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Meroney Family Papers

Identifier: A-0020

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection consist of letters and other writings of members of the Meroney family. Of special interest are the Civil War letters. All the documents in the collection are original, accompanied by a typed transcription.


  • Creation: 1846-1865


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Nolen L. Meroney was born was born January 22, 1813, in South Carolina. He married Easter Sterrett Rusk, a sister of David Rusk and Thomas Jefferson Rusk, who was also born in South Carolina on April 17, 1811. They came to Nacogdoches County sometime in the early 1850s. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, even though he was almost fifty years old, Nolen L. Meroney enlisted in the Confederacy along with three of his sons, Thomas J., N. John, and William J. Meroney. A daughter of Nolen L. and Easter Meroney, Mary Jane, who wrote most of the poems in this collection, married William A. King and they are buried in the Meroney Cemetery in Nacogdoches County. Nolen L. Meroney died June 24, 1867 and his wife, Easter Sterrett Rusk Meroney died June 16, 1886. Both are also buried in the Meroney Cemetery as are many of their relatives.

(Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, Nacogdoches County Cemetery Records, Vol. 5, Pineywood Printing, 1978; Ericson, Carolyn Reeves, The People of Nacogdoches County in the Civil War, 1980; Rusk, L. Giles, "David Rusk Family", Nacogdoches County Families, Curtis Media Corp., 1985)


0.20 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of 16 items described in 7 folders and housed in one clamshell box.

Guide to the Meroney Family Papers
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository