Tennessee Governor archive including Willie Blount, 3rd Governor (1809-1815), Joseph McMinn, 4th Governor (1815-1821), James C. Jones, 10th Governor (1841-1845), and Aaron V. Brown, 11th Governor (1857-1859) signed land grants and related documents, plus legal broadside and land warrant ledger, 10 items total. 1st item: Governor Willie Blount and Secretary William Grainger Blount (1784-1827) signed land document granting Frances Dalzell one hundred acres in Hawkins County, TN, dated June 12, 1812. Signed by both Blounts, below. 15 1/4" H x 12 1/4" W. Note: William Grainger Blount was the eldest son of William Blount, nephew of Governor Willie Blount. He practiced law in Knoxville and became the owner of Blount Mansion after serving three terms in the Tennessee House of Representatives. 2nd item: Governor James Chamberlain Jones and Secretary John S. Young (1839-1847) signed land document granting John Williams two hundred acres in Hawkins County, TN, dated November 12, 1841. Signed by Jones and Young, below. 16" H x 11 3/8" W. 3rd item: Governor Aaron Venable Brown printed and handwritten signed land document granting War of 1812 veteran Lewis Davis (b. 1790), 39th Infantry Regiment, two thousand acres of land in Hawkins County, entered December 3, 1836, surveyed February 10, 1838, witnessed by Brown and John S. Young, Secretary of State, April 2, 1847, below. Printed and handwritten notation stating that it has been entered by W.T. Jones, Register Land Office for Tennessee, reverse. Approximately 18" H x 11 5/8" W. Note: The 39th United States Infantry was a regiment of the regular Army. It was authorized on January 29, 1813, and recruited in East Tennessee by Col. Williams. It was commanded by Colonel John Williams, who had previously led the Mounted Volunteers of East Tennessee. 4th item: Former Governor Joseph McMinn signed agreement between McMinn of the Cherokee Agency and William Tait and George Painter to make rails at the rates of fifty cents per one hundred in Tennessee money, signed by all three with an additional witness, dated November 15, 1824. 12 3/4" H x 7 7/8" W. Note: Following his term as governor, McMinn served as an agent to the Cherokee for the United States government. 5th item: Broadside printed on paper titled Rules of the Supreme Court of Errors and Appeals of the State of Tennessee, relative to taking Deposition, detailing the procedures that were adopted November 1812 in Knoxville, February Term 1813 in Nashville, and November Term 1816 in Rogersville. Additional printed and handwritten section granting David Shaver Sr. (1776-1857) and Samuel Rhea (1795-1863) "…full power an authority to examine all witnesses whatsoever, as well on behalf of Elizabeth Foster and others complaint as of Benjamin Foster and others defendants…" witnessed by Peter Parson, Clerk, and Dicks Alexander, Clerk and Master of the Court, Rogersville, Hawkins County, dated May 1, 1825, below. Additional ink inscriptions, reverse. 12 5/8" H x 15 1/2" W. Note: See Lot 634 for other documents related to Parsons and Alexander. 6th item: Clerk and Master's Office of Rogersville, TN Report as to Distribution of the Funds of Among the Legates of Governor Joseph McMinn's deed, with Orville Bradley, the executor of McMinn's will, dated April 11, 1853. 27 page document with sewn spine, the first few pages describe the document contents, the majority of the document listing names of people, including McMinn family members and other individuals with amounts of paid and unpaid funds. 12 3/4" H x 8" W x 1/8" D. 7th-8th items: Two (2) ALS. Two page handwritten bifoliums. To Governor Joseph McMinn, Hawkins County, TN, from John and Nancy Kinkead Long, Kentucky, relatives of Rebecca Kincade, McMinn's second wife, dated July 13, 1820 and December 25, 1822. They mostly write about family and friends, however the 1822 letter mentions that "…a law has been passed for the burning of Seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars of the Common-Wealth Money, a law to repeal the charter of the Kentucky bank…" in response to the Panic of 1819. Traces of red wax to address panels. 7 7/8" H x 12 1/2" W to 10 1/8" H x 15 1/2" W. 9th item: Duplicate bill of sale handwritten record between Joseph McMinn and James Mitchell for goods including potatoes, vinegar, and whiskey for a total of two thousand three hundred and seventy-seven dollars, dated June 6, 1824. Later ink inscription stating that James Mitchell "…has made an oath that the above account is just & true…" sworn before George Covill, acting Justice of the Peace, McMinn County, dated November 12, 1825, signed by Mitchell and Covill. Additional notation stating that this is a duplicate for the records of Orville Bradley, the executor of McMinn's will, dated December 3, 1825, below. Additional ink inscriptions, reverse. 12 5/8" H x 7 1/2" W. 10th item: Hardbound ledger with marbled paper sides with approximately twelve pages listing Land Warrants located by Taylor Eckel & Carmichael, recording "To whom issued," "date," "No. of Acres," "No.," "Cost per Acre," and "of whom purchasing." One example is as follows "William H. Dewitt, Feby 15th 1856 1,20, 47.492, $1.00, A.J. Fletcher." 12 1/4" H x 4 1/8" W x 3/4" D. Provenance: Estate of Anne Harrison Taylor & Joseph F. Taylor, Morristown, TN. CONDITION: All items in overall good, legible condition, with toning, dampstaining, foxing spots, to be expected from age. 1st item: 3" x 2 1/2" section, including seal, not present top left. Signature in good, legible condition. 2nd item: 2 1/4" hole, possibly insect damage, to center left fold line. Signatures slightly affected by dampstaining. 3rd item: Overall toning, dampstaining, foxing spots, separations to fold lines. Lower sections of document separated from top portion, affecting Young signature, Brown signature intact but slightly affected by dampstaining. 4th item: McMinn signature in overall good, legible condition. Tear, largest 1", to fold lines. 7th-8th items: 1/2" tear, center left of 1822 letter. Two tears, largest 1/8", near wax seal of 1820 letter.10th item: Areas of wear, loss to spine, largest 1/2".
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