Wortham Family Papers, 1852-1891 | East Texas Research Center
By Natasha McClanahan, 1992
Primary Creator: Wortham, William A. (William Amos) (1830-1910)
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
William Amos Wortham, the son of William H. and Eliza Johnston Wortham, was born in Maury County, Tennessee, on November 3, 1830. In 1842, he came to Texas with his widowed mother. Wanting to be a printer, he became an apprentice in a printing office and subsequently spent most of his life as a newspaper editor and publisher. On June 11, 1852, he married Miss Adeline Elizabeth Ashcroft, daughter of Dr. Levi H. and Elizabeth Ashcroft of Tyler, Texas. In 1854, he and his family moved to Sulphur Springs, Texas. In Sulphur Springs, William A. Wortham remained active as editor of The Gazette, was representative of Hopkins County three times in the House of Representatives of the Texas Legislature, and also served as Senator in the state Senate. In 1891, he was appointed superintendent of the State Orphan's Asylum at Corsicana.
W. A. Wortham enlisted as a lieutenant in the Confederate Army in approximately 1862. He took part in a number of important battles. Later Wortham became Colonel of the 34th Texas Cavalry . After the war, he returned to Sulphur Springs where he reentered the newspaper business. On October 1, 1910, William A. Wortham died in Fort Worth.
( "WORTHAM, WILLIAM AMOS." The Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/WW/fwo30.html [Accessed Mon Jun 28 11:46:56 US/Central 2004
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- Box 1
- Folder 1
- Newspaper clipping from the Tyler Telegraph, announcing the marriage of William A. Wortham and Miss Adeline E. Ashcroft, 1852. 1 item.
- Folder 2
- Invitation to William A. Wortham and his lady to attend a "Complimentary Cotillion Party" June 14, 1852. 1 item.
- Folder 3
- Letter to Adeline Wortham from William A. Wortham during his campaign with the Confederate forces in the Civil War, Camp near London, Tennessee, November 11, 1862. Photocopy and typescript. 2 items.
- Folder 4
- General orders commending the gallantry of Terrell's and Liken's regiments, May 8, 1864. Photocopy and typescript. 2 items.
- Folder 5
- Will of James W. Wortham, March 11, 1865. 1 item.
- Folder 6
- Invitation to Colonel Wortham and lady to attend a dinner hosted by The Post of Sulphur Springs, December 24, 1868. 1 item.
- Folder 7
- Newspaper clipping of obituary of Minerva Ashcroft, probably from Tyler [Courier-Times] Telegraph, July, 1880. 1 item.
- Folder 8
- Newspaper clipping of thank-you message to the editor (W. A. Wortham) of The Gazette by Mr. and Mrs. Callicott, July 4, 1884. 1 item.
- Folder 9
- Newspaper clipping of obituary of Salary E. Ashcroft, probably from Tyler [Courier-Times] Telegraph, February, 1888. 1 item.
- Folder 10
- Newspaper clipping of obituary of J. M. Ashcroft, probably from Tyler [Courier-Times] Telegraph, October,1891, 1 item.
- Folder 11
- Photograph of William A. Wortham and his wife Adeline, at the State Orphan's Home, Corsicana, Texas, 1890's. 1 item.
- Folder 12
- Newspaper clipping thanking friends and neighbors for support during the death of their mother, n.d. 1 item.
- Folder 13
- Article, probably from the Sulphur Springs Gazette, commenting on Senator Cranford's speech in favor of the railroad commission, n.d. 1 item.
- Folder 14
- Article, probably from the Sulphur Springs Gazette, commenting on a previous article in the Gazette by Paul Denton, n.d. 1 item.
- Folder 15
- Portion of newspaper clipping, probably from the Sulphur Springs Gazette, commenting on Colonel Wortham as superintendent of the State Orphan's Asylum, n.d. 1 item.