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Welsh Colony Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1813

William Jones (nephew of Samuel Roberts) collected these papers. He and Richard Roberts were the trustees of Samuel Roberts' will and were entrusted with the responsibility of seeing the land claims through to resolution. Included are copies of documents dealing with original land purchases from E. D. Saxton, maps showing the locations of the purchased tracts, testimonies of William and Richard Edward Jones, and brief accounts of the history of the Welsh Colony written by William Jones.

Dates

  • 1836-1937

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

1.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

William Jones (nephew of Samuel Roberts) collected these papers. He and Richard Roberts were the trustees of Samuel Roberts' will and were entrusted with the responsibility of seeing the land claims through to resolution. Included are copies of documents dealing with original land purchases from E. D. Saxton, maps showing the locations of the purchased tracts, testimonies of William and Richard Edward Jones, and brief accounts of the history of the Welsh Colony written by William Jones.

Biographical/Historical Note

Reverend Samuel Roberts immigrated to Tennessee from Wales in 1855 and founded a colony named Brynyffynon on lands in Scott, Morgan, and Anderson Counties. Accompanying Roberts were his brother, Richard, his nephews, John R. Jones and William Jones, and G. Williams. The Colony's lands, however, were quickly mired in legal claims and court battles and remained so until half a century after Roberts' death in 1885. By the early 1880's, all of the original settlers had either returned to Wales or settled further north.

Arrangement

Collection consists of two boxes.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection in 1990.

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