Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Stuart and allied families of Texas collection, 1759-2017 MS 553

creator Ulmer, Francita Stuart
Title: Stuart and allied families of Texas collection
Dates: 1759-2017
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, periodicals, books, legal documents, and biographical sketches related to the Allen, Stuart, Wells, Weems, Lum, Miller, Red, and Ulmer families.
Identification: MS 553
Quantity: 20 Linear Feet(37 boxes + oversize material)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Rosa Lum Allen, 1858-1931, Rosa Lum married Samuel Ezekiel Allen (1848-1913) in 1876, moving from Fort Bend County to his ranch in southeast Harris County after their marriage. The ranch was located on the south side of Buffalo Bayou, now the Houston Ship Channel near its intersection with Sims Bayou. Samuel Ezekiel Allen was the grandson of Ezekiel Thomas, who came to Texas from South Carolina in 1824. Thomas was a member of the Old Three Hundred, the first 300 families to receive title to property in Texas from Mexican government through the auspices of Stephen F. Austin. At the time of Allen's death in 1913 he owned 13,000 acres in Harris County and an additional 10,000 acres in Brazoria County. Mrs. Allen sold 700 acres surrounding her colonial home to Sinclair Oil Company in 1917 for the site of one of the first refineries on the Ship Channel. She moved to 1916 Main Street in Houston. The ranch house was dismantled and rebuilt as a vacation home on Galveston Bay near Sylvan Beach in La Porte. At the request of the Right Reverend Clinton S. Quin she offered the use of her house and bay property to the Episcopal Diocese of Texas for a camp for the youth of the Diocese. In 1921 there were thirty-six campers from Houston, Austin, Galveston, Dallas, and Tyler who attended the first sessions at Camp Allen that starting then was named for her. In 1928 she purchased property on Trinity Bay near Baytown and also provided buildings for the second Camp Allen that was sold many years later to purchase acreage in Grimes County where the camp is now located.

Robert Cummins Stuart IV, 1896-1976, was the only child of Robert C. Stuart III and Rosa Allen Stuart. After his graduation from Harvard College in 1921, he assisted his grandmother in the founding of Camp Allen and with her Trustees Frank Andrews, John T. Scott, and Frank Michaux in liquidating Allen Ranch holdings. The land was divided for industrial, commercial, and residential use. Many streets and subdivisions of southeastern Harris County bear the names of the Allen family because they were once part of the ranch. Robert C. Stuart Park on Sims Bayou in Southeast Harris County near Hobby Airport was named for him. Robert Stuart IV married Frances Wells Stuart in 1930. They were active in Houston philanthropic causes.

Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer is the only child of Robert C. Stuart IV and Frances Wells Stuart. She graduated from Kinkaid School (1949) and Wellesley College (1953). In 1958 she entered the graduate program at Rice Institute. She was one of 15 students chosen to be the first graduate students in the History department. In 1959 she married Philip Carleton Koelsch, a Naval Academy graduate and later Rear Admiral. In 2000, seven years after her first husband's death, she married James G. Ulmer. Mrs. Ulmer has been honored for her dedication and contribution to various organizations including her service of 35 years on the Harris County Historical Commission, appointment by Governor William P. Clements to represent the Texas State Historical Association on the Battleship Texas Commission, as a member of the Vestry of Christ Church Cathedral, and as historian for the Garden Club of Houston. In 2005 she received the Distinguished Alumna Award in recognition of her obtaining a Texas State Historical Marker for Kinkaid and writing the first published history of the school.

Scope and Contents

The Stuart and Allied Families collection, 1759-2017, contains materials related to the Allen, Stuart, Wells, Weems, Lum, Miller, Red, and Ulmer families. Legal documents reflecting the dissolution of the Allen Ranch, one of the largest estates in southeast Texas and subsequent creation of Houston subdivisions Allendale, Allen Farms, and Lum Terrace are featured. It also includes various newsclippings about, and correspondences to and from, Allen and Stuart family members from the 19th century to the late 20th century. In addition, this collection contains a number of pieces of secondary literature and periodicals given to, or specifically mentioning, members of the Stuart, Allen and allied families. It also features a number of photographs and biographical sketches of members of the families, printed matter, maps, genealogy records, and personal family materials. The genealogy of the Stuart and Allen families is very detailed and there is much family history on collateral lines.


