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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Subjects (Persons)

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the McCelvey-Calhoun-McHenry Family Papers, 1839-1978.



Descriptive Summary

Creator McCelvey, Martha Jane McHenry, William P.
Title: McCelvey-Calhoun-McHenry Family Papers
Dates: 1839-1978
Abstract The McCelvey-Calhoun-McHenry Family Papers consist of correspondence, business and financial documents, printed and genealogical materials, a family bible, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to the McCelvey, Calhoun, Ansley, Hearst, Park, and McHenry families of Texas and South Carolina, 1839-1978.
Accession no. 93-137
Extent: 7 in.; manuscript, photographs, and family bible.
Language Materials are in English
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The principal creators of this collections are William P. McHenry (born in Mobile, Alabama; died in Hickory Creek, Texas, 1841-1887) and Martha Jane McCelvey (born in the Abbeville District, South Carolina; died in Crockett, Texas, 1845-1917). McHenry joined the Confederate States Army in 1861 and served in Company A, 2nd Texas Calvary along the Texas border. He was discharged at the end of the war and signed an amnesty oath on July 29, 1865.

William P. McHenry and Martha Jane McCelvey were married on August 10, 1865 in a double ceremony with Martha's sister Elizabeth Anne, who married John Ansley. McHenry and Ansley operated the Hickory Creek Plantation thereafter. McHenry and McCelvey had nine children. The Ansley family later moved to Portland, Oregon, where John Ansley worked in the newspaper business.

A descendant of William P. McHenry and Martha Jane McCelvey, identified as Mrs. S. J. Park, sponsored the launching of the S. S. Thomas Eakins by the Houston Shipbuilding Corporation in 1944.

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Scope and Contents

The McCelvey-Calhoun-McHenry Family Papers consist of correspondence, business and financial documents, printed and genealogical materials, a family bible, photographs, and newspaper clippings relating to the McCelvey, Calhoun, Ansley, Hearst, Park, and McHenry families of Texas and South Carolina, 1839-1978. The bulk of the correspondence is between William P. McHenry and Martha Jane (Miss Mattie) McCelvey prior to their marriage in 1865, while McHenry was stationed on the Texas border with Company A, 2nd Texas Calvary. The family bible chronicles their marriage in 1865 until the last entry in 1958. The business records relate to William P. McHenry and his brother-in-law John Ansley.

A small portion of the collection concerns the ships of the Houston Shipbuliding Corporation of Houston, Texas, 1942-1945 and 1962.

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Subjects (Persons)

McCelvey, Martha Jane
McHenry, William P.

Places

Hickory Creek Plantation

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

McCelvey-Calhoun-McHenry Family Papers, 1839-1978, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/A91d Correspondence
McCelvey Family and McHenry Family, 1839-1888, 1907-1917, 1945
Martha Jane McCelvey to William P. McHenry, 1860-1865
William P. McHenry to Martha Jane McCelvey, 1860-1865
Hickory Creek Plantation
Correspondence and business records, William P. McHenry and John Ansley, 1865-1884
Envelopes
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2.325/D13b W.P. McHenry
Account with J.C. Wooters, March-September 1869
Certificate naming W.P. McHenry Trustee of the Cedar Point White School Community, No. 31, Houston County, Texas, 1877
Houston Shipbuildling Corporation
Lists of ships
Program for the launching of the S. S. McHenry, Austin, Texas, November 26, 1943
Program for the presentation of the Award of Merit by the U. S. Maritime Commission, November 1942
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2.325/A91d Ships, S. S. Thomas Eakins and S. S. Sam Houston, 1942-1962
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3S49.1 Photographs
Three black and white photographs of the S. S. Thomas Eakins, Houston Shipbuilding Corporation, ca. 1942
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4L881 Family bible
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2.325/A91d Genealogical information
Materials from the family bible
Family history documents

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