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Guide to the Donoho family papers MSS.3704

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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

February 2013

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Language Usage:

English

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Donoho family papers

Unit ID:

MSS.3704

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.4 Linear feet

Dates:

1838-1914

Abstract:

Letters between members of a close Tuscaloosa family written primarily during the Civil War.

creator

Donoho, Charles M. (Charles Mitchell), 1809-1856

creator

Donoho, Henry Seymour

creator

Donoho, Isabelle

creator

Peek, A. M., Mrs.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Denning House Antiquarian Books and Manuscripts, Lancaster, PA, 2013.

Scope and Contents note

This collection is primarily made up of letters between members of this Tuscaloosa, Alabama, family between 1838 and 1883, the majority of which were written between 1850 and 1868. Most of the letters were written by Henry S. and Isabelle Donoho and their Aunt Peek. There are also a few letters from Charles M. (the father) and Charles M. (the son), as well as some from other relations and friends.

Many of the war-time letters are particularly poignant, especially those between Isabelle and Aunt Peek. They offer some insight into the general mood and mind of those on the home front. Several of Henry's letters give vivid commentary of significant events including the battles around Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, and the fall of Atlanta.

The persons shown in the photographs are not identified, but there is a possibility that they are two of the authors of the letters.

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Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Donoho family papers, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Biographical/Historical note

The Donoho family lived in and around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the early and mid nineteenth century. Charles Mitchell Dohono (1809-1856) married Rebecca Trowbridge Whitcomb (1817-1846) and had two children: Henry Seymour and Isabelle (1842-1915). Rebecca Dohono died 30 March 1846, leaving Charles with the two young children. An aunt, Mrs. A. M. Peek, cared for the children.

Henry served in the Alabama 2nd Battalion Light Artillery, Company F, Lumsden's Company; he enlisted on 21 February 1861 as a private. His cousin, Charles Donoho, enlisted on 29 November 1861, also as a private. Henry was captured on 15 December 1864, near Nashville, Tennessee, and spent the remainder of the war in various prisoner of war camps in Kentucky and Illinois. Charles was also captured in Tuscaloosa, on 18 May 1865.

Isabelle married twice, first to William Young Norris around 1867, and second to Samuel Lowrie Robertson. She and Samuel had eight children.

Source(s)

Alabama (lcsh)

Letters (lcsh)

Southern Life and Culture (localbroad)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Military life (lcsh)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate (lcsh)

War and Military (localbroad)

Letters, 1838-1849 (8 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 1

Letter from Rebecca Donoho, Marengo County, Alabama, to Mother, New York, New York, April 30, 1838 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97633

Letter from Rebecca Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, to Mrs. M. A. Searcy, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 13, 1838 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97634

Letter from Rebecca Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, to Abby Searcy, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 28, 1839 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97635

Letter from Rebecca Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Charles Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, January 25, 1841 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97636

Letter from Rebecca Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Charles Donoho, Greensboro, Alabama, October 29, 1841 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97637

Letter from H. H., Honey cut, Alabama, to Mrs. A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 4, 1849 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97638

Letter from E. M. Chase, Plattsburgh, New York, to Mrs. Searcy, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 6, 1849 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97639

Letters, 1853-1859 (12 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 2

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Mrs. Chase and Isabelle Donoho, July 7, 1853 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97640

Letter from Charles M. Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, October 5, 1853 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97641

Letter from Charles M. Donoho, Selma, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, February 12, 1854 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97642

Letter from Charles M. Donoho, Selma, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, December 13, 1854 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97643

Letter from Charles M. Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, November 19, 1855 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97644

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Sister, December 13, 1855 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97645

Letter from Charles M. Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, December 29, 1855 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97646

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, August 26, 1857 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97647

Letter from Henry Seymour Peek Donoho, Pine Grove, Missouri, to Aunt Peek, July 22, 1858 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97648

Letter from Charles M. Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Fosters, Alabama, August 12, 1858 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97649

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, March 26, 1859 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97650

Letter from Henry Seymour Peek Donoho, Pine Grove, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, August 9, 1859 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97651

Letters, 1860-March 1861 (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 3

Letter from A. M. Peek to Isabelle Donoho, August 5, circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97652

