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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Organization of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

George A. Feris correspondence, 1835-1860, 1871-1897, undated,

Lavinia Feris correspondence, 1840-1884, undated,

Irene Feris correspondence, 1857-1889, 1891-1902, 1905-1906, 1911-1919, undated,

Achille Feris correspondence, 1854-1875, undated,

Mary Feris Bass correspondence, 1895-1905,

W.K. Hocker correspondence, 1885-1895,

Nellie Feris correspondence, 1892-1944, undated,

Sallie Feris correspondence, 1864-1920,

Robertina (Bobbie) Feris correspondence, 1871-1908,

General family papers, 1829, 1840s-1920, undated,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Feris Family:

An Inventory of the George A. Feris Family Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1829-1944, undated, bulk 1850-1900



Overview

Creator: Feris (Family : 1841- : Feris, George A. (George Achille), 1817-1898)
Title: George A. Feris family papers
Dates: 1829-1944, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1850-1900
Abstract: The Feris family papers document the daily lives of a landowning Texas family in the nineteenth century and contain echoes of the major events of the time, most notably the Mexican and Civil Wars, Reconstruction, and World War I. The papers consist mainly of personal correspondence between various members of the Feris family: George, his wife Lavinia, and his children, Irene, Achille, Yandell, Sarah (Sallie), and Mary. Also present are business and legal documents, receipts, photographs, scrapbooks, accounting books, and documents related to the Feris family's land holdings, including land deeds and judgments, spanning 1835-1944, undated, bulk 1850-1900. George's career as a doctor in the Confederate Army and then in private practice is documented in the collection. The collection also includes Civil War era correspondence and account books reflecting both the experiences of the soldiers (George, Achille and Yandell all served in the Confederate Army) and those on the home front.
Quantity: 2.55 cubic ft. (1522 items)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

George Achille Feris, born to first-generation European immigrants in 1817 in Kentucky, was a Texas physician who practiced medicine in Fort Bend County before and after the Civil War. Feris graduated from the Military School of Georgetown, Kentucky, and received his M.D. from Transylvania Medical College in Lexington, Kentucky. He moved to Texas from Missouri in 1835. In January 1841 he married Lavinia Thompson (1819-1886), an Alabama native whose father was one of the original three hundred Austin colonists. Lavinia and two other women were present at the fight at Thompson's Ferry, braving grape and canister shot to saddle the horses of the men escaping from Santa Anna. George joined the Texas army in 1836 and fought numerous battles against the American Indians. He was also a surgeon with the Texas Rangers at the Battle of Plum Creek and the Council House fight in San Antonio in 1838. During the Mexican War, he again served as a military surgeon at the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterrey. He was also present at the battle of San Jacinto. He briefly resigned his commission and served as a doctor in Galveston before relocating permanently to Richmond, Texas. When the Civil War began, Governor Francis R. Lubbock appointed Feris hospital surgeon to the Confederate army. In 1863 he was captured by Federal troops but was exchanged and returned to Confederate service. He was a notable physician, as evidenced by his appointment as a trustee to Texas Medical College and Hospital, which later became the University of Texas Medical Branch. In addition to his medical practice, Feris was known throughout the South for his deep interest in and knowledge of horses. He traded horses and advocated for equestrian interests through the organization of jockey clubs and fairs, even drawing up the first constitution of the Houston Jockey Club. He was also prominent in financial circles. His wit and scholarship earned him a reputation as an intellectual. He died on April 8, 1898.

George and Lavinia Feris had nine children between 1841 and 1858, seven of whom survived to adulthood: Irene Feris Hocker (1841-1920), Achille Feris (1843-1878), Yandell Feris (1847-1895), Sarah (Sallie) Lavinia Feris (1852-1943), George A. Feris Jr (1855-death unknown), Mary Elizabeth Feris Bass (1856-1926), and Keene Richards Feris (1858-death unknown).

