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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mary Henrietta Chase Papers, 1710-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chase, Mary Henrietta
Title: Mary Henrietta Chase Papers
Dates: 1710-2000
Abstract: Correspondence, genealogical materials, financial documents, postcards, news clippings, literary productions, and photographs comprise the Mary Henrietta Chase Papers, 1842-1967, and relate to Chase’s genealogical research on the Chase, Rhodes, and Seeley families of Texas.
Accession No.: 2000-070
Extent: 2 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Genealogist Mary Henrietta Chase (1908-1997) was born on September 6, 1908, to Jerry and Henrietta Chase of Franklin, Texas. A filer for Gulf Insurance Co. (later Gulf-Atlantic), Chase conducted large amounts of genealogical research on the Chase, Rhodes, and Seeley families of Texas. She wrote an unpublished family history of the Seeleys titled The Saga of the Seeleys from Southern New Jersey to Illinois and Texas. Chase died on August 7, 1997, in Dallas, Texas.

Chase’s great grandmother, Henrietta Seeley Cheek Moore (1842-1926) was born to David S. and Sarah Louise Gray Seeley on August 30, 1842, in Wheelock, Texas. While still young, she moved with her family to Falls County, Texas, where they invested heavily in land and slaves. She married Sylvester Cheek on October 31, 1859, in Franklin, Texas; they had one daughter, Emma Cheek Rhodes (1860-1938). Emma Rhodes was the Chase’s maternal grandmother. After her husband’s death in 1865, Henrietta married Thomas S. Moore on September 5, 1867; they had no children. In 1901, Henrietta went to live with her daughter Emma, the wife of Thomas Jefferson Rhodes, in Franklin. She invested heavily in oil and became suddenly wealthy. Henrietta Moore died in Franklin on April 8, 1926.

Source: “Mrs. Henrietta Moore Is Called by Death.” The Franklin Texas, April 10, 1926.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, genealogical materials, financial documents, postcards, news clippings, literary productions, and photographs comprise the Mary Henrietta Chase Papers, 1842-1967, and relate to Chase’s genealogical research on the Chase, Rhodes, and Seeley families of Texas. The genealogical research consists of family trees; page proofs from her family history, The Saga of the Seeleys from Southern New Jersey to Illinois and Texas; photocopies of historical documents, such as birth and death certificates, correspondence, and land records; family photographs; and correspondence with various family members and historical institutions. Additionally, the research materials include the family crests of the Chase and Seeley families. The collection also contains a small amount of Chase’s personal papers, including correspondence, financial documents, and postcards documenting her life in Dallas, Texas. Furthermore, the original correspondence of Henrietta Seeley Cheek Moore from the 1850s to the 1920s composes a large portion of the collection. The correspondence documents her relationships with her husbands and contains marriage proposals tendered to her by various suitors.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Chase, Mary Henrietta, 1908-1997--Archives.
Moore, Henrietta Seeley Cheek, 1842-1926--Archives.
Cheek, Sylvester, d. 1865.
Moore, Thomas S.
Rhodes, Emma Cheek, 1860-1938.
Rhodes, Thomas Jefferson.
Subjects
Genealogy--Texas.
Places
Wheelock (Tex.)
Franklin (Tex.)
Falls County (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Henrietta Chase Papers, 1710-2000, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2.325/Q100a-100b Personal letters:
Letters from her family, 1930-1967
Seeley correspondence with Tompkins’ family members, 1961-1975
Daniel H. Gray (1785-1867), 1870-1965
Independence “Vine Dell”, 1962, 1964, undated
Miscellaneous clippings, correspondence, and diaries, 1931-1995
Miscellaneous genealogical information:
Rhode family genealogy, 1955, 1960, undated
Book distribution materials, 1963, undated
Henrietta Seeley Cheek Moore - Letters, 1842-1926
Page Proofs and Saga of the Seeleys, 1961-1991
Photographs of Dallas area, [early 20th century]
Zanelle Rhodes (1889-1951), 1917, 1927, 1951
Assorted genealogical materials, 1867-2000
Letters to Hazel Chase, 1962-1972
Chase family history and genealogical materials, undated
Chase family genealogical materials, 1951-1973
Maps of Robertson County and assorted clippings, 1947, 1972, undated
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2.325/Q100b Photocopies of Seeley correspondence, undated
Official documents, 1820-1961
Clippings, 1926-1968
Notices of death and wills, 1841-1881
Letters to Mary Chase, 1847-1927
Photographs, 1965
Letters from Maggie Gray, 1867
Seeley family notes, 1964-1966, undated
Seeley family genealogical materials, 1710-1974
Seely and Gray genealogical materials, 1962, undated
Assorted items used in publishing genealogies, 1860-1984

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