|These three pages comprise a letter sent to a Wilkinson family genealogist from a family member, recounting the history of a
Southern family settling in Titus, Morris, Camp, and Lamar Counties.
Jefferson (Marion County)
Snow Hill (Titus County, on TX 49)
Mount Pleasant (Titus County)
Mount Vernon (Franklin County)
Pittsburg (Camp County)
The Significance for Historians
This letter helps to understand the
settlement patterns of a lower South slave
holding family in Texas. Owning slaves gave
the family a certain status upon its arrival,
which promoted their influence in the
workings of several North Texas counties.
|Southern Settlement in
the Red River Valley
|Old shingle house in Paris, Texas near the original cemetery
|The Titus County courthouse, situated in Mount Pleasant, Texas was built in 1895. It still exists, but has been remodeled in a modern fashion.
What Information is Needed
I'm curious to know why the family, owning
slaves and fairly well-off, decided to head to
the frontier. Also, does the family have any
pertinent slave records (probate, bills of