Mary Davis Collection
Manuscript Collection: MC102
Little is known of Mary Davis. She researched the life of John M. Wade (1819-1870), San Jacinto veteran and early Texas pioneer, for Ike Moore, first director of the San Jacinto Museum of History. Davis put the letters, photographs, and newspapers she collected into a safety deposit box with the instructions that they be presented to Moore when he returned from the Navy. Davis died, probably in early 1945. When Moore was killed in action in May 1945, Davis' niece, Mrs. R. T. Weisinger, gave her aunt's small collection to the museum.
Newspapers, correspondence, and photographs document the life of John M. Wade (1819-1870) and life in the communities of Montgomery and Willis in Montgomery County and Navasota in Grimes County, Texas, during the 1880s. Five editions of local papers including the Montgomery Journal (1881), the Willis Index (1886-1887), and the Navasota Tablet (1887) record rural life. A single newspaper clipping from the Houston Post (1944) mentions John M. Wade and his founding of the Montgomery Patriot in 1845. A letter between Mary Davis and Ike Moore summarizes her research into Montgomery County papers and her contributions to L. W. Kemp's sketch of Wade. Four letters from relatives of Wade relate the little information they know concerning their ancestor. Two photographs, one a copy of a photograph of Wade and one of his house taken during the 1890s, provide more information concerning the San Jacinto veteran.
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[Identification of Item], Mary Davis Collection, MC102, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Gift of Mrs. R. T. Weisinger, 1945.
Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2004.