Early East Tennessee archive of forty-five (45) documents, manuscripts and photographs related to the Bowers Family of Jonesborough and Boones Creek, Washington County, TN. 1st-3rd items: Three (3) land related documents, including one (1) land survey plat, detailing the land belonging to the Bowers family and the Ellis family, dated circa March 9, 1822 – October 6, 1824. 4th-29th items: Twenty-six (26) letters and other documents related to members of the Bowers family, including Levi, Lawrence, Henry, Joshua, and Solomon Bowers, primarily from Jonesborough, Washington County, TN, dated September 23, 1822 to January 31, 1899, including one (1) writ signed by Levi as Justice of the Peace, dated August 26, 1834, one (1) offer from Levi to teach “…an English School at Boone Creek Meetinghouse one quarter or sixty days…” dated April 4, 1831. 30th-41st items: Twelve (12) receipts, compositions, promissory notes pertaining to various individuals, including members of the Bowers family, dated December 1810 – July 8, 1870, including a pre Civil War speech titled “Human Greatne[s]s,” delivered by A.P. Taylor on May 31, 1860, in Boon[e]s Creek, Washington County. The speech reads “Let us look back upon the ages of the past and view the towering eminences of human greatne[s]s that lift up their giant heads and refuse to be banished by time in any of his future round…Our attention is caught by the eloquence that drops from the lips of the illustrious sons of Italy and Greece…” 42nd-45th items: Four (4) photographic images of Boones Creek, TN, dated circa January 1, 1898, including one (1) depicting the Baptist Church and one (1) labeled “Katie Kirkpatrick / Jan 1, 1898 / Boon Tree” en verso. Provenance: descended in the family to present consignor. A related archive, also having to do with the Bowers family, sold in our January, 2019 auction. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with toning/acid burn, dampstaining, areas of loss, to be expected from age. Areas of rat chew to some letters, smearing to ink, rendering them illegible.
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