History and Genealogy

UNITED STATES PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL'S BUREAU RECORDS, 1863-1865, CAMP CARTHAGE (TENN.)

These two volumes contain records of the U. S. Provost Marshal General’s Bureau at Camp Carthage in Carthage, Tennessee, during the Federal occupation from 1863 to 1865. The Cumberland River town was seized and held by troops under the command of Brig. Gen. George Crook in May 1862. The bulk of the Provost Marshal’s bond book contains lists of hundreds of men and women who took the oath of allegiance to the United States between October and December 1863. The record identifies most people as soldiers or citizens. The majority was from Smith, Jackson, and Putnam counties, though residents of Macon, White, Overton, Cumberland, and Wilson counties are among them. The second item is a leather ledger book containing lists of “Prisoners confined in Prison at Carthage, Tennessee.” It contains two lists, one dated December 23, 1863, and the other dated February 25, 1865.

FANNIE NICHOLSON TALIAFERRO YANCEY DIARY, 1855-1887

One-volume diary or diary kept by Frances “Fannie” Nicholson Taliaferro Yancey who lived at “Alhambra Hall” near Brownsville, Haywood County, Tennessee. Her earliest entry is dated March 13, 1859, and the last entry was made on August 19, 1874. Most were written during the Civil War. Because Fannie was Dr. Garland Taliaferro’s widow during the war, she is referred to as Fannie Taliaferro in 1859-1865. In entries made after her 1865 marriage to Phillip Yancey, she is referred to as Fannie Yancey.

Robert H. Cartmell Diaries

Robert H. Cartmell (1828-1915), a Madison County, Tennessee farmer, documented the nature of his farm operation beginning in 1853. There are thirty-three volumes of diaries that contain full commentaries related to the running of his farm, the weather, and the fluctuations of the cotton market.

PATRICIA MURPHY GENEALOGICAL COLLECTION, 1675-1994

The Patricia Murphy Genealogical Collection, 1675-1994, consists of genealogical research compiled by the donor concerning the family name Murphy as well as various other related families. The majority of the collection consists of lineage charts, census records, photographs, newspaper clippings, applications for organizations and pensions, family bible records, wills, and correspondence.

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