Empresario's Son: E. S. C. Robertson of Salado
An account of the days of early Texas based upon the writings of
Elijah Sterling Clack Robertson (1820-1879), who moved to Mexican Texas in 1832 with his father Empresario Sterling Clack Robertson.
This book is essential for those interested in the people, places, and events in the history of Texas. A prolific writer, the E. S. C. Robertson’s journals, letters, maps, and miscellaneous documents survive as the Robertson Plantation Collection that remains in the hands of his descendants. These items provide a first-hand account of Robertson’s experiences during the days of the Mexican Texas, the Republic of Texas, and the State of Texas; his interactions with family, friends, and acquaintances – many of whom figure prominently in Texas history; and his personal and professional pursuits and accomplishments, including establishment of the town of Salado and Salado College. Information of particular importance to the historian includes Robertson’s detailed recollection of the condition of the Alamo as he viewed it in 1834 and in 1842 after it had fallen, his father’s association with and opinion of Stephen F. Austin, and details about many early Texas pioneers.
Source material included items in the Robertson Plantation Collection not available to Robertson’s descendant Dr. Malcolm Dallas McLean when he compiled his eighteen-volume Papers Concerning Robertson’s Colony in Texas. This 487-page hardbound book includes more than 200 indexed illustrations (documents, photographs, and maps) and a full name and place index. Published in 2018.
Book price is $85.00 (plus $7.01 sales tax for Texas residents)
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Provided below is information about books published previously by the Kelseys. The books are listed under the headings Bell County, Texas; Texas; Alabama; and Southern United States.
BELL COUNTY, TEXAS
Notes on Bell County, Volume 1 - South Belton Cemetery [Belton, Texas] - published 2006 and currently out of print.
Provides a glimpse of life and death in early Bell County. Information collected from the South Belton Cemetery grave markers is augmented with information from local newspapers, deeds, wills, marriage records, pictures and personal papers. Hardback, 92 pages. Please let us know if you are interested in purchasing a copy of this book as we are considering a second printing. Contact the Kelseys at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about potential availability of this book.
Notes on Bell County, Volume 2 - Hillcrest Cemetery [Temple, Texas] - published 2007.
Provides a history of the cemetery and tombstone and biographical information collected from local newspapers, family genealogies, court records (deed, probate, birth, marriage and death records, civil and criminal records), pictures and personal papers. Hardback, 507 pages, all name index, place index. $50.00 plus $4.13 Texas sales tax and $5.00 postage. Contact the Kelseys at email@example.com for information about availability of this book.
Notes on Bell County, Volume 3 - Temple [Texas] - published 2008.
Explores the history of Temple from the time the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad first established the little town on the prairie in 1881 through years of growth to the much larger and progressive city of the 1950s. We spent more than 12 years researching, collecting, and compiling information from newspapers, personal letters, Bibles, ledgers, court records, city directories, and oral interviews. Much of our archival research was conducted at major universities throughout Texas and at the National Archives. This information and more than 400 photographs of local residents, events, and documents are used to tell the story of the town and its residents. Hardback, 293 pages, all name index, place index. $50.00 plus $4.13 Texas sales tax and $5.00 postage. Contact the Kelseys at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about availability of this book.
Images of America - TEMPLE [Texas] - published 2010.
This book includes photographs that illustrate the transformation of Temple from "Prairie Queen" to the progressive city it is today. The authors gathered the photographs from the archives of Temple Public Library, Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, and private collections. Paperback, 127 pages.
***PLEASE CONTACT THE KELSEYS TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THEM FOR $18 PLUS $2 MAILING*** -OR- Available online www.amazon.com, www.arcadiapublishing.com, and at local book stores (ask about availability and price). A postcard pack of photos is also available at www.amazon.com and www.arcadiapublishing.com.
Images of Modern America - BELL COUNTY [Texas] - published 2015.
