Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Weeks Family Materials

Overview of the Collection

Creator: , Johnson, Paula Copeland Browne
Title: Weeks Family Materials
Dates: 1860s-1983
Abstract: Documents relating to Weeks family history in general and to Samuel Weeks and his descendants in particular.
Accession No.: MA 09-11
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St, Dallas, TX 75201

Biographical Note

The Weeks Family Materials consists of genealogical charts, vital records, official documents, and personal materials, including news clippings and correspondence. Photographs are also included; the subjects are identified, however the photographs are undated. Evenso, the bulk of the photographs appear to date from the mid- to late-1800s. Of particular note is a personal diary kept by Mary Lena Weeks between March of 1927 and March of 1928, with a retrospective entry dated April of 1958. The diary details the social life of a young woman, a teacher, in Dallas in the late 1920s.

Although the genealogical charts reach back into the 1500s, the bulk of the collection concerns the lives of Samuel A. Weeks, his wife Eva Lena Copeland Weeks, and their descendants (especially Mary Lena Weeks Browne).

The Weeks family had been considered a pioneering family in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where they settled in the 1890s. Samuel and his brothers operated a plumbing business there for many years. When Samuel Weeks moved his family to Dallas from Ardmore, Oklahoma in 1925, they originally settled in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas and attended the Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church. After Samuel Weeks' death, the family purchased a home in University Park and joined the Highland Park Presbyterian Church.

A majority of the materials in the collection pertain specifically to Eva Lena Copeland Weeks, who married Samuel Weeks in 1899, and her daughter, Mary Lena Weeks. Mary Lena Weeks Browne's documentation for membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution form a major portion of the collection.

SAMUEL A. WEEKS was born in Indiana in 1870. He moved with his parents to Ardmore Oklahoma (then Indian Territory) in 1895 and operated a plumbing business (Weeks Bros. Plumbing) with his brothers. He married Eva Lena Copeland in 1899 and remained in Ardmore until the mid-1920s, when he moved to Dallas for work as a plumbing contractor. Once in Dallas, he joined the Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church, He was also a member of the Masons, Shriners, Knights Templar, Odd Fellows and Elks. He died in April of 1927, and is buried in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

EVA LENA COPELAND WEEKS was born in 1874 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her family moved to Texas in 1878 and she was reared in Sherman, where she later attended the Kidd-Key Conservatory of Music. She married Samuel Weeks in 1899 in Van Alstyn, Texas, and moved with him to Ardmore.

Eva Lena and Samuel Weeks had four children: Benjamin (born 1901 in Ardmore, died 1904); Jonathan Russell (born 1902, married Virginia Andrews of Tyler, died in 1931); Mary Lena (see details in biographical sketch below); Lois Betty (born 1906 in Ardmore, married 1928 to Thomas Howard Duckett, Jr. and married again in the 1940s to Howard Federer, died 1971); and Alice Louise (born 1908 in Ardmore, married William Tyler Duncan, died in 1990s).

The whole family moved to Dallas in 1925, but Samuel died in 1927. Eva Lena Weeks then moved the family from Oak Cliff to University Park. She joined The Kentucky Club of Dallas in 1941 and remained on the membership rolls until her death in 1959. (See MA 97.3 The Kentucky Club of Dallas.) In 1950 she published a book entitled "Youth Road" (non-fiction), followed by "Voice from the Mesa" (fiction) in 1951. Both volumes were published by Dallas-based The Story Book Press, which operated under owner-editor-publisher Paul Heard from the 1930s until the 1950s.

The Story Book Press also published the "Wildfire Magazine," in which two poems by Eva Lena Weeks were printed in 1950 and 1952. After her poetry was published, she applied for and qualified in 1952 for membership in the National League of American Pen Women.

She moved to Hartford, Connecticut, in the mid-1950s to live with her daughter, Mary Lena Weeks Browne. Eva Lena Copeland Weeks died on November 16, 1959, and is buried in Dallas.

MARY LENA WEEKS was born in Ardmore, Oklahoma in 1905 and was a member of the 1923 Ardmore High School graduating class. She attended Southeastern State Normal School (now Southeastern Oklahoma State University) in 1923 and 1924. When her family moved to Dallas, she found a job as an elementary school teacher.

