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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Early Huntsville, Alabama, letters W.0100


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

December 2013


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Early Huntsville, Alabama, letters

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


0.05 Linear feet


1822, 1831


Two unrelated letters, dated from 1822 and 1831, containing information about Huntsville, Alabama.


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


Brandon, Thomas, 1785-1859


Moen, A. R.


Williams, A. S., III

Preferred Citation:

Early Huntsville, Alabama, letters, A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

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Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Biographical/Historical note

Born on April 7, 1785, in Georgia, Thomas Brandon was an early resident of Huntsville, Alabama. In 1811, Brandon married Elizabeth Sample in Lincoln County, Tennessee; the couple had six daughters. Sometime after his marriage, Thomas Brandon moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where he became a brick mason and managed a brickyard with his brother William. Brandon became the clerk of the County Court in 1823, and was later named to the city's Committee of Vigilance. He married Mary Owen following Elizabeth Sample's death in 1827; the couple had four daughters and one son. In 1842, the partnership between William and Thomas dissolved, and Thomas and his family moved to Monroe County, Mississippi. Brandon died in Mississippi in 1859.

A. R. Moen was a salesmen who represented Collins and Company, an axe company headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut. Moen sold axes to merchants throughout Alabama, reporting on his progress to company representatives.

Source: Rohr, Nancy. "The News from Huntsville," The Huntsville Historical Review 26, number 1 (Winter-Spring 1999), 3-23.

Related Archival Materials note

A. R. Moen letter, 1831 May 31, W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University of Alabama Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

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Scope and Contents note

These two unconnected letters contain information related to Huntsville, Alabama.

The earlier letter, dated January 1, 1822, was written by county court clerk Thomas Brandon and addressed to Samuel Pickens, the brother of Alabama governor Israel Pickens. In the letter, Brandon asks Pickens to support a court claim against the state for failure to pay Brandon for compiling state census and tax lists.

The later letter, dated June 16, 1861, was written by salesman A. R. Moen and addressed to M. P. Collins of Collins and Company, located in Hartford, Connecticut. In the letter, Moen describes his efforts to sell Collins's axes to merchants in the Huntsville area and describes the city as "a town outranked by no other in the State but Mobile."


Collins, M. P. (local)

Pickens, Samuel (local)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Business (lcsh)

Correspondence (aat)

Huntsville (Ala.) (lcsh)

A. R. Moen letter Item 1 Box W0100.01

Thomas Brandon letter Item 2 Box W0100.01