A Guide to the Howell R. Hughes Narrative, 1929
Raised in Hughes Springs, Texas, Howell R. Hughes (1851-1935) was the son of Reece Hughes (1811-1893) and Elizabeth Rose (1826-1853). Born in Bedford County, Tennessee, Reece Hughes moved to East Texas in 1838, where he acquired vast land holdings, slaves, and an iron works. His wife, Elizabeth Rose, was the daughter of William Pinckney Rose (1787-1850), a participant in the Regulator-Moderator War. During the Civil War, Reece Hughes’ opposition to Texas secession caused Confederate authorities to seize much of his property, including his iron works, ruining him financially.
McLean, Margaret Stoner. "Rose, William Pinckney."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 24, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fro74.
McMillan, B. J. "Hughes, Reece."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 24, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhu19.
Consisting of handwritten and typescript copies of Life of an East Texas Pioneer, the Howell R. Hughes Narrative, 1929, chronicles the life and family history of Reece Hughes. Spanning from 1839 to 1865, the narrative discusses Hughes’ farming and iron works, familial affairs, and the political climate in East Texas after the Texas Revolution and during the Civil War.
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Howell R. Hughes Narrative, 1929, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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