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William Conner Letter

Identifier: MS-2236

In an October 25, 1837 letter to J. W. Campbell of Jackson, Tenn., General William Conner writes of town of Ashport, for which he was a promoter. Having just returned from the town, Conner notes that "the place is really becoming to be very public. I was constantly passing waggons [sic] & horsemen from steam boats stopped whilst I was there." He also speaks of Mr. Patton who has invested in the town, saying his "prompt measures in relation to building will be not only very fortunate for himself but for us also."

Conner closes the letter with a description of finding Native American remains. He says, "My waggon [sic] has this moment returned from the bottom and brought an entire human skull with all the teeth &c. I will keep it for the inspection of some Antiquarian. Perhaps Doctor Forrest could tell to what nation it belongs. Your brothers hands are digging up a number of skeletons. The teeth are very rarely missing & seem to be sufficiently sound in some instances to be used by a dentist."


  • 1837 October 25

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In an October 25, 1837 letter to J. W. Campbell in Jackson, Tenn., General William Conner, a promoter for the town of Ashport on the Mississippi River, writes of the town's success and future growth. He also tells of finding Native American remains.

Biographical/Historical Note

General William Conner was one of the earliest settlers and a merchant in Brownsville, Tenn. in Haywood County. After moving to Tennessee from Culpeper County, Va., Conner was a promoter for the town of Ashport on the Mississippi River (Lauderdale County, Tenn.).


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was purchased by Special Collections in February 2005.

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