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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clarke, Elizabeth Ross
Title: Clarke, Elizabeth Ross, narrative
Dates: [ca. 1920]
Abstract: The Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920], contains Clarke’s biography of her father Sul Ross and his father Shapley Prince Ross entitled, "YA-A-H-H-OO, Warwhoop of the Comanches: The Cry that Struck Terror to the Hearts of the Pioneers in the Early Days of Texas.".
Extent: 1 vol.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

One of nine children, Elizabeth Ross Clarke (b. 1878) was the daughter of Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross (1838-1898) and the former Elizabeth Dorothy Tinsley. Sul Ross was the son of Shapley Prince Ross (1811-1889) and his wife Catherine, who moved to Texas in 1839. After serving in the Texas Rangers (1842-1847), Shapley settled in Waco, where he built the town’s first hotel, served as its first postmaster (1850), and was an Indian agent (1855-1858).

Upon graduating from Wesleyan University in Florence, Alabama, in 1859, Sul Ross joined the Texas Rangers and eventually raised his own company, who recovered Cynthia Ann Parker from Comanche Indians in December 1860. The next year, Ross joined the Confederate Army, commanding the Texas Cavalry Brigade, also known as Ross’ Brigade. Following the war, he entered politics, serving as sheriff of McLennan County (1873-1875), Texas state senator from the 22nd District (1880-1882), and governor of Texas (1887-1891). Upon leaving the governorship, Ross became president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, now Texas A&M University, a position he held until his death in 1898.

Sources:

Benner, Judith Ann. "Ross, Lawrence Sullivan [Sul]."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed November 8, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro81.

Kemp, L. W. "Ross, Shapley Prince."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed November 8, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro86.

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Scope and Contents

The Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920], contains Clarke’s biography of her father Sul Ross and his father Shapley Prince Ross. Covering the period 1838 to 1898, the narrative is entitled "YA-A-H-H-OO, Warwhoop of the Comanches: The Cry that Struck Terror to the Hearts of the Pioneers in the Early Days of Texas." It discusses Indian raids on the early Texas frontier as well as Sul Ross’s activities during the Civil War and as Texas state senator, governor, and president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Clarke, Elizabeth Ross -- Archives.
Ross, Lawrence Sullivan, 1838-1898.
Ross, Shapley Prince.
Ross family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry. Ross’ Brigade
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas.
Subjects
Indians of North America -- Texas.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Places
Waco (Tex.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

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Related Material

See also Ross (Lawrence Sullivan) Letters

See also Ross Family Papers at the Texas Collection, Baylor University, Waco, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Elizabeth Ross Clarke Narrative, [ca. 1920], 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

 

Inventory

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2J143 Narrative, [ca. 1920]

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