Professional Legal Papers, 1840-1871
Scope and Contents
The Thomas Jefferson Word Collection includes letters, legal documents, and receipts that give a rough outline of his life in Mississippi, details of Word's move to Texas, and his law practice. These materials often discuss land deals, purchases, promissory notes, details in legal cases, and daily life. Other information in the collection includes post mortem papers, which were handled mostly by his son Horace, and several legal cases that do not directly involve Word. Items researchers might find interesting: ~ Letters from Texas Supreme Court Justice George F. Moore (1857-1874) to Word that discuss the election of Texas politicians during the Civil War. ~ Land documents in this collection might give researchers an idea of how difficult it was for some early Texas settlers to purchase land and keep their boundaries well defined. ~ Documents in the collection also tie T. J. Word to important regional institutions, like the Mississippi Union Bank, and people, like Robert & David Graham Mills (brothers who owned over 200,000 acres of land in Texas and were worth an estimated $3 to $5 million) and Nathan Brasswell Yelverton (a reputable doctor in Anderson County).
Conditions Governing Access
Open for research.
From the Collection: 3.10 Cubic Feet
Language of Materials