Meroney Family Papers, 1846-1865 | East Texas Research Center
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
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
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
Browse by Box:
- Box 1
- Folder 1: P. D. Meroney, Montevallo, Alabama, to Nolen L. Meroney, Nancoochee, Habersham County, Georgia, August 11, 1846
- Folder 2: Thomas E. Meroney [Shelby County, Alabama] to brother [Nolen L. Meroney, Nacogdoches, Texas?], April 18, 1853
- Folder 3: Benjamin Cleveland, near Clarksville, Georgia, to Nolen L. Meroney and Lady [Nacogdoches, Texas], June 17, 1853
- Folder 4: Letters, 1862
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, 1863
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, 1862-1864
"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.", 1865