The diary she kept during 1927 and 1928 give intimate details of a young single woman's social life in Dallas. She married Paul K. Browne in June of 1930. They had one daughter, Paula Copeland Browne, born in 1935.

Mary Lena Weeks Browne graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in comparative literature in 1932. She received her permanent Texas teaching certificate in 1932. When Paul Browne was promoted and moved to The Travelers Insurance headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut, she became certified to teach in Connecticut in 1952, with permanent certification awarded in 1955. She earned a Masters in Education from the University of Hartford in 1955.

Mary Lena Weeks Browne qualified for membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1950 by documenting descent from James J. Turner, a major in the 30th Tennessee Infantry. She qualified for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1952 by documenting her desscent from Jonathan Weeks, Jr. of Wyoming, Pennsylvania, a private in the Revolutionary War.

She died in August, 1983 in Hamden, Connecticut, and is buried in Dallas' Restland Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

The Weeks Family Materials contains correspondence, photographs, genealogical information, ancestral charts with references, news clippings and memorabilia accumulated between c1895 and 1983. Of particular note is a young woman's diary kept during 1927 and 1928, as well as the qualifying documentation for membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


This series consists of two subseries. Generally, the materials in this series are related to the activities of Eva Lena Copeland Weeks. The first subseries consists of news clippings, regarding publication of her books, the Kentucky Club of Dallas activities, and copies of obituaries and memorials. Also included are a typed anecdote of her maternal grandmother (Betsy Turner), the Dallas Kentucky Club membership directory for 1941-1942, typed copies of her poems published in Dallas-based Wildfire Magazine (1951 and 1952), address books, copyright documents regarding "Voice from the Mesa", correspondence (1953-59), membership acceptance into the National League of American Pen Women, and a handwritten list of personal items. The second subseries includes letters from Eva Lena Weeks to Mary Lena Browne (1953-1955) and two copies each of "Youth Road" (1950) and "Voice from the Mesa" (1951), published by The Story Book Press of Dallas, Texas.


This series includes Mary Lena's diary (March 1927 to March 1928, with a retrospective entry dated April 19, 1958), which desscribes her social and work life as an elementary school teacher. Also included are copies of her teaching certificates for Texas and Connecticut, her graduatiion program from Ardmore (Oklahoma) high school in 1923, her Southern Methodist University B.A. commencement program (1932) and her University of Hartford M.Ed. certificate (1955). Materials include correspondence related to her employment as a teacher in Connecticut in the 1950s and correspondence with her father, mother and brother Russell in 1923 and 1924.


This series consists of two subseries. Generally, the materials pertain to the history of the Weeks family from 1616 to 1952. The first subseries includes applications by Mary Lena Weeks Browne for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (accepted 1952) because of descent from Jonathan Weeks, Jr. (1738-1778) of Connecticut, a member of Col. Zebulon Butler's Regular Connecticut Militia. Also included is the certificate of membership (1950) of Mary Lena Weeks Browne in the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a descendant of James J. Turner, Major, 30th tennessee infantry. This subseries also includes the genealogical records (1616-1927), photocopies of reference materials and correspondence relative to the applications. Also included in family correspondence from Samuel Weeks to daughter Alice (1924), and Eva Lena Weeks to daughter Alice (1924-1930). There are included photographs of Alice weeks Duncan and Tyler Duncan (1976) and news clippings of Samuel Weeks' obituaries, letters of condolence and memorials, as well as news clippings regarding other family members. Some of these items are from the late 1800s and early 1900s and are fragile. There are several photographs and engravings of tombstones and ancestral houses. Of particular interest is a certificate dated February 18, 1920 to S.A. Weeks, evidencing 100 shares in the W.T. McArthur 41-acre tract in Eastland County. A note dated 1953 accompanies the certificate and indicates the Eastland County clerk found no record of the company or ownership. Undated items include a lock of hair from Addie to "sister."

The second subseries includes copies of correspondence from Raymond Weeks to Frances Weeks Boone (1941-1948) regarding genealogical information (Raymond Weeks was the family historian), copies of records (1840s), lists of ancestors with births, marriages and deaths (dating back to the 1600s), along with anecdotes and biographies and a narrative of Jonathan Weeks Sr.'s family. Correspondence between Raymond Weeks and Mary Lena Weeks (1938-1947) are included; these concern genealogy of the family.


Materials include typed copies of wills and inheritance records, marriage certificates and notes of births, marriages and deaths from the family bibles. Clippings regarding the Copeland family are included, especially death notices, obituaries and memorials; however, most of these are undated. A photograph of J. J. Turner and a lock-sized photograph of Colonel James Turner (c1860) are a part of this series.


This series includes the birth certificate of Mary Lena Weeks, marriage certificate of Mary Lena Weeks and Paul Browne, Paul Browne's death certificate and Mary Lena Browne's death certificate and will.

SERIES VI - BROWNE FAMILY RECORDS (Incl. family histories 1821-1978)

Materials in this series include correspondence, handwritten notes and ancestor charts for Paul Browne's lineage. Also included are clippings related to family members, Paul Browne's accomplishments, obituaries and memorials, as well as a Yates Center (Kansas) High School list of graduates for the class of 1896 and "The Wesleyan Argoose" of June 7, 1968, commemorating the class of 1928. Articles written by Paul Browne for publications of The Travelers Insurance Company are also included.


Materials include detailed genealogical charts and references, with an index.


This series contains numerous photographs of Weeks family members, most identified but undated. There are photographs of portraits of Joseph Weeks (1771-1842) as well as a photocopy from "History of Hanover" section on the Weeks family. Also included in an oversized box are the certificate of discharge of Joseph Weeks from the Union Army on June 28, 1865, a certificate of membership of Mary Lena Weeks Browne in the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a certificate for Eva Lena Weeks from the Masons (1920) and the front cover of the Copeland family bible with a dedication dated 1868.


The collection is arranged in 8 series.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Eva Lena Copeland Weeks
Mary Lena Weeks Browne
Paula Copeland Browne Johnson
James J. Turner
Jonathan Weeks Jr.
Paul Keith Browne
Samuel A. Weeks
Family Names:
Ardmore, OK
Dallas, TX
Southern Methodist University
National League of American Pen Women
The Kentucky Club of Dallas
Daughters of the American Revolution
United Daughters of the Confederacy

Related Material

Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division has one collection relating to this family collection, that of The Kentucky Club of Dallas (MA 97.3).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA 09-11 Weeks Family Materials, Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Acquisition Information

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Processing Information

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I - Eva Lena Copeland Weeks 1930-1959

News clippings, organizations & memorabilia 1930-1959
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence from family members to Eva Lena Weeks 1951-1958
2 Miscellaneous correspondence (incl. from National League of American Pen Women and The Story Book Press) 1951-1958
3 Letters of condolence re: Eva Lena Weeks 1959
4 News clippings re: Youth Road 1950
5 Handwritten notes and typescripts (incl. reminiscence of her mother Betty Turner, d. 1895) 1930 - 1952
6 Dallas Kentucky Club (clippings and member roster 1941-1942) 1941 - 1951
7 Address books 1954 - 1958
8 Obituaries and memorials 1959
9 Miscellaneous items (incl. picture and certificate of copyright) 1950 - 1952
Publications and personal correspondence 1951 - 1955
Box Folder
1 10 Correspondence of Eva Lena Weeks to Mary Lena Weeks Browne 1952 - 1955
11 Copies of book, Youth Road 1950
12 Copies of book, Voice from the Mesa 1951

Series II - Mary Lena Weeks Browne 1927 - 1958

Box Folder
1 13 Diary 1927 - 1928, 1958
14 Letters from family 1923 - 1924
15 High School Diploma, Ardmore Oklahoma (incl. list of graduates) 1923
16 Texas teaching certificate 1932
17 SMU Graduation (B.A.) incl. commencement program 1932
18 University of Hartford (M. Ed.)certificate 1955
19 Connecticut teaching certificates and correspondence 1952 - 1972

