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Guide to Manuscript Materials on Microfilm : MF. 2000 - MF. 2099

Mf. 2000  -- Bethel United Methodist Church (Clarksville, Tenn.), Records, 1834-2009. 3 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection consists of three boxes of materials. An oversized box contains the original deed (a wooden plaque) along with newspaper clippings and church publications documenting Bethel’s history. A second box holds church documents detailing information about trustees, members, ministers, and donations. It also contains newspaper clippings, administrative documents, and obituaries. The third box contains the historical church register and Sunday school record books.

Mf. 2001  -- Harris/Brown Papers, 1805-[1805-1947]-2000.  1 reel. 16mm.
This collection is composed of Bible records, broadsides, correspondence, deeds, estate records, funeral notices, genealogical data, indentures, marriage bonds, newspapers and clippings, postcards, promissory notes, published genealogical records, receipts, voter registrations, wills, and a slave bill of sale and slave bill of hire. These materials relate to the Brown, Bryson, and Harris families of Sumner County, Tennessee. The papers are arranged according to the familial relationships with cross-referenced duplicates in some folders.

Mf. 2002  -- William K. Watson Papers, 1862-1902. TSLA. 1 reel, 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The core of the William K. Watson Papers, 1862-1902, bulk 1862-1865, is the diary of William K. Watson, which covers January 1864 to March 1865. Most of the remaining items in the collection are letters to and from his wife, Tillie, that date from 1862-1865. Watson frequently writes of family matters and how deeply he misses his wife and children.

Sgt. Watson (1833-1916) was a Union soldier from Zanesville, Ohio, who enlisted in 1862 with the 150th New York Volunteer Regiment. He headquartered in Tennessee at Normandy near Tullahoma during the winter of 1864 before participating in the Battle of Atlanta and Sherman’s march from Atlanta to Savannah. He describes various other battles and skirmishes that take place during the latter part of the war, including the Battle at New Hope Church, May 25-27, 1864; the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, June 27, 1864; and the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864.

Watson worked as a tailor both before and after the war. On March 16, 1865, he was wounded in combat, shortly after his diary ends on March 12, 1865.

Mf. 2003  -- Antioch Baptist Church (Washington County, Tenn) Records, 1919-2008. 1 volume. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
According to the church website, the congregation was founded about 1875. The address of the church is 1014 Antioch Road in Johnson City, Tennessee.  This volume consists of a chronological membership roll. The information recorded includes the date of baptism, date the letter was received, the name, the name of the church transferred from, the date of death, date erased or excluded, and the name of the church the member transferred to. The listings cover 1919-2008 but the listings from the 1950s to 1990s predominate.

Mf. 2004  -- Ruth Baxter Cochran Scrapbook Collection, 1965-1993.  46 volumes and .5 cubic feet.   6 reels. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection consists of forty-six scrapbooks and .5 cubic feet of newspaper clippings, photographs and other personal items primarily relating to the genealogy of the Leonard and Baxter families. The scrapbooks were compiled by Elizabeth Leonard Baxter. After her death, her daughter, Ruth Baxter Cochran, continued working on the scrapbooks. Much of the material relates to Lincoln, Marshall, and Moore counties in Tennessee. Other scrapbooks in the collection are topical in nature. Seven contain information about Marshall County and use material from local newspapers, the Marshall Gazette and the Lewisburg Tribune. The Home Demonstration scrapbook and the Happiness is Found scrapbook contain material relating to Elizabeth Leonard Baxter’s hobbies and interests: the local Home Demonstration Club, teaching and education, the Foster family reunion, her church, and cats. The Reagan scrapbook contains material about President Ronald Reagan. The Hillsdale and Return to Virginia Beach scrapbooks contain information about life in Cookeville, Tennessee, and family vacations, while the Places scrapbook gives more detail on the locations the family has visited.

Ruth Baxter Cochran’s husband, Wayne L. Cochran, inherited Chestnut Ridge Farm from his father Henard O. Cochran. Upon Wayne Cochran’s death in 1997, Ruth Baxter Cochran, her mother-in-law Mrs Elizabeth “Lib” Cochran of Lewisburg, and Ruth’s two children and their families all shared ownership of the farm, designated as a Tennessee Century Farm. Located on the Elk Ridge, the farm was considered a part of Lincoln County before 1871 and afterwards, part of Moore County.

