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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: McCrery family papers, 1854-1904

Southern Methodist University

McCrery family papers,

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: McCrery, William Hemphill
Title: McCrery family papers
Dates: 1854-1904
Abstract: William Hemphill McCrery was a cotton sharecropper and business man from Stewards Mill in Freestone County, Texas. This collection is comprised of account books and records of his cotton purchases and sales.
Identification: A2018.0041
Quantity: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

William Hemphill McCrery was born August 25, 1842 in Wilcox County, Alabama. He came to Freestone County, Texas as a child with his grandfather William Bonner and his mother Mary Bonner McCrery. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in L.D. Bradley’s Company of the Confederate States Cavalry. He later transferred to Waul’s Texas Legion, of the Confederate States Army.

McCrery was a land owner and cotton farmer in Stewards Mill, a settlement in Freestone County, near Fairfield and Mexia. In 1868 he married Arabella Williams Bonner McCrery (1845-1903), daughter of John Bonner and Eliza Williams. Together they lived in Freestone County with their ten daughters. Arabella was the first music teacher in Stewards Mill. William died of a heart attack on February 4, 1893. After his death Arabella moved to Corsicana with her children.

Sources:

  • Thornton, Sue Bonner. The Bonner Family History. Waco, Tex.: Printed by Texian Press, 1972.

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Scope and Contents Note

The McCrery family papers are comprised primarily of letters, bills and receipts concerning sharecropping cotton. McCrery's account books detail transactions and track the amount of cotton purchased and sold. This collection also includes notes, and some printed material. Of note in correspondence are letters and notes discussing Negro workers in Freestone, County.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into one series:
Series 1: McCrery family papers.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
McCrery, William Hemphill.
McCrery family.
Subjects
Cotton farmers -- Texas.
Women -- Texas -- Freestone County -- History -- 19th century.
Places
Freestone County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Corsicana (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Account books.
Other Names
McCrery, Arabella Williams Bonner.
Titles
Archives of Women of the Southwest.

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Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

McCrery family papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Pat Davidson, January 2, 2015.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and finding aid written by Samantha Dodd.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: McCrery family papers, 1854-1904
1 box

Materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title, and thereunder chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1-10 Account books, 1875-1892, undated
11 Account books-Annie Jane McCrery (Steward Mills Academy), 1884
12-16 Account records, 1860-1904, undated
17 Banks-Corsicana National, 1887-1900
18 Banks-First National Bank of Mexia, 1888
19 Banks-Prendergast, Smith, and Co., 1884-1887
20 Bills and receipts (Assorted A-J), 1866-1900
21 Bills and receipts (Assorted M-W), 1868-1899
22 Bills and receipts-C.L. Watson and Bro., 1879-1882
23 Bills and receipts-Drane, Johnson, and Drane, 1882-1885
24 Bills and receipts-Eclipse Lumber Yard, 1885
25 Bills and receipts-F.S. Brooks and Co., 1886-1889
26 Bills and receipts-F.W. Carruthers, 1883-1885
27 Bills and receipts-Hord and Parker, 1882
28 Bills and receipts-H. Blum and Co., 1867
29 Bills and receipts-H. M. Munger, 1884-1890
30 Bills and receipts-Jos. Nussbaum, 1885-1889
31 Bills and receipts-Moody Bradley and Co., 1869
32 Bills and receipts-M. Drane and Son, 1887, 1892
33 Bills and receipts-M.T. Jones Lumber Co., 1887-1888
34 Bills and receipts-R.E. Carter and Co., 1868
35 Bills and receipts-R.P. Smith, 1887
36-38 Bills and receipts-S.A. Pace Wholesale Grocer, 1880-1899
39 Bills and receipts-W. H. Richardson, 1879-1890
40 Bill of costs, 1877-1879
41 Bill of sale-Deering House Engine, 1877
42 Coin, 1854
43-48 Correspondence, 1860-1899, undated
49 Cotton scale receipts-Corsicana Cotton Oil Co., 1897-1899
50 Cotton scale receipts-Davis and Hughes, 1889
51 Cotton scale receipts-De Pass and Co., undated
52 Cotton scale receipts-Hord’s Warehouse, 1885
53 Cotton scale receipts-Lotspeich and Co., 1898-1899
54 Cotton scale receipts-Parker’s Warehouse, 1886
55 Cotton scale receipts-Shwarts and Co. Cotton, undated
56 Cotton scale receipts-Terry and McAfee, 1899
57 Cotton scale receipts-Wood and Co., undated
58 Galveston Cotton Exchange Market report, 1877
59 Insurance, 1889
60 Notes, Undated
61 Printed material-East Texas University, 1881
62 Printed material-Jefferson Davis vs. Prohibition, 1887
63 Printed material-Steam Engines and Boilers, 1880
64 Printed material-To the Voters of the 13th Judicial District, undated
65 Property records, 1883, undated
66 Railroad Overseer’s Commission, 1880
67 Railway Stations and Distance Tables, 1880
68 Stock certificates, 1887
69 Texas Benevolent Association, 1882

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