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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Legal Documents

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Mary (Mrs. Anson) Jones Letters



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Jones, Mary Smith
Title: Mary (Mrs. Anson) Jones Letters
Dates: 1858-1900
Abstract: This set of papers is mostly letters written by Mrs. Jones to her son, C. Anson Jones between 1866 and 1882. There are also a few legal/business documents and miscellaneous letters that she and her son received.
Identification: 1970-003
Quantity: 2 boxes, 1 linear foot
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Mary Smith was born on July 24, 1819 in territory that later became Lawrence County, Arkansas. Her mother, a widow, moved her family to Brazoria County, Texas in 1834 when Mary was 15. The family settled on a farm in Brazoria County. Her mother married John Woodruff, a widower with several children. The Woodruff-Smith family left the farm during the Texas Revolution for safer regions farther east, returning after the Battle of San Jacinto.

Mary married Hugh McCrory on July 23, 1837 in Houston. McCrory was a soldier with Felix Huston's volunteers who became a Houston businessman following his release. McCrory died a few weeks after his marriage to Mary.

Mary met Anson Jones when he began boarding at the Woodruff house in Houston while he was serving in the Texas legislature. They planned to marry in 1838, following the end of Mary's year of mourning, but had to put aside their plans when Jones was appointed ambassador to the United States from Texas. Following his return the couple was married on May 17, 1840. Jones served as President of the Republic of Texas from 1844 to 1846, when Texas became part of the United States and James Pinkney Henderson became the first governor of the State of Texas.

Mary and Anson Jones had four children: Samuel Houston (later changed to Samuel Edward) (born [1841]), Charles Edward (born [1843]), Sallie S. (born [1845]), and Cromwell Anson (born [1849]). Jones committed suicide in January, 1858, following a defeated bid to become the senator from Texas. Mary was widowed a second time at age 39.

Following Jones' death in 1858, Mary moved the family to Galveston, then to a farm in Harris County. Her husband had acquired land throughout east Texas during his life, and dealing with taxes, claims, and sales of the land occupied much of Mary's time throughout her life, as evidenced by her letters. She relied heavily on her children to assist her in her dealings with these legal and financial problems.

Samuel Edward and Charles served in the Confederate Army, where Charles died at the Battle of Shiloh. Samuel Edwards became a successful dentist. Sallie married R. G. Ashe and had at least one son, C. E. Ashe, who became a lawyer. Cromwell Anson became a lawyer and served as judge in Harris County, Texas until his death in 1888.

Mary became actively involved in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, serving as its first president. She died on December 31, 1907. Her daughter, Sallie (Jones) Ashe, became an active member of the organization as well.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains 203 items and includes items dated from 1858 to 1900. The bulk of the items are dated between 1869 and 1881. The collection consists for the most part of correspondence, with some legal documents and tax papers.

In addition to Mary Jones' letters, there is correspondence from Sallie (Jones) Ashe, her husband R. G. Ashe, Henry Cowing, Anson Jones, Cromwell Anson Jones, Joseph E. Field, and J. J. McMillan.

The collection has been arranged in two series: Correspondence, and Legal Documents. The Correspondence series includes 189 items, dating from 1858 to 1882. Mary Jones' letters, the bulk of the collection, are arranged chronologically. Following these letters are letters received from others, which have been arranged alphabetically by sender and chronologically within the group.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

The material in this collection is in the public domain. However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects (Persons)

Jones, Mary Smith
Jones, Anson, 1798-1858
Jones, C. Anson (Cromwell Anson), b. 1850

Subjects

Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1836-1846.

