Mf. 800 -- Tennessee Historical Society Genealogical Data. 3 boxes. THS. 1 reel. 16 mm.
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This collection of data, received from various donors, is arranged alphabetically by surname. Register available, which lists the family files.
Mf. 801 -- James Robertson Papers, 1784-1814. 376 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
These are papers of James Robertson (1742-1814), pioneer of East Tennessee and Nashville, Brigadier-General of the Territory Southwest of the Ohio River, Indian agent, and Tennessee legislator. Robertson was a central figure in the establishment of the first American settlements in Middle Tennessee, and his correspondence reflects the settlers’ preeminent concerns with land and Indian warfare.
Materials include correspondence and documents relating to political occurrences and Indian border troubles; letters from pioneers in the Cumberland settlements, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek Indian chiefs, and Indian agents; letters about land transactions and proposed early roads, especially the Natchez Trace; a letter signed by George Washington; and several letters from each of the Secretaries of War. Some of the correspondence dates from the 1780s when Robertson was the unofficial leader of the Cumberland settlements in their dealings with belligerent tribal leaders and Spanish diplomats. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 802 -- Collins D. Elliott Papers, 1816-1932. 1000 items. THS. 2 reels. 35 mm.
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These are papers of Collins D. Elliott (1810-1899), Methodist minister, teacher, chaplain in the Confederate Army, and president of the Nashville Female Academy. The papers are composed of materials dealing with the Nashville Female Academy; biographical and genealogical data of the Elliott family; business papers; Civil War papers; clippings; lectures, sermons, speeches, notes, and other writings by Elliott; family and general correspondence; pictures; poetry; and sketches of both people and places. These papers also contain correspondence with Elizabeth (Miss Lizzie) Porterfield Elliot, daughter of Dr. Elliott, regarding her History of Nashville and its possible use in the Nashville city schools, and her woman suffrage papers. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 803 -- Murdock Collection of John Overton Papers, 1816-1932. 3 vols. 1025 items. THS. 3 reels. 35 mm.
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These are papers of John Overton (1766-1833), prominent Nashville lawyer and judge born in Louisa County, Virginia. Overton also speculated in public lands and, with his close friend Andrew Jackson, purchased the John Rice tract upon which the town of Memphis was founded. He succeeded Jackson on the bench of the Superior Court and was recognized as an authority on land legislation.
The Overton papers, approximately 900 items, are composed of correspondence, two promissory notes, a Masonic document and one diary of Nashville events 1780-1851. The correspondence deals primarily with Overton’s land cases. Most of the letters are from friends and business associates, but there is some family correspondence. A 1982 addition consists of approximately 125 items dealing primarily with land. There is also correspondence of a personal and political nature.
Material about Judge John M. Lea (1818-1903), Davidson County judge, U.S. District Attorney and Mayor of Nashville, includes account books, correspondence, eulogies, speeches and tax records. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date. See Mf. 812, Mf. 748, and Mf. 16 for additional papers of John Overton.
Mf. 804 -- Bettie Mizell Donelson Papers, 1787-1938. 17 vols. 530 items. THS. 3 reels. 35 mm.
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Bettie Mizell Donelson (1862-1939), who worked to preserve the Hermitage and restore the Hermitage Presbyterian Church, collected Jackson memorabilia and acted as secretary and later regent of the Ladies Hermitage Association.
The collection is composed of correspondence; legal papers; newspaper clippings on the Hermitage, Rachel and Andrew Jackson, the Ladies Hermitage Association, the Tennessee Centennial Exposition (Woman’s Board), woman’s suffrage and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union; photographs; and various scrapbooks (one on Andrew and Rachel Jackson, two on the assassination of William Alexander Donelson (1850-1900), six on the ladies Hermitage Association, and one on the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union and woman’s suffrage.) Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 805 -- James Knox Polk Papers, 1780-1972. 4 vols. 1500 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of James Knox Polk (1795-1849), Maury County lawyer, planter, politician, legislator and congressman, Governor of Tennessee and U.S. President, are concentrated in the years of Polk’s presidential administration and are composed of appointments, correspondence, inaugural arrangements, invitations, receipts, replies to White House invitations, reports, resolutions of Congress, and some miscellaneous items. Presidential appointments confirmed by the U.S. Senate include land office and revenue positions for 1849.
Correspondence 1825-49 deals with such topics as Polk’s Mississippi cotton plantation and the cotton trade, family affairs, the construction of the Polk house in Nashville, various aspects of the Mexican War, politics and government both in Tennessee and on the national level, requests for political patronage, and social life and customs in Fayette, Haywood, Maury, and Rutherford counties. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date. See also Mf. 31 and Mf. 754 for other collections of James K. Polk papers.
Mf. 806 -- William Trousdale Papers, 1828-1940. 2370 items. THS. 3 reels. 35 mm.
These are papers of William Trousdale (1790-1872), of Gallatin, Sumner County; veteran of the War of 1812 and the Creek War; lawyer; legislator; Second Seminole War and Mexican War officer; Brigadier General of the U.S. Army; Governor of Tennessee; and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil.
The papers are composed of correspondence, accounts, advertisements and circulars; bills of exchange; biographical data; business and calling cards; diplomatic dispatches and instructions; and an inventory of books, furnishings, etc., belonging to the U.S. Legation in Brazil; invitations, land records, memoranda and memorabilia; military papers; newspapers and clippings; passports and pension applications; school reports and receipts; sketches; a printed speech by Andrew Johnson, 1867; Trousdale’s account of his trip from Brazil to Italy in 1857-58; and some vital statistics for the Bugg, Huger, Shelby and Wilhite families.
An addition containing approximately 120 items and covering the period 1828-1905 is composed of accounts, announcements, cards, clippings, correspondence, invitations, programs, Negro and slave records, resolutions, and several miscellaneous items. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date. See also Mf. 808 for additional papers of Trousdale.
Mf. 807 -- First Baptist Church of Dresden Records. Weakley County, 1910-1983. 11 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the First Baptist Church include articles of faith, church covenant, rules of order, list of members, minutes of session, minutes of business meetings, and loose records.
Mf. 808 -- William Trousdale Papers, 1803-1907. 850 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
These are the papers of William Trousdale (1790-1872) of Gallatin, Sumner County; veteran of the War of 1812 and the Creek War; lawyer; legislator; Second Seminole War and Mexican War officer; Brigadier General of the U.S. Army; Governor of Tennessee; and U.S. Ambassador to Brazil.
The collection is composed of correspondence, accounts, biographical data, calling cards, invitations, legal notes and documents, land records, military papers, newspaper clippings, and one picture. Incoming correspondence makes up the largest part of the collection. Most of the correspondence deals with politics and family matters. Most of Trousdale’s letters to his family were written from Rio de Janeiro where he served as U.S. Ambassador to Brazil 1853-57. The remainder of the papers is made up primarily of legal documents which deal with land, court cases, and other business matters. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date. See also Mf. 806 for additional Trousdale papers.
Mf. 809 -- Andrew Jackson Papers, 1788-1942. 1500 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm.
The papers of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), judge, congressman, Major General in the Tennessee militia and U.S. Army, Florida territorial governor, and U.S. President, are composed of correspondence; legal documents; clippings; documents about the Dickinson duel; articles and biographical data about Jackson; biographical data on Ralph Earl (portrait painter); John H. Eaton’s manuscript life of Jackson in French; script for radio programs on Jackson; Jackson’s scrapbook; war records including orders, muster rolls, orderly book (Co. H, 4th U.S. Infantry, 1820-21), and Quartermaster Account Book of William B. Lewis, 1812-14; copy of John Donelson’s Journal written aboard the ship Adventure; Donelson children’s homemade arithmetic book; wills; photographs; sketches about Rachel Jackson; military papers of Andrew Jackson III; and some papers of Andrew Jackson, Jr.
The most valuable items in the collection are the original will and marriage bond of Andrew Jackson; the Quartermaster’s Account Book of the Creek War and the New Orleans Campaign, containing names and data about approximately 4000 Tennesseans; and Andrew Jackson’s own scrapbook containing the sermon preached at Rachel’s funeral.
