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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Letters to Elizabeth J. Coman W.0047

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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

October 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-15T16:03-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Letters to Elizabeth J. Coman

Unit ID:

W.0047

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.1 Linear feet

Dates:

1834-1843

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Letters to Elizabeth J. Coman of Athens, Alabama, from her husband and sisters between 1834 and 1843.

creator

Coman, Elizabeth J.

creator

Coman, James

creator

Martin, S. A.

creator

Mason, Rebecca A.

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Preferred Citation:

Letters to Elizabeth J. Coman, The A. S. Williams III Americana Collections, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Biographical/Historical note

James Matthew, son of Robert and Jane Wade Prout Coman, was born on 22 October 1808 in Wadesboro, North Carolina. Elizabeth Jordan Mason, daughter of William Mason, was born on 13 February 1815 in Greenville County, Virginia. The couple married on 27 March 1833 and lived in Limestone County, Alabama. Sometime in the late 1840s they moved to Tishomingo County, Mississippi. They had seven children: Mary Gilliam; Robert Mason; Sara Jane; Margaret Louise; James William; Rebecca; and John Joshua.

James was a merchant, and the 1860 Federal Census listed his personal estate valued at $20,000. In 1870 they were living in Iuka, Mississippi, where James was a chancellor clerk; the 1870 Census shows his estate valued at $1,000. Elizabeth died on 29 December 1875; James died ten years later on 28 December 1885.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

General note

Title on phase box spine: Coman Family of Athens, Alabama - Letter, 1834-1843

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a series of letters to Elizabeth J. Coman of Athens, Alabama, from her husband and sisters and dated between 1834 and 1843. Letters from Coman's husband, James Coman, describe his trips to Florence and Bellefonte, Alabama, and Louisville, Kentucky. A letter from Coman's sister, S. A. Martin, describes college entrance examinations, while letters from Coman's sister Rebecca Mason describe daily life in Nashville, Tennessee.

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Daily Life and Family (localbroad)

Limestone County (Ala.) (lcsh)

Letters Box W0047.01 Folder 1