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Dr. John Burrowes Gardiner, a surgeon in the Texas Navy, married Susan Bryson Fontaine, a widow with three children, in 1842. The couple had two children before Gardiner’s death in Galveston in 1851. Benjamin E. Edwards came to San Antonio, Texas, from Illinois in 1846. He married Susan H. Mudge in New Orleans in 1852, becoming the father of two sons. He died while on a trip to Illinois in 1858. A granddaughter of Benjamin and Susan Edwards married a son of Sydney T. Fontaine.
The collection contains letters, financial documents, certificates, and a journal associated with several individuals, representing three families tied by blood and marriage.
Civil War, Correspondence, Diaries, Family papers
DRT Collection at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, "Gardiner, Fontaine, and Edwards Families Papers, 1840-1885" (2020). Finding Aids: Guides to the Collection. 57.