Letter from Henry Seymour Peek Donoho, St. Louis, Missouri, to Isabelle M. Donoho, Butler, Alabama, December circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97653

Letter from Henry Seymour Donoho, Caledonia, Missouri, to Aunty A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, April 24, 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97654

Letter from S. F. Strong to Isabelle Donoho, May 9, 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97655

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle M. Donoho, Fayette, Alabama, December 8, 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97656

Letter from A. M. Peek to Isabelle M. Donoho, January 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97657

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Fayette, Alabama, January 3, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97658

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, February 28, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97659

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, March 23, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97660

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, March 24, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97661

Letter from Henry Seymour Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, March 29, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97662

Letters, May 1861-1862 (14 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 4

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Henry Donoho, May 23, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97663

Letter from Henry S. Donoho Pensacola, Florida, to Aunt A. M. Peek and Isabelle Donoho, May 31, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97664

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Fayette, Alabama, June 5, 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97665

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Fayette, Alabama, January 16, circa 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97666

Letter from Isabelle Donoho to Aunt A. M. Peek, March 6, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97667

Letter from Isabelle Donoho to Henry Donoho, March 9, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97668

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Aunt A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, March 24, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97669

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Aunt A. M. Peek, April 7, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97670

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Aunt A. M. Peek, April 28, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97671

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Henry Donoho, June 12, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97672

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Henry Donoho, Mobile, Alabama, June 20, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97673

Letter from Isabelle Donoho to Aunt A. M. Peek, October 7, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97674

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Aunt A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 31, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97675

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Aunt A. M. Peek, November 10, 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97676

Letters, 1863 (8 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 5

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Aunt A. M. Peek, January 6, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97677

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Henry Donoho, January 17, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97678

Letter from Henry Donoho, Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Aunt A. M. Peek, July 13, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97679

Letter from Henry Donoho, Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Isabelle Donoho, July 13, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97680

Letter from Henry Donoho, Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Isabelle Donoho, August 24, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97681

Letter from Henry Donoho, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Isabelle Donoho and Aunt Peek, October 9, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97682

Letter from Henry Donoho, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Aunt A. M. Peek, October 25, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97683

Letter from Henry Donoho, Missionary Ridge, Tennessee, to Aunt A. M. Peek, November 22, 1863 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97684

Letters, 1864 (9 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 6

Letter from Henry Donoho, Dalton, Georgia, to Isabelle Donoho, February 2, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97685

Letter from Charles F. Moore, Dayton, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Bailey Springs, Alabama, March 22, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97686

Letter from Charles F. Moore, Dayton, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, April 18, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97687

Letter from Henry Donoho, Cassville, Georgia, to Isabelle Donoho, May 19, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97688

Letter from Henry Donoho, Atlanta, Georgia, to Isabelle Donoho, July 27, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97689

Letter from Henry Donoho, Georgia, to Isabelle Donoho, July and September 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97690

Letter from Henry Donoho, near Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, November 5, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97691

Letter from Charles F. Moore, Dayton, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, November 8, 1864 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97692

Letters, 1866-1868 (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 7

Letter from Henry Donoho, Brasher Falls, New York, to Isabelle Donoho, April 22, 1866 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97693

Letter from Henry Donoho, Brasher Falls, New York, to Isabelle Donoho, July 1, 1866 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97694

Letter from Henry Donoho, Brasher Falls, New York, to Isabelle Donoho, July 28, 1866 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97695

Letter from Henry Donoho, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, November 14, 1866 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97696

Letter from Henry Donoho, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, December 26, 1866 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97697

Letter from Henry Donoho, Saint Louis, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, February 3, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97698

Letter from B. L. Turner to Isabelle Donoho, May 6, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97699

Letter from Henry Donoho, Belleview, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, October 8, 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97700

Letter from Mollie A. Armstrong, Camden, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho Norris, March 9, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97701

Letter from Mollie A. Armstrong, Camden, Alabama, to William Young Norris, March 9, 1868 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97702

Letters, 1870-1871 (7 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 8

Letter from B. L. Turner to Isabelle Donoho Norris, June 16, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97703

Letter from Aunt Mary, Kaolin, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho Norris, Elyton, Alabama, July 20, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97704

Letter from B. L. Turner to Isabelle Donoho Norris, September 13, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97705

