Skip to main content

SCOUT

Special Collections Online at The University of Tennessee

Joseph A. Mabry Receipt

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2426

This collection contains a receipt to Joseph A. Mabry from Rolfe S. (?) Saunders, promising repayment of a loan, dated August 22, 1870. The loan amounted to two thousand dollars and payment was to begin eighteen months for date on which the receipt was signed. Also on the receipt is a stamp featuring George Washington. It reads "1 dollar U. S. Inter. Revenue Life Insurance."

Dates

  • 1870 August 22

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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains a receipt to Joseph A. Mabry from Rolfe S. (?) Saunders, promising repayment of a loan, dated August 22, 1870.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph A. Mabry was a wealthy merchant and importer in Knox County. Together with then-mayor William G. Swann, in 1853, he donated the land making up Market Square in Knoxville. In 1882, following a business disagreement with Thomas O'Connor, O'Connor shot and killed Mabry on Gay Street. Mabry's son, Joseph A. Mabry, Jr., was standing nearby. He immediately engaged O'Connor in a second gunfight and both died. The story fascinated author Mark Twain and appears in his Life on the Mississippi.

No biographical information is available on Rolfe S. Saunders.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This item was donated to Special Collections.

Repository Details

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

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