A register is available. Organized by date, the register contains a list of Jackson ’s general outgoing correspondence 1804-45 and a separate list for family outgoing correspondence 1822-40. In addition, there is a name index to the correspondents in the papers, indicating date of the letter and sometimes content. See also Mf. 11, Mf. 30, Mf. 172, Mf. 300, Mf. 337, Mf. 1032 and Mf. 1099 for other collections of Andrew Jackson’s papers.
Mf. 810 -- Cooper Family Papers, 1716-1968. 43 vols. 3825 items. TSLA. 6 reels. 35 mm.
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This collection is centered around the descendants of Captain Robert Cooper (1746-1798) of Chester District, South Carolina. Cooper was an officer during the Revolutionary War, a farmer, and a blacksmith.
Most of the papers are those of Cooper’s grandson, William Frierson Cooper (1820-1909) of Maury County and Nashville, a lawyer, Supreme Court Justice and reviser of the Codes of Tennessee. The papers of William F. Cooper’s father, Matthew Delamore Cooper (1792-1878) of Columbia, a merchant, New Orleans commission agent, planter, active Mason, and son of Captain Robert Cooper form another large portion of this collection. The rest concern members of Matthew Delamore Cooper’s family and other descendents of Captain Robert Cooper, mostly of Maury and Lewis counties and in Mississippi and Texas. While William F. Cooper was a secessionist, two of his brothers were Union men, and their correspondence starkly reveal the family fractures caused by the Civil War.
The bulk of the papers date from the nineteenth century and include correspondence; diaries and memoirs; letterbooks; biographical and genealogical data; accounts; autograph books; calling cards; cash books; church records; invitations; land records; legal documents; military papers; newspaper clippings; pension data; photograph albums; poems; scrapbooks; school records; sketches; wills and estate papers; and writings. There is a large amount of genealogical data on the Coopers and allied families of Bond, Brown, Frierson, McNeilly, Sansom, Smith, Stockell, and Strickler. The register includes name indexes to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 811 -- Lawrence Family Papers, 1780-1944. 6 vols. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of the Lawrence family, originally of Massachusetts. Dr. William Pitt Lawrence (1784-1853) came to Tennessee ca. 1808, practiced medicine and farmed, first in Carthage and later in McMinnville and Nashville. He served as surgeon with the 3rd Regiment of Tennessee Militia in the War of 1812.
The papers include an autobiography, four diaries, one scrapbook of newspaper clippings, correspondence, genealogical data, military papers, and poems. The diaries (1842; 1854-88) were kept by Dr. Lawrence’s son, William Luther Bigelow Lawrence, a Nashville lawyer before the Civil War and schoolmaster after the war. There are numerous letters, 1857-75, of William L. B. Lawrence’s sister, Adelicia (Hayes) Franklin Acklen Cheatham, descriptive of life on her Louisiana plantation, and her trip to New Orleans. There are several letters of the family of Corinne Haynes Lawrence (Mrs. William L. B.), daughter of Sarah Clemmens (Hightower) Hayes and Oliver Bliss Hayes of Nashville. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 812 -- Claybrooke Collection - Claybrooke and Overton Papers, 1747-1894. 6500 items. THS. 10 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of John Samuel Claybrooke (1808-1892) and John Overton (1766-1833) consist of about 4,000 items concerning Overton and about 2,500 Claybrooke. Claybrooke was a teacher, planter, and president of the Board of Directors of Nashville and Decatur Railroad (later the Louisville and Nashville Railroad), and executor of the estate of his uncle, John Overton. Overton was a lawyer, planter, supervisor of federal excise tax in the Southwest Territory, Supreme Court Justice, and an authority on land legislation.
The collection contains accounts, correspondence, land records, legal documents, estate papers, journals, legal notebooks, dockets, genealogical and biographical data, memoranda, petitions, road and turnpike records, school records, speeches, and writings. Along with his partners Andrew Jackson and James Winchester, Overton had an interest in the original land grant on which Memphis was founded, and there are court and land records concerning that property. Overton’s correspondence constitutes the largest and most important part of the collection, since he exchanged letters with virtually all the significant legal and political personalities of early Tennessee. The letters deal with a myriad of public and private issues, including the major political controversies of the Jacksonian era. There are thirty-six letters of Jackson’s in this collection.
Copies of seventy-five of John Claybrooke’s outgoing letters, 1833-78, and 107 original letters written to members of his family, 1829-85, are in the collection. Claybrooke also corresponded with most of the leading business and political figures of his time, and his correspondence is particularly useful on matters having to do with railroads and affairs in Williamson County.
John Samuel Claybrooke, as executor for the estate of John Overton, retained the Overton Papers and they have become a part of the Claybrooke Collection. For this reason, the collection has been separated into the Claybrooke Papers and Overton Papers.
It is hard to overestimate the importance of John Overton to the history of early nineteenth century Tennessee, and this collection accurately reflects the diverse scope of Overton’s interests and activities. The register includes name indexes to correspondence.
Mf. 813 -- Wynne Family Papers, 1801-1972. 16 vols. 5000 items. THS. 7 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers primarily concern Alfred Royal Wynne (1800-1893), merchant, resort operator, slave trader, thoroughbred horse breeder, land speculator, and member of the Tennessee General Assembly from Castalian Springs, Sumner County. Papers of the twentieth century are those of the collector, George Winchester Wynne (1887-1973), grandson of A.R. Wynne.
The papers are concentrated in the years 1840-90 and consist of accounts and account books; correspondence; legal documents, maps, memoirs and military records; obituaries, pamphlets, pictures, poems, and programs; recipes, school records, and speeches; and a few miscellaneous items. Accounts, 1801-94, are primarily those of A.R. Wynne and concern his land speculation and slave trading ventures in Tennessee, Louisiana, Missouri, and Texas. The account books are those of mercantile firms at the early Cumberland River port of Cairo in Sumner County. A.R. Wynne’s incoming correspondence, 1802-1972; Sumner County chancery and county court records; estate papers; genealogical data and land records are also part of the collection. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 814 -- Dyas Collection - John Coffee Papers, 1770-1917. 6000 items. THS. 10 reels. 35 mm.
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This collection is centered around John Coffee (1772-1833), Rutherford County Clerk; War of 1812 officer; commissioner to treat with the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indian tribes; and surveyor-general of the Mississippi Territory and Alabama lands.
The collection is composed of accounts; correspondence; military papers; legal documents; biographical and genealogical data; Cypress Land Company records; clippings; sketches; John Coffee’s diary extracts; horse pedigrees; Indian treaties; wills; estate papers; land records; Andrew Jackson papers; Joshua Coffee papers; Martin family papers; Donelson family papers; Hutchings papers; school records; writings; and some miscellaneous items.
The bulk of the collection is correspondence of the families of Coffee, Donelson, Dyas, Hutchings, Jackson, Martin and others. Approximately 1000 items make up the correspondence of John Coffee, the bulk of which is incoming and includes 185 letters written to Coffee by Andrew Jackson. John Coffee’s outgoing correspondence is largely to members of his family. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.
Mf. 815 -- Cherokee Collection, 1775-1878. 22 vols. 3,500 items. TSLA. 8 reels. 35 mm.
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These are papers relating to the Cherokee Nation and to John Ross (1790-1866), statesman and Principle Chief of the Cherokee 1826-66. The papers of John Ross consist of correspondence (1788-1866); documents of the Cherokee nation (1781-1850); papers relating to Brainerd Mission (1816-31); surveys (1819-20); and claims of individual Cherokees. Papers relating to the Cherokee include copies of letters and documents (1775-1876) from the Virginia State Papers; U.S. government documents pertaining to Indian affairs (1800-1937); a book (Richard Peters, The Case of the Cherokee Nation Against the State of Georgia, Argued and Determined at the Supreme Court of the United States, January Term, 1831); clippings on the genealogy of some prominent Cherokee families (1844-1963); photographs; and pamphlets giving brief sketches of early missionaries. The collection also includes a brief Cherokee chronology 1700-1866.
Primary materials in this collection are official in nature and cover two main periods: 1755-93 and 1820-42. Most of the documents, correspondence, and claims are for the removal period and a few years beyond, and are concerned with relations between the U.S. government and the Cherokee Indians. The earlier materials shed light on Indian wars and treaties from 1775-1816, particularly as they affected Chickamauga, the Cumberland settlements, Watauga, and the State of Franklin. Later letters, documents and claims add substantially to the documentation of the removal period and claims made by individuals to the U.S. government.
The letters of John Ross (1820-66) are concerned with matters of state, written to persons he thought might aid the Cherokee cause or prevent the removal of the Cherokee to the West. The papers of Brainerd Mission document the founding of the mission and the imprisonment of missionaries from Brainerd.
As a result of the Treaty of February 27, 1819, 640 acre reservations were given to individual Cherokees who wished to remain in the east and become citizens of the U.S. This collection contains 119 surveys for reservations located in present-day Tennessee.
Claims date 1817 to 1837, some as late as 1845. The majority were filed in 1838 before the removal and in 1842 when the emigrants were relocated. Most claims were either for improvements or spoliation.
Mf. 816 -- Campbell Brown & Richard Ewell Papers, 1840-1893. 5 vols. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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These are papers of George Campbell Brown (1840-1893) and Richard Stoddert Ewell (1817-1872), both Confederate officers and Middle Tennessee planters. Ewell, Lieutenant General in the Army of Northern Virginia, was one of Lee’s corps commanders at Gettysburg, while Major Campbell Brown was one of General Ewell’s staff officers.
There are 227 separate letters and three volumes of letters, some of which are copies of correspondence of General Ewell and various officers in the Confederacy. Two volumes contain the military reminiscences of Major Brown. Another volume contains orders of Union officers and Confederate letters. Most of the letters were written in 1865 by Thomas T. Gantt, a St. Louis lawyer and business agent to his cousin, Mrs. Lizinka (Campbell) Brown Ewell, mother of Campbell Brown and wife of Richard Ewell. The register includes a detailed item description for each folder. See also Mf. 819 for other papers of Brown and Ewell.
Mf. 817 -- E. P. Vaughan Papers. Coffee County, ca. 1901-1951. 12 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers of Dr. E.P. Vaughan (1869-1949), a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School who practiced in Fosterville and Manchester, consist of account books, both business and personal, owned by Dr. E. P. Vaughan. Business ledgers contain names of patients, the date of the doctor’s visit, and the cost of the visit. Personal accounts include family data, swine records, personal expenses, and gardening details. Some of the ledgers also contain diary entries by Mrs. Vaughan.
Mf. 818 -- Bethlehem Baptist Church Records. Scott County, 1839-1935. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Bethlehem Baptist Church includes a list of members, creed of principles, constitution of church, rules of decorum, and minutes. RESTRICTED: No Interlibrary loan. Microfilm cannot be duplicated for sale.
Mf. 819 -- Brown-Ewell Papers, 1803-1919. 17 vols. 3900 items. TSLA. 7 reels. 35 mm.
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These are papers of George Campbell Brown (1840-1893) and Richard Stoddert Ewell (1817-1872), both Confederate officers and Middle Tennessee planters. Ewell, Lieutenant General in the Army of Northern Virginia, was one of Lee’s corps commanders at Gettysburg, while Major Campbell Brown was one of General Ewell’s staff officers. The collection, concentrated primarily in the years 1865-72, contains information on the Civil War; educational and vocational aspirations of Campbell Brown; farming operations in Tennessee and Mississippi; and family data. It includes correspondence; accounts; maps and surveys of land transactions, mostly in Maury County; estate papers; historical and genealogical data; newspapers and other printed material; and a scrapbook probably begun by Ewell and completed by Brown. Also in the collection is a diary (1868) and daily journal (1880) of Campbell Brown and several account books of both men. The remainder of the collection consists of photographs, speeches, invitations, advertisements, memorial requisitions, biographical material, and a map of the Gettysburg Battlefield, 1863.
Another important individual’s correspondence is included in this collection, that of Lizinka (Campbell) Brown Ewell, wife of Richard Ewell and mother of Campbell Brown. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date. See Mf. 816 for other Brown and Ewell papers.
Mf. 820 -- Weakley County Cemetery Records, 1939. US. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
Information about the cemetery records of Weakley County are printed on index cards and arranged alphabetically by name of graveyard. Location of the graveyard, date established, by whom established, number of graves, and notes about the condition of the graveyard are given.
NOTE: No reader print copies may be made from this microfilm. Not available for ILL.
Mf. 821 -- Rambo Family Records, 1638-1978. 1 vol. KHS. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
The volume titled The First Pioneers by Ormond Rambo and others, is a sketch of the Rambo family. It also includes information on their coat of arms and some photographs. NOTE: Not available for ILL, no copies may be made of this film on reader printer, and no copies of entire reel can be made.
Mf. 822 -- Provost Marshal’s Records. Montgomery County, 1862-1864. 1 vol. CMCHM. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
These records consist of lists of Confederate prisoners held at Clarksville 1862-64. Information listed includes name of prisoner, residence, charges, date and place of arrest, arresting official, and remarks. There are also a few morning reports. NOTE: Loaned for microfilming. Reproduction prohibited without written permission from Museum; literary rights retained by donor; single copy of individual entry may be made for fair use by researcher.
Mf. 823 -- Providence Baptist Church Records. Hancock County, 1845-1897. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Providence Baptist Church consist of articles of faith, rules of decorum, lists of members, and minutes of session.
Mf. 824 -- Civil War Collection, 1861-1865. 150 vols. 4,500 items. TSLA. 20 reels. 35 mm.
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This collection of materials was obtained from various sources. The materials are divided into two groups: the Confederate Collection, about 80% of the material, and the Federal Collection, about 20%. The name and subject index includes both parts. This important collection represents most, although by no means all, of the original Civil War material held by TSLA.
Included are autograph albums; casualty lists and cemetery records; clippings, diaries and letters; maps; memoirs; photographs, scrapbooks and sketches; and material relating to military personnel and units, monuments, prisons, and veterans’ organizations. Miscellaneous items include a casualty list and muster roll of Forrest’s command; Civil War veterans’ questionnaire data; Confederate money; field notes; a Memphis hospital register; Rev. Charles Todd Quintard’s Manual of Devotions; a roster of quartermasters in the Army of Tennessee; and two theses. There are fifty-one volumes of material concerning the Civil War Centennial.
Unique items in this collection include 29 diaries and 41 memoirs of soldiers, officers, and veterans; records and rosters of various Confederate and Federal military units; and firsthand accounts of battles and skirmishes, mostly, but not all, in Tennessee. Register available, including name and subject indexes indicating dates of letters and information on content.
Mf. 825 -- Robert Edward Barclay Papers, 1854-1977. 57 vols. 3,350 items. 10 packages. TSLA. 25 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of Robert Edward Barclay (1893-1981), Polk County author of Ducktown Back in Raht’s Time, The Railroad Comes to Ducktown, and The Copper Basin, 1890-1963, contain clippings, correspondence, diaries, financial records, genealogical data, pamphlets and programs; records dealing with politics, roads, and schools; railroad and copper mining records; and reports, letterbooks, and historical sketches 1865-1961. The materials are divided into two parts: (1) early materials dealing with Julius Eckhardt Raht’s copper mining and railroad activities in East Tennessee, especially in Polk County, collected by Barclay and used in writing his book, Ducktown Back in Raht’s Time and (2) material dealing with the history and activities of the Good Government League of Polk County, of which Barclay was chairman for a number of years beginning in 1946.
A later addition to the collection consists of additional biographical information, clippings, correspondence, diaries, magazines, newspapers, programs, notes, reports, and sketches. The main collection has a name index only indicating box and folder; the added material has a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 826 -- Roy Watterson Black Collection, ca. 1820-1970. 72 vols. TSLA. 9 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of Roy W. Black (1896-1973), county historian of Hardeman County and mayor of Bolivar, include copies of county records (wills, inventories, marriages and estate settlements); census, school, church, cemetery and Bible records; typescripts of newspaper clippings from the Jackson Sun; diaries (1933-59, with gaps); some correspondence; and compiled genealogies on the Black, Vincent, Exum, Rowe, Walton and other families. The register includes an alphabetical listing of families in the collection and including some subjects.
Mf. 827 -- Chapel Hill Masonic Lodge (#160) Records. Marshall County, 1831-1927. 6 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Chapel Hill Masonic Lodge, #160 include receipts, minutes and correspondence. The collection includes one volume of Sons of Temperance minutes, 1849-50. RESTRICTED: Records are not to be published and copies of the film cannot be duplicated for sale.
