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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

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 Moreland-Bass Family Papers, 1855-1869



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Moreland Family
Creator: Bass Family
Title: Moreland-Bass Family Papers Papers
Dates: 1855-1869
Abstract: The Moreland-Bass Family Papers consist of Moreland and Bass family correspondence concerning the death of Demetrius Bass in the Civil War, conditions in Texas, and Mary Ann Moreland’s concern for a young black woman in her care.
Accession No.: 89-009
Extent: 9 items
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Mary Ann Moreland lived in Prairie Grove, Texas, in the mid 19th century. Her sister, Elizabeth, was the mother of Demetrius M. Bass, who died an untimely death in Socorro, New Mexico, in March 1862 from wounds received in Arizona during the Battle of Valverde in February 1862. Mary Ann Moreland was married to Joseph Moreland, a small storeowner in Fairfield. The Morelands raised and took care of a young black orphan girl, a granddaughter of slaves in Alabama. Additionally, Mary Ann and Joseph Moreland had a son, L. L. Moreland.

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Scope and Contents

The Moreland-Bass Family Papers, 1855-1869, consist of Moreland and Bass family correspondence concerning the death of Demetrius Bass in the Civil War, conditions in Texas, and Mary Ann Moreland’s concern for a young black woman in her care. Additionally, the collection includes a power of attorney for the sale of Alabama lands as well as part of Demetrius Bass’ last will. Two lengthy letters from Mary Ann Moreland to her sister Elizabeth inform her of her son Demetrius’ last wishes, and the kindness of a Mrs. Shaw, a missionary woman who looked after him in the hospital. Furthermore, one letter from L. L. Moreland to Demetrius Bass, his cousin, pertains to the Texas Debt Bill of 1855 and to the question of using the state school fund for internal improvements.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Moreland family--Archives.
Bass family--Archives.
Moreland, Mary Ann
Moreland, Joseph
Bass, Demetrius M.
Subjects
Valverde, Battle of, Val Verde, N.M., 1862
Power of attorney--Texas
Power of attorney--Alabama
Places
Texas--History--19th century
Prairie Grove (Tex.)
Fairfield (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Moreland-Bass Family Papers, 1855-1869, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection is unprocessed. Contact repository for more 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

 

Inventory

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2.325/A130 Unprocessed family papers, 1855-1869

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