Love Family Letters
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.
- Creation: 1859-1903
- Creation: Majority of material found in 1859-1866
- Love, Cyrus W. (Author, Person)
- Love, Samuel Braden (Author, Person)
- Love, John Wilson (Author, Person)
- Love, James A. (Author, Person)
- Love, Robert Marshall (Recipient, Person)
- Love, Eliza Terrissa Gordon (Recipient, Person)
- Love, James Marshall (Recipient, Person)
- Love, Terrisa A. (Recipient, Person)
- Love, Mary Elizabeth (Recipient, Person)
- Love, Fannie (Author, Person)
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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.
2 Linear feet (Single, oversized, flat box)
Genre / Form
- Guide to the Love Family Letters
- In Progress
- Compiled by Allison Kirchner
- April 2015
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