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Guide to the John K. and William M. Elliott daybooks MSS.0482

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

January 2009

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

March 2013
Collection Title:

John K. and William M. Elliott Daybooks

Unit ID:

MSS.0482

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet (photocopies)

Dates:

1870-1911

Abstract:

Photocopies of the daybooks of John K. Elliott and his son, William M. Elliott, of the Payneville, Sumter County, Alabama area, spanning the years from 1870 through 1911.

creator

Elliott, John K., 1813-1892

creator

Elliott, William M., b. 1861

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of photocopies of the daybooks of John K. Elliott and his son, William M. Elliott, of the Payneville, Sumter County, Alabama area, spanning the years from 1870 through 1911. Virtually all entries begin with a brief mention of the weather and then lists what workers went to which places and the work they were doing that day.

All of the earlier daybooks are those of John K. Elliott. In fact, almost all of the entries up to five days of his death at age 79 are in his hand-writing. William noted in his own daybook on 8 February 1892 that “Pa still coughfing up very bad blood but knew everything and wanted his corn brought from the mill but would take very little nourishment but wanted me to write in his day book which I did.” And John was actively engaged in working his farms and tannery until a few months before his death.

Processing Information:

Processing Information note

Martha Bace, 2008; updated by Martha Bac, 2013

Preferred Citation:

John K. and William M. Elliott daybooks, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Jonnie Knox Poole, 1990 OR Mrs. Thomas E. Seale

Biographical/Historical note

John K. (probably Knox) Elliott was a farmer and tanner in Sumter County, Alabama from the early 1850s until his death on 13 February 1892. He was born in Tennessee in 1813 to Andrew and Anne Knox Elliott. He moved to west central Alabama and then married Nancy O. Nowlen on 20 December 1854 in Perry County, Alabama. However, in his daybook for the date 25 August 1879, John states, “This day 29 years ago my first wife died,” which would imply she died in 1850, before they were married. Also the 1850 United States Census for Payneville, Sumter County, Alabama shows John and Nancy Elliott with three small children, Harriet (age 5), Susanna (age 3) and Nancy L.E. (age 8 months).

On 1 Jun 1857 John married Elizabeth (last name unknown) in Mississippi. The couple had seven more children, Martha (13 in 1870 census), John Luther (10), William (8), Anna (6), Calvin (4), Matthew (3) and Mary (1). The oldest son, John Luther, died 21 September 1878.

William was born in February 1861 and helped his father around their various properties by picking cotton, planting corn, and hauling rails for fences. He also helped in the tannery.

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None

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Source(s)

Alabama (localbroad)

Business and Labor (localbroad)

Cotton farmers--Alabama--History (lcsh)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Daybooks (aat)

Diaries (aat)

Farmers--Correspondence (lcsh)

Farming and Agriculture (localbroad)

Sumter County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Tanneries (lcsh)

Daybooks Box 3583