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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Wynn Family Papers MSS.1590

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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

1978

Creation:

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Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

September 2012
Collection Title:

Wynn Family papers

Unit ID:

MSS.1590

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet 551 items

Dates:

1845-1913

Abstract:

An extensive collection of correspondence, diaries and legal and financial papers relating to John Henry Irby Wynn (1787-1854), teacher and farmer in Limestone County, Alabama, and his son Alexander Montgomery (1823-1897), daughter-in-law Martha (Curtis) Wynn (1826-1907), and grandson John Robert Wynn (ca. 1860-1896). The diaries include accounts of Alexander Wynn's trip to Arkansas in the 1850s.

creator

Wynn Family

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Wynn, Alexander Montgomery

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Wynn, John Henry Irby

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Wynn, John Robert

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Wynn, Martha Curtis Ward

Scope and Contents note

The Wynn Family Papers consists of items covering at least three generations. They include the legal and financial papers of John Henry Irby Wynn (1787-1854); diaries, correspondence, legal and financial papers of his son, Alexander Montgomery Wynn (1823-1897); correspondence and financial papers of Martha Curtis Wynn (Mrs. Alexander Montgomery Wynn) (1826-1907); and the legal and financial papers of J.H.I. Wynn's grandson, John Robert Wynn, c. 1860-1896.

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Preferred Citation:

Wynn Family papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Mrs. Charles Brasfield,1977 (separated from Clements Family Papers)

Biographical/Historical note

John Henry Irby Wynn, farmer and teacher, was born on 14 June 1797, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, the son of Robert Wynn of Virginia and a descendant of Sir William Wynn of England. He moved to Alabama and settled in Limestone County, where he was a farmer and a teacher. He represented Limestone County in the State Legislature for many years.

He married Francis M. Brownley on 25 December 1821, in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. They had eleven children: Alexander Montgomery (1823-1897); Robert W., died in Mississippi; Mary H. E. (?-1850), married Mr. Craig; Cornelia (?-1866); Sarah M. (?-1871), married Frank White of Louisiana; John F.; Francis M. (?-1848); Henry J., Confederate solider, was killed in a skirmish near the Rapidan River, in Virginia, 1863; Virginia Cain; Octavia C. (?-1873), married Mr. Edwards, died in Louisiana; Eugenia Ellen, married Mr. Edwards, Alexandria, Louisiana. John Henry Irby Wynn died on 2 January 1854 in Limestone County.

Alexander Montgomery Wynn, was born in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, on 26 March 1823, and died on 16 November 1897, in Madison County, Alabama. He married Martha Curtis Ward on 28 May 1857. Martha Curtis Ward was born in Madison County, Alabama, on 8 November 1826, and died there on 15 March 1908. The couple had six children: Sarah Francis, born in Poincutt County, Arkansas, 24 April 1858. married Joseph T. Wilson in 1883, died in Huntsville, Alabama, September 1942; Mary Jane, married J. Rowe Jones, Huntsville, Alabama, and died in December 1953; Martha Ellen (?-1918) married John L. Yancey, of Birmingham, Alabama; John Robert (?-1896) married Laura Lanier; Lillian (?-1952) married Archie McDonnell; and Alex M. (?-1896).

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Source(s)

Alabama (local)

Daily Life and Family (local)

Southern Life and Culture (local)

Wynn Genealogy, 8 items, unarranged. Box 246 Folder 1

Financial and legal papers of John H.I. Wynn, February 15, 1845-January 23, 1853 and no date. 20 items, arranged chronologically. Includes one land grant December 1, 1851. Box 246 Folder 2

Legal and financial papers of J.R. Wynn, Nov. 16, 1890-August 31, 1896. 9 items, arranged chronologically. Box 246 Folder 3

Incoming correspondence of Alexander M. Wynn, 1857-1894. 38 items, arranged alphabetically and then chronologically. Box 246 Folder 4

Miscellaneous legal papers of Alexander M. Wynn, Nov. 8-1860-Oct. 4, 1884. 11 items, arranged chronologically. Box 246 Folder 5

Financial papers of Alexander M. Wynn, June 16, 1855-June 1, 1897. 147 items, arranged chronologically. Box 246 Folder 6

Correspondence and financial papers of Martha C. Wynn (Mrs. A.M. Wynn) April 10, 1874-October 1, 1910 and no date. 40 items, arranged chronologically. Box 246 Folder 7

Financial and legal papers of George W. Ward, January 18, 1860-June 4, 1914 and no date. 74 items, arranged chronologically. Box 246 Folder 8

Miscellaneous legal papers, March 19, 1896 and no date. 3 items. Box 246 Folder 9

Miscellaneous Financial papers. February 1824-January 4, 1913 and no date. 42 items, arranged chronologically. Box 246 Folder 10

Miscellaneous items. 18 items. Notes, letters, Bible lesson, Christmas post cards, daily cotton market report, broadside, Huntsville Female College Music Department announcements and monthly report, one photograph of unidentified young man. Box 246 Folder 11

Miscellaneous envelopes and stamps. 38 envelopes, unarranged. Box 246 Folder 12

Diaries and accounts of travel through the south. Box 246 Folder 13