A 13 page letter to Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe concerning the history of the Heiskell family and the service and land grants of Charles M. Heiskell. Mr. Heiskell’s letter is followed by two letters to Mr. Heiskell from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in charge of the Alamo and researching its history. Correspondence relates to the proper spelling of Heiskell's great-great uncle (and Alamo defender) Charles M. Heiskell’s name in the historical record at the Alamo.
This material is a copy of the originals which were kept by the donor, Roy H. Heiskell.
Permission to publish materials from this item must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Charles M. Heiskell was sent to the Alamo by General Sam Houston along with Bowie and Bonham. Heiskell arrived at the Alamo on January 19, 1836. He fought and died in the Alamo. After his death he was to receive various land grants according to his service to Texas, however a misspelling of his name and the felonious actions of shady land merchant named Jacob de Cordova the Heiskell’s family property was lost and the relatives were never able to receive their land. Also at the Alamo on the list of men who died at the Alamo Charles M. Heiskell’s name appears Haskell. This misspelling is the cause of concern for Roy Heiskell in the letter contained.
One folder with one 13 pg. letter to the governor of Texas from Roy H. Heiskell and two letters from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Custodians of the Alamo, to Roy H. Heiskell regarding the proper spelling of his great-great uncle (and Alamo defender) Charles M. Heiskell’s name in the historical record at the Alamo.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Heiskell research on correction of Alamo defender's name, 1977, MS 266, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/223 Accessed December 07, 2023.