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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Katherine McGowen Brashear Sheet Music and Autograph Albums, 1838-1861

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Katherine McGowen Brashear Sheet Music and Autograph Albums, 1838-1861



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brashear, Katherine McGowen, 1844-1914
Title: Katherine McGowen Brashear Sheet Music and Autograph Albums
Dates: 1838-1861
Creator Abstract: A native of Houston, Texas, Katherine McGowen (1844-1914) was married to John J. Brashear, a lawyer and Harris County official.
Content Abstract: Consisting of three autograph albums and a collection of sheet music, the Brashear papers provide a window on the religious and social life of Katherine McGowen and her mother.
Identification: Col 13529
Extent: 1.0 linear foot (1 oversize box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Born into a family that would become prominent in the civic life of Houston, Texas, Katherine McGowen Brashear also married into a family with important ties to the area. Her mother, Sarah Robinson, a Pennsylvania native, came to Texas in the late 1830s, soon after her marriage to (Belitha?) Christopher. A widow by 1840, in that year she married Alexander McGowen, who came to Texas from Alabama in 1839. McGowen represented Harris County at the 1845 convention that approved the annexation of Texas to the United States and later served three terms as mayor of Houston.

The McGowen’s daughter Katherine, one of eight children, was born in Houston in 1844. In 1862 she married John J. Brashear, who soon after joined the Confederate Army, serving through the end of the Civil War. After his return home, Brashear practiced law in Houston, also serving as Harris County Judge. The couple had six children; one of them, Sam Houston Brashear, continued the family tradition of public service when he was elected mayor of Houston in 1898. Katherine McGowen Brashear died in 1914 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston.

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Scope and Content Note

Consisting of three autograph albums and a collection of sheet music, the Brashear papers provide a window on the religious and social life of Katherine McGowen and her mother.

Sarah McGowen kept an autograph album containing two entries from 1838, probably shortly before her first marriage, while in Natchez, Mississippi. Most of the entries date from 1845-1852 during her residence in Houston and touch on religious themes. Several of the inscriptions came from Methodist clergymen, including Orceneth Fisher, George Rottenstein, and Henry P. Young.

The two albums of Katherine McGowen were used during her teen years, ending the year before her marriage. Inscriptions from friends, usually in verse form, overflow with emotion and sentiment, bestowing wishes for future happiness and asking for her remembrance.

The bound volume of sheet music used by Katherine McGowen gathers works published from the 1830s to the 1850s. The selections include several works by Texas composers, particularly those of Charles Gustave Fitze, along with popular favorites of the period, patriotic songs and tunes and classical reductions.

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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.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Brashear, Katherine McGowen, 1844-1914.
McGowen, Sarah Robinson, 1815-1873.
Fitze, Charles Gustave, 1829-1915.
Subjects
Piano music--19th century.
Popular music--United States--To 1901.
Teenage girls--Texas--Houston--Social life and customs.
Women--Religious life--Texas--Houston.
Women--Texas--Houston--Social life and customs.
Locations
Houston (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Autograph albums.
Sheet music.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Katherine McGowen Brashear Sheet Music and Autograph Albums, 1838-1861, Col 13529, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Maurice, Alexander, and Norman Adams in memory of their mother, Mary McAshan Adams, 2006 June.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 2006.

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

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Katherine McGowen Brashear Sheet Music and Autograph Albums, 1838-1861

Box
Oversize 1 Autograph albums, 1838-1861
Sarah McGowen, 1838-1852
Katherine McGowen, 1858-1860
Katherine McGowen, 1859-1861
Loose leaf, removed from album
Sheet music, bound volume, 1839-1859
James E. Magruder, "In my heart an image dwelleth," 1854
Charles Gustave Fitze, "I know not why I love thee," 1859
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Sunny south polka," 1859
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Elmora polka," 1859
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Texas star schottisch," 1857
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Starlight schottisch," 1858
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Waverley schottisch," 1858
Francis H. Brown, "Western trappers camp song," 1856
Henry Kleber, "The rainbow schottish," 1852
Unknown composer, "Grand Russian march," undated
T. J. Martin, "Smith’s march," 1848
Albert Holland, "Cherry alley," 1852
James Bellak, "Plain cotillion," 1854
William C. Glynn, "Bayeux’s quick step," 1844
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Starlight schottisch," 1858
William R. Dempster, "The lament of the Irish emigrant," 1843
Joseph Ascher, "Vaillance: polka militaire," undated
F. W. Smith, "Camptown races," 1856
L. Louis, "Departed days," 1855
Charles Grobe, "We met by chance," 1854
P. S. Gilmore, "Good news from home," possibly 1854
F. Kücken, "We met by chance," undated
Charles Grobe, "Brilliant variations on Ossian’s seranade," 1856
Ludwig van Beethoven, "Favourite landler waltz," undated
Stephen C. Foster, "Gentle Annie," 1856
Charles Gustave Fitze, "Waverley schottisch," 1858
N. Barker, "Uncle Sam’s farm," 1850
Unknown composer, "Rackensack jig or the Arkansas traveler," 1851
Ludwig van Beethoven, "Gertrude’s dream waltz," undated
Stephen C. Foster, "Willie we have missed you," 1854
H. P. Weller, "Answer of Ben Bolt, or, Ned Brace," 1852
James Bellak, "Coral schottisch," 1856
S. M. Crannis, "Do they miss me at home?" 1853
E. Williams Denison, "Prayer of the dying Californian," 1857
Joseph Labitzky, "The elfin waltz," undated
L. V. H. Crosby, "The grave of Washington," possibly 1846
W. Loftin Hargrave, "Wait for the wagon," 1851
J. Pfeiffer, "Henrietta polka," undated
Francis Panorino, "Bird waltz," undated
Rosa Hughes, "Lulu," 1853
Franz Kotzwara, "The battle of Prague," undated
Ludwig van Beeethoven, "Clara, or last waltz," undated
J. Morrison Heady, "Where is the spirit land," 1851
I. B. Woodbury, "He doeth all things well, or, My sister," 1847
Joseph H. Butler, "When the moonlight gilds the sea," 1853
J. Blockley, "Hearts and homes," undated
W. C. Peters, "Sweet memories of thee," 1839
Unknown composer, "The Russian march," undated
G. Anderson, "The Battle of Waterloo," undated
Henry Russell, "The old arm chair," 1840
Stephen Glover, "I love the merry sunshine," undated
Francis Scott Key, "The star spangled banner," unknown
Unknown composer, "United States marine march," undated
John Richter, "Fanny polka," 1854
F. Hunten, "Une perle," undated
Chas. White, "Old Bob Ridley," 1855
Francis H. Brown, "Yes I’ll come to thy mountain home," 1852
Charles Grobe, "Les borde d’Ohio," 1853
Unknown composer, "Hail Columbia," undated
Unknown composer, "Beethoven’s dream," undated
J. E. Müller, "Love not," 1844
Unknown composer, "Annie Laurie," undated

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