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John H. Bills Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0030

This collection consists of a single letter and account summary from James H. Bills to David A. Deaderick of East Tennessee College. The letter is concerning his salary at East Tennessee College.

Dates

  • 1841 June 2

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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of a single letter and account summary from James H. Bills to David A. Deaderick of East Tennessee College.

Biographical/Historical Note

John H. Bills was a postmaster, merchant, and major of Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee. He also owned a plantation on Bayou Bartholomew, Louisiana. John Bills was the father-in-law of Tennessee and Louisiana legislator Horace M. Polk.

John H. Bills was born on August 29, 1800 in North Carolina. In 1820, he moved to Maury County in Tennessee. It was there he met his wife, Prudence Tate McNeal in 1823. Bills entered politics in 1824 when he became town commissioner, then postmaster of the 81st Regiment of the Tennessee State Militia. He eventually entered into the mercantile business. After his wife died in 1840, he married Lucy Duke Wood. In 1860, Chairman of the Hardeman County Court which oversaw the rebuilding of the courthouse that had been burned by the Union forces in the Civil War. Bills died on November 16, 1871 at "The Pillars" and was buried in Polk Cemetery in Bolivar, Tennessee.

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