Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Pettus and Wallace Families Papers, 1836-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pettus and Wallace Families
Title: Pettus and Wallace Families Papers
Dates: 1836-1977
Creator Abstract: Members of the Pettus family played a prominent role in the settlement of Texas. William A. Pettus (1781-1844) was one of the original members of Austin's Colony, arriving in Texas with his wife and children and other family members in 1822. His son, John Freeman Pettus (1808-1878), served the Texan cause during the Texas Revolution, participating in the Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto.
Content Abstract: The collection is comprised of correspondence, financial documents, printed material, research papers, church records, photographs, and artifacts.
Identification: Col 907
Extent: 3.79 linear feet (5 document boxes, 2 oversize boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Members of the Pettus family played a prominent role in the settlement of Texas. William A. Pettus (1781-1844) was one of the original members of Austin's Colony, arriving in Texas with his wife and children and other family members in 1822. His son John Freeman Pettus (1808-1878) served the Texan cause during the Texas Revolution, participating in the Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto. He later moved to De Witt County, to the site of the future town of Pettus, later relocating to Goliad County.

James Edward Pettus (1855-1942), one of John Freeman Pettus' eight children, was born in De Witt County. He followed his father into the ranching business and was a participant in early cattle drives. He married Anna Harper Reed (1860-1936) in 1880 and had four children. Pettus was elected sheriff of Goliad County in 1896 and served three terms.

James Pettus's second child, Jessie, was born in Goliad in 1885. She attended Texas Presbyterian College for Girls in 1902, San Antonio Female College in 1903-1904, and Hamilton College in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1904-1905. She married Frank Wallace, Sr. (1883-1908) in 1906. The couple had one child, Frank Wallace, Jr. Mrs. Wallace was active in a number of state and local organizations, including the Goliad chapter of the Texas Historical and Landmarks Association and the Goliad County Historical Society. She also performed a number of duties for the Goliad Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Wallace died in 1978.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, financial documents, printed material, research papers, church records, photographs, and artifacts are included in the Pettus and Wallace families papers, the personal records of the pioneering Goliad County families. The papers are primarily those of Jessie Pettus Wallace (1885-1978), but include some items produced by other members of her family.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into five series.
Series 1: Personal papers
Series 2: Presbyterian Church material
Series 3: Historical organizations and research
Series 4: Photographs
Series 5: Separated material


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Pettus family.
Wallace family.
Boyd family.
McCampbell family.
Reed family.
Pettus, Anna Harper Reed, 1860-1936.
Pettus, James E. (James Edward), 1855-1942.
Starr, Suella Boyd.
Wallace, Jessie Pettus, 1885-1978.
Goliad Presbyterian Church (Goliad, Tex.)
Presbyterian Church (Tex.)
Goliad Massacre, Goliad, Tex., 1836.
Presbyterian women--Texas.
Goliad County (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Family papers.
Church records.
Financial records.
Printed ephemera.
Research notes.

Related Materials

James Lincoln Papers, 1863-1896, Col 894, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pettus and Wallace Families Papers, 1836-1977, Col 907, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank J. Wallace, Jr.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1991.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 October.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal material

The bulk of the correspondence of this series consists of personal letters to Jessie P. Wallace, though the earliest letters include some business-related items of James E. Pettus and a few letters to Mrs. J. E. Pettus. Some personal letters of Suella Boyd Starr are also included in separate folders. Most of the financial documents are the household accounts of James E. Pettus. The printed material covers a range of subjects and events connected with Goliad, San Antonio, and other Texas communities.
Box Folder
1 Correspondence, 1885-1969
General, 1885-1966
1 7 items, 1885-1899
2 9 items, 1904-1939
3 18 items, 1940-1949
4 12 items, 1950-1959
5 21 items, 1960-1966 and undated
6 Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 2 items, 1907 and 1969
7 Suella Boyd Starr, 4 items, 1937-1949
Financial records, 1879-1943
8 Bills, receipts, and miscellaneous, 24 items, 1879-1909
9 Bills, receipts, and miscellaneous, 27 items, 1910-1943
Printed material, 1883-1977
10 Magazines, 1951
This Month in San Antonio, 1951 March
Texas Game and Fish, 1951 November
11 Programs, circa 1897-1977
Opera House, circa 1897
Goliad County Teachers' Institute, 1928
Battle of Flowers Children's Fete, San Antonio, Texas, 1950
River Art Show, San Antonio, Texas, 1950
Memorial Service, Heroes of Goliad, 1958
Bruce A. Reagan, Acting Governor of Texas, 1961
Galaxy Ball, San Antonio, Texas, 1977
12 Yearbook: Sam Houston PTA, Corsicana, Texas, 1941-1942
13 Pamphlets, 1948 and undated
Annual Convention, Texas Division, United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1948
"Heinrich Scholl Jr., Cabinet Maker," undated
14 Brochures, undated
Texas Archives and Library Building, undated
Aquarena, San Marcos, Texas, undated
15 Booklets, 1904 and undated
Life's Task by Robert Lewis Stevenson, 1904
The Lower Rio Grande Valley, undated
Invitations, 1890-1973
16 Weddings, 19 items, 1890-1973
17 Commencements, 8 items, 1917-1971
18 John Connally inaugural activities, 2 items, 1963
19 Miscellaneous, 3 items, 1910, 1952, and undated
20 Advertising fliers, cards, and booklets, 17 items, 1885, 1916, and undated
21 Business and calling cards, 9 items, undated
Box Folder
2 22 Clippings, 20 items, 1883, 1977, and undated
23 Music, 7 items, undated
24 Christmas cards, 4 items, 1907 and undated
25 Miscellaneous, 1884-1945
"The Boy's Party," dance card, Goliad, Texas, 1884
Married Men's Birthday Club card, 1910
Funeral notice, Ada Welch, 1922
Goliad telephone directory, 1916 [cover] and 1926
Calendar, 1927
Tire certificate, 1945
Greeting card [blank], undated
Lithographs and prints, 4 items, undated
Tom Cheatham's Manhattan Cafe, menu, Victoria, Texas, undated
Miscellaneous material, 1889-1951
26 Account books, 2 items, 1889-1890, 1912-1913
27 Report card, Kingville City Schools, Frank Wallace, 1918-1919
28 Teacher’s report, Frank Wallace, Rylander School, 1928-1929
29 Insurance policy, 1934
30 Paper, "Grass Nursery of the Texas Research Foundation," 1950
Paper, "Characteristics of Some of the More Important Forage Crops," 1951
Seed packets, 23 items, undated
31 Artifacts, 2 items, 1906 and undated
32 Descriptive information, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library display, 2 items, undated
33 Envelopes, 12 items
Box Folder
Oversize 7 Artifact: woman's hat

Series 2: Presbyterian Church material

The second series includes a number of church publications and documents associated with local and regional meetings. A set of Goliad Presbyterian Church histories, dating from the 1920s to the 1960s, were primarily prepared by Mrs. Wallace. The histories detail the yearly activities of the church and include biographies, obituaries, and articles taken from local newspapers.
Box Folder
3 Correspondence, 1914-1966
34 General, 5 items, 1914-1966
35 Church history, 15 items [photocopies], 1937-1941 and undated
Printed material, 1898-1967
Publications, 1898-1962
36 Pearls for the Little Ones, 16 items, 1898-1915
Beginners Bible Stories, 1915
37 The Church Calendar of Prayer, 1933
The Earnest Worker, 1901
The Junior Quarterly, 1912
Servants of the Eternal Christ, 1962
Thirtieth Annual Report of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Western Texas Presbytery, 1931
38 Catalog: Texas Presbyterian College for Girls, Milford, Texas, Catalogue and Course of Study, 1918-1919
39 Programs, 1932-1938
Western Texas Presbyterial, 5 items [some photocopies], 1932-1938
Victoria Auxiliary [photocopy], 1938
First Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas, 1938
40 Directory: Women of the Church, Presbytery of South Texas [photocopy], 1963-1964
41 Yearbooks: Department of Woman’s Work, yearbook of programs, 7 items, 1930-1943
42 Clipping [photocopy], 1937
43 Miscellaneous printed material, 1909-1967
Pictorial Bible Lessons (cards), 5 items, 1909-1912
Westminster Presbyterian Encampment, announcement, 1921
Women's Bible Class, directory and by-laws, 1947
Goliad Presbyterian Church, church roll, 1967
Reports, articles, and histories, 1875-1967
Goliad Presbyterian Church, 1924-1967
44 10 items [photocopies], 1924-1933
45 9 items [photocopies], 1934-1936
46 7 items [photocopies], 1936-1941
47 9 items [photocopies], 1941-1948
Box Folder
4 48 6 items [photocopies], 1950-1953
49 6 items [photocopies], 1954-1959
50 11 items [photocopies], 1960-1967 and undated
51 Article: "Christian Citizenship," typescript, 13 pages, undated
52 Research notes, 6 items [photocopies], undated
53 Report form [photocopy] and account statement, 1875 and 1911

