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Thomas Jefferson Word Collection, 1834-1911

By Mark Musquiz

Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Jefferson Word Collection, 1834-1911

ID: A/163

Creator: Word, Thomas Jefferson

Extent: 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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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).


Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Series 1: MississippiAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Personal Materials, 1837-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1837-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Receipts/accounts/debts, 1840-1872Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Tax Receipts, 1838-1855Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Family/estate, 1848-1852Add to your cart.
Folder 5: John Calhoun (cotton purchases), 1857-1859Add to your cart.
Folder 6: John W. Hooper (land trader helping Word purchase Texas Land), 1839-1854Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Professional Legal Papers, 1840-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1840-1871Add to your cart.
Folder 8: John Davis (legal correspondence), 1842-1843Add to your cart.
Folder 9: John Smith, 1851-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Mississippi Union Bank, 1840-1842Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Mississippi Union Bank (Correspondence between Word and Samuel Craig), 1841Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Miscellaneous, 1836-1854Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Misc. Correspondence/titles/deeds/accounts, 1836-1854Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Misc. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: TexasAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Personal Materials, 1855-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 14: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Receipts/accounts/debtsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Anderson County ReceiptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: CasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Family/estateAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Letters to Horace Word and John J. WordAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Misc.Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Professional Legal Papers, 1835-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1855-1888Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Receipts/accounts/debts, 1855-1904Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Deeds, 1856-1904Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Cases, 1856-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 25: P. W. Bradshaw, 1868-1873Add to your cart.
Folder 26: John E. Cravens, 1850-1886Add to your cart.
Folder 27: William H. Cundiff, 1866-1878Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Jesse Durin, 1858-1864Add to your cart.
Folder 29: E. J. Iglehart, 1835-1866Add to your cart.
Folder 30: R. & D. G. Mills, 1852-1860Add to your cart.
Folder 31: George F. Moore, 1857-1874Add to your cart.
Folder 32: E. S. Pitts, 1856-1857Add to your cart.
Folder 33: David Snively, 1858-1870Add to your cart.
Folder 34: N. B. Yelverton, 1856-1863Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Misc., 1860-1905Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Misc. UndatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Series 3: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Complete Abstract of All Conveyances Affecting the John Fisher League of LandAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Abstract of Land Titles in TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1875-1876Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1875-1877Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1879-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1880-1882Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1882-1883Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1888-1889Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1890-1891Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Abstractor Conveyances from Records, Anderson County, Texas, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Thomas J. Word Account Ledgers, 1857-1874Add to your cart.
Bundle 1Add to your cart.
Series 4: Oversized DocumentsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Meeting summary; Word chosen to help present methods of internal improvement for the state in Raleigh, South Carolina, 11/22/1833Add to your cart.
Item 2: John Word Hooper’s proof of payment for land, 1840sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Rand McNally Map of Texas (written on map, “Menard Territory approved Jan. 22, 1841”), 1893Add to your cart.
Item 4: David Snively letter discussing power of attorney and the Eleven League Land, 7/1/1859Add to your cart.
Item 5: Horace Word sells land to pay taxes (certificate of redemption), 4/23/1890Add to your cart.