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Lillie Ranch Letters

Identifier: MSS-793-SC

Scope and Content

This collection of letters describes problems at the Lillie Ranch in Kelly (Socorro County), N.M. in the late 1800s. Two letters are written to Sara J. Boggs by Lt. S. W. Fountain (8th U.S. Cavalry) near Alma, NM, detailing an incident with the Indians in which her brother, John Lillie, was killed and his house burned. Fountain also mentions an incident in which Geronimo was supposed to surrender to General Crook, but did not.

The bulk of the letters (7) are written by Thomas P. Williams, who owned the ranch next to the Lillie ranch, and was caretaking the Lillie ranch after John Lillie's death. In his letters, Williams conveys information to Dr. J. H. Lillie, father of John Lillie, about the ranch, the cattle, the Indians, the harsh winter. He speaks of financial problems, repeatedly asking to be paid for his work.

Another letter is written by W. M. Chenning, Deputy Probate Clerk and Recorder advising Dr. Lillie about his son's estate.


  • 1885-1889

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This small collection of letters illuminates life at the Lillie Ranch in Kelly (Socorro County), N.M. in the late 1800s. The letters detail problems on the ranch and with the Indians.
Finding Aid of the Lillie Ranch Letters, 1885-1889
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B. Silbergleit
© 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131