Series 3: Historical organizations and research

The third series consists of items connected with historical organizations, including research material and research papers on various historical topics, arranged by subject. Material on the Goliad Massacre includes transcripts of letters written by John Sowers Brooks, one of the men at Fort Defiance, and transcripts of other accounts of the incident. The Goliad history file contains accounts, reminiscences, and research papers on a number of topics, including area residents, events, and historic buildings. Similar material is found in other subject files.
Box Folder
4 Goliad Massacre
54 John Sowers Brooks correspondence, 12 items [transcripts], 1836-1837
55 Papers, accounts, and miscellaneous, 6 items [transcripts]
Goliad, 1848-1953
56 Papers, accounts, and miscellaneous, 8 items [typescripts, photocopies], 1848, 1930-1951
57 Papers, accounts, and miscellaneous, 11 items [photocopies], 1953 and undated
58 Notes, 5 pages, undated
59 Cattle and trail drives, 4 items [typescripts, photocopies], 1937-1956
60 Indianola, 3 items [photocopies], 1953
61 General Texas history, 12 items [typescripts, photocopies], 1938 and undated
62 Texas Historical and Landmarks Association: rosters, reports, and miscellaneous, 12 items, 1950 and 1953
63 Goliad County Historical Society: by-laws, program, papers, printed, 6 items, 1953-1954
Genealogical material, 1877-1948 and undated
64 Pettus and Reed families, 10 items, 1915, 1948, and undated
65 Boyd family, 13 items [photocopies], 1877 and undated
66 McCampbell family, 3 items [photocopies], undated

Series 4: Photographs

The photographs in the fourth series are arranged by subject. Photographs of Goliad include the county courthouse, historic homes, and the Fannin Monument. Some scenes and events in Goliad are included, dating from the late nineteenth century. Several formal and informal portraits of members of the Pettus, Wallace, and Reed families are part of the collection. Also included are photographs of friends and community members as well as some well-known figures such as Texas Governor Pat Neff during a visit to Harlingen and Eleanor Roosevelt speaking to WPA (Works Progress Administration) workers in Goliad.
Box Folder
Tall 5 67 Goliad, Texas: buildings and other structures, 21 items, undated
68 Goliad, Texas: scenes, 5 items, 1892, 1902, 1928, and undated
69 Goliad Presbyterian Church, 6 items, 1936 and undated
70 Daughters of Texas Trail Drivers, 4 items, undated
71 Texas Presbyterian College for Girls, 2 items, 1902-1903
72 Miscellaneous Texas, 32 items, 1907-1936 and undated
73 Non-Texas, 2 items, undated
74 Postcards, 21 items, undated
75 Miscellaneous, 8 items, 1912 and undated
76 Individuals, non-family, 25 items, 1900-1906 and undated
77 Unidentified individuals, 6 items, undated
78 Reed family, 8 items, 1900-1915 and undated
79 Pettus and Wallace families, 18 items, 1889-1912 and undated
Box Folder
Oversize 6 80 Slides of soil types, plant life, Texas A&M, houses, 26 items
81 Picture frames and mats

Series 5: Separated material

Newspaper Collection: see inventory for details
Goliad Advance
Goliad Advance-Guard
Goliad Guard
Goliad Weekly Guard
Our Church News
The Children’s Friend
Vertical files: see catalog for details
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1948-1949
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1951-1952
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1964-1965
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1965-1966
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1969-1970
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1971-1972
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1972-1973
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1973-1974
Yearbooks: Goliad Reading Club, 1974-1975