Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Cook - Maddrey Family Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC016

Collection Summary

Creator: Cook family
Title: Cook-Maddrey family papers
Dates: 1843-1952
Dates: (Bulk: 1851-1914)
Abstract: Correspondence, financial and legal documents, printed materials, photographs and albums document the connections of the Cook and Maddrey families in Sumner County, Tennessee, and Fannin County, Texas, primarily between 1843 and 1895.
Identification: MC016
OCLC Record No.: 46956011
Quantity: 1 box (.4 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

One of four children born to Demsey and Mary Cook, Sarah Adaline Cook was born in Christian County, Kentucky, on March 15, 1831, and died on October 10, 1924, in Bonham, Fannin County, Texas. The longest surviving of her siblings - Robert Watkins Cook (1828 - March 3, 1893), James Monroe Cook (March 8, 1833 - January 12, 1869), and Mary Jane (Mollie) Cook (December 10, 1838 - May 28, 1870) - Adaline married P. B. Maddrey on February 17, 1853 in Sumner County, Tennessee. In 1855 they followed Adaline's brother, Robert, to Fannin County, Texas, and settled on the Red River. In 1856 the Maddreys moved to Bonham, Texas, where they resided for sixty-eight years. Adaline gave birth to ten children, three of whom died in infancy and three preceded her in death, leaving four to survive their mother: Alma Maddrey Clendenen, Will S. Maddrey, James D. Maddrey, and Kate Maddrey.

A number of relatives and friends from Sumner County migrated to Fannin County during the 1850s and 1860s including Adaline's mother, Mary Cook, Adaline's siblings Robert, James, and Mollie, and her father-in-law, Peter B. Maddrey, Sr. Neither Robert nor James Cook married. Circa 1864 Mollie married Harvey Wise, a man with extensive family ties in both Sumner and Fannin Counties. They had two children before Mollie's death in 1870.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, printed materials, photographs, an autograph album and a personal journal were collected and preserved by Sarah Adaline Cook Maddrey and later her daughter, Alma Maddrey Clendenen. The correspondence (103 letters) received by siblings Robert Watkins Cook (7) and Mary Jane (Mollie) Cook (59), Mollie's husband Harvey Wise (8), Adaline's husband P. B. Maddrey (14), her father-in-law Peter B. Maddrey, Sr. (11), and his family (4) comprises the bulk of the Cook - Maddrey Papers and documents the friendships and family connections which existed between Sumner County, Tennessee, and Fannin County, Texas, between 1843 and 1895.

The letters fall into three categories: letters written to Mollie during the Civil War, correspondence between friends and relatives in Tennessee and Texas, and the business and legal correspondence of Peter B. Maddrey, Sr., and his son, P. B. Maddrey. Of particular interest are the letters written by Jimmie S. Boon (19) to Mollie between 1861 and 1863 posted from Memphis, Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Big Black River, Iuka, Meridian, and Yazoo City, Mississippi, and Bridgeport, Alabama, while Boon served in the Confederate Army. Subjects covered in the Boon correspondence include slavery, illness and hospitalization, states rights, soldier's life, loneliness, military deployments, General Edmund Kirby Smith, and General Ulysses S. Grant. The personal correspondence between family and friends include discussions of family life, farming, illness and death, a Negro insurrection in 1856, relocation, slavery, horse thievery and outlawry, Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, and economic hardships. This rich source of genealogical information, place names, and social history includes letters written from Lydia Hearne (9), Tennie Taylor Rawlins (6), E. V. Martin (5), Albert J. Duggen (4), W. J. Thomas (4), and Elizabeth Wise (3).

