A Guide to the Hamlett Family Papers, 1838-1970
Born circa 1815 in Virginia, William Johns Hamlett came to Texas in 1835. He first settled in San Augustine, later moving to Shelby County and from there to Anderson County. He and his wife, Mariah Jane Barrett Hamlett (circa 1818-circa 1876), were the parents of six children. Following his wife’s death, William Johns Hamlett married Nancy Petty. He died in Anderson County in 1891 December.
William J. Hamlett, Jr., was born in Shelby County, Texas, in 1842. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and later farmed in various locations. In 1865 he married Elizabeth McDaniel.
A Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County, Texas. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1892.
The Hamlett family papers consist of a miscellany of original and collected photocopies of documents related to a number of family members. Two letters are part of the papers, one from William J. Hamlett, Jr. to his wife-to-be, Elizabeth McDaniel, during his military service, the second written by Mrs. Hamlett to her husband. Items collected by family members include photocopies of Texas land grant records for William J. Hamlett, Sr., a brief summary of the Confederate service of William J. Hamlett, Jr., the Confederate widow’s pension application submitted by Elizabeth Hamlett, and biographical and genealogical sources. Genealogical charts compiled by family members are also included.
There are photographs of several family members in the papers; these were copied from original prints for display. A published book of poetry by Elizabeth McDaniel Hamlett has been separated from the papers and is cataloged as part of the general library collection.
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[Identification of item], Hamlett Family Papers, 1838-1970, Doc 5467, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Nancy Mixon MacPhee, 1989 January and 2006 October.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 and 2007.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 August.
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