Thomas Jefferson Word Collection, 1834-1911
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Brief Description:

The Thomas Jefferson Word Collection includes letters, legal documents, and receipts that give a rough outline of his life in Mississippi, details of Word's move to Texas, and his law practice. These materials often discuss land deals, purchases, promissory notes, details in legal cases, and daily life. Other information in the collection includes post mortem papers, which were handled mostly by his son Horace, and several legal cases that do not directly involve Word.

Items researchers might find interesting:

~ Letters from Texas Supreme Court Justice George F. Moore (1857-1874) to Word that discuss the election of Texas politicians during the Civil War.

~ Land documents in this collection might give researchers an idea of how difficult it was for some early Texas settlers to purchase land and keep their boundaries well defined.

~ Documents in the collection also tie T. J. Word to important regional institutions, like the Mississippi Union Bank, and people, like Robert & David Graham Mills (brothers who owned over 200,000 acres of land in Texas and were worth an estimated $3 to $5 million) and Nathan Brasswell Yelverton (a reputable doctor in Anderson County).

Held at:
East Texas Research Center
1936 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone: 936-468-4636
Email: asketrc [at] sfasu.edu
Record Series Number: A/163
Created by: Word, Thomas Jefferson
Volume: 3.0 Linear Feet
Arrangement:

This collection consists of three series arranged across two boxes and one oversized bundle.

Series 1: Mississippi (Box 1)

    Subseries 1: Personal Materials 1837-1872 – Correspondence, receipts, and personal estate documents in separate folders and in chronological order.

    Subseries 2: Professional Legal Papers 1840-1871 – Correspondents and legal cases in separate folders and in chronological order.

    Subseries 3: Miscellaneous 1836-1854 – Unsorted or undated correspondences and legal documents in separate folders and in chronological order.

Series 2: Texas (Box 1)

    Subseries 1: Personal Materials 1855-1910 – Correspondence, receipts, and personal estate documents in separate folders and in chronological order.

    Subseries 2: Professional Legal Papers 1835-1909 - Correspondents and legal cases in separate folders and in chronological order.

Series 3: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas (Box 2)

    Land abstracts, conveyance records from Anderson County, Texas, and T. J. Word account ledgers in separate folders and in chronological order.

Bundle 1: Oversized items

    An oversized meeting summary, land receipt, letter, certificate of redemption, and map each encapsulated in mylar and in chronological order.

Subject Index
Lawyers -- Texas, East
Legislators -- Texas
Word, Thomas Jefferson -- Correspondence