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Trotter Family Papers

Identifier: MS-0230

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This collection contains documents from 1810 to 1917 concerning the Trotter family of Sevier County, Tennessee. These materials include ledgers, legal documents, letters, notes, diagrams, deeds, a song Isaac Trotter wrote, an assortment of Confederate Currency, a personal notebook, a program for the Delphian Literacy Society, and a card advertising John Halloway’s candidacy for judge. These items contain, among others, the signatures of William B. Carroll, Andrew Johnson and Isham B. Harris.

The oldest document, a diagram of 144.5 acres in Sevier County, is the document that John Trotter submitted his survey on for the land that would become the Trotter homestead. The deeds include a deal of the expansion and selling of land in addition to the homestead, and legal documents that also settle land disputes. Personal notes and ledgers outline the transaction of money by the Trotter Family, mostly Isaac, with various entities and people in the region. At the time of the Civil War, notes are contained that list the able bodied men, aged 18-30 in that region of Sevier County, signed by Isaac Trotter. Also included are several examples of Confederate paper money of different states and denominations. A personal notebook includes personal notes and keeps track of expenditures and money collected during the 1870s.


  • 1810-1917


The language of the materials is English.

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

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


0.1 Linear Feet (4 folders)


This collection contains documents from 1810 to 1917 concerning the Trotter family of Sevier County, Tennessee, including ledgers, legal documents, letters and other materials.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Trotter was born on December 8, 1777 in Maryland. He had ten children and died in Sevier County, Tennessee, on January 5, 1856.

Reverend Isaac Trotter, the son of John Trotter, was born on July 1, 1821 in Sevier County, Tennessee. He married Mary Angleine Emert and had 14 children. A farmer, Isaac was also Reverend at a local church and served in some local official capacities representing his community. He died in Sevier County on September 22, 1870.


This material is arranged in four folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by J. R. Crittendon.

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