Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence Records, 1937-1953



Descriptive Summary

Creator: The Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence
Title: Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence Records
Dates: 1937-1953
Creator Abstract: The Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence was organized in 1936 to promote the memory of the 59 men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836.
Content Abstract: This collection consists of application material, minutes, correspondence, and printed material.
Identification: Col 881
Extent: 1.5 linear feet (3 5 in. document boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Organization History

The Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence was organized in Dallas, Texas in 1936. The purpose of the organization was promotion of the memory of the 59 men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence in Washington-on-the-Brazos on March 2, 1836.

Membership was based on lineal descent from any of the signers of the Declaration. The major event for the organization was the annual commemoration of the signing in March. Business meetings were usually held in the fall. New members were actively sought, along with the genealogical background of descendants. Although descendants of the signers continued to take part in annual events at Washington, Texas, the activities of the formal organization seem to have ended in the 1940s.


Scope and Content Note

The R. H. Dickson Family Papers contain papers related to several individuals of the Dickson family. The papers, spanning a one hundred year period from 1846 to 1947, consist of letters, writings, receipts, miniature psalm books, photographs, ephemera, clippings, and personal artifacts. The collection documents the courtship of R. H. and his future wife, Eleanor Read, Dickson’s personal writings, some of his business dealings, family activities, and family correspondence. There are also memorial pamphlets and obituaries for R. H. and R. A. Dickson as well as two photographs of unidentified mApplication material, minutes, correspondence, and printed material make up the records of the Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, providing a sampling of the activities of the organization during its first few years of existence (the bulk of the material dates from 1937-1941).

The records have been organized into series according to type of material. Membership material consists of the application forms submitted by prospective members, containing their genealogy back to the signer upon which membership is sought. The level of detail contained in these applications varies widely, and only a small portion of the total membership is represented.

Minutes cover the years 1937-1941, generally including the March 2 anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence and a fall business meeting.

Letters received generally concern attendance at the March 2 celebration, though some letters contain information on other descendants. Efforts to contact new members led to a large number of letters returned due to incorrect addresses.

Other series contain scattered items related to various events or activities.


 

Organization of Collection

Documents and other items are arranged into six series based on document type and thereunder alphabetical or chronological.
Series 1. Membership Material
Series 2. Minutes
Series 3. General Correspondence
Series 4. Lists
Series 5. Guest Registers
Series 6. Printed Material

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

Subjects
Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence--Archives.
Patriotic societies--Texas.
Genres/Formats
Minutes.
Correspondence.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Descendants of the Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence Records, 1937-1953, Col 881, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Lavinia Griffith and Mary Ethel Gannon.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Leslie Stapleton, 2016 September.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Membership Matieral

Applications (arranged by name of ancestor)
Box Folder
1 1 Barnett, George Washington
Robert Lee Barnett
Box Folder
1 2 Blount, Stephen William
Jennie Bess Sleeper
Box Folder
1 3 Byrom, John Smith Davenport
Winnie Jefferson Davis Rogers
Box Folder
1 4 Childress, George Campbell
Harriet H. Dowe
Box Folder
1 5 Clark, William
Katharine A. Woodson
Box Folder
1 6 Crawford, William Carrol
Sam D. H. Burke
Box Folder
1 7 Everitt, Stephen Hendrickson
Bonnie Dean Everitt
Box Folder
1 8 Gazley, Thomas Jefferson
Lila Gazley Williams
Box Folder
1 9-14 Goodrich, Benjamin Briggs
9 James Covert Anderson
10 John Lockhart Anderson, Jr.
11 Sarah Virginia Covert Anderson
12 Mrs. j. D. Covert
13 Eugenia Muldrow Gibson
14 Mrs. Delbert Leggett
15-16 Houston, Samuel
15 Jennie Morrow Decker
16 Temple Houston Morrow
17 Latimer, Albert Hamilton
17 Mrs. C. D. Lennox
18-21 McKinney, Collin
18 Lucy Matthews Anderson
19 Ruth Elkawa McKinney Neill
20 Annie Laurie McKinney Thomasson
21 Bertie Garver Trube
22 Maverick, Samuel Augustus
22 Phillip Maverick
23 Menard, Michel Branamour
23 Victoria Perrier Baillargeon
24 Menefee, William
24 T. B. Menefee
25 Navarro, José Antonio
25 José Antonio Navarro III
26-29 Parmer, Martin
26 May Morris Gorman
27 Hortense Morris McQuillen
28 Mrs. Lou Parmer Parker
29 Lula B. Morris Sandel
30 Power, James
30 Edward Le Grand Dunlap
31-32 Scates, William Bennett
31 Alice Bennett Scates Richardson
32 Willie Grady Richardson
33 Stewart, Charles Bellinger
33 Elizabeth Stewart Fling
34-36 Swisher, James Gibson
34 John S. Hoover, Jr.
35 Mildred Hoover
36 Imogene Harvey Swisher
37-39 Taylor, Charles Stanfield
37 Mrs. E. J. Gannon and Rosine Hughes
38 Mrs. John V. Hughes
39 Mrs. R. A. Pettengill
40-41 Waller, Edwin
40 Mrs. Alfred Franklyn
41 Edwin Waller III
42 Woods, James B.
42 Bessie Rowland James
43-44 Zavala, Lorenzo de
43 mary K. de Zavala
44 Applications: dues, 1938-1939



 

Series 2: Minutes

Box Folder
1 45 1937
46 1938
47 1939
48 1940
49 1941



 

Series 3: General Correspondence

Box Folder
1 50-53 Letters Received
50-51 1937
52 1938
53 1939, 1941
55 Letters Sent
55 1937-1953
56-67 Returned Mail
Box Folder
2 56 1937
57-64 1938
65-67 1939



 

Series 4: Lists

Box Folder
3 68 Officers, n.d.
69 Zone officials, 1941
70 Descendants in Dallas, n.d.
71 Applicants file, n.d.
72 Invitations sent, 1940



 

Series 5: Guest Registers

Box Folder
3 73 Undated



 

Series 6: Printed Material

Box Folder
3 74 Application forms (blanks)
Broadsides
Box Folder
3 75 Texas Declaration of Independence anniversary celebrations, 1938
76 Texas Declaration of Independence anniversary celebrations, 1939, 1941
78 Programs
78 Independence Homecoming, 1939 August 13
79 Stationery
79 Letterhead, 1937-38, 1940-41
80 Programs
80 Envelopes
81-85 Programs
81 Texas Annexation Celebration, 1946
82 Press release, 1938
83 Newspaper reprints
84 Clippings
85 Miscellaneous