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Denard Family Collection

Identifier: A-0314

Content Description

The collection consists primarily of photographs from the turn of the 20th century, but also includes death notices and correspondence.


  • Event: Donated 8/25/2016

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical / Historical

A branch of the Denard family moved to Timpson, Shelby County, Texas in the late 1800s. There is not much information on the family other than the tidbits in the collection and information from Family members were frequently mentioned in the Timpson Daily Times during the 1930s (see Portal to Texas History). This branch of the family was mostly buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Timpson. It is likely some of the people listed below are in or are the subject of the unidentified photographs in the collection.

Wiley J. Denard (1/30/1851-8/28/1907) married Sarah D. Denard (3/1/1845-7/12/1931).

William Thomas “W. T.” Denard (9/18/1882-8/19/1948) married Della Mae King Denard (5/16/1880-2/28/1960). They had five children: Lenox (3/3/1906-4/28/1907); Lorraine Denard Bearde (3/3/1906-1/18/1978); Doris Denard (8/15/1914-1/9/1990); Barbara Denard Looke (10/31/1918-8/22/2010); and Marguerite Wylie (??).

Most of the correspondence in the collection belongs to Mattie Denard Holmes (1876/77-10/25/1897), who married J. T. Holmes 12/10/1896. They lived in Georgia. FindAGrave and the marks on some of the photographs indicate that the Denard family was related to other Denard’s living in Elberton, Georgia.


0.50 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of one clamshell box containing eight folders. There is also one oversize item in a bundle.

Guide to the Denard Family Collection
Kyle Ainsworth
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository