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Jarnagin Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2344

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The Jarnagin Family Papers, 1834-1890, consists primarily of receipts from personal and business expenses accrued by the Grainger County, Tenn., family. The majority of these receipts are from East Tennessee businesses. Included are many receipts from Cowan, McClung & Co. in Knoxville.

The earlier receipts are addressed to Chesley Jarnagin. The bulk of the receipts, however, are business receipts, made out to either Harris & Jarnagin or Jarnagin & Bros.

For more information on the Jarnagin family, see MS.2269 (Jarnagin Family Papers, 1872-1878).

Dates

  • 1834-1890

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Jarnagin Family Papers, 1834-1890, consists primarily of receipts from personal and business expenses accrued by the Grainger County, Tenn., family. The majority of these receipts are from East Tennessee businesses, including Cowan, McClung & Co. of Knoxville.

Biographical/Historical Note

Chesley Jarnagin (d. 1879) was a farmer in Grainger County. He lived in Knoxville and Clinton, Tenn., to promote the education of his children. He was a Democrat, not a member of any church, and noted for his piety and honorable bearing. With his wife Martha Gill Jarnagin, Chesley had five children: Thomas (b. 1835), Chesley G., John J., Spenser Clark, and Henry T. Chesley was the son of Noah Jarnagin and nephew of Chesley Jarnagin of Jefferson County, and of Milton P. Jarnagin. Chesley Jarnagin of Grainger County died at age 72 in Tate's Spring, Tenn.

Chesley's sons Thomas and John J. founded a general store in Rutledge, Tenn., in 1857. Later, Chesley G., Thomas and John J.'s brother, also entered the business. After the Civil War, Thomas and his brother Spencer Clark opened a general store in Tate Springs, Tenn. Later, the fifth brother, Henry T., also joined the family business.

Arrangement

Collection consists of five folders divided into two series: Correspondence and Receipts.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in April of 1996.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480