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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Note to the Researcher

University of Texas Arlington

Helen Genette Root Letter to John W. Green:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Root, Helen Genette.
Title: Helen Genette Root Letter to John W. Green
Inclusive Dates: January 10, 1847
Abstract: Helen Genette Root was born in Huron County, Ohio, on June 3, 1829, the daughter of Josiah Root (1793-1866) and Nancy Green Root (1800-1850). The family moved from Ohio to Indiana and then on to Dallas, Texas, arriving on January 4, 1847. They did not stay in Dallas long as Helen married John Rufus Lowe (1823-1887) in La Porte County, Indiana, on April 30, 1848. Helen Root Lowe died in San Fernando, California on December 20, 1908. This letter, dated January 10, 1847, was written by Helen Genette Root to her maternal uncle, John W. Green, a physician in La Porte, Indiana, within a week of the family's arrival in Dallas, Texas. She reports living in spartan conditions to which they were unaccustomed. Their temporary living quarters was in a house with no window or door; timber and water were scarce; and the only food available was bread, meat, and coffee.
Identification: AR570
Extent: 1 letter (0.01 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Helen Genette Root was born in Huron County, Ohio, on June 3, 1829, the daughter of Josiah Root (1793-1866) and Nancy Green Root (1800-1850). The family moved from Ohio to Indiana and then on to Dallas, Texas, arriving on January 4, 1847. They did not stay in Dallas long as Helen married John Rufus Lowe (1823-1887) in La Porte County, Indiana, on April 30, 1848. The Root family moved to California sometime after Nancy Green Root's death in 1850. John and Helen Root Lowe had four children: John Morris Lowe, William Olin Lowe, Effie Gennette Lowe Montgomery, and Walter Franklin Lowe. Helen Root Lowe died in San Fernando, California on December 20, 1908.

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Scope and Contents

This letter was written by Helen Genette Root to her maternal uncle, John W. Green, a physician in La Porte, Indiana, within a week of the family's arrival in Dallas, Texas. She reports living in spartan conditions to which they were unaccustomed. Their temporary living quarters was a house with no window or door; timber and water were scarce; and the only food available was bread, meat, and coffee. Helen's mother Nancy appends the letter with a note that describes the country as the "handsomest" she had ever seen, discusses agricultural matters, and urges her brother to move to Red River County where she saw "more pale faces that I ever saw in one place before."

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research. This letter forms part of the Texas General Manuscripts Collection, AR570.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Root, Helen Genette--1829-1908--Archives.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--History.
Dallas (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Red River County (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscript Collection
Texas General Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books, 2011.

Citation

Helen Genette Root Letter to John W. Green, January 10, 1847, Texas General Manuscripts Collection, AR570, Box Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Purchase, 2011.

Accessioned as number 2011-81.

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 Note to the Researcher 

Letter is very fragile. Please use the photocopy instead of the original.

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