A Guide to the Mary Abigail Moore Diary, 1886-1889, 1903-1953
Mary Abigail (Abbie) Moore was born in Texas on October 20, 1868. During her late teenage years, Abbie was forced to live with Sidney and Mary Borden in Sharpsburg, Texas, following her father's illness. Sidney Gail Borden founded the river port of Sharpsburg in the early 1870s. He operated a general store, grist mill, cotton gin, and grape vineyards, as well as helped plot and sell land within the town.
Sharpsburg was located on a slight rise one mile north of the Nueces River in south central San Patricio County. At its height, Sharpsburg claimed over 300 residents before slowly devolving into a ghost town by the 1920s. At the time of this journal’s writing, about fifty people called Sharpsburg home.
Keith Guthrie, "BORDEN, SIDNEY GAIL," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fboae), accessed April 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Keith Guthrie, "SHARPSBURG, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvsdy), accessed April 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Written during the last years of the 1880s, the Mary Abigail Moore Diary, 1886-1889, 1903-1953, is composed mostly of daily manuscript entries, with some school notes, ledger payment notations, original stories and poetry, presenting a female perspective on life in southeast Texas during the late 19th century. Laid into the journal are several leaves of letters or parts of writing and some clippings dated between 1903 and 1953.
This collection is open for research use.
Mary Abigail Moore Diary, 1886-1889, 1903-1953, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, April 2015.
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