Austin History Center

Jones and Simpson Families Papers

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jones and Simpson families
Title: Jones and Simpson Families Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1881-1937
Bulk Dates: 1903-1930
Abstract: Family members represented in this collection are Marguerite Jones Simpson, daughter of Moses Jones and Lillie Alice Marsden Jones; Marguerite's husband, Sylvan B. Simpson; and their children Moses Simpson, Margaret Elizabeth Simpson, and Jean Louise Simpson. Also included in this collection are papers relating to Henry Houston Jones, Marguerite's brother; and Willie Marsden, brother to Lillie Alice Marsden and uncle to Marguerite. Correspondence, photographs, financial records, printed materials, artifacts, and legal documents illustrate the life of the Jones and Simpson families.
Identification: AR.2005.011
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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:

  • The Lake Hotel: Yellowstone National Park
  • North Corridor, Congressional Library: Washington, D.C.
  • New England Conservatory of Music and Y.M.C.A.: Boston, Mass.
  • Ganymede, Library of Congress: Washington, D.C.
  • Portifco Y.M.C.A. Building (1915): San Francisco, CA
  • Avalon: Catalina Island, CA
  • Library of Congress: Washington, D.C.
  • Epworth By the Sea: Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Botanical Garden: San Diego, CA
  • Concrete Dam across Llano River: Llano, Texas
  • Panama- Pacific International Exposition: San Francisco, CA
  • The Crazy Well Hotel: Mineral Wells, Texas
  • Tremont Street and the Mall: Boston, Mass.
  • Golf Links, Avalon: Catalina, CA
  • North Corridor Congressional Library: Washington, D.C.


The collection is arranged into three series
I. Marguerite Jones Simpson, 1900-1930
  • Correspondence, 1902-1930
  • Financial Documentation, 1916-1930
  • Education, 1900-1917
  • Professional Involvement, 1916-1929
  • Ephemera, undated
II. Jones Family, 1881-1915
  • General, undated
  • Moses Jones, 1881-1913
  • Lillie Marsden Jones, 1909-1915
  • Houston Jones, 1907-1911
  • Willie Marsden, 1909-1913
  • Other Jones Family, undated
III. Simpson Family, 1921-1937
  • Sylvan Simpson, 1921-1935
  • Moses Simpson, 1921-1928
  • Margaret Elizabeth Simpson, 1926
  • Jean Louise Simpson, 1930-1937
IIII. Jones and Simpson Unidentified, undated


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Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Dukes, Elizabeth.
Jones, Duke.
Jones, Henry Houston.
Jones, Lillie Alice Marsden.
Jones, Martin.
Jones, Moses.
Jones, Mrs. T.M.
Marsden, Dick.
Marsden, Willie.
Simpson, Jean Louise.
Simpson, Margaret Elizabeth.
Simpson, Marguerite Jones
Simpson, Moses.
Simpson, Sylvan B. Simpson.
Abilene Public Schools.
Austin National Bank.
The Central National Bank of San Angelo, Texas.
Children of the Confederacy: Texas Division.
The City National Bank.
College Social Service Club.
County Court: Llano County, Texas.
Daughters of the Confederacy.
The Federal Land Bank of Houston.
Jones and Martin Law Firm.
Llano Methodist Sunday Church.
The Llano National Bank of Llano, Texas.
Monteagle S.S. Assembly.
Morosco Theatre.
Moore State Bank.
National Geographic Society.
San Francisco Sight-Seeing Company.
Teachers College of Columbia University.
Texas Bank and Trust Company of Austin, Texas.
Texas Fine Arts Association.
Texas Relief Commission.
Three Arts Club.
University Quiz Association, Medical Department of the University of Nashville and Vanderbilt University.
University Methodist Episcopal Church.
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas Ex- Students Association of Waco.
Women's Graduate Club of Columbia University.
Abilene (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Brady (Tex.)
Llano (Tex.)
Nashville (Tenn.)
New York City (N.Y.)
San Francisco (Ca.)
Waco (Tex.)
Greeting cards.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Jones and Simpson Family Papers (AR.2005.011). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2005/033

Donation Date: 2005 April 20

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Megan Bibb and Leanda Gahegan in 2005. Edited and encoded by Mallori White in 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Marguerite Jones Simpson, 1900-1930

Correspondence, 1902-1930
Box Folder
1 1 1902
2 1903
3 1906
4 1907
5 1908
6 1909
7 1910
8 1911
9 1912
10 1913
11 1914
12 1915
13 1916
14 1917
15 1918
16 1919
17 1920
18 1921
19 1923
20 1926
21 1927
22 1930
23-24 Undated
Financial Documentation, 1916-1930
Box Folder
1 25 Balance book, bank statements, receipts, 1916-1930
Education, 1900-1917
Box Folder
1 26 Abilene Public School, 1900-1903
27 University of Texas at Austin, 1911-1912
27 Columbia University, 1916-1917
Professional Involvement, 1916-1929
Box Folder
2 1 Monteagle School, correspondence, memberships, 1916-1929
Ephemera, undated
Box Folder
2 2 Gift tags, undated

Jones Family, 1881-1915

Box Folder
2 3 Family tree, undated
4 Moses Jones, 1881, 1913, undated
5 Lillie Marsden Jones, 1909-1915
6 Houston Jones, 1907-1915, undated
7 Willie Marsden, 1909-1913
8 Other Jones Family, 1912, undated

Simpson Family, 1921-1937

Sylvan Simpson, 1921-1935
Box Folder
2 9 Correspondence, 1921-1935
10 Financial Documentation, 1921-1935
11 Professional, 1932-1935
Moses Simpson, 1921-1937
Box Folder
2 12 Correspondence, certificates, ephemera, 1921-1928, undated
Margaret Elizabeth Simpson, undated
Box Folder
2 13 Correspondence, calling card, obituary, undated
Jean Louise Simpson, 1930-1937
Box Folder
2 14 Correspondence, certificates, clippings, ephemera, 1930-1937

Jones and Simpson Unidentified Materials, undated

Box Folder
2 15 Greeting cards, undated
16 Postcards, undated
17 Letterbooks, undated
18 Stationary decoration, undated
19 Invitation, undated
20 Letters and envelopes, undated
21 Gift tags, undated
22 Creative works, undated
23 Financial, undated
24 Church related, undated
25 Event programs, tickets, place cards, undated
26 Assorted printed material, undated
27 Calling cards, undated
28 Photographs, undated