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John C. McLemore Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2441

The John C. McLemore Collection, 1820-1993 (bulk 1820-1822), consists primarily of McLemore's logbook from 1820-1822, which includes entries on bank balances, purchases, notations of travel, and other information. Also included in the collection are four articles from the Commercial Appeal (Memphis), dated 1974 and 1991-1993.

Dates

  • 1820-1993 (bulk 1820-1822)

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

0.2 Linear Feet

Abstract

The John C. McLemore Collection, 1820-1993 (bulk 1820-1822), consists primarily of McLemore's logbook from 1820-1822, which includes entries on bank balances, purchases, notations of travel, and other information. Also included in the collection are four articles from the Commercial Appeal (Memphis), dated 1974 and 1991-1993.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Christmas McLemore was born on January 1, 1790. After coming to Nashville, Tenn., in 1809, he became a surveyor's clerk and then succeeded his uncle as Surveyor General of the Tennessee Military Tract. McLemore married Elizabeth Donelson and befriended her uncle Andrew Jackson. The two cooperated in land development in Alabama and West Tennessee, resulting in towns named McLemoresville and Christmasville. He is also attributed as the fourth founding father of Memphis, Tenn., having owned 800 acres of land in the city and donating some for the Memphis Court Square. McLemore speculated in nearby Fort Pickering and the LaGrange and Memphis Railroad. In the California gold rush, he tried to find new wealth, returning a decade later to Memphis, where he died on May 20, 1864.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by 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