History and Genealogy

WILLIAM WALKER WELLS PAPERS, 1943-1995

Consists primarily of correspondence, but also includes one photograph, two books, and a handful of newspaper clippings. Most letters address Wells’s parents, but some are to his sister, Louise. Letters from January 1943 until September 1944 are originals with the exception of microfilmed v-mail. Beginning with December 1944, letters are photocopies of the originals, which remain with the owner. Many letters detail his assignments and missions but others reveal what United States military personnel did during their time off in England—seeing movies, traveling the countryside, and meeting fellow soldiers and airmen.

ENGLISH FAMILY PAPERS, 1842-1893

The English Family Papers, 1842-1893, consist of 61 items, mostly of incoming correspondence to John Goodson English (1807-1887) concerning business matters. However, there is also correspondence from his first wife, Mary, as well as several letters from various family and friends. Also included is a biographical sketch of John Goodson English and his family entitled “The Book of Kings” by V. N. (Bud) Phillips. The collection also contains several documents dealing with financial matters including a bankruptcy notice for James Sanders & Sons, two financial newspapers, a bill for trees, and sale of goods account for John English. The collection also includes one newspaper clipping entitled “A Modern Thomas Newcome.”

JOHN J. CARROLL (aka ANDREW J. BARTHOLOMEW) GENEALOGICAL DATA, 1859-2000

Joe Howard Brown of Springfield, Tennessee loaned The John J. Carroll (aka Andrew J. Bartholomew) Genealogical Data, 1859-2000, for microfilming. Mr. Brown compiled the collection with his wife, Christine V. Brown. This collection consists of photographs, census records, marriage licenses, death records, and a biography concerning John J. Carroll (1819-1910) of Robertson County, Tennessee, and the Carroll family. The collection retains the compiler’s original order and consists of .5 cubic feet. There are no restrictions on this collection.

CLIO THOMPSON KETTELHUT GENEALOGICAL PAPERS, 1796-1997

The Clio Thompson Kettelhut Genealogical Papers, 1796-1997, contains extensive genealogical research compiled by the donor. The collection includes numerous lineage charts and research information on the Benham, Burns, Cromwell, Dicus, Grimes, Harris, Henderson, Hill, Hobbs, Johnson, Lafferty, Owen, Rainwater, Ross, Rasbury, Smith, and Tanner families. Also included is Confederate money, a deed for James R. Ross, dated 1837, incoming correspondence to Clio Kettelhut, and several photocopied articles relating to genealogy research. The collection contains several photocopied photographs. Several folders bear letters and numbers in parentheses (ex. (B.1.6.5.9), which refer to indexes produced by the donor. These indexes can be found in Box 1, folders 7 and 8.

ROCK SPRINGS CHURCH OF CHRIST RECORDS (SMYRNA, TENN.) RECORDS, 1832-1899

Consists of three volumes. The first volume dates from 1832-1860 and consists of a list of members from 1843, a record of female members from April 1847, and financial and meeting records from 1843-1857. This volume also contains two letters of note between the Rock Spring Church of Christ and an unknown Baptist church in the same community, requesting a meeting between pastors to discuss differences in their religious values.

CLAUDIA C. BONNYMAN COLLECTION, 1844-1961

The Claudia C. Bonnyman Collection, 1844-1961, contains correspondence from J. B. Ashe to William G. Brownlow, 1844, regarding state matters; a pamphlet concerning the appointment of General Longstreet as Surveyor of Customs for the Port of New Orleans; and a sketch of Brownlow titled “The Home of Senator William G. Brownlow.” The collection also includes numerous newspaper clippings concerning the life and career of Brownlow along with two buttons, which were not microfilmed.

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