Formats

Correspondence

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary (Mrs. Anson) Jones Letters, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition

Purchased by University of Houston from Mr. & Mrs. Henry David

Processed by

Andrea Bean Hough, 1994-1995

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Detailed Description

 
Box
1-2 Correspondence
Most of the correspondence is from Mary Jones, primarily to her son Cromwell Anson Jones. These letters date between 1866 and 1882. The letters discuss local affairs and Mary Jones' life, as well as family members (Samuel Edward and Sallie S.) and friends. Many of the letters relate to problems with land claims and taxes on lands held by Mary Jones following the death of her husband.
Box Folder
1 1 Mary Jones to Colonel Thomas White, Galveston. March 29, 1866.
2 Mary Jones to her sons. Willis, TX. April 3, [1869].
3 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis, TX. April 8, [1869].
4 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Galveston, TX. May 8, 1869.
5 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. July 11, 1869.
6 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Galveston. July 18, [1869].
7 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Galveston. July 19, [1869].
8 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Galveston. July 23, 1869.
9 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. July 29, 1869.
10 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Aug. 13, 1869.
11 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Sept. 5, 1869.
12 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Oct. 3, 1869].
13 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Oct. 17, 1869].
14 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Oct. 21, 1869].
15 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Nov. 7, 1869].
16 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Nov. 23, 1869].
17 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Galveston, on board Whitlane. [Nov. 28, 1869].
18 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. [Dec. 11, 1869].
19 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. Jan. 11, 1870.
20 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [March 27, 1870].
21 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [April 3, 1870].
22 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [April 25, 1870].
23 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [April 30, 1870].
24 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [May 19, 1870].
[With undated, unsigned note].
25 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [May 28, 1870].
26 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. Aug. 5, 1870.
27 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Aug.] 13, 1870.
28 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Sept. 29, 1870].
29 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. "At Gaston's." March 4, 1871.
30 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. Nov. 19, 1871.
31 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. Dec. 17, 1871.
32 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Jan. 10, 1872.
33 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Jan. 17, 1872.
34 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. [Jan.] 22, 1872.
35 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Jan. 28, 1872.
36 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. San Jacinto. March 29, 1872.
37 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. May 25, 1872.
38 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Oct. 22, 1872.
39 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Oct. 24, 1872.
40 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. Nov. 25, 1872.
41 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. San Jacinto. Jan. 1873.
42 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. April 18, 1873.
43 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. June 11, 1873.
44 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Headquarters. July 9, 1873.
45 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Aug. 2, 1873.
46 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. San Jacinto. Jan. 25, 1874.
47 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. June 25, 1874.
48 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Near Dresden. July 24, 1874.
49 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Aug. 20, 1874.
50 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dresden. Sept. 3, 1874.
51 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Oct. 13, 1874.
52 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 23, 1874.
53 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. San Jacinto. Nov. 15, 1874.
54 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 14, 1874.
55 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 20, 1874.
56 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Jan. 20, 1875.
57 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Jan. 1875].
58 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. March 5, 1875.
59 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. March 13, 1875.
60 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 13, 1875.
61 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 25, 1875.
62 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. May 24, 1875.
63 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. June 1, 1875.
64 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. June 22, 1875.
65 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. July 13, 1875.
66 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. July 24, 1875.
67 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Sept. 23, 1875.
68 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Sept. 25, 1875.
69 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Sept. 27, 1875.
70 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 7, 1875.
71 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 18, 1875.
72 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Oct., 1875].
73 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 9, 1875.
74 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 12, 1875.
75 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Dec. 20, 1875].
76 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 26, 1875.
77 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 9, 1876.
78 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 1, 1876.
79 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. April 24, 1876.
80 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 29, 1876.
81 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. July 23, 1876.
82 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Aug. 19, 1876].
83 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Montgomery County, Crystal. Aug. 30, 1876.
84 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Crystal. Sept. 26, [1876].
85 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. March 12, 1877.
86 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Gonzales County, Moulton. June 2, 1877.
87 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Near Moulton. Aug. 13, 1877.