Ninety-four financial documents consisting primarily of tax receipts (1860 - 1914) and personal receipts (1859 - 1890) of P. B. Maddrey record the finances of a middle class family in North Texas. Also of interest are Robert W. Cook's military commission in the Fannin Cavaliers (1861), the "By-laws of King Solomon's Lodge" (1851), and his Masonic demit (1854). Alma Maddrey Clendenen's Autograph Album (1883) records the names of school friends from the Maple Hill Seminary. Kate Maddrey's journal, kept from 1901 - 1952 is a compendium of information including the minutes of the Art League in Bonham, Texas 1901, genealogical notes of the Cook family, her personal poetry and that of others, and numerous lists and notes recording her life over a 50 year period both in Bonham and Waco, Texas.


Organized into seven series; the arrangement is alphabetical and chronological.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Boon, Jimmie F.
Clendenen, Alma Maddrey
Cook, James Monroe, 1833-1869
Cook, Robert Watkins, 1824-1893
Duggen, Albert J.
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
Hearne, Lydia
Kirby-Smith, Edmund, 1824-1893
Maddrey, Kate
Maddrey, P. B. (Peter B.)
Maddrey, Peter B., d. 1875
Maddrey, Sarah Adaline Cook, 1831-1924
Rawlins, Tennie Taylor
Thomas, W. J.
Wise, Elizabeth, b. 1804
Wise, Harvey
Wise, Mary Jane (Mollie) Cook, 1838-1870
Cook family
Maddrey family
Wise family
Ku Klux Klan (19th cent.)--Tennessee
Maple Hill Seminary
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Tennessee
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Texas
Slavery--United States
Bonham (Tex.)
Fannin County (Tex.)
Sumner County (Tenn.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Cook - Maddrey Family Papers, MC016, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Mr and Mrs. P. M. Clendenen, 1953, 1958.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Correspondence: Robert W. Cook

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22 1 P. B. and Sarah Adaline Cook Maddrey 1855
2 Mary Jane (Mollie) Cook Wise 1868, undated
3 General 1852,1870

Correspondence: E. C. Maddrey

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22 4 W. J. Thomas 1895

Correspondence: P. B. Maddrey

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22 5 D. E. Parker 1872-1883
6 S. B. and N. A. E. Riggsbee 1875-1878
7 General 1855, 1875

Correspondence: Peter B. Maddrey, Sr.

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22 8 H. Gikes 1843
9 D. E. Parker 1870-1873
10 Jos. Prichard 1868-1869
11 General 1872

Correspondence: Harvey Wise

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22 12 Elizabeth Wise 1865-1868
13 General 1872

Correspondence: Mary Jane (Mollie) Cook Wise

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22 14 Jimmie S. Boon 1861-1862
15 Jimmie S. Boon 1863
16 Albert J. Dugger 1856-1857, undated
17 Margaret A. Gibson 1857, 1860
18 Lydia A. Hearne 1860
19 E. V. Martin 1858-1860
20 Tennie Taylor Rawlins 1856-1857, undated
21 Harvey Wise 1862, undated
22 General 1856-1869

Correspondence: General

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22 23 Enclosures, separated: Song Lyrics, Poetry undated
24 Envelopes undated


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22 25 Statement of Account: Robert W. Cook 1859, 1861
26 Exchange Certificate: P. B. Maddrey 1864
27 Receipts: P. B. Maddrey 1859-1880, undated
28 Receipts: P. B. Maddrey / P. S. Galbraith 1890, undated
29 Tax Receipts: P. B. Maddrey 1860-1879
30 Tax Receipts: P. B. Maddrey 1880-1895
31 Tax Receipts: P. B. Maddrey 1900-1914
32 Statement of Account: Mary Jane (Mollie) Cook Wise undated


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22 33 Military Commission: Robert W. Cook 1861
34 Military Discharge: James M. Cook 1862
35 Masonic Documents: Robert W. Cook 1851, 1854
36 Oath of Allegiance: Robert W. Cook 1865
37 Deed: Peter B. Maddrey, Sr. 1851

Printed Materials

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22 38 General 1859-1897, undated
39 Newspaper Clippings 1881, 1924, undated


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22 40 Photographs 1889, undated


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14 4 Autograph: Alma Maddrey Clendenen 1883

Register / Journals

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14 4 Kate Maddrey 1901-1952