Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Williams-Houston Papers

Manuscript Collection: MC143

Collection Summary

Creator: Houston family
Title: Williams-Houston papers
Dates: 1852-1956
(Bulk: 1880, 1900)
Abstract: Four documents and their transcripts relate to father and son Sam and Temple Houston.
Identification: MC143
Quantity: 9 items
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Franklin Weston Williams was born on December 18, 1874, in Washington County, Texas, to Weston Lafayette Williams of Mississippi and Margaret Lea Houston, the daughter of Sam Houston. His brother was Houston Williams who was born in December of 1869. Franklin Williams married Annie M. McKeever and together had Charlotte Williams Darby, wife of James A. Darby. Williams died on December 9, 1958.

Sam Houston, one of the most influential men of Texas history, began his career essentially at the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814, where he gained the admiration of Andrew Jackson who helped Houston attain political and military offices: Attorney General of the District of Nashville, two terms in the United States House of Representatives, colonel and adjutant general of the state militia of Tennessee, and eventually governor of Tennessee in 1827. Houston arrived in Texas in 1832 and became a central figure in the politics of the rebellion against Mexico. He was granted command of the Republic of Texas' military forces and defeated Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto. Sam Houston served two non-consecutive terms as President of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1838 and 1841-1844. Houston served as U.S. senator and was elected Texas governor in 1859 but was removed from office in 1860. He contracted pneumonia and died July 26, 1863. Houston was survived by his wife Margaret Moffette Lea and their eight children.

Scope and Content Note

Four documents pertaining to the Sam Houston family correlating to the years 1852, 1880, and 1900 comprise this collection donated by Houston's grandson Franklin Williams. Correspondence includes a letter and envelope dated in 1900 from Elisabet Ney to Houston Williams regarding wardrobe selection. A transcript of this letter accompanies this document. There is also a letter and envelope dated from 1902 from Elisabet Ney to Mrs. Houston Williams. A handwritten label made in 1852 describes a map used by General Sam Houston in the U.S. Senate to illustrate possible routes for a mid-continent canal. A handwritten address delivered by Temple Houston, youngest son of Sam Houston, on April 21, 1880, and transcripts of this address complete this collection.


Organized into four series; arrangement is 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

Houston, Sam, 1793-1863
Houston, Temple Lea, 1860-1905
Ney, Elisabet, 1833-1907
San Jacinto, Battle of, Tex., 1836--Anniversaries, etc.

Archivist's Note

John M. Atwood's 1852 Map of the United States with its Territories, also donated by Franklin Williams, has been separated to the Herzstein Library's map collection.

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Williams-Houston Papers, MC143, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Franklin Williams, 1955 and 1956; Mrs. James R. Darby, 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2011.


"Houston, Samuel."The Handbook of Texas Online.


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159.4 1 Correspondence 1900, 1902

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159.4 2 Label of map undated: circa 1852?

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159.4 3 Address by Temple Houston 1880 April 21

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159.4 4 Typed transcript [1900, circa 1956