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Finding Aid for the Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers, 1837-1971

Tyrrell Historical Library

2013 October 17



Profile Description

Creation: 2013 October 17. Encoded in Exchanger XML Editor by Tyrrell Historical Library staff.
Language: English

Descriptive Summary

Repository:Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries, 695 Pearl St, Beaumont, TX 77701
Creator:Follin familyStevens familyStratton family
Title:Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers
Dates:1837-1971
Extent:1 box, 0.25 cubic feet
Abstract:The Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers hold correspondence, family histories, and legal papers of these three families. The correspondence ranges in date from the 1850s to 1901, and was sent between multiple members of the family. Most of the correspondence was sent to or from Asa Stratton, Jr., and his wife, Louisa Waldmann Stratton. The collection also holds papers describing the family history of the Stevens family, which intermarried with the Stratton family in 1893. Finally, the Follin family papers include legal documents created by Charles and Adolphus Follin.
Identification:AC-586
Language:Materials are in English.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 2 series.

Scope and Content Note

The Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers hold correspondence and family histories of these three families. The correspondence ranges in date from the 1850s to the 1870s, and was sent between multiple members of the family. Most of the correspondence was sent to or from Asa Stratton, Jr., and his wife, Louisa Waldmann Stratton. The letters include those sent to Asa during his time in the Confederate army during the Civil War; letters of condolence to Asa and Lousia after the death of their son, Charles; and letters of condolence sent between the Stratton family after the death of Asa's brother, George, in 1861. There is also one letter from 1901 which discusses the Texas oil boom.

The collection also holds papers describing the family history of the Stevens family, which intermarried with the Stratton family in 1893. Hennell Stevens was very interested in genealogy, and wrote a history of his known ancestors. He also encouraged his descendants to keep track of the family and its lineage, and so a brief history of the family from 1889 to 1915, written by Walter H. Stevens, is included.

The Follin family papers consist of legal documents in which Charles Follin granted power of attorney to Adolphus Follin. They also include a record of W. Y. Lewis' certification as a notary public for the city of New Orleans. Lewis witnessed the granting of power of attorney between Charles and Adolphus in 1837.


Biographical Note

Asa Evans Stratton, Sr., was born June 13, 1798, in Athol, Massachusetts. He was married four times, and had thirteen children. He married his first wife, Mary Graves Alexander, on March 17, 1824, in Jasper County, Georgia. They had six children: Dorcas Elizabeth (1824-1826), Jane Alexander (1827-1895), Mary Elizabeth (1830-1910), George Henry (1833-1861), James Marshall (1836-1837), and Dorcas Cassandra Rebecca Victoria Stratton (1838-1845). Mary died in 1839. Stratton remarried on February 26, 1843, uniting with Amanda Ann Gibbons. They had two children: Asa Evans Stratton, Jr. (1844-1921), and Sarah Emily Stratton (1847-1924). By 1845, the family had moved to Panola County, Mississippi. Amanda died in 1847. Stratton married Caroline Ann Epps Steger on July 19, 1848, and they had one child: James Thomas Stratton (1849-1910). Caroline died in 1856. Stratton married for the fourth time on April 30, 1856, marrying Mary Jane Chisholm. They had four children: Jesse David Tait (1857-?), Edward Everett (1858-1858), George (1861-1863), and Amanda Ann (1863-?). By 1856, the family had moved to Marshall County, Mississippi. Stratton died on July 22, 1877, in Luling, Texas, and is buried in Clear Lake Cemetery, in Brazoria, Texas.

Asa Evans Stratton, Jr., was born January 13, 1844, in Panola County, Mississippi. He fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, joining Company S of the Texas 13th Cavalry regiment. He achieved the rank of Sergeant Major. He married Louisa Henrietta Waldmann on February 7, 1867. They had five children: Emily Bryan (1873-?), Florence, Louisa Waldmann, Charles Waldmann (1868-1870), and Berta Amanda (1875-1902). Louisa died in 1895. Asa remarried in 1904, uniting with Ina Lee Smith.

Asa, Jr., was appointed a county judge of Brazoria County on January 30, 1882. In 1915, he gave a speech to a reunion of Confederate veterans at Camp Robinson Springs, Alabama. This speech was later published as "The Address of Judge Asa E. Stratton, of Montgomery, Ala." He died on April 28, 1921, in Montgomery, Alabama, and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery.

Asa and Louisa's daughter, Florence, became a well-known journalist in Beaumont in the 1920s. Born in 1883, Florence grew up with her family in Montgomery, Alabama. She was valedictorian of her class at Gray Normal College. In 1905, she moved to Beaumont to live with her sister, Emily, who had married Walter Stevens. Florence taught at Belle Austin's private academy for two years, then began to work for the Beaumont Journal. Around this time, she established two charities, the Milk and Ice Fund and the Empty Stocking Fund. During the 1910s, Florence left Beaumont, but returned in 1920. She became the society, food, and garden editor of the Beaumont Enterprise, and began her most popular news column. In her "Susie Spindletop's Weekly Letter," Stratton wrote of the society news of Beaumont, and the column provides a detailed glimpse of the social life of the booming town. In 1925, she published her book, The Story of Beaumont, which was the first history of the city. She followed it with several other books, O. Henry's Postscripts; Recipes of Famous Women; The White Plume; and Where the Storm God Rides.

Florence lived at 1929 McFaddin Street, and her home is still standing. It was built using bricks recovered from Beaumont's old bell-tower courthouse, and with bricks from her grandfather's plantation in Brazoria. She died in 1938, at the age of 55, following a surgery at a New Orleans hospital.

Asa's daughter, Emily Bryan Stratton, married Walter H. Stevens on April 26, 1893.

Walter Herbert Stevens (October 13, 1870 - October 14, 1939) was born to Hennell Stevens and Sarah Blake Rowley, in Texas. His family was originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Hennell Stevens (October 28, 1832 – July 9, 1895) had served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Regular Army Medical Staff Infantry Regiment on August 13, 1862, and was mustered out on March 14, 1866. During the war, he was stationed in the southwest, and enjoyed the climate so much that he later moved his family to Brazoria County, Texas.

Adolphus and Charles Follin were brothers, born in South Carolina. Adolphus was born in 1814, and worked as a physician. Charles was born in 1812. They lived in New Orleans for a time, but by 1850, they had moved together to New York City. Little else of their lives is known, and it is not clear how their papers were acquired by the Stratton and Stevens families.


Index Terms

Stevens, Hennell, 1832-1895
Stratton, Asa E., Jr., 1844-1921
Confederate States. Army
United States. Army
Family life
Genealogy
Letters
United States--History--1861-1865, Civil War
Brazoria (Brazoria county, Texas : inhabited place)
Correspondence
Essays
Genealogical tables
Orders (military records)
Powers of attorney

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Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for papers created by the Stratton, Stevens, and Fallon families. Exceptions include published works, for which copyright is retained by the creators and/or publishers. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Stratton-Stevens-Follin Family Papers, 1837-1971, AC-586, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Don Fjellin, 2013 September.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 October.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 October.


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A framed 1930s map of Beaumont has been placed on the oversized shelves.


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