Esther Queen Pennington Ramsey was born on December 14, 1888 in Brenham, Washington County, Texas and lived most of her life in Shelby County, Texas. She married William Yancy Ramsey on June 16, 1906 and they had six children. Mrs. Ramsey died on November 30, 1972 in Center, Texas and is buried in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Shelby County. Throughout her life, Mrs. Ramsey kept correspondence from her family and friends. This collection contains nearly 800 documents and letters. While the majority of these items were written to Esther, not by Esther, they are a window into the life of a Shelby County woman and her family during the beginning of the 20th century, a pivotal time in the history of the United States and a time of great change in rural East Texas.