Irene Feris was the oldest child of George and Lavinia Feris. She lived in chronic poor health and spent the Civil War at home teaching her younger siblings. In the aftermath of the war, with no domestic help to be found, she found herself pressed into service at home, a situation which she so disliked that after "a few years" she ran away on the pretense of visiting friends and began tutoring students privately. She married her uncle by marriage Captain William Kavanaugh (W.K.) Hocker, an Arkansas native and a Mason, in August 1885. Irene corresponded regularly with her siblings and siblings-in-law, nieces, and her stepdaughter, Willie K. Hocker, an Arkansas teacher. W.K. Hocker died of cancer in March 1897 at their plantation in Wabbaseka County, Arkansas. Irene died from a stroke in 1920.

Achille Feris was the second child and oldest son of George and Lavinia Feris. He went to school in Velasco, Texas, in the 1850s. At the age of eighteen, Achille joined the Confederate army and served in the 8th Texas Cavalry (Terry's Texas Rangers) in the Civil War; after the war ended, he joined his brother Yandell in his surveying business. Achille married Robertina "Bobbie" Wade Bohannon in 1871, and the couple had three daughters, Lavinia, Mary, and Nellie. Lavinia Feris, called Vinnie by her family, married Charles Adrian White in 1897 and thereafter moved to Pennsylvania. Mary Feris married Robert Pearce Briscoe Jr., the deputy tax assessor in Fort Bend County, and died at the age of 28 in January 1903. Nellie, also known as "little Nell," was a schoolteacher in San Antonio. Achille died in 1878, leaving Bobbie and their three daughters in the care of their grandfather and aunt Irene, who considered herself the primary caretaker of both Nellie and Mary. Bobbie Ferris died aged 69 in 1922.

Less is known about George and Lavinia Feris' other children. The second son and third surviving child Yandell Feris, who lived in Richmond, Texas, served in the Confederate army and later became a county tax assessor and then county surveyor of Fort Bend. In 1883 he married Ella Frost; they had one daughter, Myrtle, the same year. Yandell died when Myrtle was twelve. Sarah (Sallie) Feris, the second daughter and fourth surviving child, never married and corresponded with her sister Irene all her life. She died in 1943. A third son, George A. Feris Jr., was born in 1855. His date of death is unknown. Third daughter and sixth surviving child Mary Elizabeth Feris (1856-1926) married Sam Bass sometime after 1885; the two had at least one son, who died in infancy, and one daughter. Keene Richard Feris, George and Lavinia's fourth son and youngest child, was an avid horseman and horse breeder. He may have been named after the Keenes of Kentucky, who were among the first to travel to Arabia and purchase desert-bred horses to bring back to the United States.

(Source: The papers themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The George A. Feris family papers document the daily lives of a landowning Texas family in the nineteenth century and its experience with the Mexican and Civil Wars, Reconstruction, and World War I, and date 1835-1944, bulk 1850-1900, with some undated material. The papers are primarily correspondence: approximately two-thirds personal correspondence between various members of the Feris family, and one-third legal correspondence pertaining to Feris family land leasing and sales. Other material includes legal and business documents regarding purchases and leases on the Feris family land as well as tax receipts and voter registration forms; daybooks, household and business account books, and journals belonging to George, Lavinia and Irene Feris; paper ephemera such as invitations to weddings and balls, grocery and shipping receipts, and children's copying exercises; newspapers and news clippings from Texas and Missouri on horses and horse breeding; pamphlets and other printed material on horses and horse breeding; and photographs including tintypes, cartes-de-visites, black-and-white portraits, and a postcard.

The bulk of the personal correspondence was written by or to Irene Feris Hocker, but there is also a significant amount of material to, or from, George, Achille, Yandell, and Lavinia Feris describing military and civil life in Texas during the Civil War. Other items of note include a letter of commission from Texas Governor Francis Lubbock empowering George Feris to open a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers; material reflecting the tense state of racial relations in the aftermath of the Civil War, including a tax receipt with "nigger" scrawled next to the names of the sheriff and county treasurer; a series of letters documenting an 1880s surveying expedition to Lampasas that give a very detailed description of the town; a handwritten genealogy of the Feris family - the only mention of George A. Feris Jr. in the collection; receipts from George Feris' medical practice and store bills as well as multiple household account books and receipts kept by Lavinia and Irene Feris, which detail the finances of a professional family in the nineteenth century; and a collection of land deeds and probate judgments from the Texas Republic.

