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Robert McDill Letter

Identifier: MS-0065

The three-page letter was sent from Robert McDill to his cousin, Margaret Armstrong, in South Carolina. In it, McDill reports his many blessings, describes the greatness of his new homeland and the wealth that is available, recommends that she move, and then sends good wishes to his friends the Boyd family. In describing western Tennessee, he mentions abundant crops, beautiful weather, good timber, ready water, convenient trade, and friendly people.


  • 1837 December 14

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection consists of a three-page letter that was sent from Robert McDill to his cousin, Margaret Armstrong. The letter describes his life in western Tennessee and explains why his cousin should move to the area.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Shannon McDill was born on April 26, 1813, in South Carolina. He married Nancy McCreight (1817-1888) in 1837 and they had at least seven children, some born in South Carolina and others born in Tennessee. McDill operated a store in Portersville, Tennessee, in addition to running a farm. He died on November 9, 1870, and is buried in Tipton County, Tennessee.


This collection is in one folder.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA