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Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement: This collection consists of deeds, claims statements, account books and manuscript accounts of the Eastham family’s arrival in Texas. The documents are arranged in chronological order.  The collection is located on the SHSU Special Collection’s manuscript shelves.

Subjects: Ball, Ellana Eastham, Eastham, Arthur, 1827-1872, Eastham Brothers Wholesale and Retail store, Huntsville (Tex.) - History, Slavery - Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Eastham Family Papers (1858 - 1938; 1 box) includes account books, deeds, claim statements and accounts of the family’s arrival in Texas.  The account books are from the Eastham Brothers Wholesale and Retail store. The deed in this collection is dated 1892 and it grants 160 acres to J.H. Garrett in Walker County. The two manuscripts are by Ellana Eastham Ball and they chronicle accounts of the family’s arrival in Texas. They are entitled “From Virginia to Texas and back” and “Making a home in Texas 1853-1873.”

Collection Historical Note

Arthur Eastham and his wife Sarah Ann Harris Eastham moved to Huntsville from Virginia in 1852.  Arthur and Sarah Eastham soon acquired land for farming.  Arthur established a general store in Huntsville. After the early death of their first two children, Arthur and Sarah had eight children: Ella, Luther Carroll, Harris Grant, Lee Beauregard, Eugenia, Elizabeth, Delha and Jackson Clarence. Arthur Eastham served as a sheriff from 1856-1858. He died in Huntsville in 1872. After his death, his wife and children moved back to Virginia.  Byrd Eastham, Arthur’s brother, purchased his general store prior to his death. One of Arthur’s sons, Harris Eastham, moved back to Huntsville when he turned eighteen where he worked with his uncle in the store. He bought the store from Byrd’s widow after his death.

Harris married Florence Bradfield on November 16, 1898. They were both active in community affairs including the First Baptist Church, the Masonic Lodge and Harris even served as mayor at one time. Together they had four children: Florence Ellana, Harris Jr., Sarah Winfred and James Young. Harris and his brother Luther Carroll worked together to establish a second general merchandise store near the town square. Eastham Brothers store was in operation until 1907. Their mother moved back to Huntsville in 1884. She died in 1905 and was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery. Florence died in 1941 in Houston and buried in Huntsville. Harris died two years later in 1943 and was buried beside his wife in Oakwood Cemetery.

Subject/Index Terms

Ball, Ellana Eastham
Eastham, Arthur, 1827-1872
Eastham Brothers Wholesale and Retail store
Huntsville (Tex.) - History
Slavery - Texas

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Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

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


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Folder 1: Claim's Statement, 1858 August 17Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Account books from Eastham Brothers Store, 1894 November 1-1895 June 19; no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: From Virginia to Texas and Back, manuscript by Ellana Eastham Ball, 1934 AugustAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Making a  home in Texas 1853-1873, manuscript by Ellana Eastham Ball, 1938 JuneAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Paper on the Eastham Collection by A.C. Castillo Crimm, no dateAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Deed of land from the State of Texas to J.H. Garrett, 1892 October 11Add to your cart.
Granting J.H. Garrett 160 acres of land in Walker County


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