Nellie Feris, daughter to Achille and Robertina Feris, became the collection's caretaker prior to donating the collection.

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Organization of the Papers

The papers are organized into ten series: one for each family member and a General family papers series.
George A. Feris correspondence, 1835-1860, 1871-1897, undated, 0.2 cubic ft.
Lavinia Feris correspondence, 1840-1884, undated, 0.2 cubic ft.
Irene Feris correspondence, 1857-1889, 1891-1902, 1905-1906, 1911-1919, undated, 0.8 cubic ft.
Achille Feris correspondence, 1854-1875, undated, 0.07 cubic ft.
Mary Feris Bass correspondence, 1895-1905, 0.11 cubic ft.
W.K. Hocker correspondence, 1885-1895, 0.08 cubic ft.
Nellie Feris correspondence, 1892-1944, undated, 0.09 cubic ft.
Sallie Feris correspondence, 1864-1920, 0.05 cubic ft.
Robertina (Bobbie) Feris correspondence, 1871-1908, 0.05 cubic ft.
General family papers, 1829, 1840s-1920, 0.9 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Bass, Mary Elizabeth Feris, 1856-1926.
Feris, Achille, 1843-1878.
Feris, George A. (George Achille), 1817-1898.
Feris, Lavinia Thompson, 1819-1886.
Feris, Nellie.
Feris, Robertina, –1922.
Hocker, Irene Feris, 1841-1920.
Feris, Sallie, 1852-1943.
Hocker, W. K. (William Kavanaugh), –1897.
Subjects (Organizations):
Confederate States of America. Army. Texas Cavalry Regiment, 8th.
Confederate States of America. Army--Military life--History--Sources.
Subjects:
Horse breeders--Texas--History--19th century.
Medicine, Military--Confederate States of America.
Physicians--Texas.
Soldiers--Confederate States of America--Correspondence.
Places:
Fort Bend County (Tex.)
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Social conditions.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care.
Confederate States of America--Social conditions.
Document Types:
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas.
Correspondence--Texas.
Financial records--Texas.
Legal documents--Texas.
Memorabilia--Texas.
Photographs--Texas.
Scrapbooks--Texas.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the people and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
George Achille Feris Papers, 1841-1874.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1953/007

The George A. Feris family papers were donated to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Miss Nellie Feris of San Antonio in October 1953. Nellie Feris was George Feris' granddaughter through his oldest son, Achille. The State Library learned of the papers from Judge H. Cecil Baker, who knew Miss Feris socially. Judge Baker contacted the Texas State Librarian, Thomas J. Gibson, who in turn contacted the new state archivist, Dr. Seymour Connor; the Feris papers were acquired in a series of visits between September and November 1953. The bulk of the material was accessioned in October 1953, with sixteen more items (consisting of letters, photographs, and notebooks and clippings) donated in November of the same year.

Processing Information

The collection initially processed by State Archives staff in the 1970s

DACS-compliant finding aid and XML markup completed by Chloë Edwards, Abigail Huang, Chris Johnson, and Amy Rees Brown, students at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin, May 2011

Photographs added and box numbers updated by Halley Grogan, September 2018

Appraisal Information

State Archives staff completed an appraisal of the Feris family papers at accession. The papers were determined to be archival.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

George A. Feris correspondence, 1835-1860, 1871-1897, undated,
0.2 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by George A. Feris consists of personal and business correspondence including family letters regarding the estates of George's family in Missouri, letters from his wife Lavinia and children Irene and Achille collected while traveling for business or in the war, letters of commission from the governor of Texas, records of business in land, cattle and horses, and social letters and invitations to reunions of the Texas Rangers, dating 1835-1860, 1871-1897, undated. Of specific interest are items from the Civil War era describing civilian life during the period.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), George A. Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-1 1. 1835-1859
2. 1860-1869
3. 1871-1897, undated

