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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Research correspondence

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Heiskell research on correction of Alamo defender's name, 1977



Descriptive Summary

Creator Heiskell, Roy H.
Title Heiskell research on correction of Alamo defender's name,
Dates: 1977
Abstract: One folder with one 13 pg. letter to the governor of Texas from Roy H. Heiskell and two letters from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Custodians of the Alamo, to Roy H. Heiskell regarding the proper spelling of his great-great uncle (and Alamo defender) Charles M. Heiskell’s name in the historical record at the Alamo.
ID MS 266
Extent 1 folder
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Charles M. Heiskell was sent to the Alamo by General Sam Houston along with Bowie and Bonham. Heiskell arrived at the Alamo on January 19, 1836. He fought and died in the Alamo. After his death he was to receive various land grants according to his service to Texas, however a misspelling of his name and the felonious actions of shady land merchant named Jacob de Cordova the Heiskell’s family property was lost and the relatives were never able to receive their land. Also at the Alamo on the list of men who died at the Alamo Charles M. Heiskell’s name appears Haskell. This misspelling is the cause of concern for Roy Heiskell in the letter contained.

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Scope and Contents

A 13 page letter to Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe concerning the history of the Heiskell family and the service and land grants of Charles M. Heiskell. Mr. Heiskell’s letter is followed by two letters to Mr. Heiskell from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in charge of the Alamo and researching its history. Correspondence relates to the proper spelling of Heiskell's great-great uncle (and Alamo defender) Charles M. Heiskell’s name in the historical record at the Alamo.

This material is a copy of the originals which were kept by the donor, Roy H. Heiskell.

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Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials from this item must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Heiskell, Roy H. -- correspondence
Heiskell, Charles M., d. 1836
Subjects (Places)
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) Siege, 1836
Formats
Correspondence

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Heiskell research on correction of Alamo defender's name , 1977, MS 266, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Thomas W. Moore, 1972.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Research correspondence

13 page letter to Governor Briscoe concerning the history of the Heiskell family and the service and land grants of Charles M. Heiskell, June 6, 1977
Account of "Louis or Lewis (moses) Rose, The Only Man to Quit the Battle of the Alamo and Live" (1 pg.)
Letter from Daughters of the Republic of Texas to Heiskell, June 11, 1977 (1 pg.)
Letter from Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Charles J. Long, Curator) to Heiskell, Nov. 3, 1977 (1 pg.)
Letter to Daughters of the Republic of Texas (Charles J. Long, Curator) from Heiskell, Nov. 9, 1977 (1 pg.)
Newsclipping from the McAllen, TX Monitor about Roy Heiskell's efforts to correct the mispelling of the family name at the Alamo, June 17, 1977

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