88 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Near Moulton. Sept. 15, 1877.
89 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Sept. 1877.
90 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 5, 1877.
91 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 6, 1877.
92 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 8, 1877.
93 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 14, 1877.
94 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 6, 1877.
95 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 9, 1877.
96 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 15, 1877.
97 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 23, 1877.
98 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 30, 1877.
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2 1 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Jan. 9, 1878.
2 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Jan. 15, 1878.
3 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 1, 1878.
4 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 18, 1878.
5 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. March 10, 1878.
6 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. March 20, 1878.
7 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 1, 1878.
8 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 5, 1878.
9 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. April 13, 1878.
10 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. May 28, 1878.
11 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. June 1, 1878.
12 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. June 4, 1878.
13 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. June 10, 1878.
14 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Aug. 23, 1878.
15 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Sept. 1, 1878.
16 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Sept. 13, 1878.
17 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Sept. 27, 1878.
18 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 13, 1878.
19 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 25, 1878.
20 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Oct. 28, [1878].
21 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 1, 1878.
22 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 2, 1878.
23 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 6, 1878.
24 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 24, 1878.
25 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 9, 1878.
26 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 15, 1878.
27 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 27, 1878.
28 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 29, 1878.
29 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Jan. 3, 1879.
30 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Jan.] 8, 1879.
31 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Jan. 23, 1879.
32 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 4, 1879.
33 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 14, 1879.
34 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 17, 1879.
35 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Feb. 25, 1879.
36 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. March 11, 1879.
37 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. May 22, 1879.
38 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. July 19, 1879.
39 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Oct. 12, 1879.
40 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dresden. Oct. 30, [1879].
41 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dresden. Nov. 1, 1879.
42 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 14, 1879.
43 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Dec.] 16, 1879.
44 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. [] 27, 1879.
45 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Jan. 7, 1880].
46 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Nov. 6, [1880].
47 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Nov. 8, [1880].
48 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Nov. 12, 1880.
49 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 23, 1880.
50 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 25, [1880].
51 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Nov. 26, 1880].
52 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Nov. 28, [1880].
53 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Nov. 30, 1880.
54 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Dec. 3, [1880].
55 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Dec. 5, 1880].
56 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 7, 1880.
57 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Dec. 15, 1880.
58 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. May 24, 1881.
59 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Sour Lake. July 7, 1881.
60 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. July 9, 1881.
61 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. [Sour Lake]. [July 12, 1881].
62 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Sour Lake. July 14, 1881.
63 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Sour Lake. July 16, [1881].
64 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Sour Lake. July 26, 1882.
65 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Gonzales Company, near Moulton. Sept. 13, 1882.
66 Mary Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. Near Moulton. Sept. 19, 1882.
67 letters. Undated
Extent 10 items.
68 Parts of letters.
Extent 2 items.
69 R. G. [Gaston] Ashe to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 27, 1878.
70 Sallie (Jones) Ashe to Cromwell Anson Jones. Lynchburg. Sept. 8, 1874.
71 Sallie (Jones) Ashe to Cromwell Anson Jones. Willis. Nov. 16, 1875.
72 Sallie (Jones) Ashe to Cromwell Anson Jones. Crystal Creek. Apr. 24, 1876.
73 Henry Cowing to Mary Jones. [1872-1873].
74 Joseph E. Field to Mary Jones. Lavaca. Nov. 14, 1858.
75 Joseph E. Field to Mary Jones. Lavaca. Dec. 29, 1858.
76 Joseph E. Field to Mary Jones. Lavaca. Jan. 10, 1859.
77 Joseph E. Field to Mary Jones. Copy. [1867].
77a Anson Jones to Cromwell Anson Jones. ca. 1858.
78 Cromwell Anson Jones. Houston. Oct. 7, 1877.
79 J. J. McMillan. Harris County, Cedar Bayou. Oct. 18, 1875.

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Box Folder
2 80-94 Legal Documents
There are only 15 items in the series. Included are property taxes, land deeds, powers of attorney, and other miscellaneous legal papers. The materials date from 1858 to 1900, with the bulk of the items between 1890 and 1900.
80 Property taxes. 1858.
81 Property taxes. 1860.
82 Property taxes. 1862.
83 Property taxes. 1864.
84 Property taxes. 1865.
85 Property taxes. 1898.
86 Deed of land, Montgomery County. 1879.
87 Power of attorney. 1890.
88 Deed of land, Harris County. 1892.
89 Deed of land, Harris County. 1892.
90 Deed of land, Harris County. 1895.
91 Court summons citation, Harris County. 1898.
92 Announcement of property sale, Harris County. 1900.
93 Law Suit, San Jacinto County. undated
94 Property list. undated

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