Kelsey Harris Douglass Letters, 1837-1840, 1987 | East Texas Research Center
By Pam Palmer, 1988
Primary Creator: Douglass, Kelsey H. (Kelsey Harris) (d. 1840)
Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet
Date Acquired: 00/00/1988
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.
Access Restrictions: Open for research.
Acquisition Method: Gift
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
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Letters from Kelsey Douglass to his wife Minerva, September 4, 1837 & November 27, 1837
- Folder 2: Letters from Kelsey Douglass to his wife Minerva, September 1837, October & December 10, 1837 15, 1837,
- Folder 3: Letters from Kelsey Douglass to his wife Minerva, February 20, 1838 & May 17, 1838
- Folder 4: Letters from Jesse Benton to K. H. Douglass, September 16, 1840 & November 6, 1840
- Folder 5: Newspaper items and probate papers, 1838-1841
- Folder 6: Research paper on Kelsey Harris Douglass, by Louise Currey Nicholls, 1987