Mf. 2005  -- Hannibal Fox Civil War Diary (Jan.-Dec. 1865), TSLA. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This small diary was kept during 1865 by Hannibal Fox (1839-1917) of the 2nd Vermont Light Artillery Battery. Fox was from Chelsea, VT and initially enlisted in the 4th Vermont Infantry, from which he was discharged for disability in December of 1862. He re-enlisted in the 2nd Vermont Light Artillery Battery on August 13, 1864 and served until he mustered out on July 31, 1865. Fox died in 1917 and is buried in Galena Cemetery, Galena, Stone County, Missouri.

As Fox’s diary is dept in 1865, after fighting ended in and around his posting in the Mississippi River town of Port Hudson, Louisiana, his entries reflect the rather pedestrian concerns of an officer posted to a non-combat theater late in the Civil War.  He has frequent interactions with the Assistant Adjutant General, the Quartermaster, the Christian Commission, and the post office (he apparently was in charge of distributing the battalion’s mail).  An educated man, Fox has an interest in the 19th century pseudo-science of phrenology and is an avid birder and pigeon-keeper.

Entries of note include a mention of President Lincoln’s assassination (4/18), having “captured one Reb” on a 80-mile foray across the Mississippi River into western Louisiana (5/9), and July 13: “Passed Memphis in the morning.  Men got drunk and raised a mutiny on board. Came near being thrown overboard.”  He is discharged in Cairo, IL and spends some time in Cleveland, OH before returning to Vermont. The remainder of the diary concerns Fox’s life in Burlington, VT until he ends up in Brookfield, Linn County, MO on Dec. 31, 1865.

The diary was loaned for microfilming on Sept. 6, 2011 by its owner, the Cookeville History Museum, during the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee event.

Mf. 2006  -- University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences Library – Tennessee Physicians Index, ca. 1790 – ca. 1994. 3 reels, 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This card index of all known physicians in Tennessee from the late 18th century through the late 20th century was the project of Dr. S.R. (Simon Rulin) Bruesch (1914-1994) of the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. Dr. Bruesch compiled as much information as possible on anyone who had claimed to have practiced medicine in Tennessee, using various sources, including original records. Many entries span more than one card and some cards also have information on the reverse side. Most entries are typed, although some handwritten information is included. The original card index is held and maintained by the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences Library’s Historical Collections in Memphis, Tennessee.

Mf. 2007  -- John C. Lipscomb Papers, 1862-1865.  0.25 cubic feet. TSLA.  1 reel. 16mm.  Microfilm Only Collection.
The collection consists of twenty documents related to Capt. John C. Lipscomb’s service in the 27th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., during the Civil War. The majority of the documents are military records, but there are also one clipping, one letter, and one invitation to a dance (held at the courthouse in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, two weeks before the Battle of Stones River).

John C. Lipscomb (1842-1917) enlisted as a private in Company D, 27th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on August 27, 1861, at Camp Trenton in Gibson County, Tennessee. After mustering at Trenton, the regiment moved to Henderson, where it stayed until November 1861. It then moved to Columbus, Kentucky, where it was armed and equipped. The commanding officer, Col. Christopher H. Williams, and 100 men from the regiment were selected to escort Gen. Felix Zollicoffer’s body back to Nashville after he was killed in the Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862. The regiment moved to Nashville in February 1862, and then on to Corinth, Mississippi as part of Brig. Gen. Sterling A.M. Wood’s Brigade.

As part of Wood’s Brigade, the regiment fought at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862. After that battle, new officers were elected as part of the reorganization, and Lipscomb became a lieutenant in Company D on May 12, 1862. He was elected captain of Company D on June 18, 1862.

The regiment participated in Gen. Braxton Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky later in 1862. Because of losses sustained during its engagements in Kentucky, the 27th Tennessee was consolidated with the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, forming the 1st/27th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry Regiment.

Special Order No. 118 (in Folder 6), dated December 26, 1862, ordered Lipscomb to report to Col. A.W. Caldwell for recruiting service. Although he officially remained the captain of Company D, it appears Lipscomb served as a recruiting officer for the rest of the war.

After the war, Lipscomb lived near Greenfield in Weakley County, Tennessee as a farmer, lawyer, and county court judge. He died February 7, 1917 and is buried in Greenfield.

