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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.


Card from Everett "Shorty" Anderson, December 18, 1958

Card from Len, Marie, & Boys, May 3, 1959

Card & Letter from Emma Dean, Warren, Paul, & Evelyn, May 7, 1959

Letter to Emma Anderson from Everett M. Anderson, May 23, 1959

Letter from Emma Anderson, July 31, 1959

Letter from Emma Anderson, August 8, 1959

Card from the Family of G. T. Childs, November 5, 1959

Card from Lanita, Mitchell, Jo, & Sarah Matthews, December 15, 1959

Bertha Mann Plummer and Classmates

Bertha Mann Plummer and Classmates

A photograph of Bertha Mann Plummer (bottom right) with fellow college classmates.

Card to Dennard from Esther, Undated, Circa 1940s

Advertisement, Undated, After 1952

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