Mf. 828 -- Charles Henry Boone Papers, ca. 1900-1952. 3,900 items. TSLA. 6 reels. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of Charles Henry Boone (1870-1953), resident of Franklin, Van Wert, and Madison Counties, Ohio, who lived at various times in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in his capacity as pastor, officer, and teacher for the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The papers are composed of accounts; bulletins and programs; booklets, brochures and catalogs; writings and sermons; newspapers; and some correspondence dealing with the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Most of the writings are those of Boone, and most of the correspondence is incoming to him. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating subject content and date.
Mf. 829 -- Buell - Brien Papers. 10,000 items. TSLA. 10 reels. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of George P. Buell (1833-1883), engineer and army officer; and Buell’s father-in-law, John Smith Brien (1807-1867), lawyer and jurist. The papers are separated into military and non-military items. The military correspondence is arranged chronologically; the non-military correspondence is in alphabetical order, with chief correspondents listed.
The military papers are concerned mainly with the career of General George P. Buell during the Civil War and during his later operations against the Indians, west of the Mississippi. They are composed of general and special orders, ordnance reports, telegrams, military correspondence, endorsement books, court martial records, account books, and military maps. The official report of the Battle of Chickamauga is one of the most valuable items, as are the excellent diagrams and drawings of Civil War-era fortifications and blockhouses.
Most of the non-military items are the papers of Judge John S. Brien, including about 90 legal documents and briefs dealing with his cases. Cases include that of the Iron Mountain Furnace and a suit brought in 1850 by the Methodist Episcopal Church, South against the Methodist Episcopal Church, North. About 70 letters for the period 1839-67 make up the correspondence. Family correspondence includes that of the Picketts, nieces and nephews of Mrs. John S. Brien who reared them after their parents’ death; and that of Mrs. George P. Buell (Rochie Brien) and her son, Don Carlos. The remainder of the non-military papers are concerned with the family and ancestors of George P. Buell, and contain data on the Brien, Buell, Lane and Foote families. The register contains primarily a name index with a few special subjects added.
Mf. 830 -- Duncan Brown Cooper Papers, ca. 1838-ca. 1965. 4,000 items. TSLA. 5 reels. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of Duncan Brown Cooper (1844-1922), Nashville newspaperman and politician most widely known for his role in the shooting death of Edward Ward Carmack, editor of the Nashville Tennessean. The papers are composed of accounts (bills, notes, receipts); correspondence and autographs; certificates; clippings, genealogical data and invitations; legal papers (agreements, bonds, deeds, estate records, indentures, minutes, wills); photographs; and sketches, speeches and writings.
About one-third of the correspondence are letters of sympathy and support for Cooper and his son Robin, after Edward Ward Carmack was shot by Robin the evening of November 9, 1908, on a street in downtown Nashville. There are also letters of a political nature written to Col. Cooper from all over the state; many dealing with the automobile business in Texas, 1909-10; and others dealing with family matters. There are a few genealogical notes on the families of Hugh Brown, John Donelson, John Burch and Allen Jones. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and information on content.
Mf. 831 -- Sir Emil Hurja Collection, 1793-1953. 3 vols. 550 items. THS. 5 reels. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of Sir Emil Hurja (1892-1953), newspaper editor, financial analyst, executive director of the Democratic National Committee and collector of Jackson manuscripts.
The collection is one of the premier collections of Jacksoniana—especially political cartoons and portraits—in the country. It is arranged into three parts: (1) the Emil Hurja materials; (2) the Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) materials; and (3) the Peter Force (1790-1868) materials.
The Emil Hurja papers are comprised of cartoons, clippings, correspondence, honors, military records, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, speeches, and several miscellaneous items. The Jackson material includes 55 original Jackson letters, several typed copies and facsimiles, and about fifteen other documents signed by Jackson. A number of Jackson portraits, political cartoons, and engravings are included. There are about 180 items in the Peter Force group. Force was the editor of the National Journal, an anti-Jackson newspaper published in Washington. Correspondence is primarily concerned with the presidential elections of 1824 and 1828. The register includes an index to the letters in the Andrew Jackson materials indicating date and information on content.
Mf. 832 -- Quintard Diaries, 1884-1891. 33 vols. US. 6 reels. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection consists of 33 volumes of diaries of Right Reverend Charles Todd Quintard, Second Bishop of Tennessee (?-1898) and two Quintard family Bibles. RESTRICTED: Any researcher wishing to publish must receive permission from the Archives at the University of the South. Permission from the University of the South must be obtained before microfilm can be purchased.
Mf. 833 -- First Baptist Church Records. Paris, Henry County, 1833-1983. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the First Baptist Church in Paris consist of the constitution of the church, list of members (including some black members), minutes of session, treasurer’s reports, and a history of the church written by James L. Cox.
Mf. 834 -- Hawkins County Revenue Docket, 1853-1863. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a revenue docket containing lists of persons to whom allowances were made, and amount and date of allowance and reason.
Mf. 835 -- Lovell Collection, 1802-1941. 1,000 items. US. 2 reels. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a collection centered around the families of William Storrow Lovell, John Anthony Quitman, and Henry Turner, residents of Rhinebeck, New York; Washington, D.C.; Natchez, Mississippi; and Sewanee, Tennessee. They owned plantations in Mississippi and were prominent in military and political affairs. Family charts show relationships of the various members of the families.
The collection is composed of accounts; correspondence; legal documents (leases, agreements, wills, passports, marriage certificates, indentures); photographs, postcards, and diaries; newspapers and newspaper clippings; addresses and speeches; publications of Blair House, Washington, D.C., formerly owned by the Lovell family; diplomas; papers concerning slaves (amnesty and pardon documents, bills of sale, and inventories); Confederate States of America bonds; a cookbook, maps and souvenirs. There are container lists for the Lovell and Quitman family papers and an index to correspondence. The register includes a name and subject index. RESTRICTED: Same restriction as Mf. 832.
Mf. 836 -- Jacob McGavock Dickinson Papers, 1812-1911. 67 vols. 40,000 items. TSLA. 50 reels. 35 mm.
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The papers of Jacob McGavock Dickinson (1851-1928), lawyer, jurist and U.S. Secretary of War, contain correspondence, speeches and diary material; briefs; Arkansas plantation records; biographical and genealogical data; scrapbooks, photographs, clippings and personal memorabilia. The bulk of the material falls in the period 1909-11 when Dickinson served as Secretary of War in President William H. Taft’s administration.
This very extensive collection contains a number of historically significant items from the ancestral records of the Overton, McGavock, and Dickinson families, among others. One is the meticulous ledger book kept by U. S. Tax Collector John Overton on whiskey distilleries in Tennessee 1797-1805. An important document from the 1946 Columbia “race riot” is present in the form of Col. J. M. Dickinson, Jr.’s report to the Adjutant General on “Operation Mink Slide.” There is also a 35 item addition to the main collection consisting of clippings, correspondence, land records, genealogical data, and sketches. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and information on content. See also Mf. 37 and Mf. 399 for other Dickinson papers.
Mf. 837 -- Samuel Robert Simpson Papers, 1862-1906. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
The papers of Samuel Robert Simpson (1823-1906), Captain and Quartermaster of the 30th Tennessee Regiment, Confederate States of America, deal primarily with Simpson’s duties as Quartermaster. The collection contains records of the members of the various companies of the 30th Tennessee, giving date, place and circumstances of imprisonment, wounds, death, and burial, with information added as late as 1906, the year of Simpson’s death. Clippings deal with the Revolutionary and Civil wars and other subjects. Three small volumes contain Simpson’s diary 1861-64, and about 100 items make up the ordinance reports, requests, muster rolls, and payrolls of the regiment. Biographical material, personal memorabilia, and photographs make up the remainder of the collection.
Mf. 838 -- Douglass - Maney Family Papers, 1805-1939. 250 items. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The papers deal with the Douglass, Maney and related families of Gallatin, Franklin, and Nashville. The papers are composed of accounts, agreements, clippings, correspondence, estate papers, genealogical data, invitations, programs, military documents, pamphlets and photographs. The correspondence is mainly incoming to Martha Ann Maney, who married DeWitt Clinton Douglass of Gallatin. Martha Ann was one of thirteen children of William Maney and Martha Ann Long Coakley (Murfree) Maney who lived in Franklin. Correspondence includes letters concerning an encampment of Union forces on their property, encounters with Union officers, and thanks from a young soldier for food Mrs. Douglass sent him in military prison. Military papers include an authorization for Major DeWitt Clinton Douglass to raise a battalion of Rangers. Register available, including a name index to correspondence indicating date and information on content.
