Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Alexander MacDonald Family Papers, 1834-1953 MS 361

creator MacDonald, Alexander, of Huntsville, TX
Title: MacDonald Family Papers
Dates: 1834-1953
Abstract: Letters from Alexander MacDonald to his wife, Margaret MacDonald, including information concerning land disputes and importation of goods to Texas; letters from James MacDonald, serving with a Texas regiment during the Civil War, to his mother, Margaret MacDonald; letters of condolence to Margaret MacDonald after James's death during the war; letters from other family members; wills; maps; and documents.
Identification: MS 361
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet0.5 linear inches
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Alexander MacDonald was born in Canada in 1820. He married Margaret S. Roberts in 1842 and settled in Huntsville, Texas. They had two sons, James Latham MacDonald, born in 1845, and Randal MacDonald, born in 1847. Census records list Alexander as a farmer. He died in 1850, possibly from yellow fever.

James Latham was killed in Arkansas in 1862, fighting in the American Civil War. Randal married in 1876. Margaret died in 1892 and was buried in Trinity County, Texas.

Scope and Contents

The Alexander MacDonald Family Papers consist of correspondence, books and a few miscellaneous lists, maps and genealogical charts. The letters from Alexander to Margaret encompass the bulk of the papers. His letters discuss many things including land disputes and importation of goods to Texas. James Latham MacDonald also wrote a number of letters to his mother, the same Margaret. He was serving with the 1st regiment of Carter's Brigade, and died in Arkansas. His letters include descriptions of illness, military life and Confederate battle victories.

Included in the papers are letters from other family members, several maps, and a genealogy.


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the MacDonald Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

clippings (information artifacts)
Texas -- Huntsville
United States
Real property -- Texas
MacDonald, Alexander, of Huntsville, TX
MacDonald, Alexander, of Huntsville, TX

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MacDonald Family Papers, MS361, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisitions Information

The materials in this collection were donated to the Woodson Research Center by R.M. Garrison in 1977.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Letters

Box Folder
1 1 Letters from Alexander MacDonald to his wife Margaret, 1843, 1844, 1846
2 Correspondence 1834-1953

Series II: Ledgers, scrapbooks, clippings

Box Folder
1 3 Ledger and Scrapbook
4 Genealogy, Map, ephemera
5 Newspaper clippings and pamphlet 1898