Access Restrictions

This material is available for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from this material must be obtained from Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

Texas -- Houston
Houston (Tex.) -- History.
letters (correspondence)
genealogies (histories)
maps (documents)
Wells, James Madison, 1808-1899

Related Materials

Philip Koelsch Papers, 1812-2016 (MS 568)

George S. Heyer papers, 1952-1989 (2012-006) at the Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (George Stuart Heyer, Jr is the great-grandson of Robert Cummins Stuart II and grandson of Ella Stuart Heyer, sister of Robert C. Stuart III)

Ella Stuart Heyer (Mrs. George) served as the President of the Houston Public School Art League that was instrumental in the founding of The Museum of Fine Arts. She was the favorite aunt of Robert Cummins Stuart, IV. References may be located in Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Houston Art League, Historical Records Scrapbook, 1900-1938, RG19:01.

See control folder for more information on related archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stuart and allied families of Texas collection, 1759-2017, MS 553, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Notes

This material was transferred to Woodson Research Center in 2010-2017 by Francita Stuart Ulmer. Future accruals are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Stuart family

Box Folder
1 1 Genealogy
2 Drs. David F. Stuart and Joseph R. Stuart -- Houston Infirmary
3 David Finney Stuart
4 David Finney Stuart Historical Marker 2008-2013
Box Folder
2 1 Robert C. Stuart, II (1833-1893)
2 Mary Frances Blake Stuart (1837-1892)
Daughter of E.H. and Martha (Harris) Blake. Married Robert Cummins Stuart II.
3 Robert C. Stuart, III (1871-1931)
4 Robert C. Stuart, III - Correspondence 1895-1930
5 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams 1877
6 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams - Correspondence
7 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams - Legal
8 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams - Newsclippings
9 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams - Photographs
10 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams - Address book
11 Rosa Allen Stuart Williams - Travel diary
Subseries I. Robert C. Stuart, IV
Box Folder
3 1 Affiliations and certificates
2 Allegro 1927-1952
3 Anglo-Texan Society 1961-2001
4 Bluebonnet Theatre and Community Center
5 Business papers 1919-1974
6 Incoming Correspondence 1906-1913
Box Folder
4 1 Incoming Correspondence 1915-1922
2 Incoming Correspondence 1923-1939
3 Incoming Correspondence 1952-1976
4 Outgoing Correspondence 1906-1972
5 Correspondence - Bussell Family 1954-1964
6 Correspondence - Sir Stuart Mallinson (photocopies)
7 Correspondence - Replat of Southview Addition 1955
8 Correspondence from Texas Tech Collection (photocopies)
9 Correspondence - Woodrow Wilson national student organization 1920-21
10 Journal (with newsclippings pasted inside pertaining to Port of Houston) 1931
11 First National Bank, Houston 1942-1976
12 Lum Terrace 1924
13 Maps
14 Newsclippings
15 Oral History - Robert C.Stuart Reminiscences (audiotape)
16 Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
17 Passport
Box Folder
5 1-3 Photographs (3 folders)
4 Publications - The Houston Gargoyle June 28, 1931 and October 18, 1931
5 Schoolbooks - Patterson's Common School Speller
6 Schoolbooks - A first book in vocal music
7 Schoolbooks - Inductive course in English
8 Schoolbooks - About Boston
9 Schooling - Classwork
10 Tax receipts 1922-1976
11 Robert C. Stuart Park - Correspondence 1985-March 2007
12 Robert C. Stuart Park - Correspondence April 2007-2011
Box Folder
6 1 Robert C. Stuart Park - Creation 2007
2 Robert C. Stuart Park - Flood Control 1986-2011
3 Robert C. Stuart Park - Houston Parks Board 2007-2013
4 Robert C. Stuart Park - Newsclippings 1997-2013
5 Robert C. Stuart Park - Photographs - Groundbreaking October 23, 2009
6 Stuart Female Seminary, Austin, TX