Mf. 839 -- First Baptist Church Records. Paris, Henry County, 1897-1977. 5 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of First Baptist Church in Paris consists of lists of members, minutes of session, and lists of deacons. See also Mf. 833 for other First Baptist Church records.
Mf. 840 -- Katherine E. Vaughan Diaries, 1926-1955. 30 vols. TSLA. 4 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The diaries kept by Katherine E. Vaughan (1876-1959) of Coffee County contain entries relating to family and community news and notations concerning the weather. Also included are lists of Confederate soldiers, Civil League minutes, Best Way Club minutes, and notes concerning some of the medical cases of her husband, Dr. Ervin Parks Vaughan. See Mf. 817 for the records of Dr. Ervin P. Vaughan.
Mf. 841 -- Lauderdale Family Papers, 1812-1903. 150 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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The papers predominately concern the life of Major William Lauderdale and two of his sons, James and Samuel. William Lauderdale (d. 1839) migrated to Sumner County from Virginia about 1795 and fought under Jackson in the War of 1812, later playing an important role in the Florida Indian wars. Most of the papers in the collection relate to James Hart Lauderdale (1822-1909), William Lauderdale’s son, and are comprised of letters to him from Samuel Winslow Lauderdale (1826-1847), who died in the Mexican War. They describe camp life and battles in Mexico.
The Lauderdale papers contain correspondence, military records, legal documents and genealogical data on Major William Lauderdale’s family. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and information on content.
Mf. 842 -- William Hicks Jackson Papers, 1766-1978. 4 vols. 300 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm.
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These are the papers of William Hicks Jackson (1835-1903), Confederate general and horse breeder of Belle Meade Plantation near Nashville; his son William Harding Jackson (1874-1903), also of Belle Meade; and his grandson, William Harding Jackson (1901-1971), a New York lawyer. The papers are concentrated in the years of the Civil War and are composed of accounts; an almanac; clippings and correspondence; court and other legal documents; farm and land records; genealogical data; medical and military records; notes, pictures, poems, and programs; sketches and speeches; and a few miscellaneous items.
Most of the collection is correspondence and is addressed primarily to William Hicks Jackson including letters from his father, Dr. Alexander Jackson, from the prison at Alton, Illinois, where he was held. Other correspondents of Brigadier General Jackson include Isham G. Harris, General Nathan Bedford Forrest, General William T. Sherman, and Major General Earl Van Dorn.
Unique items in the collection include account books for the thoroughbred horses at Belle Meade Plantation 1901-04; an almanac of Virginia, 1785; genealogical data on members of the Ball, Giles, Harding, Jackson, McGavock, and Rodgers families of England, Ireland, Delaware, Tennessee and Virginia; and pictures of the Belle Meade Plantation and members of the Harding and Jackson families. The register includes a name index to the correspondence indicating date and information on content.
Mf. 843 -- James Welch Collection, 1861-1912. CMCHM. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection of James Welch’s papers includes accounts (bills, notes and receipts), correspondence, insurance policies, military records 1861-62, sketches and speeches. Unique items include muster rolls for the 1st Kentucky Infantry, Companies D, F, and H and the 7th Texas and 49th Tennessee Infantry, Company Johnson. There is also a speech by Joel B. Fort on the Dark Tobacco District Planters’ Association, 1905.
Mf. 844 -- First United Church of Christ Records. Belvidere, Franklin County, 1873-1984. 44 vols. 50 items. TSLA. 3 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the First United Church of Christ (organized as a German congregation known as the First Reformed Church) consist of the constitution and by-laws; articles of faith; consistory minutes; registers of pastors, deacons, marriages, deaths, births and confirmations; and family registers. The earliest records for this church are in German.
Mf. 845 -- Smith Springs Baptist Church Records. Nashville, Davidson County, 1874-1984. 26 vols. 300 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Smith Springs Baptist Church include articles of faith; church covenant and rules of decorum; constitution and by-laws; lists of members; deeds; minutes of session; and directories, bulletins and newsletters.
Mf. 846 -- Hickory Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South Records. Weakley County, 1866-1928. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Hickory Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, South consist of registers of members, baptisms, marriages, deaths and disposals. Also included are minutes of session.
Mf. 847 -- William Pennebaker Boone Papers, 1813-1905. 2 vols. 25 items. TSLA 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers of Col. William P. Boone (1813-1875), 28th Regiment Kentucky Volunteers, consist of records of the capture of Gallatin and Court of Inquiry Proceedings in 1862; correspondence; miscellaneous notes and some Boone genealogy.
Mf. 848 -- Oak Hill Union Church Records. Paris, Henry County, 1885-1976. 5 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Oak Hill Church, formed in 1885 by a union of the Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches include articles of agreement; minutes of session; Sunday school minutes; associational letters; finance records; and lists of church clerks, pastors and elders; and death and baptismal records.
Mf. 849 -- Green Grove United Methodist Church Records. Hartsville, Macon County, 1854-1975. TSLA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Green Grove United Methodist Church consist of registers of members and pastors; baptismal, death and disposal records; and minutes. Also included is a short history of the church.
Mf. 850 -- Davidson-McClelland Family Papers, 1849-1947. 1 vol. 150 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers concern primarily the Davidson and McClelland families of Davidson County and are centered around the descendants of Samuel Brown Davidson (1802-1873), a great nephew of General William Davidson, in whose honor Davidson County is named. Other descendants include Henry Clay Davidson (1838-1895) and his wife, Sue H. McClelland, daughter of John and Nancy Whaley McClelland.
The papers are concentrated in the years 1855-85 and consist primarily of accounts, correspondence, genealogical data, land and military records, legal documents and writings. Most of the letters are addressed to John and James McClelland and Emma McClelland Davidson. Unique items include Civil War letters and genealogical data on the Davidson, McClelland, Gaines, Hewitt, Pugh, Shute, and Watkins families. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content.
Mf. 851 -- Jonathan K. T. Smith Genealogical Collection, Benton County. 3 vols. 600 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm.
The papers of Jonathan K.T. Smith, West Tennessee historian and genealogist, particularly for early Humphreys and Benton county families, consist of newspaper clippings and photographs; legal and Bible records; articles, sketches, notes and three publications by Smith; and other genealogical data, all about people and places in the Benton County area. The register includes an alphabetical listing of the families included in the collection; some subjects are listed also.
Mf. 852 -- Charles Allen Collection. Williamson County, 1783-1842. 50 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers of Charles Allen, re-enactor and collector of historical documents, are centered around the activities of land companies 1785-1820 and consists of account books, land records (agreements, entries, surveys, and warrants), slave and tax records.
The most prominent company represented in the collection is the Holston Land Company in eastern Tennessee during the years 1785-95. North Carolinians involved in land speculation included John Armstrong, entry-taker for western lands; Martin Armstrong, surveyor for military lands and a land partner of William Blount; and Stockley Donelson, also a surveyor and a land partner of William Blount. The three speculators, along with others, were later implicated in schemes in which fraudulent grants were issued and forgeries practiced on a large scale. By tracing the legal work of George W. Campbell, attorney for the devisees of Major George Doherty, one may see how land entries came to be concentrated in the hands of a few speculators.
Mf. 853 -- Hunt Family Papers, 1837-1853. 100 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection.
The papers, spanning three generations of the Hunt family in Williamson County, are comprised of accounts, court and land records, legal documents, and a few miscellaneous items. It consists primarily of land surveys in Williamson County which were carried out by William Gersham Hunt, who for many years was the county surveyor. RESTRICTED: No microfilm copies shall be made for sale without prior permission from donor.
Mf. 854 -- Beech Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church Records. Graves County, KY, 1860-1911. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Beech Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church contain the constitution; minutes of session; and registers of elders, deacons, communicants, baptisms, and deaths.
