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Guide to the Morgan Family Papers, 1860-1960 and undated

Abstract

Morgan family and related families of Rehoboth, Georgia; Humboldt, Tenn.; and Knoxville, Tenn.

Collection contains chiefly letters of James L. Morgan and his wife, Lucy R. (Jones) Morgan and related family members, dated 1860s-1900s. Letters primarily discuss courtship, James' business affairs in Humboldt, Tenn., family matters in Rehoboth, Georgia, and camp meetings of the Methodist and Baptist Churches. The collection also includes sermons and writings on religious topics, 4 photographs, and assorted clippings related to Wiley L. Morgan and his death.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Morgan family.
Title
Morgan Family papers, 1860-1960 and undated (bulk 1860-1907)
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet, 160 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection chiefly contains letters of James L. Morgan, his wife Lucy R. (Jones) Morgan, and related family members in Georgia and Tennessee, dated from the 1860s to the 1900s. Letters primarily discuss courtship, James' business affairs in Humboldt, Tenn., family matters in Rehoboth, Georgia, and camp meetings of the Methodist and Baptist Churches. The collection also includes sermons and writings on religious topics, 4 photographs, and assorted clippings related to Wiley L. Morgan, managing editor of the Knoxville Sentinel (early 1900s), and his death in the 1950s.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1860-1870

Chiefly letters of the Wynne and Jones families of Georgia discussing family life and other social concerns.

Box 1
Correspondence, 1871-1874

Primarily letters between James L. Morgan and Lucy R. (Jones) Morgan, leading up to after their marriage. James L. Morgan relocated from Rehoboth, Georgia to Humboldt, Tenn. Letters concern courtship, conditions in Rehoboth and Humboldt, and religious matters, mostly related to the Methodist and Baptist churches.

Box 1
Correspondence, 1875-1878

Primarily letters between James L. Morgan and his wife, Lucy R. (Jones) Morgan.

Box 1
Correspondence, 1879-1907
Box 1
Miscellaneous letters and writings, undated

Includes partial letters and unsigned writings, most of which are sermons or other religious texts.

(2 folders)
Box 1
Photographs

Includes 4 photographs: a portrait of a man identified as R. Z. Taylor of Trenton, Tenn., the "man who escaped Night Riders at Reelfoot Lake Monday night;" an image of a several people in a Lincoln town car, circa 1924; an image of Wiley L. Morgan in a wheelchair, circa 1950s; and an image of a grandfather clock allegedly owned by Collis P. Huntington and later sold to a Tennesee farmer. Most of the images appear to have been used to illustrate newspaper articles, probably in the Knoxville Sentinel.

Box 1
Newspaper clippings and other printed ephemera

Clippings mostly concern genealogical information on the Morgan family, and materials related to the death of Wiley L. Morgan, manager of the Knoxville Sentinel.

Box 1

Historical Note

James Lafayette Morgan (1844-1914) and his wife, Lucinda R. (Jones) Morgan, were originally from Rehoboth, Georgia, but relocated to Humboldt, Tenn. in the 1870s, where James was employed as a hotel clerk in the Osborne House. James and Lucy Morgan had a son, Wiley L. Morgan (1874-), who was managing editor of the Knoxville Sentinel during the early 1900s and also president of Greenwood Cemetery Co. Related families include the Jones family and Wynne family of Georgia.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Morgan Family Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Morgan Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in August 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Noah Huffman, May 2010

Encoded by Noah Huffman, May 2010

Accession 1996-0108 is described in this finding aid.

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.