John R. Elliott papers, 1861-1870 and undated
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.
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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John R. Elliott Papers, 1861-1870 and undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Colleen Hobbs, October 2018.
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