Mf. 855 -- Rush Creek United Methodist Episcopal Church, South Records. Fulton County, KY, 1895-1984. 3 vols. 2 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Rush Creek United Methodist Episcopal Church include a typed history; copies of legal documents; a Sunday School record book; and registers of pastors, members and baptisms.
Mf. 856 -- Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Records. Obion County, ca. 1845-1984. 21 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church include a history of the church; Sunday School record books; registers of pastors, members, baptisms, marriages, deaths and disposals; minute books of Cayce, Hickman, and Union Circuits Quarterly Conferences; and minutes of the meetings of the Social Committee, Women’s Society of Christian Service, and Wesleyan Service Guild.
Mf. 857 -- United States General Land Office - Miscellaneous Letters Sent, July 15, 1796 - August 10, 1860. 85 vols. NA. 52 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
There are eighty-five books of transcripts of communications of the General Land Office from 1812, the date of its establishment in the Treasury Department, to 1860. There are also four books containing communications relating to the public lands sent by the Secretary and the Register of the Treasury 1796-1812.
The first two volumes contain communications sent by the Secretary of the Treasury 1796-May 1812 dealing with matters of general policy in the administration of public lands. The third and fourth volumes contain communications sent by the Register of the Treasury 1802-12. These concern the bookkeeping aspects of public land disposal, mainly the transmittal of cash receipts and land patents. The fourth volume (April-August, 1812) also contains both types of communications but issuing from the General Land Office rather than from the separate offices of the Secretary and the Register of the Treasury. The letters appear in the order in which they were dispatched, which is usually the same as the order of their writing. The index is by personal name and official title of addressee. See also Mf. 859 for other General Land Office papers.
Mf. 858 -- List of North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791. 1 vol. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The list of North Carolina land grants in Tennessee was prepared by the Office of the Secretary of State of North Carolina in 1791 and submitted to Thomas Jefferson, U.S. Secretary of State. It had its origin in a bill drafted for the purpose of creating land offices in the western territories, including the area (now Tennessee) that had been ceded to the U.S. by North Carolina in 1790. Before taking action on the bill, Congress requested an estimate of the quantity and situation of the lands not claimed by Indians or granted to any U.S. citizens within the ceded territory. To obtain the information, Jefferson asked Governor Alexander Martin of North Carolina and Governor William Blount of Tennessee to make a report of entries in their respective offices. Governor Blount’s report has never been found; this volume is the North Carolina record of entries. The following information is given: number of grant, name of grantee, number of acres, year the grant was made, county in which the land was situated, and location of the land, usually indicated merely by reference to the watercourse on which it was situated.
Mf. 859 -- Records of the General Land Office: Letters Sent to Surveyors General, 1796-1860. 18 vols. NA. 14 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The eighteen volumes contain transcripts of communications sent by the Secretary of the Treasury 1796-1812, and by the General Land Office, 1812-60, to the Surveyors General. The Office of Surveyor General was established May 18, 1796, authorizing a Surveyor General for the Territory Northwest of the Ohio River. The Surveyors General worked closely with the Secretary of the Treasury prior to 1812, and with the General Land Office after its establishment in that year. They functioned as independent agencies until 1836, when they were placed in the General land Office. In 1849 the General Land Office was transferred to the Department of Interior.
The first volume contains communications sent by the Secretary of the Treasury 1796-1812, and by the General Land Office, 1812-60, to the Surveyors General. Letters appear in the order in which they were dispatched, which is usually the same as the order of their writing. In addition, there are many communications received by the General Land Office from the Surveyors General, including contracts and oaths taken by Deputy Surveyors. See also Mf. 857 for other General Land Office papers.
Mf. 860 -- Confederate Secretary of the Treasury - Letters Sent, 1861 and 1864 - 1865. 2 vols. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Two bound volumes of letters, some with enclosures, was sent by the Secretary of the Treasury of the Confederate States of America. These volumes, numbered 111 and 115, contain letters written chiefly to other officials of the Confederate government. Among the subjects discussed are financial difficulties; moving the seat of government to Richmond; appointment of customs officials and other personnel; customs regulations; establishment of lighthouse districts and appointment of lighthouse inspectors; and the mints at Charlotte, Dahlonega, and New Orleans. Also included are the Secretary’s endorsements on letters he referred to other officials; periodic special reports by the Confederate States of America to the Congress, and some circulars. The letters are arranged chronologically. There are no indexes in the volumes.
Mf. 861 -- Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the Revolutionary War in Organizations from the State of North Carolina. NA. 2 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is an alphabetical card index to the compiled service records of volunteer soldiers of the Revolutionary War in units from North Carolina. The index contains the names of soldiers to which references were found in the records used in compiling the service records. These cards give the name of the soldier, his rank, and the unit in which he served.
Mf. 862 -- The Negro in the Military Service of the United States, 1639-1886. NA. 5 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a compilation of official records, state papers and other historical extracts,relating to the military status and service of the Negro, that were compiled by War Department clerks during the 1880s. These papers consist of Federal reports, correspondence, orders and legislation concerning general policy towards African Americans in the armed services. The information begins with the introduction of the Negro into the British North American colonies and continues through Reconstruction.
Mf. 863 -- Records of the Confederate States of America [Pickett Papers], 1861-1865. 18,500 items. LC. 70 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
These are the papers of John T. Pickett, former diplomatic agent of the Confederacy, from whom the U.S. purchased the records of the Confederate States of America in 1872. These records, known as the “Pickett Papers,” were transferred from the Department of Treasury to the Library of Congress in 1906 and 1910. The records span the years 1858-72 with the bulk of the material falling in the period 1861-65. They relate to the Confederate States of America: its formation and the conduct of its internal, external, and military affairs.
With few exceptions, the collection consists of records generated by the Confederate government. The records of the Department of State, the most numerous and significant, contain correspondence exchanged between Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin and agents and diplomats abroad, particularly those stationed in Belgium, France, Great Britain, and Mexico. Other records of the department relate to administrative and financial affairs, passports, pardons, appointments to office, applications for office, and maritime and domestic affairs.
The departments of Justice, Treasury, Navy, War, and the Post Office are also represented, along with material relating to the President, the Congress, and the Constitution. The register includes a series description and container list.
Mf. 864 -- Eastern Cherokee Applications - Court of Claims, 1906-1909. NA. 348 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a general index to the Eastern Cherokee applications filed in the U.S. Court of Claims.
The applications were submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee by Congress on June 30, 1906. They are part of the Guion Miller Enrollment Records in the records of the U.S. Court of Claims and constitute one of the most significant tools in Cherokee genealogical research.
An act approved July 1, 1902 gave the Court of Claims jurisdiction over any claim arising under treaty stipulations. In grievances arising from the treaties of 1835-36 and 1845, the court ruled in favor of the Cherokee in 1905. The Secretary of the Interior was instructed to identify persons entitled to participate in the distribution of the payments, totaling over a million dollars. Guion Miller, special commissioner of the Court of Claims, had the task of compiling a roll of eligible persons.
Funds were to be distributed to all Eastern and Western Cherokee alive on May 28, 1906, who could establish the fact that at the time of the treaties they were members of the Eastern Cherokee Tribe or were descendants of such persons and that they had not been affiliated with any tribe since. In 1909, the court approved the roll submitted by Miller, representing about 90,000 individual claimants and over 45,000 separate applications. In 1910, the court decreed that payments were to be made equally among those enrolled.
The applications contain sworn evidence of identity. They record English and Indian names; residence; age; place of birth; name of spouse; tribe; names of children; English and Indian names of the claimant’s parents and grandparents; place of their birth; place of their residence in 1851 if they were living at that time; dates of their death; and a statement as to whether any of them had ever before been enrolled as Indians for annuities or other benefits. Each claimant was also to name all siblings, give their ages and residences, and the names and residences of all uncles and aunts. With each application is a card showing final action taken. Filed with the applications are supporting documents and correspondence. The index is arranged alphabetically by name (either English or Indian) of claimant.
Mf. 865 -- Indexes to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served During the Cherokee Disturbances and Removal in Organizations from the State of Tennessee and the Field and Staff of the Army of the Cherokee Nation. NA. 2 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is an alphabetical card index to the service records of volunteer soldiers who served during the Cherokee disturbances and removal, 1836-39, in organizations from the state of Tennessee and the Volunteer Field and Staff of the Army of the Cherokee Nation. Each index card gives the name of the soldier, his rank, and the unit in which he served.