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Lavinia Feris correspondence, 1840-1884, undated,
0.2 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Lavinia Feris consists of personal correspondence primarily from Lavinia's husband George and children Irene and Achille, dating 1840-1884, undated. Letters from the Civil War era can be used to reconstruct troop movements and camp conditions experienced by both George, who traveled with the Texas Rangers, and Achille, who served in the Texas 8th Cavalry.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Lavinia Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-1 4. 1840-1884, undated

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Irene Feris correspondence, 1857-1889, 1891-1902, 1905-1906, 1911-1919, undated,
0.8 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Irene Feris consists of primarily personal correspondence from family members, including both parents, Irene's sisters Sarah and Mary, her brothers Achille and Yandell, brother-in-law Sam Bass, her nieces Lavinia, Mary and Nellie, her stepdaughter Willie K. Hocker, and husband W.K. Hocker, as well as assorted friends and a number of Confederate soldiers from Fort Bend County, dating 1857-1889, 1891-1902, 1905-1906, 1911-1919, and undated. Folders 1-4 of box 1953/007-3 contain an extended section of legal correspondence concerning leases of the Feris family land in Fort Bend County between 1898 and 1906. Items of interest include letters received from Confederate soldiers, notes from the first meeting of the Fort Bend Ladies Soldiers' Relief Society, prospecting letters from an investment firm trying to convince Irene to put her money into El Maiz Sugar Plantation certificates; a letter to Irene from a secret admirer asking (and seemingly denied) her leave to correspond, in the first undated folder; a receipt for taxes paid in Fort Bend County by Dr. George A. Feris in 1873, with the word "nigger" scribbled in purple ink or pencil next to the names of the sheriff and country treasurer, in the second undated folder; and also in this folder, a letter from Achille to Irene written from Eastern Tennessee shortly after the siege of Knoxville, listing the dead and wounded.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Irene Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-2 1. 1880-1889
2. 1891-1893
3. 1894
4. 1895-1896
5. January - June 1897
6. August-December 1897
Box Folder
1953/007-3 1. 1898-1899
2. 1900-1901
3. 1902
4. 1905-1906
5. 1911-1919
6. undated
7. undated

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Achille Feris correspondence, 1854-1875, undated,
0.07 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Achille Feris consists of personal correspondence while he was away at school in 1856, and during the Civil War, dating 1854-1875, undated. The correspondence comes from his sister Irene, his mother and his father. The letters provide insight into domestic life and values during this period and the concerns of families during the War. There are references to "negroes" with whom the Feris family interacted and opinions about the War.
Arrangement
The items are mostly arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Achille Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-6 1. 1854-1875, undated

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Mary Feris Bass correspondence, 1895-1905,
0.11 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Mary Feris Bass consists of personal correspondence from Mary's friends and aunt, Irene Feris Hocker, and also correspondence dealing with Feris family land leases, dating 1895-1905. Much of the correspondence written prior to Mary's marriage to Sam Bass is between Mary and her friend, Caroline (Carry) Weedon. Weedon's letters, spanning from the late 1860's until her marriage in 1890, discuss the domestic life of young women during this time period. Weedon writes about the comings and goings of members of the town, inquiries about the health of family members, and updates on mutual acquaintances.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Mary Feris Bass correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-4 1. Mary Feris correspondence, 1895-1899
Box Folder
1953/007-3 8. Mary Feris Bass correspondence, 1897-1905

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W.K. Hocker correspondence, 1885-1895,
0.08 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by W.K. Hocker consists of personal correspondence from Irene Feris both before and after her marriage to Hocker, one letter from his daughter Willie K. Hocker, and other letters from family members, dating 1885-1895. Items of interest in the series include a letter from Irene to her future husband describing the course of her life in detail from her time teaching her siblings during the Civil War to her running away from home to be a teacher afterwards. The same letter also describes some of the Feris family tree in detail.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), W.K. Hocker correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-3 9. 1885-1895

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Nellie Feris correspondence, 1892-1944, undated,
0.09 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Nellie Feris consists of personal correspondence from various friends and family members, mostly Irene Feris, and some letters relating to land leases.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Nellie Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-3 10. 1892-1944, undated

