Mattie Lou McLendon-Ballard Papers, 1849-1933 | East Texas Research Center

By Anne Kendall

Collection Overview

Title: Mattie Lou McLendon-Ballard Papers, 1849-1933Add to your cart.

ID: A/228

Primary Creator: McLendon-Ballard, Mattie Lou

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Families -- Texas, East, Photographs

Forms of Material: Correspondence

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains over one hundred and thirty letters and fragments of McLendon family letters, most sent to Nancy Bridges, her daughter Lydia McLendon, Lydia's husband Loami and their daughter Mattie Lou McLendon. The dates of the letters range from 1849-1902 and are sent from various family members such as John E. McLendon, his brother Bartow and various friends. They paint a detailed picture of weather, crops and economics of the time period, both in East Texas and Alabama, where some family and friends remained. The collection also contains photographs, tintype and picture postcards of family members.

Collection Historical Note

L. G. (Loami) and Lydia Ann Bridges McLendon moved to Marshall, Texas from Alabama in 1886, eventually settling in Center, Texas with their five children; John E., Martin Bartow, Robert Hardy, William Clifton and Mattie Lou.  L. G. served with the 59th Alabama Infantry during the Civil War, and was a farmer and a Mason. John E. McLendon was a newspaper man, publishing and editing many papers in the East Texas area. Martin Bartow was a building contractor and built many homes and schools in Marshall, Center and the surrounding areas. Willie Clifton was the refining agent in Shelby County for the Gulf Company for more than fifty years. Robert, who was crippled at an early age, transported goods between Center and Logansport, Louisiana, and Mattie Lou served as pianist at the First Baptist Church in Center.  (Gregory, Lucy McLendon. "McLendon, L. G. Family." History of Shelby County, Texas. Dallas: Curtis Media Corporation, 1988. p. 664).

Subject/Index Terms

Families -- Texas, East
Photographs


Box and Folder Listing


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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

1. Mattie Lou Ballard and Bartow McLendon, 1933; Mattie Dellinger and Bartow McLendon, 1933; two unidentified women, no date.

2. Two picture postcards of Nancy, Linda Mae, Molly,1911; one of unidentified toddler,1911; photo possibly Ballard, no date.

3. Three picture postcards: Lucy Lee McLendon, no date; Lucy Lee and Mattie McLendon, no date; Lucy Lee McLendon, age 3 years and Mattie Imelda, age 15 months, no date.

4. Ida McLendon, no date; unidentified family group, no date; two unidentified girls in garden, no date; Mattie Lou McLendon, no date.

5. Tintype of unidentified boy, no date; tintype of unidentified baby, no date; photo of unidentified young girl, no date.

6. Photo of unidentified toddler, no date.

Folder 2: Letters, mostly from Nancy Bridges to Lydia McLendonAdd to your cart.

1. April 14 (no year), Marshall, Texas, from “Sallie” to “Mother” re: birth of her baby girl.

2. July 11 (no year), from “Sallie” to “Ma” re: recent move to Gatesville.

3. Henderson, Texas, June 5 (no year), from “your mother and grand ma” to Lydia, re: weather, family and church news.

4. June 23 (no year), from “your mother” to “Lidia”, with reply from “Lidia” to “Ma” on reverse, re: family health, wishing they could visit.

5. Henderson, Texas, September 13 (no year), from Nancy Bridges to Lydia re: death of an aunt and a recent earthquake.

6. Henderson, Texas, August 21 (no year), from Nancy Bridges to Lydia McLendon re: health of the family, please visit.

7. Henderson October 11 (no year), from "your mother" to Lydia re: Fanny's marriage, other family news.

Folder 3: Letters mostly from Nancy Bridges "mother" to Lydia McLendonAdd to your cart.

1. Henderson, Texas (no date) from “NB” to “Lydia” re: trouble in the family between Sally, David and John.

2. Henderson, Texas, December 8 (no year) from Nancy Bridges to Lydia re: her bad treatment by Jose and wondering where to live.

3. Henderson, Texas, Jan the 17 (no year), from Nancy Bridges to Lydia re: her bad treatment by Jose and offer to stay in Mrs. Carlton’s home.

4. From “Mama” to Mattie Lou (no date or place), re: making mayhaw jelly.

5. Clayton, Panola Co., September 7 (no year), from “Mother McLendon” to Lydia Ann, re: family news, encourages them to move to Texas from Troy.

6. From “ma” to “my own dear girl..” (Mattie Lou), (no date or place) re: planting potatoes, Sallie moving to Timpson.

7. From "your mama" to Mattie Lou (no date or place) re: freezing weather.

Folder 4: Letters, mostly from Matt to LydiaAdd to your cart.

1. From Albert to his cousin Bob; from “Lula?” to Matty; from Matt to Lydia Ann (all on one page, no date or place), re: family news, sending snuff.

2. Gilmer, Texas, March 4 (no year), from Matt to her sister, re: family news, finding an opossum in the stove room.

3. Troy, Alabama, Feb 7 (no year), from Matt to Lydia Ann, re: family news.

4. Letter fragment: October 12 (no year or place), to “My Dear Sister,” probably from Matt, re: news of family and friends, attacks and killings in the area.

5. From Matt to her cousin Matty Lou; to Bob from Albert; to Lydia from Matt (all on one page, no date or place) re: missing them, family news, pet chicken named Tom

Folder 5: Letters from Lydia McLendon to her motherAdd to your cart.

1. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: worried Mr McLendon may have “a cancer.”

2. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: not feeling well, family and church news.

3. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: missing her, church meetings, children and Mr. McLendon sick.

4. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: can’t come to visit as Mr. McLendon is coming home ill, family and church news.

5. From Lydia to her mother (no date), re: news about family and friends in Troy, Alabama.

Folder 6: Letters from Lydia McLendon to her motherAdd to your cart.

1. Letter fragment to “ma,” probably from Lydia (no date), re: news of family and friends, local deaths in Troy, Alabama.

2. From Lydia to her mother, and from her mother in reply (all on one page, no date), re: Mr. McLendon may have a teaching job, family news.

3. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: Alfred going to school, getting a sewing machine.

4. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: getting money for her husband’s service in the Indian wars.

5. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: illness in the family, mourning the death of her close friend “boobie”, asking her mother to come soon.

6. From Lydia to her mother (no date or place), re: her eye is swollen, the boys are doing well in school.

Folder 7: Letter fragmentsAdd to your cart.

1. Geneva, Alabama, from M. E. Hilliard to unknown cousin re: yellow fever in the area.

2. From John to unknown (no date or place), re: his solemn state of mind.

3. To Lydia from her mother (no date or place), re: moving to Center, Texas.

4. From Sallie L. Porter to unknown (possibly to Lydia McClendon, no date or place) re: Grandparents graves at Pleasant Plains, family news.

Folder 8: Letter fragments form Bartow McLendon and John E. McLendon,, 1886-1888Add to your cart.

1. From Bartow McLendon to unknown, on Marshall Messenger stationary (no date) re: thinks his father should use old Philips Grocery for a shop, has been ill.

2. Marshall, Texas, February, 1888, from Bartow McLendon to his parents, re: can’t find work, asks family to send a letter to Center and see if there is work there.

3. From John E. McLendon to unknown (no date or place), re: mentions love to Mattie Lou, Willie, Pa, Bob, and Bartow.

4. Marshall, Texas, 1888, from John E. McLendon to his parents, re: his paper is doing very well, wants to take his mother and aunt to the theater when they visit.

5. Letter fragment from Marshall, Texas (1886?) from “Your Son” (probably John E. McLendon), re: the printing business has ruined his health.

6. Letter fragment from Marshall, Texas (1886?) from "Your Son" (probably John E. McLendon), re: Street Railway work starting in Marshall.

Folder 9: Letter fragments, one postcardAdd to your cart.

1. Letter fragment from Center, Texas, on B. F. Bridges Dry Goods letterhead (no date), re: William, Hugh, Lou, Nannie, and Aunt Nancy.

2. Letter fragment from Troy, Alabama, from Matt to Lydia (no date), re: Mrs Culverhouse’s blindness, lack of work in the area.

3. Letter fragment with no date or sender, to “ma” re: needs advice on what to do about work.

4. Carthage, Texas, Nov. 9, 1882, to “ma” sender unknown, re: not happy with his job.

5. Letter fragment from Troy, Alabama, from Matt to Lydia and “Boby” (no date) re: news of family and friends, Mr. Pettis making good money doing gin work.

6. Postcard from Bob to Mrs. W. W. Ballard, Center, Texas (no date), re: photo of where he stays, the L. C. McLain Orthopedic Sanitarium, St. Louis, Missouri.

Folder 10: Letter fragments, grocery list, writing exercise, notes and miscellaneousAdd to your cart.

1. Grocery list written on fragment of a store receipt dated 1890.

2. Note typed by Alfred on back of Gatesville (Texas) Post stationary, no date.

3. Card with dried flowers, printed “Fleurs de Mont Sion, Posees sure le Saint Sepulcre” and envelope advertising “Printed India Silk” (no date).

4. Envelope addressed to Miss Nan Ballard, Center, Texas from G. D. O., Huntsville, Texas, 1923, with love note written inside flap.

5. Lizzie Harvey’s notes about the government and a short poem.

6. Portions of a penmanship exercise, five pages, unsigned, no date.

7. Portion of an essay on Intemperance, unsigned, no date.

Folder 11: Letters, 1849-1869Add to your cart.

1. Letter fragment from Wilkinson Co., Georgia, July, 1849, written to “Dear Son Robert, re: bad drought in the County.

2. Wilkinson County, Georgia, May 16, 1860, from Solomon Horton to Miss Lydia A. D. Bridges, re: hoping she will become more interested in him.

3. Oxford, Alabama, April 17, 1864, from P. F. Hogan to Lydia A. McLendon, re: happy to hear she had married.

4. September 30, 1869 (no place given), from Sallie Jackson to her niece, Nancy Bridges, and her cousin, Lydia McLendon, re: sends love to them and their families.

5. Richmond, Virginia, May 1, 1864, from L. G. McLendon to his wife Lydia A.D. McLendon.

Folder 12: LettersAdd to your cart.

1. Henderson, Texas, May 28, 1871, from J. E. Hardie to his sister Nancy re: family news, children all out “sparking.”

2. Henderson, Texas, March the 28, 1875, from J. E. Hardie to his niece “Lydan” re: sorry her husband and mother don’t get on well, they are welcome to come stay if they will reconcile.

3. Carthage, Texas, June 23, 1875, from J. F. McLendon to his brother, re: withdrawn from race for Tax Assessor/Collector, too busy with preaching and his farm.

4. Carthage, Texas December 12, 1876, from J. F. McLendon to L. G. McLendon, re: wishes they would move to Texas, moving to Clayton for children’s college.

5. Letter with envelope from Lydia McLendon to her mother, Nancy Bridges, May 18, 1876, re: children doing well in school, missing her mother.

6. Clayton, Panola Co., Texas, May 26, 1878, from C. C. McLendon to Loammie and Lydia Ann, re: they should come to Texas as Loammie could sell his photographs.

7. Big Sandy, Upsher County, Texas, June 8, 1877, from W. B. Cumbie to L. G. McLendon, re: McLendon would do better in Texas, expansion of Big Sandy.

Folder 13: Letters, one promissory note, 1880-1883Add to your cart.

1. Various promissory notes, one signed by John E. McLendon, 1880, essay about rabbits and portion of essay on intolerance (all on one page).

2. Pollard, Alabama, September 19, 1881, from C. C. Wiggins M.D. to L. G. McLendon, re: inquiring if he is the same McLendon he used to know.

3. Columbia, Alabama, January 17, 1883, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: coming home earlier than expected, wants Bartow to come meet him.

4. Big Sandy, Texas, March 25, 1883, from W. B. Cumbie to L. G. McLendon in, re: his daughter Mollie has married, asks for new and old news.

Folder 14: Letters, 1884-1885Add to your cart.

1. Clayton, Texas, April 27, 1884, from J. F. McLendon to his brother, re: an affidavit concerning the death of their father to help their mother get a pension.

2. Brundidge, Alabama, September 27, 1884: a receipt for payment of three dollars by Mr. McLendon to W. M. Patterson.

3. Rural Shade, Navarro Co., Texas, October 26, 1888, from Virginia R. Mitchell to Lydia McLendon, re: has tried for years to locate her.

4. Marshall, Texas, November 17, 1885, from G. H. McLendon to his brother, re: urges him to come to Marshall and work in one of the machine shops.

5. Rural Shade, Navarro Co., Texas, March 9, 1885, from Virginia R. Mitchell to Lydia McLendon, re: severe winter, reminisces about when they were children.

Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters, most to Lydia McLendon from her mother, 1886Add to your cart.

1. Henderson, Texas, February 12, 1886, to Lydia McLendon from unknown (probably her mother) and John E. Hardie, re: John will meet her at depot on Friday.

2. Marshall, Texas Feb 13, 1886, from Joe McLendon to her brother “Loami re: wants to stay in Marshall, lots of work in the foundries. [image]

3. Henderson, Texas, March 1, 1886, to Lydia from her mother, re: tie buckskin soaked in turpentine around the children’s necks to ward off small pox, don’t stay in Marshall if small pox rages.

4. Center, Texas, March 28, 1886, from B. H. Bridges to Lydia and L. G. McLendon, re: family news, work in Timpson and Center area.

5. Center, Texas, March 28, 1886, from G. W. and M. C. Holmen to "cousin lid" and "cousin loami," re: thinks they would do better in Tenaha than in Timpson.

Folder 2: Letters, most from John E. McLendon to his mother, 1886Add to your cart.

1. Rural Shade, Texas, April 12, 1886, from R. V. Mitchell to Lydia McLendon, re: happy to hear she’s moved to Texas.

2. Clayton, Texas, May 26, 1886, from J. F. McLendon to his brother, re: having a very dry year.

3. Marshall, Texas, July 10, 1886, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: making extra money working at night.

4. Marshall, Texas, July 24, 1886, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: is meeting nice girls at parties and socials.

5. Marshall, Texas, August 9, 1886, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: has been sick with a fever for a week.

6. Marshall, Texas, August 11, 1886, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: feeling better, Uncle George fell off a house and broke his ankle.

7. Henderson, Alabama, August 18, 1886, from "Jonathan" to his cousin Loammi, re: lectures on the Scriptures.

Folder 3: Letters, most from John E. McLendon to his mother, 1886Add to your cart.

1. Marshall Texas, Sept. 4, 1886, from “son” (probably John McLendon) to his mother, re: getting off work from Marshall Messenger and coming to visit.

2. Letter fragment from Marshall, Texas, Sept 17 1886, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: not to write him about other jobs unless she’s sure about them.

3. Rose Hill, Alabama, September 20, 1886, from H. B. Clark to L. G. McLendon, re: scandals in the church involving an organ, state of his crops.

4. Troy, Alabama, Sept. 21, 1886, from W. J. Blair to L G. McLendon, re: results of Troy election, wrote the letter with his artificial hand.

5. Marshall, Texas, Sept. 29, 1886, from "Your Son" (probably John McLendon) to his mother, re: wants to get married to his sweetheart.

Folder 4: Letters and postcard, 1886Add to your cart.

1. Clintonville, Alabama, October 2, 1886, from W. A. Cumbie to L. G. McLendon, re: would move to Texas also if he had a school to teach there.

2. Postcard from Marshall, Texas, October 4, 1886, from John E. McLendon to Bartow McLendon. re: Uncle George seriously ill with typhoid.

3. Troy, Alabama, October 7, 1886, from W. A. Whipple to L. G. McLendon, re: wants to know who wrote him about the church organ scandal.

4. Troy, Alabama, October 11, 1886, from B. H. Ryder to G. D. McLendon, re: defending himself in the church organ scandal.

5. Troy, Alabama, October 18, 1886, from T. L. Farrow to his "Dear Friend and Brother" re: explains cause of church scandal, inquires about carriage and buggy work in Texas.

Folder 5: Letters, 1886Add to your cart.

1. Henderson, Texas, October 31, 1886, to Lydia from her mother, re: wants to go to Center, Texas.

2. McLendon Texas October 24, 1886, from W. D. King to “Mr. McLendon,” re: is doing well in Rockwall County.

3. Marshall, Texas, November 20, 1886, from “Your own Son” (probably John McLendon), re: has decided to cancel his wedding plans.

4. Troy, Alabama, November 30, 1886, from B. H. Ryder to “Brother McLendon,” re: glad they have no ill feelings toward each other; the sudden death of Charles Golson.

5. Marshall, Texas, December 14, 1886, from "Your Son" (probably John McLendon) to his mother, re: expects Uncle George to die soon, wants to bring his grandmother to Marshall to live with him.

Folder 6: Letters and letter fragments, 1887Add to your cart.

1. Marshall, Texas, January 4, 1887, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: Uncle George died, has postponed marrying Sallie.

2. Letter fragment, February 10, 1887, probably from Sallie McLendon to “ma,” re: lists wedding gifts received.

3. Letter fragment, Marshall, Texas, February 13, 1887, probably from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: will probably lose his job with the Marshall Messenger in a month, news houses being built in Marshall.

4. Troy, Alabama, February 22, 1887, from William P. Corley to "Brother McLendon," re: thinks they'll be able to vote the organ out of the church soon.

Folder 7: Letters, 1887Add to your cart.

1. Henderson, Texas, March 9, 1887, from John to his sister, re: family news.

2. Coffee Springs, Geneva County, Alabama, March 7, 1887, from Mary Hilliard to her cousin Lydia, re: family news.

3. Letter fragment from Marshall, Texas, March 27, 1887, from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: leaving Marshall Messenger in May and coming to visit then.

4. Center, Texas, April 18, 1887, to Lydia McLendon from her mother, re: family news.

5. Center, Texas, May 9, 1887, to Lydia McLendon from her mother, re: is tired of moving from family member to family member.

Folder 8: Letter and letter fragment, 1887Add to your cart.

1. Letter fragment, from Marshall, Texas, June 10, 1887, probably from Sallie McLendon to her mother, re: wants to be met in Carthage for a visit.

2. Marshall, Texas, June 16, 1887, from Sallie McLendon to her mother, re: asks if she can she meet her in Carthage.

3. Henderson, August 14, 1887, from Nancy Bridges to her daughter Lydia, re: family news.

4. Marshall, Texas, September 9, 1887, from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re: doesn't want to come home as he's making better money in Marshall.

Folder 9: Letters and one letter fragment, most from Bartow McLendon to his mother, and from nancy Bridges to Lydia McLendon, 1888Add to your cart.

1. Marshall, Texas, January 22, 1888, from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re: weather is freezing, Sallie had a baby girl.

2. Letter fragment from Marshall, Texas, February 2, 1888, probably from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re: there’s going to be work on the narrow gauge railroad.

3. February 5, 1888 (no place given) to Lydia from her mother and Uncle John, re: the roads are very bad, family news.

4. Marshall, Texas, February 14, 1888, from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re:new courthouse being built in Marshall.

5. Henderson, March 6, 1888, from Nancy Bridges to her daughter Lydia, re: family news, asks for news from Clayton.

6. Letter fragment from Marshall, Texas, April 8, 1888, probably from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re: wants his father to come up, Aunt Joe having trouble with her children.

Folder 10: Letters, 1888Add to your cart.

1. Marshall, Texas, June 18, 1888, from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re: sending her money to come to Marshall.

2. Marshall, Texas, July 4, 1888, from Bartow McLendon to his mother, re: had a warrant issued for not paying his tax.

3. Henderson, Texas, July 13, 1888, from Nancy Bridges to her daughter Lydia, re: family news.

4. Marshall, Texas, July 27, 1888, from John E. McLendon (on Marshall Gazetteer letterhead) to his mother, re: his paper doing very well, Bartow ill, Sallie and Aunt Joe not speaking.

5. Marshall, Texas, August 7, 1888, from Sallie McLendon to her mother, re: family news, wants her to come see their home.

6. Henderson, Texas, December 6, 1888, from Nancy Bridges to Lydia McLendon, re: John is marrying, she thinks he's under a charm.

Folder 11: Lettes and letter fragments, 1889-1890Add to your cart.

1. Center, Texas, February 8, 1889, from Lydia McLendon (on Marshall Gazetteer letterhead) to her mother, re: Willie fell in the fire and burned his leg.

2. Henderson, Texas, March 3, 1889, from Nancy McLendon to her daughter Lydia, reply from Lydia on reverse, Center, Texas, March 6, 1889, re: family news.

3. Letter fragment from Dallas, Texas, March 3, 1889, possibly from John E. or Alfred McLendon to his mother, re: wants Bartow to get free land in Oklahoma as soon as the Bill passes the Senate.

4. Clayton, Texas, November 3, 1890, from J. F. McLendon to his brother, re: crops were cut off by the drought but his church work is doing well.

5. Letter fragment from Gatesville, Texas, March 20, 1891, probably from Sallie McLendon (on Gatesville Post letterhead) to her mother, re: John was offered a position in Austin.

Folder 12: Letters, 1892-1902Add to your cart.

1. Calloway, Texas, January 12, 1892, from Carrie Cumbie to her uncle, L. G. McLendon, re: asks him to write her an essay for her Literary Society.

2. Gatesville, Texas, March 5, 1892, from John E. McLendon to Bartow McLendon, re: going to Oklahoma and the Indian Nation for a quarter section of land.

3. Gatesville, Texas, July 16, 1892, probably from John E. McLendon to his mother, re: Sallie has something like dropsy and is swollen terribly.

4. From Mollie [Hittian?] to Mrs. L. McLendon, august 31, 1892, probably from Troy, Alabama, re: local and family news.

5. San Augustine, October 7, 1897, from Mamie Caldwell Sandlin to Mattie Lou McLendon, re: has not heard from any family since she married recently (printed prayer card included with letter). [image]

6. Tenaha, Texas, February 15, 1901, from Carrie Holdman Hilliard to Mattie Lou McLendon, re: wants her to come up from Center to help her set up housekeeping.

7. Rusk, Texas, August 2, 1902, from "Annie" to Mattie Lou McLendon, with note on envelope to "Mr. Ballard," re: was nearly killed in a runaway buggy.


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