Mf. 866 -- Officers of the Cherokee Removal, Muster Rolls, 1836-38. TSLA. 2 reels. Reel 1 is 35 mm; reel 2 is 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The records of the 1836-38 Cherokee Removal, including muster rolls, is organized by officer, with a list of soldiers in each regiment. Preceding the muster rolls is a list of officers showing the page number where the muster roll appears. Reel 2 is the name index to Tennesseans who served in the Cherokee Removal. Each index card gives the name of the soldier, his rank, company, regiment and brigade, and sometimes includes “remarks.”
Mf. 867 -- Tennesseans in the Seminole Wars, 1818 and 1836 - Name Index. NA. 1 reel. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This is a name index to Tennessee soldiers in the Seminole Wars of 1818 and 1836. Each index card gives the name of the soldier, his rank, company, regiment, brigade and county of residence, and sometimes includes “remarks.”
Mf. 868 -- Final Record Books of the U.S. Circuit Court for West Tennessee, 1808-1839, and the U.S. Circuit Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-1865. 18 vols. NA. 10 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are the final record books of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1808-39, and the U.S. Circuit Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-65, both of which met in Nashville. Each book contains a record of actions filed from the opening to the closing of a case. Cases are entered chronologically by the date the case was closed. Documents entered may include libels, complaints, indictments, pleas and answers, declarations, monitions, affidavits, demurrers, orders, bonds, subpoenas, writs, returns, judgments, decrees, verdicts, executions, and other papers. All types of litigation that might be tried in a Federal circuit court are included: law, equity, and criminal cases; but the majority are civil cases concerned with the collection of debts. Volumes 1, 3, 6, 13, 14, and 15 are not indexed. All other volumes are indexed by the initial letter of the plaintiff’s surname.
Mf. 869 -- Minute Books of the U.S. District Court for West Tennessee, 1797-1839, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-1865. 3 vols. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
These are minute books for the U.S. District Court for Tennessee, 1797-1801; for West Tennessee, 1801-39; and for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-65, all of which met in Nashville. Records for the period 1846-62 are missing.
These books were prepared by the clerk of court during session. The sessions are recorded in chronological order. The record gives the name of the presiding judge followed by the case(s) in litigation that day, including the names of the parties, list of jurors, and the decrees, judgments, and orders of the court. Also included are orders for the implementation of rules of procedure; orders for the admission of attorneys to practice; declarations of intention to apply for citizenship; naturalization oaths; and other court business.
The first two volumes contain records 1797-1807, when the court exercised both circuit and district court jurisdiction and cases appealed from the district court went directly to the Supreme Court. Volume 1 has no entries recording naturalization oaths; volumes 2 and 3 have a few.
Mf. 870 -- Minute Books of the U.S. Circuit Court for West Tennessee, 1803-1839, and of the U.S. Circuit Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-1864. 7 vols. NA. 4 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
There are seven volumes of minute books of the U.S. Circuit Court for West Tennessee, 1808-39, and for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-64, both of which met in Nashville. These books were prepared by the clerk of court during session. The sessions are recorded in chronological order. The record gives the name of the presiding judge followed by the case(s) in litigation that day, including the names of the parties, list of jurors, and the decrees, judgments, and orders of the court. Also included are orders for the implementation of rules of procedure; orders for the admission of attorneys to practice; declarations of intention to apply for citizenship; naturalization oaths; and other court business. Most of volume 6 is devoted to one case, Devisees of Polly Withered v. Sarah Malone et al., which involved the land on which the town of Columbia is located.
Mf. 871 -- Records of the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission), 1871-1880, Consolidated Index of Claims. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This is an index to case files of the Southern Claims Commission. The Commission was charged with reviewing claims for compensation from loyal Unionist citizens who suffered damage or loss at the hands of the Federal army during the Civil War. The index is alphabetical by name of the claimant. Each entry includes name of claimant; state; Commission number (serial number of claim); office number; report number (number of the report in which the claim was reported by the Commissioners to the House of Representatives); year claim was reported; amount claimed; amount allowed, disallowed, barred, withdrawn, or dismissed; and nature of claim (commodities or other items for which compensation was claimed). Compensation was claimed for such items as building materials, livestock, food, and rent. See Mf. 1515 for files of barred and disallowed claims, and Mf. 944 for administrative records of the Commission.
Mf. 872 -- War Department Collection of Confederate Records. NA. 13 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
U.S. War Department records,in two parts: (1) the first, three reels, is Tennessee Confederate muster rolls; (2) the second, ten reels, is Confederate staff records, were copied from the National Archives, Record Group 109 at the request of TSLA.
The first part constitutes extant Confederate muster rolls for Tennessee regiments. The muster rolls are arranged numerically by regiment and then by company--cavalry first, then infantry. The coverage is good, although not all companies are represented. The second part is Confederate staff records and letterbooks, apparently generated by the general staff of the Army of Tennessee. There is no index to these records. The register contains a reel-by-reel list of holdings.
Mf. 873 -- U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) from Tennessee - Regimental Histories. NA. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection Compiled from National Archives Record Group 94, these caption cards give company by company records of events submitted by reporting officers. These capsule histories summarize actions and events pertaining to each unit of USCT from Tennessee. These War Department records offer detailed information on the disposition and movements of black Union troops from Tennessee.
Mf. 874 -- Cave Johnson Correspondence, Couts Collection, 1793-1866. HL. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection
This collection consists mainly of correspondence from Cave Johnson, legislator and Postmaster General from Clarksville, to Cave J. Couts, 1837-66. Other letters were written from Johnson to John Overton. There is also a written account of the Johnson family and some photographs. RESTRICTED: This film is for reference only. Copies cannot be made and permission to quote from, reproduce, or reprint must be obtained from the Huntington Library, San Mareno, California.
Mf. 875 -- Pearsall Family Papers, Helen Kirkbride Morton Collection, 1643-1975. PHS. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection
Genealogical notes on the first Pearsalls in America, New England settlers of the 1640s includes transcribed wills and land records, genealogical charts and correspondence about family history. RESTRICTED: Right to reproduce must be obtained from the Director of the Historical Society, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Mf. 876 -- Aaron Burr Papers. Correspondence, 1792-1812. 4 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The selected papers of Aaron Burr (1756-1836), Revolutionary War soldier, New York attorney general, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Vice President under Thomas Jefferson consists of correspondence dated 1792-1812. The letters are in chronological order. Some letters have cards with them to identify correspondent, date, and subject.
Mf. 877 -- Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers who Served from 1784-1811, Territory South of the River Ohio. NA. 7 reels. 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The military service records of soldiers who served in the various Indian campaigns, insurrections, and disturbances that occurred between 1784 and 1811, compiled from original records include those of some Tennesseans who served in such campaigns as the 1794 Nickajack expedition and are generally concentrated during the territorial phase of the state’s history (1790-96). The records consist of a jacket-envelope for each soldier with card abstracts of entries found in the original muster rolls, payrolls, receipt rolls, returns, and lists.
Mf. 878 -- Final Record Books of the U.S. District Court for West Tennessee, 1803-1839, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-1850, and Land Claim Records for West Tennessee, 1807-1820. 3 vols. NA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
There are two volumes of final record books of the U.S. District Court for West Tennessee, 1803-39, and for the Middle District of Tennessee, 1839-50, both of which met in Nashville. A third volume includes land claim records for West Tennessee, 1807-20.
The first two volumes contain actions filed from the opening to the closing of each case. Cases are entered in the books chronologically by date a case was closed. The documents may include libels, complaints, indictments, pleas and answers, declarations, monitions, affidavits, demurrers, orders, bonds, subpoenas, writs, judgments, decrees, verdicts, executions, and other papers. All types of litigation that might be tried in a Federal district court are contained in these books, including law, equity, and criminal cases. Most of the cases are law and equity cases that involved suits for the collection of debts. Volume 2 includes some bankruptcy cases filed under the Bankruptcy Act of 1842. Volume 1 contains most of the chancery, or equity cases during the period when the court was functioning as both a circuit and district court. Both volumes contain indexes arranged alphabetically by plaintiff’s surname.
