History and Genealogy

THOMAS HOWELL CALDWELL LETTERS, 1737-1996

The Thomas Howell Caldwell Letters, 1737-1996, consist of several photocopied affidavits and typed transcripts, dating from 1804-1835. The affidavits concern deeds belonging to the Caldwell family. The majority of the correspondence is between members of the Caldwell Family concerning family, friends, and community news, dating 1841-1996. These letters also include typed transcripts. A brief correspondence from Thomas Howell Caldwell describes his family history.

PETTITT FAMILY PAPERS, 1772-1987

The Pettitt Family Papers, 1772-1987, consist of 183 items concerning the Pettitt family of Surry County, North Carolina, and McMinn County, Tennessee. The collection contains various accounts and receipts belonging to George Pettitt, 1776-1926, as well as correspondence and several small notes about accounts and money owed. A bond to Elizabeth Pettitt from George Pettitt, 1875, is also included; however, the handwriting is somewhat faded.

LINDSLEY-McGAVOCK-WARNER GENEALOGICAL PAPERS, 1804-1994

The Lindsley-McGavock-Warner Genealogical Papers, 1804-1994, were a gift from the estate of Margaret Lindsley Warden through the agency of May Dean Eberling. The collection consists of 2.25 cubic feet of materials, which appear in alphabetical order by subject. There are no restrictions on this collection. The collection includes genealogical research, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The collection primarily focuses on genealogical data collected by Margaret Lindsley Warden on members of the Lindsley and McGavock families, but also contains genealogy on members of the Bass, Berrien, Caldwell, Condit, Dickinson, Grundy, Harding, Lawrence, and Warner families. Individuals of interest include Randal William McGavock (1826-1863), Jacob McGavock Dickinson (1851-1928), Louise Grundy Lindsley (1858-1944), Dr. John Berrien Lindsley (1822-1897), Philip Lindsley (1786-1855), Percy Warner (1861-1927) and Margaret Lindsley Warden (1904-2007). The collection also contains information on Nashville’s history as well as several historic sites such as Two Rivers Mansion, Carnton Plantation, the Mansion House in Wythe County, Virginia, the McGavock Cemetery at Fort Chiswell in Wythe County, Virginia, and Rockingham in Rock Hill, New Jersey.

JAMES ELMO MERONEY PAPERS, 1864-1974

Born in Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas, on September 8, 1881, James E. Meroney enjoyed a long career in the railroad industry working with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway and the Fort Worth & Denver Railway. He was also the Mayor of South Side Place, Texas, from 1940-1943. Meroney was appointed Co-coordinator of Civilian Defense of Southside Place by the Texas Governor while he was mayor. He died in 1965.

GEORGE L. GEARY PAPERS, 1862-1927

The George L. Geary Papers, 1862-1927 consists of correspondence, diaries, estate papers, a financial agreement, government documents, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets. Correspondence includes four letters from George L. Geary when he served with the 46th Ohio Infantry Regiment as a corporal during the Civil War. Two of these letters are dated 1862 whereas the remaining two are undated; however, all four provide detail of Geary’s experiences. Other correspondence of note is a letter from an unidentified person to their cousin, dated June 2, 1863. This letter mentions the “dreadful scare” of the Rebel raid in Morgantown, Virginia. The remaining letters are from family and friends regarding family, friends, politics, business, and community news.

KILLEBREW CEMETERY SCRAPBOOK, 1998

The Killebrew Cemetery Scrapbook is a bound volume of photocopies concerning Killebrew Cemetery in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee. Established in 1847, Killebrew Cemetery is located on Ringgold Road at Highway 41A, in Clarksville. The scrapbook includes a map of the graveyard, photocopied photographs of tombstones, information on the Killebrew family members buried in the cemetery, and a brief history of the Killebrew Cemetery.

DIVISION OF GEOLOGY RECORDS, 1893-1973

Consists of reports, analyses, maps, photographs, diagrams, charts, and correspondence. Many of the collection’s maps are USGS topographical maps with varying annotations. The photographs folder contains early images of the Mt. Pleasant area, East Tennessee manganese mines, limestone quarries, and kilns. Series II includes what appears to be an early draft of Dr. K. C. McMurry’s dissertation on the economic geography of Tennessee’s Central Basin. The draft includes a number of map excerpts, original photographs, and hand-painted watercolor maps. Series III contains maps, diagrams, reports, data, and drawings relating to the Upper Mississippi Embayment area located in West Tennessee. Series IV is entirely linen-backed maps, most likely for use in the field. Oversized material, primarily geologic folios, comprises Series V. Series VI holds a large collection of photographic negatives dating from the 1900s until the 1930s.

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