Series III - Weeks Family History and Documents 1616 - 1976

Weeks family history documents 1616 - 1952
Box Folder
1 20 D.A.R. application (and acceptance) of Mary Lena Weeks Browne; incl. reference applications 1952
21 D.A.R. certificate of membership, Mary Lena Weeks Browne 1952
22 Correspondence for D.A.R. and U.D.C. Membership, Eva Lena Weeks 1949 - 1950
23 Typescript, "A Genealogical Venture" by Mary Lena Browne 1975
24 Ancestral charts (descent from John Alden) 1598 - 1771
25 Genealogical correspondence of Mary Lena Weeks 1935 - 1941
26 Correspondence of S.A. Weeks to Alice Weeks 1924 - 1929
27 Photographs: Alice Weeks Duncan and Tyler Duncan 1976
28 Photographs: Weeks family homes and burial sites
29 News clippings: S.A. Weeks' death 1927
30 S.A. Weeks : Letter of condolence 1927
31 S.A. Weeks: 41 acres certificate 1920
32 News clippings and memorabilia (Oklahoma) 1898 - 1908
33 News Clippings (Texas) 1928 - 1931
34 Miscellaneous memorabilia
Raymond Weeks Correspondence 1938 - 1948
Box Folder
1 35 Correspondence Raymond Weeks to Frances Weeks Boone 1941 - 1948
36 Genealogies prepared by Raymond Weeks 1630 - 1940
37 Correspondence Raymond Weeks to May Lena Weeks Browne 1938 - 1950
38 Photographs: Raymond Weeks 1936 - 1940

Series IV - Copeland and Turner Families 1790 - 1962

Box Folder
1 39 Wills and documents: Copeland and Turner ancestors 1790 - 1856
40 Bible records: Weeks, Copeland 1853 - 1935
41 News clippings and notices: Copeland with handwritten index 1877 - 1962
42 Photographs: James Turner mid-1800s

Series V - Vital records of Mary Lena Weeks Browne and Paul Keith Browne 1905 - 1983

Box Folder
1 43 Vital Records of Paul Browne 1906 - 1978
44 Marriage Certificate of Mary Lena Weeks and Paul Browne 1930
45 Vital records of Mary Lena Weeks 1905 - 1983
46 Will of Mary Lena Weeks Browne 1983

Series VI - Browne Family Records (incl. family histories) 1821 - 1978

Box Folder
1 47 Paul Keith Browne: ancestor charts and notes 1812 - 1938
48 News clippings and correspondence: Browne family (incl. high school graduation program, Yates Center High School, Oklahoma) 1896 - 1978
49 Memorials 1978
50 News clippings, correspondence, memorabilia - Paul Browne 1934 - 1970
51 Articles written by Paul Browne 1951 - 1970

Series VII - Ancestors of Paula Copeland Browne Johnson 1590 - 1983

Box Folder
1 52 Ancestor charts and index by family name 1590 - 1983
53 Copeland family notes and references 1785 - 1947
54 Beach family references 1652 - 1741
55 Booth family references 1608 - 1676
56 Bridge family references 1615 - 1700
57 Burroughs family references 1694 - 1720
58 Chapman family references 1657 - 1673
59 Curtis family references 1585 - 1777
60 Cutler family references 1606 - 1703
61 Durkee family notes and references 1630 - 1957
62 Fairchild family references 1640 - 1722
63 Gregory family references 1612 - 1796
64 Hinman family notes and references 1652 - 1766
65 Hoyt family references 1590 - 1664
66 Hurd family references 1640 - 1807
67 Judson family references 1634 - 1775
68 Kimberly family references 1642 - 1749
69 Knowles family references 1687 - 1730
70 Mitchell family references 1590 - 1736
71 Peck family references 1680
72 Porter family references 1620 - 1696
73 Russell family notes and references 1578 - 1797
74 Seabrook family reference 1620
75 Stiles family reference 1602 - 1683
76 Thompson family reference 1655 - 1678
77 Wheeler family reference c1600 - 1716
78 Wildman family references 1676 -1752

Series VIII - Miscellaneous Memorabilia 1865 - 1960s

Box Folder
1 79 Photographs c1860 - c1960
Box Folder
2 Union army discharge certificate, Joseph Weeks 1865
U.D.C. Membership Certificate Mary Lena Weeks Browne 1950
Certificate from Masons to Eva Lena Weeks 1920
Copeland Family Bible Front Cover with dedication 1868