Jarnagin Family Papers
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).
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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, including Cowan, McClung & Co. of Knoxville.
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.
Collection consists of five folders divided into two series: Correspondence and Receipts.
The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in April of 1996.