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Orton Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: A-0023
The letters and business papers included in the Orton Family Papers concern mostly the Sidney Maury Orton family. In addition, many letters concern the Mt. Enterprise Male and Female Academy, where Sidney and Louisa's children attended school. Many of the letters in the collection have typed transcripts.

Dates

  • 1833-1889

Creator

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Extent

1.30 Cubic Feet

Biographical or Historical Information

Sidney Maury Orton (1808-1858) married Louisa M. Timberlake (1820-1901) from Lexington, Tennessee. They came to Nacogdoches in 1839, and S. M. Orton became Chief Justice of Nacogdoches County in the 1848. Originally a blacksmith by trade, he was also a farmer and owned mercantile establishments in Nacogdoches and in San Augustine. Orton was an active Mason, and was instrumental in the establishment of Nacogdoches University.

The Ortons had four children: Mary Louise Adeline, Richard David (who became sheriff of Nacogdoches County), Harriet Winfrey, and John Greer.

(Davis, Bryan H., Jr."Orton Family" Nacogdoches County Families. Dallas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1985. p.499).

Arrangement

This collection consists of 450 items, is described in 67 folders and was originally housed in five clamshell boxes. These were consolidated into a single banker's box. The original folder numbering for boxes 1-5 remains in place. The collection is organized at the item level.
Title
Guide to the Orton Family Papers
Author
Linda Comingore

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository

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