstract: James Franklin Perry was the second husband of Stephen F. Austin's sister Emily. He served as the administrator of Austin's estate, and in 1839 declined to become secretary of the treasury of the Republic of Texas. Correspondence, daybooks, letterbooks, memorandum books, maps, estate papers, and literary productions by James Perry and his son Stephen Samuel Perry and their extended families cover significant events in Texas history from the early years of colonization up to the twentieth century.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00543
Extent: 13.75 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

James Franklin Perry was the second husband of Stephen F. Austin's sister Emily. Born in 1790, he emigrated from Pennsylvania to Missouri where he married Emily Austin Bryan in 1824. In 1830 the couple were granted eleven leagues of land in Texas. Perry and his family set up a store in San Felipe, then moved to Peach Point Plantation, near a settlement on the Brazos River that later became known as Perry's Landing. He managed some of Stephen Austin's business affairs while Austin was in Mexico, and became more politically active during the Texas Revolution, serving at various conventions and on the Committee of Safety. He served as the administrator of Austin's estate, and in 1839 declined to become secretary of the treasury of the Republic of Texas. He owned about twenty slaves, and was one of the first Texas planters to shift from cotton to sugar as a primary product. After Emily's death in 1851, Perry and his daughter traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi to meet his son Henry. Both James and Henry Perry contracted yellow fever there; Perry died on September 13, 1853 and was buried in Biloxi. His oldest son Stephen Samuel Perry (1825-1874) continued to manage Peach Point Plantation, which declined after the Civil War until the discovery of petroleum on the property brought a brief return of prosperity in the early twentieth century.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, daybooks, letterbooks, memorandum books, deeds, surveys and plat maps, estate papers, and literary productions by James Perry and his son Stephen Samuel Perry and their extended families cover significant events in Texas history from the early years of colonization up to the twentieth century. Correspondence and business records concern Stephen F. Austin's land holdings, James Franklin Perry's mercantile business and other family-related business enterprises, the establishment and operation of Peach Point Plantation, and the daily concerns of paternalistic slaveholders who found it difficult to make ends meet raising cotton, corn, and sugar; to educate their children where there were no public schools; and to handle chronic health problems. The papers accentuate the contrast between life in various sections of the United States since the Perrys traveled for business, health reasons, and pleasure; attended schools in Ohio, Connecticut, Virginia; and corresponded with and visited relatives in the northeast as well as Ohio, Iowa, and Missouri.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

For preservation concerns, original materials are restricted. A photocopy or microfilm copy is provided for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Austin, Stephen F. (Stephen Fuller), 1793-1836
Brown, Hiram L.
Bryan, Guy M. (Guy Morrison), 1821-1901
Bryan, Moses Austin, 1817-1895
Bryan, William Joel, 1815-1903
Hammeken, George Louis
Hopkins, Matthew, 1808-1883
Hunter, William Washington, 1806-1859
Leaming, Thomas F., 1786-1839
McLeod, Hugh M., 1814-1862
Perry, Emily Austin Bryan, 1795-1851
Perry, James Franklin, 1790-1853
Somervell, Alexander, 1796-1854
Corporate Names
Brazos and Galveston Railroad Company
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Infantry Regiment, 4th
Kenyon college
Texas A & M university
Trinity college Hartford, Conn.
Subjects
Epilepsy
History
Land titles
Medicine--Practice
Merchants
Plantations
Railroads
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Revolution (Texas : 1835-1836)
Slavery
Sugar
Places
Brazos River
Peach Point Plantation
San Luis Island
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James F. and Stephen S. Perry Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2J29 [SRH1230008619] General correspondence
1785-1786, 1803-1816
1812-1818
1819-1830
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2J30 [SRH1230008620] June, 1830-December, 1833
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2J31 [SRH1230008621] January, 1834-June, 1837
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2J79 [SRH1230008660] July, 1837-April, 1840
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2J32 [SRH1230008622] May 1840-December 1843, undated
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2J33 [SRH1230008623] 1844-1848
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2J34 [SRH1230008624] 1849-March, 1853
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2J35 [SRH1230008625] April, 1853-April, 1856
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2J36 [SRH1230008553] May 1856-December 1861
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2J37 [SRH1230008554] 1862-1868, [undated]
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2J38 [SRH1230008555] 1869-1872, [undated]
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2J39 [SRH1230008556] 1873-1878, [undated]
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2J40 [SRH1230008557] 1879-1883, [undated]
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2J41 [SRH1230008558] 1884-1918, [undated]
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2J42 [SRH1230008559] undated, pre-1865
undated, post-1865
Miscellaneous financial papers, [undated]
Literary efforts, [undated]
Miscellaneous land surveys and notes, [undated]
Miscellany and fragments, [undated]
Ledgers and books
James F. Perry letterbook, 1831-1847
Plantation cotton accounts and daybook, 1839-1861
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2J43 [SRH1230008560] James F. Perry ledger, 1831-1833
James F. and Stephen S. Perry daybook, 1837-1863
Peach Point ledger and slave list, 1837-1855, 1866, 1874
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2J44 [SRH1230008561] San Luis account books with plat, [circa 1841-1843]
Order book of Second Batallion, Fourth Regiment, Texas Volunteers, 1861
Miscellaneous account and memorandum books, 1810-1838, 1850-1870, 1884-1889
Check stubs, 1860-1900
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4L39 James F. Perry Ledger
1830-1838
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4L40 1833-1841
volume
4L41 1830-1834
volume
4L43 1836-1874 (photocopy)
volume
4L42 Peach Point Plantation account book, 1881-1898, 1912
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2R135 [SRH1230011311] Transcripts
James Franklin and Stephen Samuel Perry Papers
Miscellaneous Bryan-Perry correspondence, 1815-1863
[not in following volumes; originals interfiled with collection--2 copies]
Volume 1-2, 1786-1829
[2 copies]
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2R137 [SRH1230011313] Volume 3-5, 1832-1837
[2 copies]
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2R138 [SRH1230011314] Volume 9-11, 1838-1844
[2 copies]
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2R139 [SRH1230011315] Volume 12-15, 1845-1848
[2 copies]
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2R140 [SRH1230011316] Volume 15-17, 1847-1851
[2 copies]
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2R141 [SRH1230011317] Volume 18-20, 1851-1853
[2 copies]
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2R142 [SRH1230011318] Volume 20-22, 1853-1855
[2 copies]
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2R143 [SRH1230011319] Volume 23-25, 1855-1857
[2 copies]
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2R144 [SRH1230011320] Volume 25-27, 1856-1859
[2 copies]
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2R145 [SRH1230011321] Volume 28-30, 1859-1867
[2 copies]
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2R146 [SRH1230011322] Volume 31-33, 1859-1867
[2 copies]
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2R147 [SRH1230011323] Volume 34-36, 1875-1884
[2 copies]
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2R148 [SRH1230011324] Volume 37, 1885-1940
[2 copies]
Volume 38, [undated]
[2 copies]
Volume 39, letter book, account papers, calendar, miscellaneous, 1831-1847
[2 copies]
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2R149 [SRH1230011325] Emily Austin Bryan Perry letters collected from various sources, 1815-1845, [undated]
"Notes on James Perry and His Descendants and Notes on the Perrys of Rhode Island," by James M. Brown, C. T. Elliott, and Mrs. John Caldwell, 1891, 1939, 1942
Emily M. Bryan's book--Vocal Music, 1819
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2.325/V36 [SRH1230002474] Oversize papers, 1830-1940, [undated]
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OD1277 Oversize papers, 1866, 1867, 1877, [undated]