7 Stuart Female Seminary - Two Texas Female Seminaries
8 Stuart Building, 304 Main St, Houston, TX
9 Memorabilia - Bluebonnet Community Center printing plate
7 Memorabilia - Postcards
Subseries II. Francita Stuart Koelsch Ulmer
Box Folder
8 1 Awards, honors, certificates
2 Biographical
3 Family Correspondence-Incoming (Robert C. Stuart IV, Frances Wells Stuart, Mrs. T.W. Williams) 1950s
4 Correspondence-Incoming 1944-1980s
5 Correspondence-Incoming 1990s-2014
6 Correspondence-letters of recommendation
7 Invitations
8 Kinkaid School - Senior year 1949
9 The Kinkaidian yearbook 1949
1 Wellesley College 1949-1953
2 Rice Institute 1958
3 Articles - General
4 Articles - Houston Post, Americans in Europe 1954
5 Articles - River Oaks Times
6 Newsclippings - Debut 1951
7 Newsclippings - European Trip 1954
8 Newsclippings - General
9-10 Photographs
11 Publications
12 Speeches
Box Folder
10 1 Wedding - Francita Stuart to Philip Koelsch May 20, 1959
2 Koelsch family
3 Wedding - Francita Stuart Koelsch to James G. Ulmer April 29, 2000
3a James A. Baker III Oral History Project; a joint project of the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library of Princeton University and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy of Rice University; transcript of recorded interview with Francita Stuart Ulmer May 24, 2013
Sub-subseries: Affiliations
Box Folder
10 4 Allegro 1951-2009
5 Alley Theatre Advisory Board
6 American Red Cross
7 Anglo-Texan Society - Southwestern Historical Quarterly
8 Battleship Texas Commission
9 Blue Bird Circle Recipes 1957
10 Christ Church Cathedral - General 1945-2015
11 Christ Church Cathedral - Brigid's Place - A Time for Friends 2000, 2003
12 Christ Church Cathedral - Robert C. Stuart Lenten Series
13 Christ Church Cathedral Vestry 1985-86
Box Folder
11 1 Christ Church Cathedral Vestry 1986-87
2 Christ Church Cathedral Vestry 1987-88
3 Daughters of the Republic of Texas
4 Episcopal Diocese of Texas
5 Episcopal Diocese of Texas - Broadway Property 1974-1984, n.d.
6 Garden Club of America, Houston - Directory 2006-07
7 Garden Club of America, Houston
8 Glendale Cemetery Association 1976
9 Glenwood Cemetery Historical Preservation Foundation 1999-2014
10 Harris County Heritage Society 1972-2011
11 Harris County Historical Commission 1976-2012
Box Folder
12 1 The Houston Club 2012
2 Houston Country Club 2008-2013
3 Houston Symphony Society - Board Member
4 Junior League of Houston
5-6 Kinkaid School Alumni Association (2 folders)
7 Kinkaid School Award 1974
Kinkaid and Houston: 75 years 1981
The Kinkaid School: a legacy of distinction, the first 100 years 2005
8 Museum of Fine Arts Houston Gift - The Stuart Collection 1957-2016
Box Folder
13 1 National Cathedral Association
2 National Society of Colonial Dames of America & Dumbarton House
3 National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
4 Rice University 2012
5 River Oaks Elementary School Alumni
6 Sims Bayou - Houston Parks
7 St. Luke's Episcopal Health Charities
8 Texas Heart Institute
9 Texas State Historical Association
10 Theta Charity Antiques Show
11 [Houston] Tree of Lights Committee
12 Wellesley College Alumni
Box Folder
14 1 River Oaks book project: Correspondence May-July 2012
2 River Oaks book project, Correspondence August 2012
3 River Oaks book project, Correspondence September 2012
4 River Oaks book project, Correspondence October-December 2012
5 River Oaks book project, Correspondence January-May 2013
6 River Oaks book project, Drafts, notes, photographs
7 River Oaks book project, Becker, Ann Dunphy, Houston's River Oaks 2013
15 Videocassettes - Christ Church Cathedral - The House of Thine Abode
Videocassettes - Christ Church Cathedral - Brigid's Place - A Time for Friends November 4, 2000
Videocassettes - Garden Club of Houston - The History pts. 1 and 2
Audiocassettes - Christ Church Cathedral - Friends (2) November 1, 2003
DVD - Kinkaid through the years: history, memories & reflections
DVD - The Kinkaid School centennial year highlights, 2005-2006
DVD - Christ Church Cathedral Celebrating 175 years, 1839-2014

