Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Frances Drennon Shaughnessy Family Papers, 1828-1898 and undated

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Shaughnessy, Frances Drennon, 1920-2010
Title: Frances Drennon Shaughnessy Family Papers
Dates: 1828-1898 and undated
Creator Abstract: Ancestors of Frances Drennon Shaughnessy (1920-2010) emigrated from Germany to Texas in the mid 1800s and settled in San Antonio and Bexar County.
Content Abstract: The Frances Drennon Shaughnessy Family Papers contain correspondence, notebooks, printed material, photographs, and artifacts associated with several family members.
Identification: Col 916
Extent: 0.83 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and German with some English translations.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Born in what would become Germany in 1814, Henry Habermann had a business in Houston, Texas, in the late 1840s. He moved to San Antonio, opening a store there in 1849, and purchased land at Comanche Spring, located near Leon Springs in Bexar County. Henry married Henrietta Ernestina Carolina Taubert, who was born in Germany around 1822 and came to the United States in 1833 from Bremen. Records do not indicate that the Habermann's had children. Henry died in 1871; his widow later married Walter C. Peters and died in 1894.

Augusta Taubert, Henrietta Taubert Habermann’s sister, was born in Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany, in 1823. On 1853 January 3, she married Wilhelm (William) Hausmann, who was born in Germany on 1824 September 5 and, according to documents in the collection, came to America as a political exile following the student uprisings at Leipzig University in 1843. The couple had three children: William (1854-1901), Ernest (1858-1919), and Alice. Augusta Taubert Hausmann died in 1898.

Alice Hausmann, the daughter of William and Augusta Hausmann, was born in Leon Springs on 1864 November 19. She married Abram Clay Drennon (1851-1930) on 1889 August 5 and had two children, Cleo and Claude. Alice Hausmann Drennon died in San Antonio on 1923 May 17.

Claude (1894-1942) and Anna Mae Tanner (1894-1962) Drennon lived in Fort Worth, Texas, and had one daughter, Frances, who was born on 1920 November 5. Frances Drennon married, first, Michael Quinn Shaughnessy and, second, John Thomas Carty. A long-time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Frances died in California on 2010 November 5.


Frances Drennon Shaughnessy Family Papers, 1828-1898 and undated, Col 916, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Joyce, Janey Eaves, ed. Cemeteries of Bexar County, Texas. Volume 4. San Antonio, Texas: San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, 2007.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains correspondence, notebooks, printed material, photographs, and artifacts associated with several family members. Memorandum books contain notes on finances and other matters, primarily of Henry Habermann. Correspondence between Habermann and a business associate in New York covers business, personal, and political matters and dates from 1856 to 1867. Photographs are of family members, including Henrietta Ernestina Carolina Taubert Habermann, Wilhelm Hausmann, Augustine Taubert Hausmann, and Alice Hausmann Drennon. Paintings of the Hausmann home at Comanche Spring, near San Antonio, are also included.


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
Shaughnessy, Frances Drennon, 1920-2010.
Drennon, Alice Hausmann, 1864-1923.
Habermann, Henrietta Ernestina Carolina.
Habermann, Henry, ca. 1814-1871.
Hausmann, Wilhelm, b. 1824.
Family papers.
Autograph albums.
Financial records.

Separated Material

An issue of the San Antonio Weekly Herald from 1868 September 12 has been separated from the papers. Additional information about this item can be found in the inventory for the Newspaper Collection (DRT 12).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frances Drennon Shaughnessy Family Papers, 1828-1898 and undated, Col 916, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frances Drennon Shaughnessy, 1965 July.

Processing Information

Processed by Charles R. Gámez, 1989.

Additional processing by Warren Stricker, 1992.

German-language materials translated by Lore A. Senseney, 2010.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Tom D'Amore, 2011 August.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Frances Drennon Shaughnessy Family Papers, 1828-1898 and undated

Box Folder
1 Documents, 1832-1898, undated
1 Autograph book: unbound, German with English translation, 1832-1844.
2 Diary: possibly Ernestina Taubert, possibly 1833. Also contains itinerary of travels, 1833-1839. German with English translation.
3 Memorandum book: “Inventario,” inventories and poetry, some pages loose or missing, 1843-1852.
4 Memorandum book: “Housekeeping Expenses from 1843 to 1853."
5 Memorandum book: “Memorandum H. Habermann of Sundries on hand stored with...,” inventories and other business records, 1848.
6 Ledger: Henry Habermann, financial records, 1849-1868.
7 Ledger: Comanche Spring ranch, cattle records and house construction expenses, 1853-1865.
8 Bound correspondence and account statements: Henry Habermann, Leon Springs, Texas, and C. F. A. Hinrichs, New York City, discussing business, personal, and political events, 1856-1867.
9 Memorandum book: “The Book of Mementos,” clippings and notes on agricultural practices, English and German, circa 1870-1879.
10 Notebook: “The Kyffhauser. By Alice Hausmann. San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas,” history and legends pertaining to German mountain, 1881 December.
11 Deed: Augusta Hausmann to Alice Drennon, Bexar County, Texas, Lots 20 and 21, Block No. 2, Terrell's Subdivision of Lot 1, Range 1, District 4, 1898 September 19.
12 Memorandum book: E. Taubert, poetry, German with English translation.
Box Folder
2 13 Binder: cover, labeled “General Court-Martial Orders, War Department,” undated.
14 Calling card: Mrs. Alice Drennon, undated.
15 Genealogical material: Drennon, Hausmann, and Taubert families [photocopies], undated.
Photographs and art, 1847-circa 1879, undated
16 Silhouette: H. P. Taubert, 1847.
Silhouette: Christiane Taubert, 1847.
17 Daguerreotype: Wilhelm Hausmann, undated.
18 Photograph: Augustine Taubert Hausmann, undated.
19 Photograph: Augustine Taubert Hausmann and Alice Hausmann, circa 1860-1869.
20 Photograph: Alice Hausmann, circa 1870-1879.
Photograph: Alice Hausmann, undated.
Photograph: Alice Hausmann Drennon, undated.
21 Crayon portrait?: Alice Hausmann Drennon, undated.
22 Daguerreotype: Henrietta Ernestina Carolina Habermann, undated.
23 Photograph: Henrietta Ernestina Carolina Habermann, undated.
24 Photograph: unidentified Drennon, undated.
25 Painting: Hausmann house at Comanche Spring, possibly by Anna Mae Tanner Drennon, watercolor, undated.
26 Painting: Hausmann house at Comanche Spring, oil, undated.
27 Paper doll, marked 1841.
28 Apothecary's scales.
29 Possibly bookmark, embroidered.
30 Possibly seal.
31 Tag.
Books, 1828-1848
32 The Holy Bible. New York: American Bible Society, 1846. Inscribed “Gustavus A. Taubert Vera Cruz, Mexico, Novbr 21st 1848.” Back cover missing.
33 Neus Brauschweigisches Gesangbuch, Nebst einem kurzen Gebetbuche zum offentlichen und hauslichen Gottesbienste. Braunschweig: Johann Heinrich Meyer, 1828. Inscriptions to Henriette Caroline Ernestine Taubert, 1831; to Carl Heinrich Wilhelm Taubert, 1838. German. Pressed leaf removed from book.