Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection
Andrew Birdsall Briscoe Family Papers, Manuscript Collection: MC093
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 ca. 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.
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.
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[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.
Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2002.