H. BAILEY CARROLL
ONE of the names among the charter members of the Asso-
ciation which will always stand out is that of Mrs. Julia
Lee Sinks. She was vice president of the Association
under the first president, O. M. Roberts, and remained as vice
president or as a member of the Executive Council until the time
of her death on October 24, 1904. As befitted a woman of her
industry and interests, Mrs. Sinks was a collector of notes and doc-
uments of Texas history.
On page 76 of the first volume of the Quarterly, Dr. George P.
Garrison, the editor, acknowledged the'Association's receipt of a
scrapbook from Mrs. Sinks which "contains Mrs. Sinks' own nar-
rative of the recovery of the bones of the decimated Mier pris-
oners and Dawson men, and their reburial at LaGrange in 1848.
Mrs. Sinks assisted at the burial herself. The collection includes
copies of letters from Austin, Rusk, Lamar, and other prominent
men of the Republic."
Mrs. Sinks wrote the following articles which were published
in the Quarterly: "Editors and Newspapers of Fayette County,"
(in Volume I) and "Rutersville College," (in Volume II). She
also contributed and edited with scholarly notes "The Remin-
iscences of Captain Jesse Burnham," published in Volume V of
Mrs. Sinks' great-great-grandson, Earl J. Sheffield, III, of Alvin,
Texas, is presently a senior at the University of Texas, and is a
serious student of Texas history, which is most proper for one with
his heritage. Sheffield has uncovered and generously donated to
the Association a notebook, letters, and manuscripts belonging
originally to Mrs. Sinks. These papers will henceforth be available
in the University Archives in the Eugene C. Barker Texas History
Center at the University and will be housed alongside Mrs. Sinks'
prior contributions. The generosity of the great-great-grandson
is acknowledged with much appreciation.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 64, July 1960 - April, 1961. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101190/. Accessed April 16, 2014.