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McFarland-Russell Family Papers

Identifier: A-0019

Scope and Contents

The McFarland-Russell family papers consist of personal and business correspondence, legal and business papers, Confederacy related items, materials related to the history of Orange, Texas, and a large amount of material of personal and genealogical interest produced and collected by members of these two East Texas families.


  • Creation: 1832-1950

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Both the McFarland and the Russell families have their roots in early East Texas. In 1871, the two families came together with the marriage of Robert Everett Russell (b. October 10, 1847, d. May 24, 1922) and Catherine Christine McFarland (b. July 2, 1849, d. October 17, 1888), the daughter of Thomas S. McFarland. (Brinley, Lorine. Orange County Texas Cemetery Inscriptions, v.1. Houston: L. Brinley, 1985. p. 146; McFarland, Thomas S. A Journal of the Coincidences and Acts of Thomas S. McFarland. Burnet, Texas: Nortex Press, 1981).


2.50 Cubic Feet


This collection is described in 26 folders and one scrapbook and was originally housed in 8 clamshell boxes. These were consolidated into two banker's boxes. The original folder numbering for boxes 1-8 remains in place. Several folders are organized at the item level but the majority of the collection is arranged at the folder level.

Guide to the McFarland-Russell Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository