A Guide to the Tennessee Keys Embree Papers, 1856-1884
Born to Mahala Kenner Keys in Carrolton, Arkansas, Tennessee Keys (1840-1918) moved to Texas by 1856, living with her sister Lizza Giles in Bosqueville before moving to Bell County. In 1864, she married Dr. John W. Embree (1828-1895), his first wife Henrietta having died the previous year. The couple had five children: Beulah Sanford, Russell Embree, Harvey Embree, Gillian Creswell, and John W. Embree, Jr.
Two copies of three transcript volumes of letters and diaries compose the Tennessee Keys Embree Papers, 1856-1884, documenting her family and social life in Texas. Letters from Embree and her sister Anna Keys to their family, 1856, undated, describes their family’s health and visiting friends, while one 1864 missive from Embree to her future husband discusses her feelings towards him. The diaries, 1862-1884, chronicle daily activities in Texas, such as attending church, visiting family and friends, and housekeeping.
This collection is open for research use.
Tennessee Keys Embree Papers, 1856-1884, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers