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Guide to the Perry County, Alabama Papers MSS.0139

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Author:

Finding aid prepared by Jon Fuller

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

May 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-11-30T16:31-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

November 2012
Collection Title:

Perry County, Alabama Papers

Unit ID:

MSS.0139

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.2 Linear feet 31 Items

Dates:

1796-1898

Language of Materials note

Materials are in English.

Abstract:

Letters and other documents donated by a source in Perry County, Alabama. The collection consists of eight letters to Elias Benson. There is also one summons order included in the Elias Benson series. Another series contains the will of Philip Smith of South Carolina. The Thomas and Mary Jones series contains three statements of debt made to John E. Cook, along with an indenture statement and draft. The final series includes miscellaneous documents including deed certification, court records, official statements, indenture papers, excerpts from company minutes and poems.

creator

Benson, Elias

Scope and Contents note

The papers of Elias Benson (9 items) are primarily correspondence spanning the years from 1821–1841 although there is also a legal paper and an IOU. The papers of Mary and Thomas S. Jones (5 items) are statements of debt and indentures, all from 1882.

There is also an 1821 copy of a 1796 will of South Carolina planter Philip Smith, as well as assorted legal papers, all of which may have belonged to the Smith family’s papers.

Printed poems and rough drafts of poems, that all seem to be from the 1890s, are also in the collection.

The John F. Thompson papers were originally part of this collection, but were separated because they dealt wholly with the Alabama militia in the 1830s.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Anonymous, reformatted by Catherine Eddins, student, 2002, and Martha Bace, 2008.

Preferred Citation:

The Perry County, Alabama Papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Unknown, originated in Perry County.

Biographical/Historical note

Not much could be discovered about Elias Benson except that he originally came from South Carolina. He had many brothers, some of which are represented in this collection. Gabriel, Abner, and Nimrod Benson are represented, but there was also a Robert Benson. Nimrod and, it is suspected, Gabriel, also moved to Alabama. Elias was not in the 1850 census record, so it may be assumed he died in the 1840’s.

Nothing whatsoever could be discovered about Thomas and Mary Jones.

Philip Smith, represented in these papers by a will, died in 1796 at the age of 68. He was a planter of St. Bartholemew Parish. On April 17, 1766, he married Elizabeth Stobo, a widow. He had three children, Charlotte, Mary and Philip Skiruing Smith.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Source(s)

Jones, Mary, Mrs. (local)

Jones, Thomas (local)

Smith, Philip (local)

Alabama - Poetry - 19th Century (Local)

Banks and banking (lcsh)

Business (lcsh)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Business records (aat)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Deeds (aat)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Legal documents (aat)

Minutes (aat)

Elias Benson Box 1565

Scope and Contents note

In this series there are letters from Abner Benson, David Buck, G. Benson, Nimrod E. Benson and J. B. C. There is also one summons order included in this series.

Components in Detail

Incoming Correspondence- A. Benson, Chronological Box 1565 Folder 1

Incoming Correspondence, Chronological Box 1565 Folder 2

Legal Papers Box 1565 Folder 3

Philip Smith

Scope and Contents note

This series contains Philip’s will.

Components in Detail

Will of Philip Smith of South Carolina Box 1565 Folder 4

Thomas and Mary Jones

Scope and Contents note

This series contains three statements of debt made to John E. Cook, along with an indenture statement and draft.

Components in Detail

Indenture Notice Box 1565 Folder 5

Statements of Debt Box 1565 Folder 6

Miscellany

Scope and Contents note

This series includes deed certification, court records, official statements, indenture papers, excerpts from company minutes and poems.

Components in Detail

Legal Papers Box 1565 Folder 7

Miscellany Box 1565 Folder 8

Poetry Box 1565 Folder 9