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Early Jefferson and Grainger County Tennessee archive of approximately fifty (50) paper ephemera items related to William Graham (1786-1857, served circa 1807-1815 in the Sixth Regiment in the Tennessee State Militia), including slave bill of sale, dated 1858. 1st item: Slave and land title bond bill of sale between William Graham's daughters and their husbands Franklin William "Frank" Taylor, Sr. (1810-1886) and Eliza Jane Graham Taylor (1821-1897) and Calvin Bird Nance (1813-1879) and Mary Shields Graham Nance (1824-1907) and members of the Moon family, Jefferson County, TN, October 28, 1857. The document begins by recording the sale of a "…negro girl Mary Jane commonly called Ann for fourteen hundred and fifty dollars bearing date Oct 28 1857 also by six notes of hand bearing Interest from date Interested to be paid accordingly…", the remainder of the document details tracts of land to be sold. Witnessed by F. E. Taylor and C. B. Nance. 12 1/8" H x 14 1/2" W. 2nd item: Land deed between George Turnley and William Graham, Jefferson County, TN, dated June 14, 1825, obverse. Land survey conducted for a tract of William Graham's for Franklin William "Frank" Taylor, Sr. and Calvin Bird Nance, dated November 9, 1857, after William's passing on September 17, 1857, reverse. 12 1/8" H x 7 1/2" W. 3rd item: Fragment of a circa 1773-1782 receipt or ledger made out to Graham and other individuals, possibly for a repair shop, listing items and amounts, the first line reading "…made his iron weight 6 lbs 030…" 4 1/2" H x 6 1/8" W. 4th item: Copy of a land survey by John Brown of fifty acres of land in Jefferson County, Tennessee, Fifth District, belonging to William Graham, entered by Brown's deputy James Campbell, on December 30, 1815, No. 1580. 9 3/4" H x 7 7/8" W. 5th item: Document with two (2) sheriff summons issued by William Graham as a Justice of the Peace, Jefferson County, both dated April 17, 1826. 12 1/4" H x 8" W. 6th item: State of Tennessee Court of Pleas and Quarter Session, Dandridge, Jefferson County, document, dated December 1832, granting William Graham the "…full power by these presents well and truly to collect and to take into your possession, all singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits…" of his deceased father George Graham (1756-1832) "…hereby requiring you to make, or cause to be made, and returned to our side court, within ninety days, a true and perfect inventory…and also, to render a true and clear account of said administration when thereto required." Witnessed by Joseph Hamilton, Clerk. 12 1/2" H x 8 1/8" W. 7th-8th items: Two (2) Grainger County and Jefferson County, TN land deeds, dated between 1857-1858, including one (1) between William G. Dearborn and Coleman M. Witt, indicating that Witt paid $5 for a tract of in Civil District No. 1, witnessed by William A. Harris, Thomas R. Read, and William G. Schow, dated February 28, 1858. Received and registered by S. R. Culver, Registrar, in April 1858, witnessed by James K. McAnnally, Clerk of Grainger County. Both approximately 12 1/2" H x 15 1/4" W. 9th item: Two (2) documents related to the Sartain Family of Jefferson County, TN, specifically pertaining to the relatives of Betsy Sartain signing over their rights to their deceased mother's estate to her, dated January 29, 1827. One (1) of the documents is witnessed by Dr. Samuel Shields (1802-1888). Both approximately 12 1/2" H x 7 5/8" W. 10th item: Legal document indicating that Hannibal Donaldson and Preston Franklin of Jefferson County, TN have purchased the "…full and exclusive right of making constructing using and vending to others to be used in the counties of Jefferson and Sevier and not elsewhere, a machine for crushing corn with the cobs, which improvement was patented unto Samuel K. Guantt as the original inventor, under the great seal of the United States bearing date the 25th day of May 1827…" and have granted William Graham and his heirs the rights, etc. to the machine for the sum of three dollars, dated April 2, 1829. Signed by Donaldson and Franklin, attested by Cathy Schorn. 12 1/2" H x 7 7/8" W. 11th-16th items: Six (6) Jefferson County, TN court related documents, including four (4) written or witnessed by Joseph Hamilton, Clerk, dated 1820-1831. Ranging in size from 4 1/2" H x 7 7/8" W to 6 1/4" H x 7 7/8" W. 17th-19th items: Three (3) Jefferson County, TN legal related documents, including one (1) document detailing a lawsuit between William Graham and John Walden, dated between 1820-1855. Ranging in size between 9 1/2" H x 14 3/8" W to 12 1/4" H x 7 3/4" W. 20th-23rd items: Four (4) handwritten letters to William Graham, including one (1) from his son in law Franklin William "Frank" Taylor, Sr., dated between 1822-1857. Ranging in size between 7" H x 8" W to 11 3/4" H x 7 5/8" W. 24th-26th items: Three (3) miscellaneous documents, including one (1) bifolium document describing the land comprising Seven Islands, TN, one (1) listing the Heads of Families in the 11th Common School District, and one (1) handwritten document with the Christian wedding ceremony script, possibly in William Graham's hand. Ranging in size from 8" H x 6 5/8" W to 11 3/4" H x 15" W. 27th-49th items: Approximately twenty-three (23) receipts, promissory notes, bills, and other financial related documents pertaining to William Graham, dated between 1818-1857. 50th item: One (1) associated brown leather document holder with a paper label reading "238". Provenance: Estate of Anne Harrison Taylor & Joseph F. Taylor, Morristown, TN. Note: The leather document holder is included on an inventory list created by Joseph Feamster Taylor (1892-1965) of Whitesburg, TN, son of Franklin Walter Taylor (1854-1919), grandson of Franklin William Taylor (1810-1897), great grandson of William Graham (1786-1857), and father of Joseph Franklin Taylor (1934-2015), as number 238. CONDITION: All items with toning, foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, tears, to be expected from age. Paper items in overall good, legible condition. 1st item: 3/4" tear to center fold line.