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James A. Rogers Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0738

The bulk of this collection houses legal documents, correspondence, plats, and other items documenting James A. Rogers' life and work. Among the subjects shown are rail and steamboat shipments in the 1850s and 1860s, land grants and sales (including land grants given in recognition of service in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War), transaction records of enslaved individuals from the 1840s to the 1860s, the Civil War (including the construction of Fort Pillar north of Memphis), and Rogers' service in the Tennessee State Legislature.

Dates

  • 1784 November 3-1974 December 27 (bulk 1784 November 3-1897 December 10)

Language of Materials

English.

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

2.75 Linear Feet

Abstract

The bulk of this collection houses legal documents, correspondence, plats, and other items documenting James A. Rogers' life and work. Among the subjects shown are rail and steamboat shipments in the 1850s and 1860s, land grants and sales (including land grants given in recognition of service in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War), transaction records of enslaved individuals from the 1840s to the 1860s, the Civil War (including the construction of Fort Pillar north of Memphis), and Rogers' service in the Tennessee State Legislature.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Alexander Rogers was born to John McCoy and Jane Wright (Russell) Rogers on September 1, 1817 in North Carolina. His family moved to Haywood County, Tennessee when he was a child, and he was educated in the public schools in Brownsville. He followed many occupations, including planter, banker, real estate dealer, land owner, and President of the Brownsville Manufacturing Company. During the Civil War, he sympathized with the Confederate cause and supervised the construction of Fort Pillar. He also converted most of his wealth to Confederate bonds, which left him in poor financial condition when the war ended. Rogers died on November 13, 1890 and was buried in Brownsville, Tennessee.

Rogers married Barbara Ann Faust (1820-1878) in 1838 and the couple had at least five children: Ella Letitia, John C., George Alexander, Annie M., and Lezinka.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

John Halliburton donated these papers to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library in July of 1973.

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