Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Alexander and Lewis Families Letters, 1852-1865



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Alexander and Lewis Families
Title: Alexander and Lewis Families Letters
Dates: 1852-1865
Creator Abstract: Charles W. Lewis (1819-1869) was a Georgetown, Texas, physician and a Confederate soldier during the Civil War; his wife, Martha Alexander Lewis (1831-1914), and her family were early settlers in Williamson County.
Content Abstract: The collection consists of letters received by family members. The bulk of the materials are letters to Martha Alexander Lewis from her husband, Charles W. Lewis, during his service as a Confederate soldier in East Texas. The collection also includes letters sent to Martha Alexander prior to her marriage by Hanna B. Shinn, describing personal activities and Shinn's work as a schoolteacher in Bastrop, Texas, and letters from Neal McGaffey and John M. Lewis.
Identification: Doc 505
Extent: 20 items (6 folders)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Charles William Lewis was born near Charlottesville, Virginia, on 1819 December 31. He graduated from the University of Virginia's school of medicine and surgery in 1846. Joining relatives in Williamson County, Texas, in 1852, Lewis continued his medical practice there. He served in a ranger company in 1860 and joined state forces during the Civil War, serving in the Galveston area.

Lewis married Martha Alexander on 1855 May 6. She was born in Washington County, Arkansas, on 1831 September 6 to parents Samuel (1804-1863) and Thurzy (1810-1889) Alexander. Her family moved to Williamson County in 1848, and her father was an early businessman in Georgetown. Charles and Martha had no children but adopted her nephew L. E. "Eddie" Alexander (1859-1941) in 1859.

Charles Lewis died in Georgetown on 1869 June 7 after a lengthy illness. Martha died in Burnet County on 1914 March 8.

References

Alexander, Mrs. "Samuel and Thurzy Alexander." In Williamson County, Texas: Its History and Its People, comps. and eds. Mrs. Jean Shroyer and Mrs. Hazel Hood for the Williamson County Genealogical Society, Inc., 50-51. Austin, Texas: Nortex Press, 1985.

Alexander, Mrs. "Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. Lewis." In Williamson County, Texas: Its History and Its People, comps. and eds. Mrs. Jean Shroyer and Mrs. Hazel Hood for the Williamson County Genealogical Society, Inc., 181-182. Austin, Texas: Nortex Press, 1985.


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters received by family members. The bulk of the materials are letters to Martha Alexander Lewis from her husband, Charles W. Lewis, during his service as a Confederate soldier in East Texas. The collection also includes letters sent to Martha Alexander prior to her marriage by Hanna B. Shinn, describing personal activities and Shinn's work as a schoolteacher in Bastrop, Texas, and letters from Neal McGaffey and John M. Lewis.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Alexander family.
Lewis family.
Lewis, Charles W. (Charles William), 1819-1869.
Lewis, Martha Alexander, 1831-1914.
Lewis, John M., fl. 1842-1846.
McGaffey, Neal.
Shinn, Hannah B.
Organizations
Bastrop Academy (Bastrop, Tex.)
Subjects
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Teachers--Texas--Correspondence.
Locations
Bastrop (Tex.)--History--Sources.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alexander and Lewis Families Letters, 1852-1865, Doc 505, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gladys Alexander, 1982 January.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 October.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Alexander and Lewis Families Letters, 1852-1865

The letters are arranged chronologically.
Folder
1 Hannah B. Shinn, Austin, Texas, to Martha Alexander, 1852 July 24.
Hannah B. Shinn, Austin, Texas, to Martha Alexander, 1852 July 31.
Hannah B. Shinn, Bastrop, Texas, to Martha Alexander, Georgetown, Texas, 1852 October 23.
Folder
2 Neal McGaffey, Georgetown, Texas, to Respected Sir [possibly Samuel Alexander], 1856 June 13.
Folder
3 Charles W. Lewis to Martha Lewis, Georgetown, Texas, 1863 October 6.
Charles W. Lewis, Houston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, Georgetown, Texas, 1863 October 13.
Charles W. Lewis, Beaumont, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 November 2.
Charles W. Lewis, Harrisburg, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 November 24.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 November 26.
Folder
4 Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 December 6.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 December 13.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 December 20.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1863 December 27.
Folder
5 Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1864 January 3.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1864 January 10.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1864 January 18.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1864 January 24.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1864 January 31.
Charles W. Lewis, Galveston, Texas, to Martha Lewis, 1864 February 7.
Folder
6 John M. Lewis, Ivy Depot, to Charles W. Lewis, 1865 August 26.