Archive of East Tennessee related documents including the New Salem Church log book and letters from the 1834-1849 time frame including the Presidential election of James Polk. 1st item – November 1844 letter from James Anderson Jr. to C.P. Ninney, postmaster of Russelville, TN covering the returns for James Polk in Sullivan and Washington Co, TN with tallies in pencil from Hawkins, Claiborne, and Granger Co. The letter also discusses a stone being thrown at the head of a Democrat, John Crawford, in Jonesboro. The stone missed Crawford and hit a 12 or 15 year old in the head. 2nd item – New Salem Church book with entries concerning the congregation starting from May 30, 1840 to March 21, 1890. The book includes lists of new members, original members including the church elders, and a list of children baptized. First page contains note: "Records of New Salem Church transcribed from the original as near as could be/ obtained September 1, 1842/This was near Whitesburg [Tennessee]". Sam D. McPherson is the elder who has made the majority of entries. Alta Moriah is listed as a "woman of colour" and original member. She appears to have been suspended in May 30, 1840. There are also references to Jefferson County. Folded in the book are two pages from the Knoxville Sentinel from August 19, 1911. 7-1/2" H x 6-3/8" W. 3rd item – Tazwell, TN August 1849 letter from P. N. Roddy to C. P. Ninney covering election returns, "The election passed off very quietly, very little drinking for a public day." 4th item – Aug 1843 Danburg Wilkes Co. GA letter to Postmaster (C.P. Ninney) of East Tennessee. An excerpt, "what was don with the negros that was in the possession of the widow Stubblefield when she dide. She dide in Alambama and the negroes was carried (?) to Hawkins County Tennesssee…There was Peter Nance and 2 children.." 5th item – Jonesboro May 12th, 1834 letter from Sam Cunningham to Charles Ninney. The letter discusses prices of items of nails..Cunningham also speaks of naming his youngest child, Samuel, after Samuel Doak. Condition: 1st item – Overall toning with foxing on pages. Wear to edges and cover of book. Newspaper has toning and tears at the edges. Remaining items – two letters have holes in them, all have toning and some staining.
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