Series II. Allied families

Subseries A. Allen family
Box Folder
16 1 Ezekiel Thomas ca. 1797-ca. 1834
2 Samuel William Allen 1826-1888
Samuel Ezekiel Allen 1848-1913
Box Folder
16 3 Biographical
4 Photocopies of Allen papers from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
17 Copies of Allen Papers from Texas Tech University (microfilm and DVDs)
Reel 1: Mrs. Samuel E. Allen Papers 1862-1945, correspondence 1898-1936
Reel 2: Mrs. Samuel E. Allen Papers 1862-1945, correspondence and business records
Reel 3: Mrs. Samuel E. Allen Papers 1862-1945, business records
Reel 4: Mrs. Samuel E. Allen Papers 1862-1945, business records and legal documents
Reel 5: Mrs. Samuel E. Allen Papers 1862-1945, legal documents and miscellaneous
Mrs. Samuel E. (Rosa) Allen Papers 1862-1945 and undated; Mr. & Mrs. S.E. Allen Papers 1870-1978 and undated (6 copies)
Box Folder
16 5 Allen Poole & Co. - Photocopies from William Pitt Ballinger diary
6 Correspondence
7 Legal
8-9 Leather wallets
Rosa Christie Lum Allen 1858-1931
Box Folder
16 10 Lum family
11 Rosina Christie Lum tintype
12 M.N. Lum leather wallet
Box Folder
18 1 Correspondence - Rosa Lum and S.E. Allen 1874
2 Correspondence - Rosa Lum and S.E. Allen 1875
3 Correspondence - Rosa Lum and S.E. Allen 1876, n.d.
4 Correspondence 1916-1930
5 Family recipes
6 Legal
7 Family Photographs
8 Stocks
9 Gifts - Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Houston, TX
10 Gifts - Protestant Episcopal Church Diocese of Texas
11 Gifts - Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX 1926
12 Gifts - University of the South, Sewanee, TN (Rosa Allen Scholarship)
Box Folder
19 1 Cancelled checks
2 Rosa Allen Property - 1916 Main Street, Houston, TX
3 Property - Oriental Textile Mill
4-7 Properties (5 folders)
Box Folder
20 1 Properties
2 Properties - Golfcrest Addition
3-4 Properties - Lum Terrace (2 folders)
Box Folder
21 1 Death 1931
2 Estate and will
3 Estate - Executrix Rosa Allen Williams
4 Rosa Lum Allen Trust Bank Statements 1939-1956
5 Rosa Lum Allen Estate Court documents (3 folders)
Box Folder
22 3 Rosa Lum Allen Estate Suit
4 Rosa Lum Allen Estate Suit 1951-1972
5 Rosa Lum Allen Estate Suit - Baker Botts Correspondence 1939-1949
6 Rosa Lum Allen Estate - Court of Civil Appeals decisions
Box Folder
23 1 Descendants
32 Memorabilia - Daughters of the Confederacy pin (Rosa Lum Allen)
Camp Allen
Box Folder
23 2 Original purchase for site (Sylvan Beach property)
3 Purchase/funding (correspondence between Mrs. Allen and Bishop Quin) 1917-1932
4 Newsclippings
5 Newsletters, Publicity
6 Photographs
Photographs from Camp Allen published in Old Sylvan Beach and the Pavilions catalog number: F394 .L14 M36 2014
7 Camp Allen benefit 2007
8 Correspondence
Camp Allen Cookbook
The Episcopal Church in Texas [founding of camp]
Daily strength for daily needs [book of meditation used by Rosa Allen at founding of Camp] 1919
Allen Ranch
Box Folder
24 1 General information
2 Land deeds for property that became Hobby Airport
Property was purchased by Samuel E. Allen in 1887. It was later sold to W.T. Carter.
3 Local communities formerly part of Allen Ranch
4 Photographs
5 Texas Historical Marker 1978, 2009
6 Audiocassettes - Allen Ranch
Subseries B. Red family
Box Folder
24 7 George Clark Red 1820-1881
8 Samuel Clark Red 1861-1940
9 William Stuart Red 1857-1933
Subseries C. Weems family
Box Folder
25 1-2 Genealogy (2 folders)
3 Mason Locke Weems 1759-1825
4 Captain Philip Van Horn Weems
Weems System of Navigation, Annapolis, Maryland
5 Weems Correspondence 1930s-1970s
Subseries D. Wells family
Box Folder
26 1 Governor James Madison Wells & Mary Ann Scott Wells
2 John Weems Wells & Lucile Ewing Wells
3 Autograph book (belonging to Lucile Ewing Wells) ca. 1888
Frances Wells Stuart 1905-1997
Box Folder
26 4 Biographical
5 Correspondence 1922-1940s
6 Correspondence 1945-1987
7 Newsclippings
8 Wedding - Frances Wells to Robert C. Stuart, IV 1930
9 Death 1997
10-12 Photographs (3 folders)
Box Folder
27 1 Photographs - European trip 1924, 1926
2 Houston Chamber of Commerce Cruise 1930
3 Travel
4 Passports
5-9 Memorabilia - Postcards, souvenir books, dance cards (5 envelopes)
Box Folder
28 1 Schooling
2 Thesis for MA degree in Government, University of Texas n.d.
3 Affiliations - Bayou Gardeners
4 Affiliations - Daughters of the American Revolution
5 Affiliations - English Speaking Union of the US
6 Affiliations - Houston PanHellenic Association
7 Affiliations - Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae
8 Affiliations - National Society of Colonial Dames of America
9 Affiliations - Women's Parish Association, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church
Subseries E. Miller family
Box Folder
28 10 Rev. James Weston Miller 1815-1888
Subseries F. Ulmer family
Box Folder
28 11 James G. Ulmer
Robert Russell. To catch an angel 1963

