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John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers

Identifier: MS 0181
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center in small manuscripts.

Scope and Contents

These papers are a collection of biographical notes and material pertaining to John Wyatt Moody, first auditor of the Republic of Texas. They were collected together by Helen Foster Snow, a certified genealogist and descendant of John Moody. The first two groups of documents are transcribed and annotated versions of correspondence between John Wyatt Moody and Sam Houston, along with various other important revolutionary figures.


  • Creation: 1946 - 1967


Restrictions on Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from the John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical Sketch

John Wyatt Moody was the first auditor of the Republic of Texas and owned much of the land which is now part of the City of Houston. As auditor of the Republic of Texas he continually was faced with reimbursing the soldiers and diplomats that served the Republic in its infancy. Born 65 miles southwest of Richmond, Virginia and moved to Alabama, then to Indian Territory, and finally settled in La Grange, Texas. Moody eventually bought fifteen acres along Buffalo Bayou from the Allen Brothers, noted land speculators in the Houston area, and subdivided the property. What is commonly called the Moody addition, is 15 acres of subdivided land that has access the Buffalo Bayou and what is now extremely valuable downtown real estate. John Wyatt Moody's real estate in Houston and other parts of Texas is comprised of some of the most central parts of Houston and the Moody family still has ties to the Houston area.


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This collection includes transcriptions of correspondence between Sam Houston and John Wyatt Moody when Moody was auditor of the Army of the Republic of Texas and then of the Republic of Texas. The folder also contains correspondence between Helen Foster Snow, relative of John Wyatt Moody, and Jean Halden Walker, both genealogists researching the Moody family and its family holdings in Houston.

Acquisition Information

The collection was a gift of Helen Foster Snow, 1968.

General Note

Portions of this collection are available online at:"John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers"

Guide to the John Wyatt Moody Biographical Papers, 1946-1967
Tyler Kruse
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA