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Thornton Papers, 1861-1869 | SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Thornton Papers, 1861-1869Add to your cart.

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The Margaret Thornton letters are dated between 1861 and 1869 and are arranged in chronological order.

The “SHH #” is a unique code containing bracketed letters and numbers that follow the organizational pattern set during a grant funded digitization project called Texas Tides.  The first letters in the brackets represent Sam Houston State University and are followed by the item’s identifying sequence, often correlating to a collection or sub-collection as delineated during the Texas Tides digitization process as well as the item number. For example, in the SHH # structure here [SHH III:3], SHH indicates Sam Houston State University, III indicates the third sub-collection and 3 indicates the item number within sub-collection III.

Subjects: Huntsville (Tex.) - History, Martial law, United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865, Walker County (Tex.), Yellow fever - Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is comprised of 13 letters written by Margaret Thornton of Huntsville, Texas, to various relatives in her native England, plus two additional letters by other family members writing from overseas. The Thornton letters describe daily life and events in East Texas, especially Walker County and Huntsville, as interpreted by a recent immigrant from England. Among her descriptions are the yellow fever epidemic of 1867, a fire and fire control (a bucket brigade), and martial law after the Civil War.  This collection was donated to the Mayor of Huntsville who then passed the collection to Dr. J.L. Clark, former head of the Texas Room (which predated SHSU Special Collections.)

Subject/Index Terms

Huntsville (Tex.) - History
Martial law
United States - History - Civil War, 1861-1865
Walker County (Tex.)
Yellow fever - Texas

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

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Preferred Citation: Thornton Papers. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.


