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Love Family Letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS 001

Scope and Contents

Correspondence (87 letters and fragments) and a Dallas Morning News article. Letters are arranged chronologically, individually enclosed and then organized into folders by decade. The folders lay flat in an oversized box.



The correspondence deals primarily with the daily life of soldiers, troop movements and battles fought. Requests are often made for news from home. The newspaper article gives a detailed description of the assassination of Robert Love.

Dates

  • 1859-1903
  • Majority of material found in 1859-1866

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Biographical / Historical

The Love family moved from Tennessee in the 1830s. James M. and Terrisa Adeline Love had eleven children: Joseph, Cyrus W., Martha, Mary Elizabeth “Bettie,” Margaret Jane, James A., Samuel B., John W., Eliza Terrissa “Tea,” Robert M., and Tennessee A. “Tennie.” Many extended family members also migrated from Tennessee to Texas. The family was very involved in the Army of Texas before statehood and several uncles fought in the Texas War for Independence from Mexico, including the Battle of San Jacinto.



James and Cyrus died in the Civil War. Samuel returned to Texas after the war and appears to have never married. John and Robert returned and both eventually held the office of Sheriff. Robert became a U.S. Marshal and State Controller. While he was Controller, he was assassinated in his office in the state capitol. A 1903 Dallas Morning News article included in the collection gives the details of his death.

Extent

2 Linear feet (Single, oversized, flat box)

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Creator

Title
Guide to the Love Family Letters
Status
In Progress
Author
Compiled by Allison Kirchner
Date
April 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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