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Sallie Feris correspondence, 1864-1920,
0.05 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Sallie Feris consists of personal correspondence from Sallie's sister, Irene Ferris Hocker, and correspondence regarding a legal dispute over a tract of land, dating 1864-1920. Although the matter was resolved favorably for the Feris family, one third of the family's land was deeded to the family lawyer, T.C. Wilkinson, in lieu of a cash payment, a transaction revealed in Sallie's papers.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Sallie Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-4 2. 1864-1920

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Robertina (Bobbie) Feris correspondence, 1871-1908,
0.05 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Robertina (Bobbie) Feris consists of personal correspondence from various members of the Feris family, dating 1871-1908. The correspondence is almost exclusively personal. Several letters from Achille are included regarding exceedingly practical matters of household interest. Letters from Bobbie's sisters and brothers in law are all written relatively informally, usually with the salutation "dear Sister." Also included are condolence letters from friends sent after the death of Bobbie and Achille's daughter Mary. An item of particular interest is an apothecary's note listing ingredients for a sleeping potion.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Robertina (Bobbie) Feris correspondence, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box Folder
1953/007-4 3. 1871-1908

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General family papers, 1829, 1840s-1920, undated,
0.9 cubic ft.

Correspondence written and gathered by Feris family members consists of miscellaneous family correspondence, including Civil War correspondence containing descriptions of the movements of the army and Achille Feris' experiences as a soldier and a letter empowering George Feris to establish a hospital for Confederate soldiers; material documenting George Feris' activities as a private doctor after the war; business and tax receipts; handwritten deeds of sale for the Feris family land dating back to the Texas Republic; a variety of notebooks from George, Lavinia, and Irene Feris detailing George's medical expenses and travels, Lavinia and Irene's household accounts, and Irene's poetry and saved newspaper clippings; newspapers and newspaper clippings containing material from Texas and Missouri speaking to George's interest in horses, although there are also undated clippings on divorce, agriculture, and medical issues; and the constitution of the Houston Jockey Club, which was developed by George Feris, horse breeding catalogues, an 1876 copy of The American Turf, and several pamphlets on horses. Photographs include tintypes, cartes-de-visites, black and white portraits, and a postcard.
Arrangement
The items are arranged into ten groups by record type and are grouped according to the original folder order, then chronologically within each group.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), General family papers, George A. Feris family papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Miscellaneous family member correspondence, 1843, 1860-1920, undated
[Contains correspondence from Achille Feris to his wife, Bobbie, during his Civil War deployment and business travels. Some of the Civil War correspondence contains descriptions of the movements of the army and his experiences as a soldier.]
Box Folder
1953/007-4 4. 1843, 1860-1902, undated
5. undated
6. 1862-1888, undated
7. 1896-1920
Letters of introduction for George Feris, 1862-1863
[Contains two handwritten letters introducing Feris as an agent of the Texas government empowered to set up a hospital for Confederate soldiers.]
Box Folder
1953/007-4 8. 1862-1863
Ephemera and memorabilia, 1863-1903, undated
[Contains grocery receipts, shipping receipts, wedding invitations, business cards, funeral notices, invitations to balls and other social events, horse racing lists, medical essays written by George Feris, and a roster of Terry's Texas Rangers.]
Box Folder
1953/007-4 9. 1863-1903, undated
Genealogy, 1887
