Kelsey Harris Douglass Letters, 1837-1840, 1987 | East Texas Research Center

By Pam Palmer, 1988

Collection Overview

Title: Kelsey Harris Douglass Letters, 1837-1840, 1987Add to your cart.

ID: A/132

Primary Creator: Douglass, Kelsey H. (Kelsey Harris) (d. 1840)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1988

Subjects: Douglass, Kelsey H. (Kelsey Harris), d. 1840 -- Correspondence, Freemasons -- Texas, Legislators -- Texas, Merchants -- Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Among the collection are seven letters written by Kelsey H. Douglass to his wife Minerva while he was a member of Congress in Houston. The letters are mostly concerned with getting things done at home during Kelsey's absence. These letters were laminated with the intent of preserving them. Unfortunately the lamination is starting to turn darker in color. There are also two letters from Minerva Douglass' aunt and uncle, Jesse and Mary Childress Benton. One letter was written from Nachitoches, LA, where they had gone after leaving Texas before Kelsey's death. The other was written upon receipt of the news of Kelsey's death.

Collection Historical Note

Kelsey Harris Douglass, Nacogdoches merchant and Republic of Texas congressman, came to Texas sometime before the Texas Revolution. In March 1836 he sold several large orders of apparel and dry goods to the Texas army. He issued paper notes in Nacogdoches, payable either at his store or at his office in New Orleans. These notes circulated at or near par alongside Republic of Texas currency. In 1837–38 he represented Nacogdoches County in the House of the Second Congress in Houston. He joined Col. Edward Burleson, who along with his volunteers from East Texas, succeeded in pushing the Cherokee Indians from Texas. Douglass was in command at the battle of the Neches. He was also a charter member of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas. He married Minerva Benton. He died in Nacogdoches on October 4, 1840, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery. His wife went bankrupt paying off his debts and currency after his sudden death. The town of Douglass is named in his honor.

Kim Perkins, "DOUGLASS, KELSEY HARRIS," Handbook of Texas Online, accessed January 02, 2012.

Subject/Index Terms

Douglass, Kelsey H. (Kelsey Harris), d. 1840 -- Correspondence
Freemasons -- Texas
Legislators -- Texas
Merchants -- Texas

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

Ericson, Joe E. Personalities on the East Texas frontier: brief narratives of their lives and times. Nacogdoches, TX: Ericson Books, 1998.  ETRC CT262 .E64 1998x     

George Aldrich Papers. ETRC Personal & Family Collection. A-50


Box and Folder Listing


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Folder 1: Letters from Kelsey Douglass to his wife Minerva, September 4, 1837 & November 27, 1837Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters from Kelsey Douglass to his wife Minerva, September 1837, October & December 10, 1837 15, 1837,Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters from Kelsey Douglass to his wife Minerva, February 20, 1838 & May 17, 1838Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters from Jesse Benton to K. H. Douglass, September 16, 1840 & November 6, 1840Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper items and probate papers, 1838-1841Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Research paper on Kelsey Harris Douglass, by Louise Currey Nicholls, 1987Add to your cart.

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