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Esther Pennington Ramsey Correspondence, 1895-1959

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.


Letter from Maggie, November 6, 1902

Letter from Maggie Connors, November 11, 1902

Letter from Friend, November 16, 1902

Letter from Dorrie Danford, November 17, 1902

Letter from Dorrie, December 4, 1902

Tax Receipt, December 20, 1902

Letter from Ernie, February 23, 1903

Letter from Aunt Bettie Statham, May 28, 1903

Letter from Fred, June 21, 1903

Letter from Fred Danford, June 22, 1903

Letter from Fred Danford, June 26, 1903

Letter from Fred Danford, June 29, 1903

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