Large Sawyers and McBee Family Archive, Tennessee and Kentucky, 1820-1907, 100 plus items. Mostly letters, promissory notes, and receipts. 1st-10th items: Ten letters to and from the Sawyers and McBee families, 1820-1907. Letter from Alex Crawford, Fayette County, IN, to his cousin, William Sawyers, Knoxville, TN, April 27, 1820, writing about a school in his county that: enable[s] every grade of life to read the scriptures…[including] the negroes…No slave is received into the school without a permit from their masters; about 50 or so blacks attend. Letter from Sarah Crawford, Fayette County, KY, to her cousin, Josiah Sawyers, Knoxville, TN, May 29, 1820. Letter from Sarah Crawford, Fayette County, KY, to her cousin, Josiah Sawyers, Knoxville, TN, November 20, 1820. Letter from Ruthy Peterson, Fayette County, KY, to William Sawyer, Knoseville [sic], TN, June 28, 1829. Love letter from B. K. Mynatt, Anderson County, TN, to Rachel Sawyers, Grainger County, TN, May 2, 1849, reading: I can no longer keep concealed within my own breast the sentiments of esteem and affection with which you have inspired me. Nor can I deem it consistant with the high respect I have for you, not to make known my inclination without my further delay. Letter from E. S. Cassady, Lafayette, GA, to his cousin, Nancy E. Sawyers, Knoxville, TN, June 10, 1860, reading: If you see Cousin Sallie before I write to her, tell her that the ring that we talked about will find the way there Some of these Day's [sic] or shortly afterwards. Letter from R. M. Cassady, to his or her cousin, Nancy E. Sawyer, undated. Letter from R. C. H. Sawyers, Murfreesboro, TN, to Ann Cassady, Knox County, TN, Sept 15, 1867. Includes envelope, no stamp. Letter from Andrew Graham, Murfreesboro, TN, to Gainem B. McBee, Jr., Strawberry Plains, TN, October 11, 1867. Includes envelope, no stamp. Letter from E. E. Patton, House of Representatives, Washington, D. C., to Gainem C. McBee, Esq., expressing interest in: a book called RAMSEY'S ANNALS OF TENNESSEE….Would you sell the book, and if so for how much? dated June 1907. Includes envelope in partial condition. 11th-13th items: Captain Hickles Company list of 91 names including John Sawyers, with columns for acres of land, School lands, number of slaves, seasons, etc., 1820. Last Will and Testament of James Howell, appointing William Sawyers as his executor, witnessed by Joseph Mynatt, John Sawyers, and Martha L. Mynatt, July 25, 1825. Record of account current of James Mynatt with Ruth Hobb, July 15, 1845-November 8, 1847. Record of settlement of Samuel and Mary Shields with William Sawyer, February 24, 1846-July 25, 1846. Record of account current against the estate of Josiah Sawyers to Samuel Shields of Shields and Boyd, paid by William Sawyer, Executor of the estate, 1847-1848. Record of the subscribed individuals at Washington Church who have bound themselves to: pay the sums annexed to our names to the Rev. G. L. White for one half his ministerial labors…from the 1st of January 1842, to be paid annually in wheat, corn, oats, & pork…for the years 1842-1850. Names include William Sawyers, J. H. C. Sawyers, and Josiah Sawyers. 14th-16th items: Three pen and ink drawings of decorative lace and garlands, one signed Miss Nancy E. Sawyers, one signed and dated Nancy E Sawyers 1858. Includes financial documents, promissory notes, receipts, personal letters about payments, etc. primarily related to William Sawyers, John Sawyers, Gainem C. McBee, or other members of the Sawyers or McBee families. c. 1820-1891. Seven bundles of receipts and other financial and legal papers, bound in string. Also includes fragments of old newspapers, few leather and metal tools and personal possesions. Provenance: Descended through the family of Revolutionary War soldier, Colonel John Sawyers. CONDITION: Items exhibit toning, foxing spots, dampstaining, and tears to be expected from age. Bundles not examined for content or condition.
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