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Lenoir Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0016

This collection houses financial papers, correspondence, land grants, and other materials documenting the Lenoir family of East Tennessee and North Carolina. These items describe the family's involvement with land in North Carolina and Tennessee, slavery, manufacturing, and the Confederate States of America.

Dates

  • 1783-1917
  • Majority of material found within 1830-1890

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for research use. Readers 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

1.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses financial papers, correspondence, land grants, and other materials documenting the Lenoir family of East Tennessee and North Carolina. These items describe the family's involvement with land in North Carolina and Tennessee, slavery, manufacturing, and the Confederate States of America.

Biographical/Historical Note

The patriarch of the Lenoir family, William Lenoir, was born to Thomas and Mourning (Crawley) Lenoir in Brunswick County, Virginia on May 31, 1751. The family relocated to Tarboro, North Carolina in about 1759. William Lenoir served at the Battle of Kings Mountain during the American Revolution and went on to become a Major General of the North Carolina militia. He was also active in politics, serving as a Justice of the Peace as well as in the State House of Representatives and Senate. Lenoir married Ann Ballard (1751-1833) in 1771 and the couple had ten children: Mary (Lenoir) Gordon Davenport (1772-1859), Unnamed Daughter (1774-1774), William Ballard (1775-1852), Ann (Lenoir) Jones (1778-1838), Thomas (1780-1861), Elizabeth (1783-1785), Walter Raleigh (1786-1843), Eliza Mira Betsey (1789-1835), Martha Orilla Patsey (Lenoir) Pickens (1793-1823), and Sarah Joice (Lenoir) Jones (1796-1820). William Lenoir died at his home in Fort Defiance, North Carolina on May 6, 1839.

William Ballard Lenoir married Elizabeth Avery in 1802 and the couple had twelve children: Albert Sobieski (1803-1861), Louise Caroline (Lenoir) Ramsey (1804-), Isaac Thomas (1807-1875), Leah Adeline (Lenoir) Smith (1809-1879), Mira Ann (Lenoir) Reagan (1810-1879), William (1813-1878), Waightstill Avery (1815-1884), Walter Franklin (1816-1878), Eliza Martha (Lenoir) Martin, Benjamin Ballard (1821-1905), Israel Pickens (1824-1876), and Julia Joyce (ca. 1828-1842). The family moved to Roane County (which later became part of Loudon County), Tennessee in 1810. Here, William Lenoir was active in politics, serving in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1815 to 1817. He also became a prominent farmer, merchant, and manufacturer of cotton yarns. Various of his businesses contracted with such organizations as the United States Army and the American Mining and Manufacturing Company. William B. Lenoir died in Roane County on December 14, 1852.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes divided into three series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Personal and Biographical Information, 1806-1864
  2. Series II: Correspondence, 1818-1887
  3. Series III: Financial Matters, 1783-1917

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased the bulk of these materials in 1934. Harcourt A. Morgan donated an additional letter in 1939.

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