29-30 Series III. Books
29 Early days on the Bayou: 1838-1890, the life and letters of Horace Dickinson Taylor
A frontier Texas mercantile: the history of Gibbs Brothers and Company, Huntsville, 1841-1900
Mody C. Boatright, ed. Mexican Border Ballads, and other lore 1967
Genevieve Parkhill Lykes, Gift of Heritage 1969
Holy Bible [family bible given as wedding gift by Miss Ima Hogg]
A Texas Collection: portraits before 1882 1977
Houston Country Club: Seventy-fifth anniversary, 1908-1983 1983
The Episcopal Church in Texas: 1838-1874 1963
Houston Country Club: the first fifty years, 1908-1958 1994
Catharine Beecher
Early educator of women. Mary Frances Blake Stuart attended Hartford Female Seminary co-founded by Catharine Beecher.
The Houston Club and its city: one hundred years
A hill on which to die: one Southern Baptist's journey
Inscribed to Francita Koelsch from Judge Paull Pressler, lifelong friend
Wells family books
Louisiana Portraits 1975
Louisiana reconstructed: 1863-1877
First ladies of Louisiana
Rapides Parish History
The Governors of Louisiana
Rapides Parish Louisiana: a history
The first constitution of the State of Louisiana
The Louisiana Historical Quarterly, Vol. 31 No. 4 October 1948
The Wells family of Louisiana and allied families
30 Wharton's History of Fort Bend County
Joy unconfined : Robert Joy in Houston, a portrait of fifty years 1986
Christmas Books
Masterpieces of American Literature (Rosa Allen college textbook at Hollins College in Virginia) ca. 1890s
The Gentleman and Lady's Book of Politeness and propriety of deportment 1833
Book of manners belonging to Henrietta Christie of Fort Bend County, dated October 26, 1856. Christie family included in Clarence Wharton's History of Fort Bend County
Good food for bad stomachs 1951
Drs. Sara Jordan and Frank Lahey (Lahey Clinic, Boston, Mass.)
Albert and Mamie George: the legend and the legacy 2004
The house of seven gables
Richard Carvel
Texas Cookbook 1883
The medicine man in Texas 1930
A happy worldy abode: Christ Church Cathedral, 1839-1964
Houston Country Club Centennial: 1908-2008
Dowered with gifts: the second quarter of the second century of Christ Church Cathedral, Houston 1989
Knight, William Allen. The Song of our Syrian Guest. 1907
Chapman, Burton. Telephone Road, Texas 2007

Series IV. Oversize Materials

Rosa Allen Stuart Williams: Memorabilia
31 Framed portrait Thomas Walter Williams
32 Ladies pin from No-tsu-oh Ball, 1905
Silver spoon given to Rosa Williams from San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of Texas October 18, 1914
Francita Stuart Ulmer: Memorabilia, Scrapbooks and diaries
32 Autograph dog
Class rings, pins, pendants
33 Brigid's Place - "A Time for friends," honoring friendship of Francita Stuart Ulmer and Pauline Arnold Schweppe, scrapbook pages November 1, 2003
California Trip 1941-43
First trip to Europe 1951
Summer Trip-Europe 1954
Trip-West Coast 1956
34 Wellesley College scrapbook
35 Baby book
Frances Wells Stuart: Memorabilia, Scrapbooks
34 Theta Star Award 1994
35 Wedding album
36 Scrapbook: Main Avenue High School June 1921
Scrapbook - "My Golden School Days"
37 Miscellaneous
Marriage Certificate: John Wells and M. Ewing January 16, 1905
Francita Stuart Ulmer Day proclamation in honor of service on the Battleship Texas Commission, as a Daughter of the Texas Republic, San Jacinto Chapter, and as a life member of the Texas State Historical Association February 3, 2011
Photograph: 25th Reunion Dinner Harvard Class of 1921, Parker House, Boston, Mass. June 5, 1946
Photographs: Aerial of Sims Ranch and Telephone Rd area (formerly Allen Ranch property) May 1960
Map showing survey of the Allen Estate Property in the H.B. Prentice Suvey lying north of Simms Bayou between G.C. & S.F. R.R. and Telephone Road March-April 1926
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution certificate for Mrs. S. Jeannette Henry Hubbard March 23, 1907
Hubbard Family tree 1898
Photograph: Golden wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. August Koelsch, 1859-1909, Hotel Astor January 6, 1909
Prince George's County Marriage Licenses, 1826-1880, f. 33; Wills, ff. 170-71; Chancery Papers 5841, Exhibit No. 1; Accounts 59, f. 282 photostats from State of Maryland Department of General Services Hall of Records January 2, 1976
Marriage Certificate: William Hubbard to S. Jeanette August 7, 1888
Map Drawer 37
Survey plat of existing telephone pole location in Greenway Park Subdivision, Houston Texas April 23, 1976
[Partial] map showing a portion of...from H.B. Prentice Survey in Harris County May 1, 1942
Survey map showing E./144 feet of S./125 feet Lot 16 Block 50 Lum Terrace March 24, 1969
[Partial map showing] Golf Crest, Kings Court addition n.d.
Family Tree
Plat of River Oaks and vicinity n.d.
Central Industrial Park, Second Section at Houston, Texas owned by Terminal Building Corporation of Texas December 26, 1963
Sketch G.C. & S.F. RY. Co. proposed Industrial Development of Williams Estate July 15, 1957
[Map showing] southeast Houston areas of Bayou Oaks, Garden Villas, Lum Terrace, Golf View Manor... December 1973
A.T. & S.F. RY. Co. sketch showing proposed Industrial Development of 113.4 acres of land owned by R.C. Stuart December 1969
Newspaper clippings, The Houston Chronicle, "Debutantes 1951" October 25, 1951
Panoramic photograph, Houston Chamber of Commerce Cruise, Port-au-Prince, Haiti 1930