Mf. 2008  -- Henry Marshall Misemer Family Letters, 1861-[1863-1865]-1878. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection is comprised almost entirely of correspondence written by Henry Marshall Misemer (1832-1865) to his second wife, Martha Jane Bogart, during the Civil War. Cpl. Misemer served in Company F, 3rd Regiment, East Tennessee Cavalry, USA, along with Martha’s brothers Solomon, Levi, and Charles Harrison Bogart. A few Bogart family letters are also included in the collection.

Misemer’s letters describe in detail the nature of the Federal action against the South. On March 20, 1864, Misemer mentions heading into West Point, Mississippi, where he helps to burn corn and cotton, and then assists in the destruction of railroad tracks. He also mentions capturing “negroes” as well as horses and mules. Misemer helps to kill or capture up to 1,000 Confederates during this expedition. General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s troops captured Misemer on September 25, 1864, He was later paroled from the Cahaba, Mississippi, prison.

The collection includes a letter written by Levi Bogart to his sister Martha, on June 16, 1864, that contains a number of observations about African Americans and Jews. The collection contains a letter written by Solomon Bogart about the explosion of the U.S.S. Sultana on the Mississippi River near Memphis. Misemer and brothers-in-law Levi and Charles Harrison Bogart died in the Sultana explosion.

Mf. 2009  -- William Neal McGrew Civil War Diaries, 1861-1862. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection of three diaries was written by William Neal (Neely) McGrew during his service in the Confederate Army, from 1861-1862. McGrew wrote that he joined Wheeler’s “First Giles Cavalry” on November 20, 1861, and was sworn into service with the Confederate Army in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 9, 1861. McGrew described training and drills at Camp Weakley near Nashville. Stricken with a “pustule or tumor” that left him sick and unable to talk, he went home to Pulaski on furlough for Christmas week, returning to his company on January 1, 1862. On January 8, Wheeler’s company became Company A of Lt. Col. William Wallace Gordon’s 11th Tennessee Cavalry Battalion.

McGrew witnessed the Nashville funerals of Gen. Felix Zollicoffer and other soldiers. He reported on what he heard about the battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, but did not participate in either. On February 12, McGrew returned home to Pulaski on sick leave. Five days later, he described “the gloomy news” that came on the train carrying Governor Isham Harris and his cabinet away from Nashville towards Memphis. According to McGrew, Harris “told the Citizens last night that he would be with them in 10 days to die with them in the Cause of the South.”

McGrew rejoined his company in March, marching through Athens and Decatur, Alabama. On March 10, 1862, he wrote that “Playing soldier is now becoming a very disagreeable game but I fear not half as hard as it will yet be.”

The company traveled by train to Tuscumbia, Alabama, and then marched to Iuka, Mississippi. He reported on the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of Huntsville, Alabama, on April 10 and various activities around Corinth, Mississippi. McGrew wrote about the presence of Gen. Adams and the reorganization of his company, which had been combined with Col. Biffle’s battalion to form a new regiment. On April 30, he noticed “there being some great dissatisfaction in our Regiment as to our field officers, they resigned and run the elections over this morning which resulted in the election of Leut. Col. Biffle as Commanding Colonel.”

McGrew chronicled his company’s movement in northern Mississippi and West Tennessee, with references to short rations, ill health, and becoming lost in a swamp. On August 30-31, 1862, there was a “considerable brush with the Yanks” near Bolivar, Tennessee. His descriptions include Jackson, Denmark, and LaGrange, Tennessee, the latter serving as the site of his convalescence for several days before finding his camp on September 17, 1862.

The entries for several days in October 1862 have been crossed out, followed by a reference on October 31 to “court martials going on.” By November 9, McGrew was back in Holly Springs, Mississippi, reporting that the infantry was in retreat. On November 12, his small force was given a dangerous mission for a “small force of 93 men” near Lumpkins’s Mill. The following day, McGrew and “20 from the Reg 1st Tenn Cavalry and 11 others from different commands” were cut off, surrounded, and captured by the Yankees (the 2nd Iowa Cavalry).

