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Johnson Family Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3323

This collection houses nine letters written to and from members of the Johnson family of Blount County, Tennessee between 1884 and 1888. Among the topics discussed are farm work, prices of livestock and crops, illnesses, travel, the children's education, and other aspects of family life.

It has been inferred that the "Dear son" to whom Elkanah addresses a number of his letters is William Henry on the grounds that both Robert and Isaac are mentioned in the letters and that James, Charles, Oliver, and John were unmarried and living at home as of 1880.

Dates

  • 1884-1888

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 houses nine letters written to and from members of the Johnson family of Blount County, Tennessee between 1884 and 1888. Among the topics discussed are farm work, prices of livestock and crops, illnesses, travel, the children's education, and other aspects of family life.

Biographical/Historical Note

The vast majority of the individuals mentioned in these letters are either related to or descended from Elkanah Johnson (1823-1889), who married Mary Catherine Keith (1825-1907) on July 9, 1846 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The couple had ten known children: William Henry (1847-1932), Robert Calvin (1850-1910), Mary Evelyn (1853-1913), Isaac Ferdinand (1855-1889), Martha Ellen (1859-1909), Eliza Jane (1860-1927), James Alexander (1863-1924), Charles Edward (1866-1949), Oliver Pleasant Bob (1869-1951), and John Milton (1872-1956).

Mary Evelyn Johnson married Nathan Coker on December 16, 1869 in Blount County. They had ten known children: Horace Lee, Laura, Oscar, Sue Axley, Blanche, Lena, Bessie, Edward J., William Erby, and Raymond Johnson. Isaac Ferdinand Ferd Johnson married Jennie McNeal on August 7, 1877 in Blount County. The couple had one known daughter, Della. Eliza Jane Jennie Johnson married William P. Barnhill on December 23, 1883 in Blount County. The couple had no children.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection in 2008.

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