Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers, 1946-1967 MS 181



creator Moody, John Wyatt
Title: John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers
Dates: 1946-1967
Abstract: This collection includes transcriptions of correspondence between Sam Houston and John Wyatt Moody when Moody was auditor of the Army of the Republic of Texas and then of the Republic of Texas. The folder also contains correspondence between Helen Foster Snow, relative of John Wyatt Moody, and Jean Halden Walker, both genealogists researching the Moody family and its family holdings in Houston.
Identification: MS 181
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.(1 folder)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

John Wyatt Moody was the first auditor of the Republic of Texas and owned much of the land which is now part of the City of Houston. As auditor of the Republic of Texas he continually was faced with reimbursing the soldiers and diplomats that served the Republic in its infancy. Born 65 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia and moved to Alabama, then to Indian Territory, and finally settled in La Grange, Texas. Moody eventually bought fifteen acres along Buffalo Bayou from the Allen Brothers, noted land speculators in the Houston area, and subdivided the property. What is commonly called the Moody addition, is 15 acres of subdivided land that has access the Buffalo Bayou and what is now extremely valuable downtown real estate. John Wyatt Moody's real estate in Houston and other parts of Texas is comprised of some of the most central parts of Houston and the Moody family still has ties to the Houston area.


Scope and Contents

These papers are a collection of biographical notes and material pertaining to John Wyatt Moody, first auditor of the Republic of Texas. They were collected together by Helen Foster Snow, a certified genealogist and descendant of John Moody. The first two groups of documents are transcribed and annotated versions of correspondence between John Wyatt Moody and Sam Houston, along with various other important revolutionary figures.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Moody, John Wyatt
Snow, Helen Foster
Genres
corrrespondence
notes

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers, 1946-1967, MS 181, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The collection was a gift of Helen Foster Snow, 1968.


 General Note 

Portions of this collection are available online at:


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Group A

Folder
1 Transcribed and annotated versions of correspondence between John Wyatt Moody and Sam Houston, along with various other revolutionary era figures.



 

Series II: Group B

Folder
1 Correspondence between Helen Foster Snow, a relative of the Moody family, and Jean Halden Walker two genealogists that were researching the Moody family ancestry and property during the 1960's. 1946-1967