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McClung Family Papers

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Identifier: MS-3529

The material in this collection was collected by Ellen McClung Green concerning the families of Frank H. McClung and John W. Green. The material covers the time period starting around 1840 and ends with the death of John Green in 1957.

The collection includes correspondence, legal papers, newspaper articles, genealogical information, travel diaries, collections of material on matters of interest, souvenirs, and memorabilia from various family members. The collection is divided into series by family members and prominently features material on John and Ellen Green and Thomas Lee McClung.

Dates

  • 1761-1976

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.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (5 boxes, 1 oversized box)

Abstract

This collection contains genealogical information, obituaries, correspondence, newspaper articles, diaries, legal papers, and ephemera concerning the family of Frank H. McClung (1828-1898), his children, and John W. (1859-1957) and Ellen McClung Green (1872-1956).

Biographical/Historical Note

The McClung family played a significant role in the founding of Knoxville and continued to be prominent members of the Knoxville community and surrounding area since Colonel Charles McClung (1761-1835) immigrated to Knoxville in 1788. He and his wife Margaret White McClung (1771-1827) had nine children. His eldest son was Matthew McClung (1795-1844) was married to Eliza Jane Morgan.

Frank H. McClung (1828-1898) was the son of Matthew and Eliza McClung. Frank McClung and his wife Eliza Ann Mills (1833-1881) had 10 children, seven of whom lived until adulthood. Calvin M. McClung (1855-1919) was a prominent businessman who owned C.M. McClung and Co., a wholesale hardware company along with his brother Charles McClung. G. McClung (1868-1928) was a lawyer in Boston, and Thomas Lee McClung (1870-1914) was a football player at Yale from 1888-1891 and later the Treasurer of the United States.

Ellen Marshall McClung was born on May 23, 1872 to Franklin Henry (1828-1898) and Eliza Ann Mills (1833-1881) McClung. She married John Green on January 26, 1897. With her husband, she traveled around the world and maintained an estate on Black Oak Ridge. She died in May of 1956.

John Webb Green was born to Francis Marion and Susan (Webb) Green on June 9, 1859 in Oxford, Mississippi. He graduated from the Webb School in Bellbuckle, Tennessee, and proceeded to read law under Major T. S. Webb. He was licensed to practice on September 29, 1880 and opened his own practice in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition, Green served on the Supreme Court in 1902 and 1935 and on the Court of Appeals in 1916. He also served as Chairman of Education, Trustee of the Eastern State Hospital, Chairman of the Committee on Admission to Practice in the Federal Courts of Knoxville, and Trustee of the Lawson-McGhee Library. He died on May 26, 1957.

Thomas Lee McClung was born on March 26, 1870, in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from Yale in 1892 and was appointed U.S. Treasurer in 1909. He died of typhoid fever in London on December 19, 1914.

Arrangement

Series I. Genealogical Information Series II. Correspondence A.Letters of Eliza J. McClung to Frank H. McClung (1848-1855) B.Letters between Frank and Eliza A. McClung (1853-1860) C.Adam A. Mills to Matilda Mills (1844-1845) D.Letters of Matilda Mills to Eliza McClung (1859-1863) E.Letters concerning the death of Colonel Green (1864) F.Letters from Eliza A. McClung to Calvin M. McClung (1876) G.Correspondence concerning St. John’s Orphanage (1877-1879) H.Letters by date Series III. John and Ellen Green A.Biographical information on John W. and Ellen M. Green. B.Correspondence and memorabilia concerning the engagement, marriage, and honeymoon of John and Ellen Green. (1896-1897) C.General Correspondence a.Letters from S.E. Webb (1901-1913) b.Letters concerning John’s booklets and other writings. (1927-1943) c.Letters by date (1897-1955) D.Travel Diaries and Souvenirs from traveling (1909-1938) E.Booklets, speeches, pamphlets, and newspaper articles written by John Green. This subseries also includes programs that feature John Green. a.Booklets by John Green b.Speeches c.Newspaper articles d.Programs featuring John Green e.Reviews or articles written about his work F.Newspaper clippings and articles of interest collected by Ellen Green a.Articles concerning the life of John Green b.Ellen Green’s bequest to the museum c.Articles about famous Knoxvillians d.Matters of interest G.Green’s collection of hobbies a.Astronomy b.Butterflies c.Mushrooms d.Shells e.Trees H.Financial Papers, including ledgers, bank statements, trust and will information, doctors’ bills, and tax and income information. I.Souvenirs and ephemera Series IV. Thomas Lee McClung A.Biographical sketch and obituaries. B.Correspondence to Lee McClung while a student at Yale. (1888-1891) C.Memorabilia from Exeter and Yale, including photographs and newspaper clippings about the Yale football team. D.General Correspondence of Lee McClung (1896-1906) E.Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from his time as U.S. Treasurer. (1909-1912) a.Correspondence- some of these letters came from a box in his office. b.Articles about his appointment, the controversy in the Treasury office, and his resignation. c.Memorabilia including documents from his tenure in office. F.Financial papers, including statement of accounts, receipts, and documents concerning his will, trusts, and donations. G.Abraham Lincoln Collection H.Souvenirs and ephemera. Series V. McClung Family legal papers Series VI. Obituaries of non-family members Series VII. Ephemera and Souvenirs Series VIII. Oversized Material

This collection is comprised of 6 boxes and is broken up into the following 8 series:

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Genealogical Information, 1761-1914
  2. Series II. General Correspondence, 1844-1879
  3. A. Letters of Eliza J. McClung to Frank H. McClung (1848-1855)
  4. B. Letters between Frank and Eliza A. McClung (1853-1860)
  5. C. Adam A. Mills to Matilda Mills (1844-1845)
  6. D. Letters of Matilda Mills to Eliza McClung (1859-1863)
  7. E. Letters concerning the death of Colonel Green (1864)
  8. F. Letters from Eliza A. McClung to Calvin M. McClung (1876)
  9. G. Correspondence concerning St. John’s Orphanage (1877-1879)
  10. H. Letters by date (1844-1897)
  11. Series III. John W. and Ellen McClung Green, 1896-1957
  12. A. Biographical information on John W. and Ellen M. Green (1943, 1956)
  13. B. Correspondence and memorabilia concerning the engagement, marriage, and honeymoon of John and Ellen Green (1896-1897)
  14. C. General Correspondence (1844-1879)
  15. a. Letters from S.E. Webb (1901-1913)
  16. b. Letters concerning John’s booklets and other writings (1927-1943)
  17. c. Letters by date (1897-1955)
  18. Series IV. Thomas Lee McClung, 1880-1815
  19. A. Biographical sketch and obituaries (1914-1920 July 26, undated)
  20. B. Correspondence to Lee McClung while a student at Yale (1888-1891)
  21. C. Memorabilia from Exeter and Yale, including photographs and newspaper clippings about the Yale football team (1884-1911)
  22. D. General Correspondence of Lee McClung (1896-1906)
  23. E. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia from his time as U.S. Treasurer (1909-1912)
  24. a. Correspondence- some of these letters came from a box in his office.
  25. b. Articles about his appointment, the controversy in the Treasury office, and his resignation.
  26. c. Memorabilia including documents from his tenure in office
  27. Series V. McClung Family Legal Papers, 1853-1940
  28. Series VI. Obituaries of Non-family Members, 1911, undated
  29. Series VII. Ephemera and Souvenirs, 1849-1923, undated
  30. Series VIII. Oversized Material, 1898-1923

Acquisition Note

This collection is the property of Special Collections.

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
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