University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

John R. Elliott papers, 1861-1870 and undated

Creator Elliott, John R.
Title: John R. Elliott papers
Dates: 1861-1870, undated
Identification: camh-arc-004031
Extent: 1 inches
Quantity: Original letters are very fragile.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

John Robert (Jack) Elliott, 1842-1872, grew up in East Texas and served in the First Regiment of Texas volunteers. He married Mary Elizabeth (Mollie) Connell in 1864. Elliott wrote his wife while herding cattle on the Goodnight-Loving trail in 1870. Elliot died in 1879, most likely from typhoid fever. Molly and two sons moved to Williamson County, where the family raised cattle near Liberty Hill. Jack Elliott is buried in Old Connell Cemetery; Molly and her sons' families are buried in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

The John R. Elliott papers consist of five handwritten letters written by Elliott while on a cattle drive from Texas to New Mexico in 1870. Letters are addressed to his wife, Mollie Elliott, and his brother, T.H.B. Elliott. Included are typed transcripts of the letters, as well as additional family history material related to the Elliott, Connell, and Cook families of Texas.


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This collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Elliott, John R.
Cattle drives

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John R. Elliott Papers, 1861-1870 and undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, October 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

2.325/A75b Elliott family records, census records, Confederate Army records, 1861, undated

2.325/A75b 4 letters from John R. Elliott to Mollie Elliott, with transcriptions, 1870

2.325/A75b Letter from John R. Elliott, Rio Hondo, Texas, to T.H.B. Elliott, with transcription, 1870

2.325/A75b John R. Elliott biographies and histories of Elliott, Connell, and Cook families, undated