As a prisoner of war, McGrew went first to “Hutsonville (Hudsonville, Mississippi), where he was “treated kindly.” His diary contains a list of others imprisoned with him. The Federals transported the prisoners to Holly Springs, Mississippi, and then to LaGrange, Tennessee. From there they traveled on to Cairo, Illinois, and Columbus, Kentucky, then boarded the Lady Jackson along with “several hundred of our brother soldiers” bound for Memphis, then on board the Metropolis to Helena, Arkansas, and finally to Vicksburg, where he was paroled on December 2, 1862.

William Neal (Neely) McGrew (1835-1923) was born in Coffee County, Tennessee, but called Prospect, Tennessee, in Giles County, his home. His father, Curry McGrew, was originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and his mother, was the former Eliza Ann Patton from Tennessee. Before the Civil War, Neely worked as a bookkeeper for the town of Pulaski, Giles County. He married Louisa Ruth Whitley in 1866. She is listed in post war census records as Eliza R. McGrew. Neely later became a mechanic. He died June 9, 1923, and is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Pulaski.

Mf. 2010  -- Mississippi State Death Certificate Index, 1912-1943. MDA. 8 reels. 35mm.Microfilm Only Collection.
This is an index to the Mississippi death certificates from 1912 to 1943.

Mf. 2011  -- Donaldson Family Papers, 1819-2005. Marion County, Tenn. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Donaldson Family Papers span the period 1819-2005 with the bulk of the materials encompassing the years 1819-1889. The collection is composed of an abstract of the title of the land belonging to the New York and New Orleans Coal and Iron Company, four account books, and a history of the Donaldson family. The materials in this collection relate to the William E. Donaldson Law Firm in Jasper, Marion County, Tennessee.

The abstract is a brief description of title to the land belonging to the N.Y. & N.O. Coal and Iron Company. This is not the actual county lead record but rather a summary kept by the William E. Donaldson Law Firm. One item of interest is the Elizabeth Lowery Reservation. It is the first entry in the abstract and is dated June 23, 1819. The item states that she “intends to reside on her land” and asks that the Cherokee agent be notified of this. The Cherokee Treaty of February 27, 1819, allowed reservations for members. Each reservation was to be 640 acres square. The individuals given reservations had to notify the agent for the Cherokee nation, in writing, that they intended to reside permanently on the land reserved for them. Elizabeth Lowery was given a reservation in Tennessee.

The account books contain a list of the firm’s client balance sheets. There are four indexed account books.

The genealogical materials consist of printed matter, including a copy of “Donaldson Descendants.” This booklet details the descendants of William Donaldson (b. ca. 1738), and was compiled by Jonathan Mitchell Sweat. “A Partial History of the Donaldson Family, 1734 to 1842” is also included in the genealogical materials. It was written by William E. Donaldson with edits by Elizabeth Donaldson Ketner, Louise Gardiner Dunham, and Jonathan Mitchell Sweat.

William Edward Donaldson (1842-1919) was the son of William Donaldson (1811-1884) and Ellen Morris (1815-1864.) He joined the Confederate Army on April 17, 1861. Donaldson served in Company F, 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., under Col. Peter Turney. He was severely wounded in the thigh at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and his injury left him crippled for the rest of his life. He is buried in the Hoge Cemetery in Marion County, Tennessee.

Mf. 2012  -- Liberty Reunited Predestinarian Baptist Church of Christ Account Book, Grave County, Kentucky, 1835-1894.
This account book consists of organizational minutes (including statements of faith and beliefs and “rules of decorum”), meeting minutes, and accounting logs.

The Liberty Reunited Predestinarian Baptist Church of Christ was organized in July 1835. It was located in Graves County, Kentucky, which shares a border with Henry and Weakley counties in Tennessee. The congregation was a member of the Obion County (Tenn.) Baptist Association.

Mf. 2013  -- Thomas S. Stribling Papers - Addition, 1911-1979. 1500 items. THS. 2 reels. 35 mm.
This is an addition (1911-1979) to the papers of T. S. Stribling (1881-1965), writer and Pulitzer Prize winner, and his wife, Louella Stribling, of Clifton. The collection includes clippings, correspondence, notebooks, writings, and other items. The register includes a name index to correspondence indicating date and content. See also Mf. 1029, Mf. 1213, Mf. 1413, Mf. 1482 and Mf. 1530 for additional Stribling papers.

Mf. 2014  -- Newell Family Papers, ca 1826-1955.  TSLA  .25 linear feet. 1 reel. 16mm.
The Newell Family Papers include correspondence, documents, a biographical account, genealogical data, ephemera, and photographs pertaining to the life of J.D.S. Newell and the history of the Newells and related families. Much of the contents pertain to Mississippi and Louisiana history, though some Newell family members lived in Clarksville and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Newell Papers contain approximately 32 letters dating from 1879-1899, written from Jefferson Davis, Beauvoir, Mississippi, to John David Stokes Newell, attorney, St. Joseph, Tenasas Parish, Louisiana. The letters deal primarily with the management of Davis’ land holdings in Mississippi –day-to-day issues related to managers and tenants or “lessees”. Properties mentioned include Elkridge, Limerick, Cane Ridge, Brierfield, and Beauvoir.

Also included are 6 miscellaneous letters to or from J.D. Stokes Newell, 1881-1894 regarding business and family matters; approximately 11 miscellaneous family letters, 1826-76 (and 1955), several relating to the impact of the Civil War on family members; one slave bill of sale of a negro child (Julia) 1854, Natchez, Mississippi; one deed of gift for one negro slave woman (Matilda) and child (Walter), 1849, also in Natchez; genealogical data for the Newell and related families; Tirza Willson Patterson’s account of her early life in Virginia, from ca. 1850-1865, which includes vivid stories of life in Civil War-era Virginia; a ca. 1903 Field and Stream article about Miss Georgia Willson of Natchez, Mississippi and hunting on horseback over historic plantations; four photographs; ephemera items; and various receipts and notes kept by J.D.S. Newell regarding the sale of cotton, c. 1882-1883.

Mf. 2015  -- Daniel Graham Account Book, 1819-1866, and Slave Register, 1823-1863. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Two volumes, one containing financial accounts, and the other a slave register kept by Daniel Graham of Davidson and Rutherford Counties, Tennessee. The accounts include records regarding horse-breeding, personal loans to individuals, and a Bank of Tennessee log, which comprise approximately one-fourth of the account book, which spans the period 1819-1866. The account book (Vol. 1A) records substantial land transactions involving three prominent Tennesseans. David McGavock, John C. McLemore, and Judge John Catron. McGavock, an early Nashville settler and Register of the Land Office, amassed vast acreage in Middle Tennessee. McLemore was an intimate friend of Andrew Jackson, a founder of Memphis, and once served as surveyor general of the state. The jurist Catron became a justice of the U. S. Supreme Court.

The slave register (Vol. 1B) is paginated and spans the period 1823-1863. It documents the lives of more than 70 slaves and contains yearly comments on each individual. In most cases Graham devoted an entire page to each slave, and included information such as: name, age, condition of health, marriage, children, vaccinations, work location, and price and place of purchase. The last page in the register contains three lists pertaining to the slaves: those who were sold, those who died, and those given away.

Mf. 2016  -- Dr. Bailey Brown Sory Ledger Books, 1893-1942. 3 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Dr. Bailey Brown Sory (1871-1940) Ledger Books span the period 1893-1942. The collection is composed of account books, daybooks, expense books, a collections book, and a note book. The account books (v. 1-3) contain lists of individual accounts from the practice of Dr. Bailey Brown Sory in Robertson County, Tennessee. An index is included on the first several pages of each book as an aid to locate individual accounts. The collections book (v. 4) holds a list of money collected from individuals as payment on their accounts. The collections data is kept in the back of a printed book titled, The Medical Record or Physicians’ Diary for 1929, published by William Wood and Company, New York. The printed book contains helpful information for physicians such as an obstetric calendar to estimate the probable duration of pregnancy, a medicine dosage calculator, a list of contagious diseases, a list of poisons and their antidotes, signs of death, and hints on writing wills. The daybooks (v. 5-11) are a daily record of Dr. Sory’s practice. They detail the names of patients seen each day, the service performed, and the amount that was charge for the service. The expense books (v. 12-13) contain the expenditures of Curtis Holt Sory, during his first year at the University of the South (Sewanee), and Anne Sory, during her time at Peabody. The note book (v. 14) is composed of Dr. Sory’s medical notes from Vanderbilt University.

Mf. 2017  -- Land Grants South of the Walker Line, 1825-1923.  6 reels.  35mm.  Microfilm Only Collection.
Walker’s Line is the boundary that runs between Tennessee and Kentucky which has had a history of controversy. On the microfilm are an index to the grants, eight grant books, and a book of surveys. The microfilm was prepared by the Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State.