Letter from E. M. Chase, Beekmantown, New York, to Isabelle Donoho Norris, November 1, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97706

Letter from S. L. James, Chaska, Minnesota, to Isabelle Donoho Norris, Elyton, Alabama, December 18, 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97707

Letter from Isabelle Donoho Norris to Samuel L. Robertson, Elyton, Alabama, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97708

Letter from Samuel Robertson to Isabelle Donoho Norris, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 29, 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97709

Letters, Undated (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 9

Letter from Aunt Peek to Isabelle Donoho, circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97710

Letter from Aunt Peek to Isabelle Donoho, August 15, circa 1858 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97711

Letter from Henry Donoho, Caledonia, Missouri, to Aunt Peek and Isabelle Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, October 19, circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97712

Letter from E. M. Chase, Beekmantown, New York, to Isabelle Donoho Norris, January 11, circa 1871 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97713

Letter from Henry Seymour Donoho, Pine Grove, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, October 4, circa 1858 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97714

Letter from Henry Seymour Donoho, Pine Grove, Missouri, to Isabelle Donoho, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, September 14, circa 1858 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97715

Letter from B. L. Turner to Isabelle Donoho Norris, circa 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97716

Letter from Henry Donoho, Iron Mountain, Missouri, to Aunt Peek, December circa 1867 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97717

Letter from A. M. Peek, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to Isabelle Donoho, Fayette, Alabama, June circa 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97718

Letter from Isabelle Donoho, Glenwood, Alabama, to Henry Donoho, April 30, circa 1862 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97719

Letter from A. M. Peek to Isabelle Donoho, Fayette, Alabama, circa 1861 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97720

Lamentation of a Drunkard's Wife, Methodist Protestant, circa 1860 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97721

Miscellaneous Letters, 1865, 1883 (3 letters, 1 copy) Box 3704.001 Folder 10

Letter from Alma D. Brooks, Beloit, Wisconsin, to Samuel L. Robertson, March 19, 1865 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97722

Letter from Alma D. Brooks, Beloit, Wisconsin, to Samuel L. Robertson, April 12, 1865 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97723

Letter from Mollie Bennett, Wheeling, Alabama, to County Superintendent Samuel L. Robertson, Trussville, Alabama, June 26, 1883 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97724

Postcards, 1907-1915 (11 letters) Box 3704.001 Folder 11

Postcard from Kate, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Anna Robertson, Clarendon, Texas, December 23, 1907 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97725

Postcard from Anna Peek Robertson, Hamburg, Germany, to S. L. Robertson, Birmingham, Alabama, August 14, 1909 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97726

Postcard from J. B. Neilson, Hotel Sonne, Munich, Germany, to Anna Robertson, Dresden, Germany, circa 1910 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97727

Postcard from M. MacDonald, London, England, to Anna Robertson, Dresden, Germany, March 9, 1910 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97728

Postcard from G. Grace, Cologne, Germany, to Anna Robertson, Dresden, Germany, March 21, 1910 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97729

Postcard from M. E. M., Nuremberg, Germany, to Anna Robertson, Dresden, Germany, April 26, 1910 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97730

Postcard from J. B. Neilson, Munich, Germany, to Anna Robertson, Memphis, Tennessee, August 16, 1910 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97731

Postcard from J. B. Neilson, London, England, to Anna Robertson, Memphis, Tennessee, June 29, 1911 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97732

Postcard from J. B. Neilson, Kinloch Rannoch, Scotland, to Anna Robertson, Staunton, Virginia, May 2, 1912 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97733

Postcard from J. B. Neilson, Pisa, Italy, to Anna Robertson, Rome, Italy, May 10, 1914 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97734

Postcard from B. Marshall, Bromley, England, to Anna Robertson, Staunton, Virginia, October 7, 1915 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97735

Photographs and Engraving Plate (3 items) Box 3704.001 Folder 12

Portrait of a man wearing an overcoat and hat, circa 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97736

Portrait of a woman wearing a dark colored dress, circa 1870 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97737

Engraving name plate for Miss Rebie J-M. Robertson, circa 1880 http://purl.lib.ua.edu/97738

Envelopes Box 3704.001 Folder 13