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Folder 1: Letter from Margaret Thornton about her return to Huntsville and yellow fever, 1867 October 2Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousins Harry and Emma Shaw describing her return trip from England to Huntsville, Texas. [SHH II:A: 3(a)]
Physical Description: 8pp. 8 1/2 x 10
Folder 2: Letter from Margaret and F.D. Thornton describing Christmas in Huntsville, 1870 January 16Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton and F. D. Thornton to her cousins Harry and Emma Shaw describing Christmas in Huntsville and relating how members of her church raised money to pay off the  church’s debt by the first of January. [SHH II:A:3(b)]
Physical Description: 2pp. 8 x 10
Folder 3: Letter from Margaret Thornton describing the type of person who should immigrate to Texas, 1879 July 17Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to a Shaw cousin describing the type of person who should immigrate to Texas, someone with a trade not a factory worker. [SHH II:A:9(c)]
Physical Description: 2pp. 8 x 10
Folder 4: Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Emma Shaw relating family news, 1871 March 1Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Emma Shaw relating family news, children in school, Mr. Thornton building a house fifty miles away.  She is glad that the “Franco and Prussian war” ended before her cousin Harry had to participate.  She recounts the events leading to martial law. [SHH II:A:3(d)]
Physical Description: 8pp. 5 x 8
Folder 5: Letter from Margaret Thornton Henry Shaw describing the health of her family, 1871 November 19Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to Herry Shaw asking for news from England. She describes the health of her family. [SHH II:A:3(e)]
Physical Description: 2pp. 10 x 8
Folder 6: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Emma Shaw describing the effect of the weather on crops, 1873 November 23Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Emma (Shaw) describes effect of a spring and summer weather on crops. She says that the coming election should “be the death of the Radicals.” [SHH II:A:3(f)]
Physical Description: 4pp. 10 x 7 1/2
Folder 7: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Harry Shaw thanking for the papers he sent, 1877 January 14Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Harry Shaw thanking him for the papers he sent and asking for news about her family in England. She relates that they are anxious about the next election, “that there is so much corruption and dishonesty in office in both parties…” [SHH II:A:3(g)]
Physical Description: 4pp. 10 x 7
Folder 8: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Harry Shaw describing the loss of the family's home to a fire, 1878 May 9Add to your cart.
Letter (written on International & Great Northern R. R. stationary) from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Harry Shaw describing the loss of the family’s home and all their belongings to a fire that consumed an entire block. [SHH II:A:3(h]
Physical Description: 3pp. 11 x 8
Folder 9: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Maria Wolstenholme relating the loss of the family's home to a fire, 1878 June 28Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Maria Wolstenhome describing loss of the family’s home and belongings to the fire in May. She relates that friends have helped and that they have lumber to build a house which should be ready in November. [SHH II:A:3(i)]
Physical Description: 4pp. 5 x 8
Folder 10: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Harry Shaw discussing Texas weather and European affairs, 1879 January 5Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Harrie Shaw thanking him for the newspapers and a box he sent. She also describes how cold it can get in east Texas, having to “thaw the ink”. She comments on world affairs “English men who always take peace with honor have by this time taken them all that is Afghanistan under the protection of her most Majesty!” [SHH II:A:3(j)]
Physical Description: 2 pp. 10 x 8
Folder 11: Letter from Margaret Thornton discussing state of the crops in the area, 1879 October 7Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Emma Shaw asking about her relative in England and hopes that Harry will come to visit. She states business is “dull” and “money sparse” since crops have been poor for three years. [SHH II:A:3(k)]
Physical Description: 3pp. 8 x 10
Folder 12: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Harry Shaw asking that he forward a letter, 1880 February 27Add to your cart.
Letter from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Emma Shaw asking about her relative in England and hopes that Harry will come to visit.  She states business is “dull” and “money sparse” since crops have been poor for three years. [SHH II:A:3(l)]
Physical Description: 1p. 5 x 8
Folder 13: Letter from Margaret Thornton to Harry Shaw relating thanks for Christmas presents, 1889 January 11Add to your cart.
Letter (written on Sam Houston Normal Institute stationary) from Margaret Thornton to her cousin Harry Shaw thanking him for their “Xmas papers”. She relates that the Normal School asked that they complete their house and promised to fill it with boarders.  They went into debt to complete the house but will have it paid off “this year”. [SHH II:A:3(m)]
Physical Description: 4p. 8
Folder 14: Letter from Samuel Shaw to Harry Shaw discussing wages and plans to visit New Zealand, 1861 September 23Add to your cart.
Letter written by Samuel Shaw to his brother [Harry] from Sandy Creek, Australia. Wages are low and he gets some work on the reef. He and his brother Edwin are thinking of going to New Zealand to a new gold field. [SHH II:A:3(n)]
Physical Description: 3pp. 4 x 5
Folder 15: Letter from Edwin Wolsteholme discussing plans to visit Melbourne and England, 1885 September 29Add to your cart.
Letter written by Edwin Wolstenholme to a cousin letting him know of a planned visit in “Melburn” (Melbourne, Australia) before he goes to England for Christmas. [SHH II:A:3(o)]
Physical Description: 1p. 5 x 8
Folder 16: Thornton Correspondence Copies, 1867 - 1885Add to your cart.
Photocopies of the original Thornton Letters
Folder 17: Thornton Letter Transcriptions, 1867 - 1885Add to your cart.
Typed transcriptions of the original Thornton Letters
Folder 18: Thornton Family Census Information, 2006Add to your cart.
Heritage Quest Online census information on the Thornton family.  Includes personal notes of Paul Culp.
Folder 19: Walker County District Court Records concerning the Thornton family, 1875 July 22Add to your cart.
Two photocopied pages of Walker County District Court Records relating to the Thornton family.
Folder 20: Thornton Family Presentation Materials, 2006, 2008Add to your cart.
Documents and notes from presentations on the Thornton family by Paul Culp.
Folder 21: Margaret Craddick Correspondence concerning the Thornton family, 1959 - 1962Add to your cart.
Original and transcribed correspondence from Margaret Craddick concerning her relation to the Thornton family.
Folder 22: Envelope used to mail the Thornton letters to Joseph L. Clark, 1963Add to your cart.
The original envelope from London that contained the Thornton letters.
Folder 23: Margaret Leigh Thornton Photographs, circa 1960Add to your cart.
Two photographs of Margaret Leigh Thornton.

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