The establishment of Fort Hood during World War II ushered in a period of rapid progress for Bell County. Its predominately agrarian identity was transformed into a modern, multidimensional economy focused on defense, health care, education, transportation, and heritage tourism. Beginning in the 1960s, the county experienced a population shift to the suburbs, and its numbers tripled, from 94,097 in 1960 to 310,235 in 2010. The Centroplex of Killeen, Belton, and Temple is one of the fastest-growing regions in Texas. In 2014, Killeen ranked 18th in the nation for growth. US News & World Report ranked Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple 10th among Texas hospitals for 2014–2015. Today, the culturally diverse population respects its history and anticipates a bright future for the county. Paperback, 96 pages.
***PLEASE CONTACT THE KELSEYS TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THIS BOOK FROM THEM FOR $18 PLUS $2 MAILING*** -OR- Available online www.amazon.com, www.arcadiapublishing.com, and at local book stores (ask about availability and price).
Miscellaneous Texas Newspaper Abstracts - Deaths, Volume 1 - published 1995.
This volume includes abstracts from 40 different newspapers. While Texas is the focus of the majority of the death notices, there are over 800 references to the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. To a lesser degree references are made to the states of Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, and provide either the place of birth, place of death, or residence. Abstracts include information from obituaries, letters written to and published in the newspapers as well as military dispatches, reports from the frontier and death notices that appeared in other newspapers. Census, mortality schedules and county histories were also consulted as supplemental sources. Paperback, 271 pages, surname index, slave name index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com
Miscellaneous Texas Newspaper Abstracts - Deaths, Volume 2 - published 1997.
This volume contains abstracts of deaths or implied deaths from 44 newspapers originally published in Texas during the years 1839 through 1881. Included is a German newspaper, New Braunfelser Zietung, published in New Braunfels, that has been translated into English. Paperback, 455 pages, surname index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com
Texas Masonic Deaths with Selected Biographical Sketches - published 1998.
Information from Grand Lodge annual reports published for the years 1858 through 1882 is the basis for this book. Organized in three parts, part one is Deaths Reported in Lodge Records, part two is Biographical Sketches of many of the Masons mentioned in part one, and part three is additional information, including an article "Petition for First Lodge in Texas". Paperback, 203 pages, surname index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com
Miscellaneous Alabama Newspaper Abstracts - Volume 1 - published 1995.
Includes abstracts from central Alabama newspapers published during the years 1823 through 1869 in the counties of Dallas, Green, and Talladega. However, the genealogical information found within the notices are by no means limited to central Alabama. Many notices include the surrounding counties of Perry, Autauga, Wilcox, Bibb, Sumter, Montgomery, Shelby, and Tuscaloosa. Abstracts consist of marriages, death, legal and slave notices, advertisements, and a great number of names in lists of letters left unclaimed in the local post offices. Paperback, 256 pages, surname index, slave name index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com
Miscellaneous Alabama Newspaper Abstracts, Volume 2 - published 1996.
The newspapers abstracted for this volume were originally published in counties of middle and southern Alabama during the years 1821 through 1877. The items abstracted include business advertisements, runaway slave notices, divorce notices, legal notices, lists of letters remaining unclaimed during the early 1820's in the local post offices of many towns, marriage notices, advertisements for sale of land, queries on whereabouts of family members, obituaries and tributes of respect, and names of doctors in Alabama, by county, in 1825. Paperback, 352 pages, surname index, slave name index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com
SOUTHERN UNITED STATES
Marriage and Death Notices from the South Western Baptist Newspaper - published 1995.
Marriage and death notices were submitted to this newspaper from all over the South. Researchers will love the abundance of information contained in the abstracts, which are arranged chronologically in the text. Of particular interest are the newspaper's Civil War obituaries, which provide accounts of battles as well as insight into family life during the war. In addition to the couples' names and the dates and locations of their marriages, marriage notices generally include their places of residence and the names of their parents and presiding clergymen. Regularly included in death notices are places, dates, and causes of deaths, as well as family names (including maiden names), dates and places of births and baptisms, places of residence, church memberships, and military accounts. The earliest birth date contained is these notices is 1758. Paperback, 223 pages, surname index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com
The Southern Argus: Obituaries, Death Notices and Implied Deaths June 1869 through June 1874 - published 1996.
Abstracted for this volume were deaths, implied deaths, accidents, illnesses, and murders that occurred from June 1869 through June 1874. Paperback, 410 pages, surname Index. Available for purchase at www.heritagebooks.com