Thomas Jewett Goree was born in Alabama on November 14, 1835. The Goree family moved to Huntsville, Texas and lived on a plantation near the Trinity River. Goree went to war in 1861 and served under General James Longstreet. Thomas J. Goree promoted to Captain and served as aide to Longstreet throughout the war. He and Longstreet became good friends and remained in contact with each other after the Civil War ended. In 1868, Thomas J. Goree married Eliza Thomas Nolley and moved to Midway, Texas to run a mercantile business. Thomas and Eliza returned to Huntsville in 1873 where Thomas J. Goree practiced law in Huntsville until 1877 at which time when he accepted the position of Superintendent of the Texas Prison at Huntsville. Later, Thomas Jewett Goree became Superintendent of Penitentiaries. Thomas Jewett Goree died in 1905.
The Goree Family Papers consists of documents, correspondence, articles, and photographs concerning the Goree family of Walker County, Texas. The majority of the collection is the original correspondence of Thomas Jewett Goree who served as aide to General James Longstreet during the Civil War. The collection also includes the correspondence of Eliza T. Nolley and E.K. Goree. Eliza Thomas Nolley was an early settler of Walker County and was one of the first teachers at Andrews Female College. The Goree Papers contain transcribed correspondence of Thomas J. Goree, Eliza T. Nolley, and various other members of the Goree family including a transcription of Thomas J. Goree’s brother-in-law Dr. Pleasant Williams Kittrell’s private journal. The Goree Papers hold numerous photographs and negative images of members of the Goree family.
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