Mf. 2018  -- [in process]

Mf. 2019  -- [in process]

Mf. 2020  -- First Baptist Church (Manchester, Tenn.) Records, 1843-1986. 5 reels. Mixed sizes. Microfilm Only Collection.
The First Baptist Church (Manchester, Tenn.) Records span the period 1843-1986.  The collection is composed of association minutes, church minutes, deacon’s meeting minutes, membership rolls, newsletters, and Sunday School records.  Details regarding the Duck River, Elk River, and William Carey Baptist Associations as well as the 1896 Proceedings of the Middle Tennessee Baptist Sunday School Convention are also included.  It should be noted that, for some Sundays, the weather is recorded within the Sabbath School minutes.  Interesting examples of this can be seen in the entry for March 1890.  The volume notes the weather for March 2 as “rough,” March 9 and 16 are “Fair and cool,” and March 22 is “Clear and pleasant.”

Mf. 2021  -- Springhill Baptist Church (Dyer County, Tenn.) Records, 1886-1959. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Springhill Baptist Church (Dyer County, Tenn.) Records span the period 1886-1959, with the bulk of the materials dating to 1886-1918. The collection is composed of letters related to membership transfers, notices of reception, two record books, and a “legal history” of the church. Incorporated in the membership materials are items related to other churches including Lenox Baptist Church (Dyersburg, Tenn.), Zion Hill Baptist Church (Guntown, Miss.), Parrish Chapel Baptist Church (Dyersburg, Tenn.), First Baptist Church (Dyersburg, Tenn.), and First Baptist Church (Maryville, Tenn.).

Mf. 2022  -- Dr. William M. Boyd Ledger Book, 1908. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Dr. William M. Boyd (1846-1929) Ledger Book is dated 1908 and contains lists of individual accounts from the medical practice of Dr. William M. Boyd in Davidson County, Tennessee. An index is included on the first several pages of the ledger book as an aid to locating individual records. The entries list the service performed, who was treated (i. e. wife, baby, etc.), the charge for the service, and payments made on the account.

Mf. 2023  -- James R. Mayo Papers, 1939-[1943-1944]-1944. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
This collection consists of 45 pieces of correspondence, including letters, postcards, and V-mail from Robertson County soldier Private First Class James R. Mayo, Co. L, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, U. S. Army. In addition, there is a blank military Christmas card and an 8 x 10 photograph of Mayo in his dress uniform.

All correspondence but the last, a returned letter that was written by Mayo to his sister Lorene, who lived in Greenbrier, Robertson County, Tennessee, with her husband J. H. (Henry) Abernathy, and their daughter Fairie.

Though Mayo’s letters contain no real battle descriptions, his correspondence subtly reflects some significant themes: the grueling nature of military routine; the sickness and disease that can go hand-in-hand with military service; the adjustment required by a rural farmer to life in the military and overseas; the involvement of the military censors and the effect it had on family communication; a life previously guided by farm activities and the importance of family; new experiences such as sunbathing and swimming in New Guinea, as well as socializing with the residents; military recreational activities such as baseball, crap games, forays off post, movies, and visits to town; concern for what was happening stateside with inquiries about the draft and shortages; concern for the mortality of his service (he writes: “I will haft to say good By, for I can’t tell what I am doing but it isn’t bad” [11-18-43]. Mayo also mentions toward the end of his life being too disgusted to write home); preparing his family for what might come, as he eases them into the realization that he might have to stay overseas even after the war ends; and the idea of burial overseas.

Mf. 2024  -- Lt. Col. William K. M. Breckenridge Civil War Daybook, 1862-1863. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
One-volume daybook kept by an officer in the 1st West Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, later consolidated with the 6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment, U. S. A. The name that appears most often in the copies of letters and regimental and general orders is that of Lt. Col. William K. M. Breckenridge. Tennesseans in the Civil War (1965) lists him as a field and staff officer of Headquarters, 6th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment. The daybook entries commence March 31, 1863, and end October 11, 1863. Complimenting the orders and registered letters are daily summaries of regimental and company activities. Seven registered letters are dated 1862, while all other items are dated 1863. Pages 1-147 and 149-154 are missing. The last entry is on page 229.

The volume contains three distinct sets of handwriting. From the signatures and contents of the entries, it is presumed that Breckenridge is the main author. Some of the writing is careless and difficult to read. Despite the penmanship, the authors compiled an animated record of life in a Union cavalry unit moving around West Tennessee. Towns most often mentioned are Bolivar, Grand Junction, Jackson, LaGrange, and Memphis. The registered letters and reports should be of special interest to students and scholars of the Civil War. They address encounters with guerrillas, tension between offices, the effects of drinking, and mention a dust-up that Breckenridge and his men had with General Forrest. Letters and reports are dated from Bolivar, Saltillo, Jackson, and Washington D. C.

The daily entries contain valuable information about intra-regimental relationships, guerrilla warfare and its effect on local populations, behavior in wartime, and the frustration of dealing with a military bureaucracy.

Mf. 2025  -- [in process]

Mf. 2026  -- Mount Olivet Cemetery (Nashville, TN) Interment Books, 1855-1952, and Plat Book, ca. 1855-ca. 1972. 2 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Includes three volumes housed at the cemetery offices and used daily to assist clients. These volumes supplement other records of Mount Olivet Cemetery held by TSLA. The two internment books, 1855-1911, and 1912-1952, serve as master indexes to burials, listing names by first letter of surname and then chronologically by year buried. Numerous prominent Nashville people and families are included. The plat book is undated but appears to cover lots and sections used up to the early 1970s.

Mf. 2027  -- [in process]

Mf. 2028  -- Kyle Masonic Lodge, No. 422 (Whitesburg, Tenn.), Minute Books, 1871-1911.  1 reel. 35mm.  Microfilm Only Collection.
The Kyle Masonic Lodge, No. 422 (Whitesburg, Tenn.), minute books span the period 1871-1911. The collection is composed of three volumes that contain chronological minutes of the transactions and proceedings of the Kyle Lodge, No. 422, F. & A.M. (Free and Accepted Masons). The tomes are dated 1871-1884, 1884-1903, and 1903-1911.  Along with minutes, the third volume contains a few loose items including petitions for membership to the chapter, correspondence, and a memorial to Edmund Preston McQueen, Past Grand Master, issued from the Office of The Grand Master of Masons in Tennessee.

Mf. 2029  -- First Presbyterian Church (Bristol, TN) Records, 1858-2009. 11 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The First Presbyterian Church (Bristol, Tenn.) Records span the period 1858-2009.  The collection is composed of a Register of Communicants, deacons’ minutes, and session minutes.  A memorial resolution and newsprint obituary for Joseph Lynn King are included in the deacons’ minutes.  The obituary has this to say about King’s Civil War service: “When the civil war broke out, Mr. King entered the service as a member of the confederate forces.  He was in some notable engagements, including the battle of Gettysburg, in which battle he was shot through and through, being so badly wounded that he was left on the field for dead.  He lay there three days without food or water before he was taken to a hospital.  For two years his relatives believed him dead, and knew no better until he returned home, after having been released from a northern prison.”  It goes on to say that a Knoxville paper published an obituary for King following the battle of Gettysburg.

Mf. 2030  -- [in process]

Mf. 2031  -- Micah Ann Gleaves Tabler Diary, 1941-1946. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
One handwritten volume, spanning the period 1941-1946, containing a narrative of the life of Wilson County native Micah Ann Gleaves Tabler.  The journal was a gift from her son, Jesse Trigg Tabler.  The main focus of the journal is Mrs. Tabler’s memories of home and family life, including how she met her husband, her husband’s work as a physician, and the births of her children.  While the manuscript was penned during the time of the Second World War, Mrs. Tabler muses more about the American Civil War than the current conflict.  Some of the entries for 1945 and 1946 were written by Marie T. Freeman, Micah’s granddaughter.  Copies of two newspaper clippings (Mrs. Tabler’s obituary and an auction notice for the estate of Jesse T. Tabler) are taped in the front of the volume.  An edited transcription is also included.   

The memoir gives insight into the dynastic life of a woman who lived through several wars.  Information within its pages could be beneficial to students or researchers studying civilian life in times of war and/or female social roles in the late 19th - early 20th century.

Mf. 2032  -- Butler Family Papers, 1778-1975. Historic New Orleans Collection. 10 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
These papers center around the family of Edward George Washington Butler (1800-1888), the son of Col. Edward Butler, one of the "Five Fighting Butlers" of Revolutionary War fame. E.G.W. Butler was married to Frances Parke Lewis of Woodlawn Plantation, Virginia, daughter of Eleanor Parke Custis and Lawrence Lewis of Woodlawn Plantation. E.G.W. Butler was made the ward of Gen. Andrew Jackson after the death of his father.

The Butler Family Papers consist of correspondence (1778-1972) between family members, including letters from John Parke Custis to George Washington, and from Andrew Jackson to various family members. Other letters include series of correspondence from Robert and Caroline [Butler] Bell of Louisiana, Richard Henry Lee, Eliza Butler Donelson, Winfield Scott, Edmund Pendleton Gaines, Andrew Jackson Donelson, Morgan Lewis, and many other correspondents.

The Butler Family Papers also include papers of Andrew Hynes during his tenure as Adjutant General of Tennessee, and those of the Tennessee Militia for the years 1812-1815. Papers of Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1816-1832) are in the collection. Edward G. W. Butler served with Gaines during the 1825 negotiations with the Creek Indians, and many of his notes and observations of these talks are to be found in the Butler Family Papers.

The collection contains other Family Military Papers (1816-1861), Family Records (1803-1844), Property Documents from Iberville Parish, La. (1805-1861), Financial Records (1779-1896), and photographs (1865-1941). Bound volumes include a Housekeeping Book kept by Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis (1831-1835), a record book of the Third Dragoons (1847-1848). This book contains some miscellaneous entries made prior to 1847 and several plantation record books, account books, and journals. Printed military Orders, Acts and Registers (1815-1870) concerned with Indian treaties, and western frontier defenses complete the collection.

Mf. 2033  -- [unassigned]

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Mf. 2036  -- Arnold Family Papers, 1857-1895.  1 reel. 16mm.  Microfilm Only Collection.
Papers consist of nineteenth-century documents pertaining to the Arnold family of Hickman County, Tenn. The collection is highlighted by twelve letters written in 1861 and 1863 by Pvt. William D. Arnold, Co. H, 24th Tenn. Inf. Regt., CSA. In these letters to his wife, Arnold assures her of his well-being, sends news of soldiers from home, gives advice on managing the farm, and reports on her brother’s smallpox vaccination. An undated pledge of charity, signed by five members of the community, provides food staples for Mrs. Arnold’s large family.

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Mf. 2042  -- Jas. T. Anderson & Sons (Sycamore Landing, Tenn.), Records, 1900-1962.  5 reels. Mixed sizes.  Microfilm Only Collection.
The Jas. T. Anderson & Sons (Sycamore Landing, Tenn.) Records span the period 1900-1962. The collection is composed of account books, broadsides, business files, circulars, correspondence, invoices, plat maps, receipts, sales samples, and shipping materials. All items, with the exception of the earliest three account books, relate to the Jas. T. Anderson & Sons store at Sycamore Landing, Tennessee. The earliest three account books most likely relate to the Jas. T. Anderson & Sons store at Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Items of note include materials related to the American Peanut Corporation, a letter from Planters Nut & Chocolate Co., correspondence related to Lummis & Company, a 1919 letter from the St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet Co. (Paducah, Kentucky), a broadside advertising Hill Bros. Fur Company (St. Louis, Missouri), and can labels for D. W. Sikes’ “Pure Benton County Sorghum.” Perhaps the most extraordinary item in the collection is the 1900-1904 ledger which contains the writings and drawings of Mary Ethel Anderson.

Mf. 2043  -- [unassigned]

Mf. 2044  -- Demonbreun Family Ledger, 1860-1902.  1 reel. 35mm.  Microfilm Only Collection.
Small volume is part account book, recipe book, and family record. Accounts were created largely by Cheatham County, Tennessee, farmers James Edward Demonbreun and David Henry Demonbreun, descendants of Timothy Demonbreun. Entries are not chronological. Accounts list debtors, their credits, and the goods and services they bought. In between accounts are recipes for the treatment of flux, jaundice, and “rumatism.” Directions for pickling “beaf” are included. Scattered throughout the ledger are records for the Demonbreun and Binkley families. The ledger provides valuable information about nineteenth century agriculture, labor costs, contemporary diet, folk recipes, and Demonbreun family history.

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Updated November 27, 2012