Meroney Family Papers, 1846-1865 | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Meroney Family Papers, 1846-1865Add to your cart.

ID: A/20

Primary Creator: Meroney, Nolen L. (1813-1867)

Other Creators: Meroney, Mary Jane

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Subjects: Families -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County, Meroney, Easter Sterrett Rusk, 1811-1886, Meroney, Mary Jane -- Poetry, Meroney, Nolen L., 1813-1867 -- Correspondence, United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers in this collection consist of letters and other writings of members of the Meroney family. Of special interest are the Civil War letters. All the documents in the collection are original, accompanied by a typed transcription.

Collection Historical Note

Nolen L. Meroney was born was born January 22, 1813, in South Carolina. He married Easter Sterrett Rusk, a sister of David and Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was also born in South Carolina on April 17, 1811. They came to Nacogdoches County sometime in the early 1850s. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, even though he was almost fifty years old, Nolen L. Meroney enlisted in the Confederacy along with three of his sons, Thomas J., N. John, and William J. Meroney. A daughter of Nolen L. and Easter Meroney, Mary Jane, who wrote most of the poems in this collection, married William A. King and they are buried in the Meroney Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. Nolen L. Meroney died June 24, 1867 and his wife, Easter Sterrett Rusk Meroney died June 16, 1886. Both are also buried in the Meroney Cemetery as are many of their relatives.

(Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, Nacogdoches County Cemetery Records, Vol. 5, Pineywood Printing, 1978; Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, The People of Nacogdoches County in the Civil War, 1980; Rusk, L. Giles, "David Rusk Family", Nacogdoches County Families, Curtis Media Corp., 1985

Subject/Index Terms

Families -- Texas -- Nacogdoches County
Meroney, Easter Sterrett Rusk, 1811-1886
Meroney, Mary Jane -- Poetry
Meroney, Nolen L., 1813-1867 -- Correspondence
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1],

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: P. D. Meroney, Montevallo, Alabama, to Nolen L. Meroney, Nancoochee, Habersham County, Georgia, August 11, 1846Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Thomas E. Meroney [Shelby County, Alabama] to brother [Nolen L. Meroney, Nacogdoches, Texas?], April 18, 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Benjamin Cleveland, near Clarksville, Georgia, to Nolen L. Meroney and Lady [Nacogdoches, Texas], June 17, 1853Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters, 1862Add to your cart.

N. l. Meroney, Hempstead, Austin County, Texas, to wife [Easter Rusk Meroney, Nacogdoches, Texas] 22 Jan. 1862

T. J. Meroney, Camp Bayoumento, Arkansas, to sister [Mary J. Meroney, Nacogdoches, Texas] 1 December 1862.

Folder 5: Letters, 1863Add to your cart.

N. J. Meroney, Camp Heston, Louisiana, to Mary J. Meroney, [Nacogdoches, Texas] 17 June 1863.

Mary J. Meroney [Nacogdoches, Texas] to her brother [John Meroney] ca. 1863. (Fragment)

Easter S[terrett Rusk] Meroney [Nacogdoches, Texas] to her son, John Meroney, 9 July 1863.

John Rusk, Camp near Monroe (La.) to his cousin [Mary J. Meroney, Nacogdoches, Texas] 14 Sept. 1863(?)

Folder 6: Poems, signed by M. J. Meroney, 1862-1864Add to your cart.


"Early Youth."

"Purity," "Cold Hearted," "Content," "Joy" (all on one sheet).


"The Young Volunteer's Farewell."

Folder 7: Poems, unsigned "I'll Think of Thee," Fair View, Texas "The Stranger's Grave.", 1865Add to your cart.


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