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Members of the Pettus family played a prominent role in the settlement of Texas. William A. Pettus (1781-1844) was one of the original members of Austin's Colony, arriving in Texas with his wife and children and other family members in 1822. His son John Freeman Pettus (1808-1878) served the Texan cause during the Texas Revolution, participating in the Siege of Bexar and the Battle of San Jacinto. He later moved to De Witt County, to the site of the future town of Pettus, later relocating to Goliad County.

Correspondence, financial documents, printed material, research papers, church records, photographs, and artifacts are included in the Pettus and Wallace families papers, the personal records of the pioneering Goliad County families. The papers are primarily those of Jessie Pettus Wallace (1885-1978), but include some items produced by other members of her family.


Jessie Pettus Wallace, Pettus Family, Wallace Family, correspondence, Goliad Presbyterian Church, photographs, yearbooks

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Pettus and Wallace Families Papers, 1836-1977



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