Large Murfree-Huggins family archive, including Dr. James B. Murfree portrait, 100+ items total. 1st item: 19th century Southern three-quarter length oil on canvas portrait of Dr. James B. Murfree (1835-1912) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, oval opening, housed in the original molded and carved wood and gesso gilt frame with heavily carved corners. Sight – 29" H x 24" W. Framed – 40 1/4" H x 35 1/4" W. Dr. Murfree served as a surgeon for the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He was a professor of surgery in the medical department of the University of the South at Sewanee and served twice as mayor of Murfreesboro, TN which had been named for his grandfather who had been an officer in the Revolutionary War. 2nd item: Post Revolutionary War land document granting Jonathan and Benjamin Drake several acres of land in Davidson County, North Carolina, dated March 29, 1783, before the land became part of Tennessee. Includes a 1 3/4" x 3" survey map of the area. Signatures not present (see condition report). 7 3/8" H x 6 3/8" W. Note: "Jonathan Drake was a Captain of the North Carolina militia and resident in Tennessee during the Revolutionary War. He is listed on the DAR Roll of Honor and was, along with Benjamin Drake, one of the 256 signers of the Cumberland Compact, a forerunner of the Tennessee State Constitution, May 13, 1780". (Information according to http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/DRAKE/1999-01/0915515392). 3rd item: Handwritten document by Mathias Brickell Murfree (1788-1853), naming Hardy Murfree his attorney, and giving him the ability to "bargain, sell, grant and convey, with or without general warranty, all that tract or parcel of land, situate lying and being in Dyer County [TN]…". Witnessed by Mathias Murfree and John Woods, Clerk, May 27, 1853. 4th-6th items: Handwritten ten page final decree petition document concerning the last will and testament of Mathias B. Murfree, with William L. and William H. Murfree as executors, brought before the Honorable Hugh L. Davidson at the November term of the circuit court of 1857 at Murfreesboro, TN. The document primarily discusses the distribution of land to Mathais' heirs in Rutherford County, with a pen and ink plat map on the last page. Signed by D. D. Wendel, Clerk of Circuit Court, and later by Benjamin Wharton, Register of Rutherford County, February 9, 1860. Also included is a handwritten copy of first four pages of decree and additional eleven page document pertaining to the petition. 7th item: Copy of deed from the State of Tennessee to the heirs of Hardy Murfree, No. 5489, witnessed by Governor of Tennessee Aaron V. Brown (1795-1859) and Secretary of State John S. Young, witnessed and signed by C. G. Harris, Land Office Registrar, September 13, 1906, filed by J. F. Lemonds, Registrar of Lake County, TN, November 19, 1906. Additional notice stating that the document is a perfect copy of the land deed in Book "G", page 543-4, dated November 24, 1910. 8th-9th items: Two (2) leather bound Gilbert Coal Lands, Van Buren County, TN, one (1) titled "Sims Abstract", pertaining to the "Eliza Sims 5,000 acre grant of land lying on Cumberland Mountain", one (1) titled "Walling Abstract", pertaining to the "James H. Walling 5,000 acre grant of land, less 100 acres out of the South East corner of the same, lying on Cumberland Mountain". Books approximately 5 3/8" H x 8 1/2" W x 1" D. 10th-25th items: Fifteen (15) letters written by and to members of the Murfree-Huggins family, dated 1844-1925, primarily pertaining to financial matters, specifically the various land holdings belonging to the family, and other personal subjects, including a report card from West Tennessee College, Jackson, TN [now the West Tennessee Business College]. Includes seven envelopes. 26th item: Dower report plat map detailing property along Shelbyville Pike, TN. 27th-31st items: Four (4) small survey maps of land placed in authority of Hardy Murfree with descriptions of land, circa 1875. 32nd-33rd items: Two (2) copies of a paperback booklet titled "Hardy Murfree 1752-1809" by Fanny Noailles Dickinson Murfree. 34th-38th items: Includes a typed four-page typed copy of a family record made by Mrs. Mary M. Hardeman and a two-page typed copy of excerpts from the "Hardy Murfree" booklet by Fanny Murfree. Both documents typed by John G. Hancock, a cousin of Fanny. Documents bound by two metal brackets, top of pages. Two page handwritten document containing biographical information about Mrs. C.B. Huggins [Ada Murfree Huggins (1868-1951)]. Three page typed document intended to "appreciate the honor and glory which is linked with the name of Murfreesboro". Document bound by metal bracket, top left of page. Handwritten document listing the family of Mathias B. Murfree. 39th item: Three page incomplete handwritten copy of survey Hardy Murfree lands in Weakley County, TN, with small survey map, originally surveyed in 1829. Includes approximately 110 checks and receipts pertaining to the finances of Camillus B. Huggins (1822-1910), primarily from Stones River National Bank, Mufreesboro, TN, circa 1893-1902. Also includes Daughters of the American Revolution ribbons and pin, 3 items total, Document for 10 Shares of Murfreesboro, Lascasas, Milton and Liberty Turnpike Company issued to G. W. Ferguson, October 30, 1838, Check from the Democratic National Campaign Fund for 1900 for the sum of $500 to John G. Hancock, dated August 24, 1900, Black and white photograph depicting Colonel Hardy Murfree's grave, typed explanation, en verso, and more. Provenance: Private Warren County, TN collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition, documents with areas of toning, foxing spots, tears, dampstaining, etc. to be expected from age. 1st item: Several cracks and losses to frame especially to upper corners and upper and lower areas. Scattered abrasions and inpainting and wear to canvas, most noticeably to subject's upper lip. Scattered marks, possibly ink, to upper lip. Possible mold or white spotting to right half and lower center of canvas. Stains on back of canvas. 2nd item: Lower portion of the grant, including signatures, has been torn away. Ink is faded, rendering most of the writing illegible. Unsigned promissory note to pay E. D. Hancock, attorney and trustee for the Murfree Heirs, two years from June 30, 1906.
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