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David Jones Eddleman was born in Kentucky in 1834 to James Eddleman and Cynthia Ann Douthitt. The Eddleman family came to America from Germany in 1762 and participated in the Revolutionary War, later also becoming involved in the Civil War where DJ Eddleman and two of his brothers served with the Confederate Army. Afterwards, DJ Eddleman assisted in bringing up the town of Denton, Texas, by serving twice as mayor and Masonic Grand Lecturer of Texas, helping to establish the first local Christian church, and participating in many of its leading enterprises including beginning the first daily newspaper in the territory.
David Jones Eddleman and Mary Daugherty married in 1866 and remained active members of their community throughout their lives, being instrumental in many ways to the fostering of Denton, Texas and Muskogee, Oklahoma. David died in 1922, while Mary died in 1943; they are buried together in Greenhill Cemetery in Oklahoma.
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The collection is arranged in four boxes by material type. One box contains materials from other collections, as described in the box contents.
Contains the papers of the Eddleman family concerning the genealogy and history of the family and the life of David Jones Eddleman, early settler of Denton County, Masonic Grand Lecturer of Texas, and publisher of the first daily newspaper in Indian Territory (Oklahoma) including an autobiography, birth certificates, clippings, correspondence, literary productions, personal notes, photographs and wills.
Photo of what is noted on the image as the Daughtry House in Old Alton, Denton County, Texas, built by James Madison Daughtry in 1851 or 1852.
Another photo of the Daughtry house, this time with no notes written on the edges of the image.
Photo of Myrta Eddleman Sams' house, inscription reading, "The house where I was born- North Locus St. Denton, Texas."
A photo of an old home in a field with an adult and child figure on the porch and another person sitting inside.
NOTE: This box contains the Garrison Family Papers, the Thomas Whitfield Davidson Collection, the Lillian Gunter Family Papers and the David Jones Eddleman Collection. This box is housed in the Special Collections Department in the Willis Library and shelved in flat storage under the Garrison Family Papers with a Collection Number of HM.22.
Transcribed on the back of the photo: "Evie, Callie, June 1 - 1923"
Transcribed on the back of the photo: "Mrs. Mary Eddleman Jones, 95 years old, on Dec. 21 - 1906"
Transcribed on the back of the photo: "Porter Eddleman, Porter-Lee, Marie, Jack, M.F. Eddleman, 9-22-23"
Transcribed on the back of the photo: "Hugh Alston, June 1-23"
Transcribed on the back of the photo: "M.F. Eddleman June 1-23"