Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection

Andrew Birdsall Briscoe Family Papers, Manuscript Collection: MC093

Collection Summary

Creator: Briscoe, Andrew Birdsall, 1841-1912
Title: Andrew Birdsall Briscoe family papers
Dates: 1851-1919
Abstract: Correspondence, financial documents, and printed materials document the family of Andrew Birdsall Briscoe.
Identification: MC093
OCLC Record No.: 50131725
Quantity: 52 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Andrew Birdsall Briscoe "Brits" was born in Harrisburg, Texas, in 1841, the second son of Andrew Briscoe and Mary Jane Harris. After his father's death in 1849, he lived with his mother and siblings for a time on his grandfather's plantation near Port Gibson, Mississippi. In 1852 Mary Jane and her children returned to Texas, living in Anderson, Galveston, and Harrisburg. During the Civil War, Briscoe saw action as a member of Terry's Texas Rangers. In 1871 he married Annie Payne and they had four children: Carrie (1871), Mary Payne "Mamie" (1874), Birdsall Parmenas (1876-1971), and Payne (1881). The Briscoes kept a store in Harrisburg then moved to a ranch near Goliad. Annie died in 1891, probably of consumption. Briscoe sold the ranch circa 1890 and moved into San Antonio. In 1895 he remarried "Zaidee" and moved to Floresville where he established himself in banking. A 1902 run on the bank resulted in his financial failure. Briscoe lived in San Antonio in his later years. He was interested in Confederate Veterans organizations and the work of his family in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. He died in 1912.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, financial documents, and printed materials document the family of Andrew Birdsall Briscoe. Correspondence received by Briscoe concerns business related to land held by the children of Andrew Briscoe (3) or is from relatives. A letter from Mary to her parents reveals a homesick girl away at school. A letter written by Briscoe to his Cousin Lucie while stationed in northern Georgia in 1864 is a discourse on love, sentimentality, and marriage. Four letters received by Birdsall Parmenas Briscoe were written while he was on duty in France in World War I. The bulk of the envelopes, 23 of 25, were sent to Birdsall Parmenas and returned as undeliverable. Statements of account and receipts (1877-1879) from Thomas R. Franklin, Dry Goods, in Houston comprise the bulk of the financial documents. Printed materials consist of an invitation and admission ticket to the K. K. Soiree in 1867.


Organized into three series; arrangement is chronological and by subject.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Briscoe, Andrew Birdsall, 1841-1912
Briscoe, Birdsall Parmenas, 1876-1971
Windsor, Mary Payne Briscoe, b. 1874
Briscoe family
Thomas R. Franklin Dry Goods
Land tenure--Texas
Harris County (Tex.)

Archivist's Note

Andrew Birdsall Briscoe was a prolific correspondent. His letters and those of his family members can also be found in the Mary Jane Harris Briscoe Papers, the Parmenas Briscoe Papers, the Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers and the Jessie Wade Briscoe Howe Papers. Mary Briscoe's service as the Secretary General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas 1907-1909 is documented in the Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers, Box 128, Folders 1-6. Photographs are in the Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers.

Adele Looscan's papers can also be found at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas, and the Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Andrew Birdsall Briscoe Family Papers, MC093, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hill, Jr., Houston Public Library, Annie Hume, 1939-1940.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2002.



box folder
140.3 1 Received and Sent: Andrew Birdsall Briscoe, 1851-1903
2 Received: Birdsall Parmenas Briscoe, 1918-1919
3 Received: Annie Payne Briscoe, Mary Briscoe, 1885, 1900
4 Envelopes, 1903-1919, undated


box folder
140.3 5 Statements of Account, Receipts, 1877-1881

Printed Materials

box folder
140.3 6 Invitation, 1867