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Overview

Biographical Sketches

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Letters, 1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Edwin M. Russell:

An Inventory of Letters at the Texas State Archives, 1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897



Overview

Creator: Russell, Edwin M.
Title: Letters
Dates: 1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897
Abstract: Papers are eighteen letters, dating 1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897, from Edwin Russell to his uncle, Asa Harding Stoddard, and other family members. Russell lived in Texas and wrote to his uncle and other relatives in Michigan about the weather, his crops, prices, his health, religion, the Russell family reunion, and a time when he was a witness in a case of drunkenness of a county official. Many individuals are mentioned in these letters, including Lucien and Vinnie Stoddard, Dr. Allan Russell, Fred Russell, Ellsworth Stoddard, Will Stoddard, Mr. Congdon, and Mr. Thatcher. Areas mentioned in the letters include Stoney, Wellington, and Clifford, all of which are in Texas.
Quantity: fractional
Language English.

Biographical Sketches

Edwin M. Russell

Edwin M. Russell's family originated in Williamsburg, New York. His place of birth is unknown. He came from Michigan to Texas, settling in 1885 at Stoney, in Denton County. In December of 1889 he was located in Sunset, Texas. Early in 1889 he was in Wellington, in Collinsworth County, and in 1891 he was back in the same location. He took up farming, raising a wide variety of crops on a small scale basis, including wheat, corn, sweet potatoes, and some fruit. He had two brothers, Dr. Allan Russell, and Fred Russell, who worked with him on the farm. Edwin was the son of the sister (name unknown) of Mary Ann Russell, the first wife of Asa Harding Stoddard.

Asa Harding Stoddard

Asa Harding Stoddard came to Kalamazoo, Michigan from Wayne County, New York in 1863 with his wife and two sons, Will and Lucien. Asa Stoddard was the great grandfather of the donor, Mrs. DeWitt. Lucien and his wife, Vinnie were Mrs. DeWitt's grandparents. Ellsworth Stoddard was the oldest brother of the donor's mother.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Papers are eighteen letters, dating 1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897, from Edwin Russell to his uncle, Asa Harding Stoddard, and other family members. Russell lived in Texas and wrote to his uncle and other relatives in Michigan about the weather, his crops, prices, his health, religion, the Russell family reunion, and a time when he was a witness in a case of drunkenness of a county official. Many individuals are mentioned in these letters, including Lucien and Vinnie Stoddard, Dr. Allan Russell, Fred Russell, Ellsworth Stoddard, Will Stoddard, Mr. Congdon, and Mr. Thatcher. Areas mentioned in the letters include Stoney, Wellington, and Clifford, all of which are in Texas.

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Arrangement of the Records

These letters are arranged chronologically within each accession.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the papers. The terms can be used to find similar or related papers.
Family Names:
Russell family.
Places:
Texas--Description and travel.
Document Types:
Letters (correspondence)--Texas--1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the papers. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
None.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Edwin M. Russell Letters. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1980/118, 1980/220, 1984/170, 1985/029, 1985/078

These letters were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Mrs. Gerald DeWitt on January 18 and June 5, 1980; July 5 and November 2, 1984; and February 27, 1985.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, May 1981

Tonia J. Wood, December 2001

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Letters, 1885-1886, 1889-1892, 1897,
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1980/118 Letters, 1885, 1889, 1891
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1984 Accessions Box (1984/170) Letters, 1885-1886
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1985 Accessions Box (1985/029) Letters, 1890-1892
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1985 Accessions Box (1985/078) Letters, 1886, 1892, 1897

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