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Guide to the Thomas Ellison Keitt papers, 1758-1945 and undated

Abstract

Thomas Ellison Keitt was a resident of Clemson, Oconee County, South Carolina.

Collection comprises papers of the Wadlington, Bauskett, and Keitt familes of Newberry County, South Carolina. Among the papers are records belonging to Thomas Bauskett, a planter, and J. L. Keitt, a farmer, attorney, and state legislator. Documents include legal and financial papers and volumes; personal correspondence; speeches and pamphlets; and genealogical materials. Topics in the correspondence sometimes touch on slave sales and purchases, cotton mills, smallpox, and refer to life in Charleston, South Carolina. There are also Civil War letters of Ellison Summerfield Keitt, captain in the 29th Regiment of S.C. Troops and later the 19th S.C. Cavalry Battalion, including muster rolls of Company M, 20th Regiment. Correspondents include James Wadlington, Thomas Wadlington, John Bauskett, Caroline (Wadlington) Keitt, Thomas W. Keitt, Thomas Ellison Keitt, Laurence Massillon Keitt, Harriet (Sondley) Wadlington, Ann (Bauskett) Wadlington, and William W. Boyce.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Keitt, Thomas Ellison
Title
Thomas Ellison Keitt papers 1758-1945 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet, Approx. 769 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises papers of the Wadlington, Bauskett, and Keitt familes of Newberry County, South Carolina. Included are a genealogical chart; social and personal letters with some information on slave sales and purchases, cotton mills, smallpox, and life in Charleston, South Carolina; papers of Thomas Bauskett, a planter, and J.L. Keitt, a farmer, attorney, and state legislator; and Civil War letters of Ellison Summerfield Keitt, captain in the 29th Regiment of S.C. Troops and later the 19th S.C. Cavalry Battalion, including muster rolls of Company M, 20th Regiment. Correspondents include James Wadlington, Thomas Wadlington, John Bauskett, Caroline (Wadlington) Keitt, Thomas W. Keitt, Thomas Ellison Keitt, Laurence Massillon Keitt, Harriet (Sondley) Wadlington, Ann (Bauskett) Wadlington, and William W. Boyce.

Legal papers date from 1770 to 1913, and consist of indentures, wills, deeds, plats, summonses, and records of trial and judgment. Some of these documents concern the work of Thomas Bauskett (an attorney) and James Wadlington (a judge). Other financial papers, 1768-1902, include promissory notes, bills, receipts and small account books of Sarah Cates's children (1819), and Thomas Bauskett (1798). Manuscript volumes include a ledger, 1758-1803, of Thomas Wadlington, Sr.; an inventory of the estate of James Wadlington, 1831-1850; a mercantile account book, 1831-1879, of Ann (Bauskett) Wadlington; and account books, 1931-1939, of Mrs. Thomas Wadlington Keitt, including wages paid agricultural laborers, and subscriptions paid to the Methodist Church at Clemson. There are also miscellaneous speeches, prayers, and writings, and printed material, including pamphlets and clippings related to the Wadlington and Keitt families.

Among the printed materials is a published letter, For Confidential Circulation Among Members of the Secession Party, dated October 24, 1851, which contains information on the Union party and the secession movement in South Carolina. Clippings contain information on Tammany Hall, the Salvation Army, Lord Randolph Churchill, William Booth, Henry George, and H. Clay Bascom.

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Contents of the Collection

Letters, 1817-1907 and undated
Box 1
Legal and financial papers
Box 2
Printed materials, clippings, and other documents
Box 2
Wadlington family records and accounts ledger, 1758-1803
Box 3
Arithmetic volume, 1788-1822
Box 3
Inventory of James Wadlington's estate, 1831-1850
Box 3
Ann Wadlington account book, 1831-1879
Box 3
Farm account books, 1931-1939
Box 4
Oversize photographs, 1921-1923
Oversize Folder 1
Sales deed, 1770
Oversize Folder 1
Will and testament, 1777
Oversize Folder 1
Memorandum, 1778
Oversize Folder 1

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Laurence Massillon Keitt papers (Rubenstein Library, Duke University)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas Ellison Keitt Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Thomas Ellison Keitt papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1948 and 1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico and Matthew Warren, April 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 48-795 and 69-199

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.