The third volume contains land claim records filed with Judge McNairy for West Tennessee, including owner’s name, description of land, number or warrant, number of lot, number of acres, and date of claim. Some land was awarded by military warrants. A few entries include the date of a surveyor’s return.
Mf. 879 -- N. J. Phillips Scrapbooks, 1887-1909. 5 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This collection consists of five scrapbooks containing articles written by N.J. Phillips for the Bristol Courier and other Bristol newspapers between the years 1887-1909. These clippings concern such topics as county court proceedings, births, deaths, etc. around Blountville, in Sullivan County.
Mf. 880 -- Gray Family Papers, 1799-1912. 1 vol. 700 items. TSLA. 4 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The papers of the Gray family of Davidson County, 1799-1912, is composed of accounts, church records, correspondence, court records, estate papers, financial documents, genealogical data, land records, military records, promissory notes, registers, school records, slave records, tax records, writings and miscellaneous items. About one-third of the collection is made up of account books belonging to Benajah Gray, Sr., Benajah Gray, Jr. and others. The accounts of the senior Gray are of a general nature; the records of Benajah Gray, Jr. (1828-1894) include blacksmith registers. The later Gray operated a blacksmith shop on his farm in southern Davidson County for many years. Church records consist of Sunday School registers for Cane Ridge and Hebron churches in Davidson County. Among the court records is a docket calendar of Benajah Gray, Justice of the Peace for the 6th District, 1817-21. There are some school records for rural schools in the old 6th Civil District, including pupil registers for Cane Ridge and other schools. The register includes a name index to the correspondence indicating date and content.
Mf. 881 -- New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church of Jesus Christ Records. DeKalb County, 1854-1919. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of New Bildad Primitive Baptist Church contain the church’s constitution, Articles of Faith, minutes of meetings, and membership rolls.
Mf. 882 -- Dr. J. W. Brake Medical Ledgers. Dickson County, 1888-1950. 16 vols. 6 items. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The collection of Dr. J.W. Brake consists of sixteen medical ledgers, miscellaneous farm records, vital statistics and pension applications, from the area of Woods Valley in Dickson County. Patient entries include date of illness, treatment, and payment.
Mf. 883 -- O. L. VonSchmittou Case Book. Dickson County, 1860-1882. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This collection consists of a case book kept by O.L. VonSchmittou, who was a Justice of the Peace in the old 9th Civil District of Dickson County. The book lists the parties’ names, amount of judgment, name of presiding officer, date and cost of execution, and date returned for judgment. The entries are in chronological order.
Mf. 884 -- Tolbert Slayden’s Country Store Account Book. Dickson County, 1892-1897. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The account book of Tolbert Slayden’s Country Store in Woods Valley, Dickson County, lists the customer’s name and items purchased. Some of the items and prices listed include a gallon of oil for 15 cents, a wash tub for 75 cents, and a can of oysters for 25 cents.
Mf. 885 -- Patterson East Collection. Birth Records, Macon County, 1914-1939. 17 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection
This collection consists of birth records kept by Dr. Patterson East of Macon County. The collection is in the form of individual physician’s records, which consist of the name of the child and the parents’ names, birthplace, age, and occupation. RESTRICTED: No microfilm copies shall be made for sale without prior permission from donor.
Mf. 886 -- Beech Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church Records. Graves County, KY, 1911-1956. 7 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Beech Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church consist of a Sunday School record book, 1911-14, minutes of the Christian Endeavor Society and the Missionary Auxiliary, and quarterly reports for the Beech Grove Missionary Auxiliary.
Mf. 887 -- Granville County, NC, Genealogical Data, 1746-1900. 1 vol. NCAH. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This volume titled Notes and Memoranda for the History and Genealogies of Granville County, North Carolina, consists of abstracts of wills and court minutes, compiled by Thomas Owen in 1895.
Mf. 888 -- Rock Hill Baptist Church Records. Henderson County, 1884-1985. 6 vols. 2 items. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Rock Hill Baptist Church includes copies of a deed and land grant; a volume containing a short history of the church; three registers of church minutes; membership rolls; pastor and deacon lists; church minutes; and the revised membership roll.
Mf. 889 -- E.E. Thomas Papers, 1905-1934. TSLA. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The papers of E.E. Thomas contains teaching certificates, teacher registers, and contracts with the Macon County School Board. Also included is a 1914 photograph of E.E. Thomas with his class in front of the Fairview Elementary School.
Mf. 890 -- Liberty Baptist Church Records. Humphreys County, 1880-1985. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Liberty Baptist Church includes the church’s covenants, membership rolls, death records and minutes, and a program and clipping from the church’s centennial celebration.
Mf. 891 -- Cordell Hull Papers, 1910-1932. 70,000 items. LC. Reels 1-8 only (of 118 reels total). 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
Cordell Hull (1871-1955) of Celina, was a jurist, U.S. Congressman, U.S. Secretary of State, and recipient of the 1946 Nobel Peace Prize. Reels 1-8, purchased by TSLA, are correspondence and cover the period February 28, 1910 - December 31, 1932. They are letters received and copies of letters sent and are arranged chronologically. Hull ’s correspondence covers the years prior to his tenure as President Roosevelt’s Secretary of State and deals primarily with his concerns as a Tennessee congressman and Democratic Party official.
Mf. 892 -- Foresee Family Papers, 1785-1945. ~ 50 items. TSLA.
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The Foresee Family Papers of Ida Lee Foresee (April 6, 1862 - August 28, 1944) concern members of the Foresee and Flowers families of Buckingham County, Virginia and Humphreys County, Tennessee. Most of the collection concerns Daniel Foresee’s descendants in the Hurricane Creek area of Humphreys County.
The collection consists of accounts, bible records, correspondence, genealogical data, land records, photocopies, and schoolbooks.
Mf. 893 -- Nashville Art Association/Nashville Museum of Art/Nashville Art Club Minutes, 1883-1926. 2 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of the Nashville Art Association, the Nashville Museum of Art, and the Nashville Art Club, includes minutes, correspondence, and clippings. The first volume contains minutes of meetings of the Nashville Art Association and the Nashville Museum of Art. The second volume contains minutes of meetings of the Nashville Art Club.
Mf. 894 -- First Presbyterian Church Records. Gallatin, Sumner County, 1977-1985. 3 vols. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of First Presbyterian Church, Gallatin consist primarily of minutes of session. Also included are annual statistical reports, congregational minutes, and budget reports.
Mf. 895 -- Spring Hill Cemetery Records. Davidson County, 1785-1985. 7 vols. 17, 543 items. TSLA. 18 reels. Reels 1 & 2 are 35 mm; reels 3-18 are 16 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Spring Hill Cemetery consist of section maps, lot owner cards, and death books for 1901-85. The maps indicate grave plots and owners names. The lot owner cards are arranged alphabetically.
Mf. 896 -- Richland Presbytery Minutes. Lawrence County, 1894-1903. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
The minutes of the Richland Presbytery of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church include lists of members present and absent, lists of elders, and committee reports. The records of the Presbytery represent various churches in various communities.
Mf. 897 -- John Ragsdale Collection, 1860-1979. 3 vols. THS. 1 reel. 35 mm. Microfilm Only Collection
This collection consists of two scrapbooks and one yearbook kept by John Ragsdale (1907- ) during his tenure with the Nashville Fire Department. The yearbook contains a brief history of the Fire Department and the scrapbooks contain photographs and clippings regarding Mr. Ragsdale and the Fire Department.
Mf. 898 -- J. A. Bradley General Store Account Book, 1911-1913. Macon County. 1 vol. TSLA. 1 reel. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection
This volume contains accounts kept at J.A. Bradley’s General Store in Macon County. It includes daily sales and expense accounts. For example, a pencil and tablet were sold for 6 cents and eggs for 1 cent each. RESTRICTED: No microfilm copies can be made for sale without the permission of the donor.
Mf. 899 -- Anthony’s Funeral Home Records. Trousdale County, 1928-1978. 54 vols. TSLA. 2 reels. 35 mm. RESTRICTED. Microfilm Only Collection
The records of Anthony’s Funeral Home (formerly Alexander’s Funeral Home) in Trousdale County, includes birth and death dates of people of Macon and Trousdale counties. These records also include place of interment, occupation, names of parents and cause of death. RESTRICTED: Single photocopies may be made, but no microfilm copies shall be made for sale without permission of the owner.