[Contains a handwritten genealogy of the Feris family.]
Box Folder
1953/007-5 1. 1887
Physician's visiting list,1861
[Contains George Feris' list of patient names and diagnoses, the date visited, and fees charged.]
Box Folder
1953/007-5 2. 1861
Business papers, 1840s-1916
[Contains mostly bills and receipts concerning Feris family transactions, as well materials documenting Feris's work as Hospital Agent for the State of Texas during the Civil War, and later in his role as Surgeon-General, his interest in horses, and a receipt for the sale of four slaves to George Feris.]
Box Folder
1953/007-5 3. 1840s-1850s
4. 1860s
5. 1870s
6. 1880s
7. 1890s-1916
Legal papers, 1829-1896
[Consists almost exclusively of handwritten deeds of sale, and affidavits related to the purchase of land by George Feris; also included are court judgments settling disputes that had arisen over George Feris' land purchases, as well as Bobbie Feris and Lavinia Feris' legal disputes.]
Box Folder
1953/007-5 8. 1829-1896
Daybooks, account books and journals, 1860-1920s, undated
[Contains a variety of notebooks from George, Lavinia, and Irene Feris detailing George's medical expenses and travels, Lavinia and Irene's household accounts, and Irene's poetry and saved newspaper clippings.]
Box Folder
1953/007-6 2. Lavinia Feris memorandum book, 1860s
3. George A. Feris daybooks, 1862-1863, 1871-1872
4. Irene Feris Hocker's scrapbook, 1880s-1920s
5. Unidentified scrapbook, 1899
6. Irene Feris Hocker notebook, 1910s
7. Irene Feris household account book, 1881-1883
8. Irene Feris poetry book, 1860s-1880s
9. Irene Feris Hocker recipe book, 1887-1890
14. Regular Pocket Book and Centennial Almanac, 1890s
16. Unidentified account books, 1869-1870, 1889-1890
Newspapers and news clippings, 1855, 1857, 1872, 1879, 1890, 1894, 1936, 1944, undated
[Contains material from Texas and Missouri speaking to George's interest in horses, although there are also undated clippings on divorce, agriculture, and medical issues.]
Box Folder
1953/007-6 11. Newspaper clippings, 1855, 1857, 1890, 1936, 1944, undated
13. Newspapers 1872, 1879, 1894
Printed material on horses, 1860, 1872, 1875, undated
[Contains constitution of the Houston Jockey Club, written by George Feris, catalogs on horse breeding, an 1876 copy of The American Turf, several pamphlets on horses.]
Box Folder
1953/007-6 10. Pamphlets re: horses, 1860, 1872, 1875, undated
12. The American Turf, 1876
15. Fairlawn Stock Farm 5th Annual Catalog, 1878
Photographs, about 1850-1860, 1890-1900s, 1908, undated
[Photographs include portraits of George A. Feris, Irene and Achille Feris as children, identified military members in uniform, and unidentified individuals.]
Box Photo
PPF001 1953/007-1 Unidentified man with two boys, undated
[one 2 x 3-inch tintype (print)]
Box Photo
PP0100 1953/007-2 Unidentified man and woman, sitting in yard, about 1890s-1900s
[one 3.25 x 5.375-inch black and white photograph]
1953/007-3 Brigadier General Jack R. Chalmers, bust portrait, undated
[one 2.25 x 3.75-inch carte-de-visite (card photograph)]
[Photograph created by J.L. Duffee & Co., Mobile, Alabama.]
1953/007-4 Major General W.B. Forrest, bust portrait, undated
[one 2.25 x 3.75-inch carte-de-visite (card photograph)]
[Photograph created by J.L. Duffee & Co., Mobile, Alabama.]
1953/007-5 Irene Feris and Achille Feris in group with schoolmates, about 1850-1860
[one 8 x 10-inch black and white photograph]
[Copy print made at an unknown date.]
1953/007-6 Dr. George A. Feris, before 1890
[one 8 x 10-inch black and white photograph]
[From L.E. Daniel Types of Successful Men of Texas, Austin, Tex: Von Boechmann, 1890. Copy print made by Ellison, Austin, Texas.]
Cabinet Photo
Rousseau cabinet 1953/007-7 Major Sterling Price, bust portrait, undated
[one 2.5 x 3-inch tintype (print)]
1953/007-8 Unidentified man, bust portrait, undated
[one 3 x 3.5-inch tintype (print)]
Box Photo
PP0100 1953/007-9 Ann W. Sullivan, bust portrait, undated
[one 2.75 x 2.75-inch black and white photograph]
[Photograph is on mount.]
1953/007-10 Where the Heroes Died - The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas, about 1908
[one 3.5 x 5.5-inch photographic postcard]

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