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Guide to the Wright, Cotton, and Douglass Family Papers MSS.1583

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Finding aid prepared by S.M. Braden

Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

April 2009

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2009-08-28T15:04-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Wright, Cotton, and Douglass family papers

Unit ID:

MSS.1583

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

2.4699999999999998 Linear feet 2.47 linear feet

Dates:

1798-1990

Abstract:

This collection contains diaries, correspondence, and other materials related to four generations of this Tennessee/Alabama family.

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains diaries, correspondence, and other materials related to four generations of this Tennessee/Alabama family. The papers are divided into four subgroups, each representing a family generation. Subgroup Thomas and Mary Hostler Green Wright Family: contains materials created by Thomas, Mary, and their siblings and children. It includes incoming and outgoing correspondence of family members, journals, religious and fictional writings, and some legal documents. Subgroup Leonidas and Sarah Elizabeth Wright Cotten Family: contains materials created by and for Leonidas, Sarah Elizabeth, and their children. The majority of the material in this subgroup belonged to Sarah Elizabeth, who kept many commonplace journals in which she wrote and collected fiction, poetry, recipes, and ideas. There is also a substantial number of letters from Sarah Elizabeth to her children. Subgroup Robert Napolean Cotten Family: contains materials created by Robert N. Cotten, his wife, and children. Within the subgroup there are legal documents and correspondence, the bulk of which was written by Robert N. Cotten to family members. The early letters are articulate, detailed letters written to his mother from Civil War camps. Subgroup Edward Trent Douglass, Jr.: contains materials created and collected by and for Edward Trent Douglass. Included are his incoming and outgoing correspondence, his historical writings, genealogical materials, photographs, and other materials related to genealogical activities.

Preferred Citation:

Wright, Cotton, and Douglass family papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

Reverend Thomas Wright (1784-1835) was an Episcopalian minister in early Tennessee. In 1810 he married Mary Hostler Green (1794-1865). They had twelve children, the sixth being Sarah Elizabeth Wright (1820-1904), who married Leonidas Cotten of LaGrange, Tennessee. They, in turn, had several children, including Robert Napolean Cotten (1840-1901). After serving in the Civil War, Robert Cotten married Elizabeth Sophia Davenport and attended medical school at Louisiana State University. He and Liza had several children, including Clara (Cab) Cotten, who married Edward Trent Douglass. Among their children was Edward Trent Douglass, Jr. (1906-199?), whose hobby was family genealogy. The material in this collection is a result of his genealogical work.

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