Jones and Simpson Families Papers
An Inventory to the Collection
Marguerite Jones Simpson was born on October 23, 1890 to Moses and Lillie Alice (Marsden) Jones. She had one brother, Henry Houston Jones, born in 1895. According to the 1900 Federal Census the family resided in Abilene, Texas. Marguerite attended Abilene Public School from 1900 to 1903. The family moved to Austin, Texas by 1910. Marguerite studied art education at the University of Texas at Austin in 1912 and at Columbia University Teacher's College in 1916. Henry Houston Jones, Marguerite's brother, attended University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of the military and opened a law firm in the Littlefield Building (Austin, Texas) with Don Martin.
After graduating from Columbia University Marguerite taught at a high school in Waco, Texas during the 1918-1919 school year and then took charge of the School of Arts and Crafts at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly in Monteagle, Tennessee. She resigned that position in 1921 after she married Sylvan Simpson. The couple lived in several Texas cities including Austin, Field Creek, Llano and San Angelo. Marguerite and Sylvan had three children: Moses in 1921, Margaret in 1926, and Jean Louise in 1930. Margaret Simpson died in 1926 from complications related to pneumonia nine months after her birth. Sylvan Simpson was elected as a County Judge on Llano County in 1932. He would also serve as the Director of the Transient Bureau in Austin in 1935.
The couple divorced. Marguerite Simpson died on January 13, 1969 and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery Annex in Austin, Texas.
Correspondence, photographs, financial records, printed materials, artifacts, and legal documents illustrate the life of the Jones and Simpson families. The collection focuses predominantly on the life of Marguerite Jones Simpson and her family in Texas, New York, and Tennessee from 1903-1930. The records are arranged in four series: Marguerite Jones Simpson, the Jones Family, the Simpson Family, Jones and Simpson Unidentified. All of the correspondence is organized by the recipient.
Family members represented are Marguerite Jones Simpson, daughter of Moses Jones and Lillie Alice Marsden Jones; Marguerite's husband, Sylvan B. Simpson; and their three children, Moses Simpson, Margaret Elizabeth Simpson, and Jean Louise Simpson. Also included are papers relating to Marguerite's brother, Henry Houston Jones; and Willie Marsden, brother to Lillie Alice Marsden and uncle to Marguerite.
The Marguerite Jones Simpson (1902-1930) series is organized into five subseries by the form of the material: Correspondence, Financial Documentation, Education, Professional Involvement, and Assorted. The bulk of the series consists of correspondence. Through this correspondence it is possible to ascertain where Marguerite lived, her educational and professional accomplishments, and aspects of her personal life, particularly the birth of her three children. Located within the subseries of correspondence, there are postcards of Texas landmarks including Travis Park Methodist Church (1910), Carnegie Public Library in Forth Worth, Texas (1916), and Austin landmarks (1909, 1920, and undated).
The following family members are represented in the Jones Family series (1881-1915): Moses Jones (1881-1913), Lillie Marsden Jones (1909-1915), Henry Houston Jones (1907-1915), Willie Marsden (1909-1913), Dick Marsden, Martin Jones, and Elizabeth Dukes. This series contains correspondence and other assorted materials such as creative works, gifts tags, and a family tree (undated).
The Simpson Family series documents: Sylvan B. Simpson (1921-1935), Moses Simpson (1921-1928), Margaret Elizabeth Simpson (1926), and Jean Louise Simpson (1930-1936). Correspondence, photographs, financial documents, professional printed material, newspaper clippings, and reports illuminate the activities of Sylvan and Marguerite's immediate family. Included is the election record when Sylvan was elected judge, Margaret Elizabeth's obituaries, and Moses' certificate of Decedents of the Texas Republic. Identified photographs of Moses Simpson are located in the photographic portion of the Jones and Simpson Unidentified series.
The Jones and Simpson Unidentified series (undated) includes material that cannot be attributed to a specific member of the Jones or Simpson families. This series is primarily organized by function and then form. Included in this series are photographs, unmarked correspondence, letter books, blank postcards, calling cards, printed material, and gift tags. Of special interest are a wide assortment of postcards and greeting cards from the early twentieth century, including holiday postcards and birthday cards. The following holidays are represented: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter, and New Year's Day. Postcards of these places can be found:
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Jones and Simpson Family Papers (AR.2005.011). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2005/033
Donation Date: 2005 April 20
Finding aid created by Megan Bibb and Leanda Gahegan in 2005. Edited and encoded by Mallori White in 2016.
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