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McAmis Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3358

The bulk of this collection consists of letters that family and friends in Tazewell, Tennessee wrote to Mattie (Weir) McAmis in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil War. Many of these letters were authored by Mattie's eldest daughters, Mary and Maggie. These letters, while mostly personal in content, also discuss Corinth, Mississippi and describe East Tennessee during the Federal occupation of early 1862. The collection also houses correspondence written to and from Mattie (McAmis) Mitchell (Mattie (Weir) McAmis's youngest daughter) and correspondence between Eppie (Mitchell) Frazier (Mattie (McAmis) Mitchell's daughter) and her son, Joseph A. Frazier, during World War II.

Dates

  • 1860 March 10-1944 December 16 (bulk 1861-1866, 1944)

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 bulk of this collection consists of letters that family and friends in Tazewell, Tennessee wrote to Mattie (Weir) McAmis in Birmingham, Alabama during the Civil War. Many of these letters were authored by Mattie's eldest daughters, Mary and Maggie. These letters, while mostly personal in content, also discuss Corinth, Mississippi and describe East Tennessee during the Federal occupation of early 1862. The collection also houses correspondence written to and from Mattie (McAmis) Mitchell (Mattie (Weir) McAmis's youngest daughter) and correspondence between Eppie (Mitchell) Frazier (Mattie (McAmis) Mitchell's daughter) and her son, Joseph A. Frazier, during World War II.

Biographical/Historical Note

Matilda Mattie Weir was born in about 1818 in Northern Ireland. She immigrated to the United States, settled in East Tennessee, and married Anthony Alexander McAmis (1818-1860) in January 1840 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. A. A. McAmis helped to found the town of Tazewell, Tennessee in the 1840s. A. A. and Mattie McAmis had eight children: Mary E., Margaret Maggie A., James A., David C., William Houston, Reuben, Elizabeth, and Matilda Mattie. During much of the Civil War, Mattie McAmis lived in Huntsville, Alabama.

A. A. and Matilda (Weir) McAmis' youngest daughter, Mattie, was born in Rogersville, Tennessee on March 29, 1861. She married Adolphus Mitchell (1850-1926) and the couple settled in Summerfield, Florida, where they had at least one daughter, Eppie, on June 8, 1890. Eppie married J. A. Frazier and the couple had two sons, Kenneth M. (1907-1938) and Joseph A. (1911-2003). After living briefly in Georgia, the family resided in Gainesville, Florida. Mattie (McAmis) Mitchell joined them after her husband's death and died in Gainesville on June 23, 1933. During World War II, Joseph A. Frazier served in the military and was stationed in Sardinia and France. Eppie (Mitchell) Frazier died in Levy County, Florida on January 30, 1977.

Arrangement

This collection consists of four folders.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these letters in 2009.

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