Guide to Manuscript Materials on Microfilm : MF. 2000 - MF. 2099
Mf. 2000 -- Bethel United Methodist Church (Clarksville, Tenn.), Records, 1834-2009. 3 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2001 -- Harris/Brown Papers, 1805-[1805-1947]-2000. 1 reel. 16mm.
Mf. 2002 -- William K. Watson Papers, 1862-1902. TSLA. 1 reel, 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Sgt. Watson (1833-1916) was a Union soldier from Zanesville, Ohio, who enlisted in 1862 with the 150th New York Volunteer Regiment. He headquartered in Tennessee at Normandy near Tullahoma during the winter of 1864 before participating in the Battle of Atlanta and Sherman’s march from Atlanta to Savannah. He describes various other battles and skirmishes that take place during the latter part of the war, including the Battle at New Hope Church, May 25-27, 1864; the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, June 27, 1864; and the Battle of Peach Tree Creek, July 20, 1864.
Watson worked as a tailor both before and after the war. On March 16, 1865, he was wounded in combat, shortly after his diary ends on March 12, 1865.
Mf. 2003 -- Antioch Baptist Church (Washington County, Tenn) Records, 1919-2008. 1 volume. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2004 -- Ruth Baxter Cochran Scrapbook Collection, 1965-1993. 46 volumes and .5 cubic feet. 6 reels. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Ruth Baxter Cochran’s husband, Wayne L. Cochran, inherited Chestnut Ridge Farm from his father Henard O. Cochran. Upon Wayne Cochran’s death in 1997, Ruth Baxter Cochran, her mother-in-law Mrs Elizabeth “Lib” Cochran of Lewisburg, and Ruth’s two children and their families all shared ownership of the farm, designated as a Tennessee Century Farm. Located on the Elk Ridge, the farm was considered a part of Lincoln County before 1871 and afterwards, part of Moore County.
Mf. 2005 -- Hannibal Fox Civil War Diary (Jan.-Dec. 1865), TSLA. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
As Fox’s diary is dept in 1865, after fighting ended in and around his posting in the Mississippi River town of Port Hudson, Louisiana, his entries reflect the rather pedestrian concerns of an officer posted to a non-combat theater late in the Civil War. He has frequent interactions with the Assistant Adjutant General, the Quartermaster, the Christian Commission, and the post office (he apparently was in charge of distributing the battalion’s mail). An educated man, Fox has an interest in the 19th century pseudo-science of phrenology and is an avid birder and pigeon-keeper.
Entries of note include a mention of President Lincoln’s assassination (4/18), having “captured one Reb” on a 80-mile foray across the Mississippi River into western Louisiana (5/9), and July 13: “Passed Memphis in the morning. Men got drunk and raised a mutiny on board. Came near being thrown overboard.” He is discharged in Cairo, IL and spends some time in Cleveland, OH before returning to Vermont. The remainder of the diary concerns Fox’s life in Burlington, VT until he ends up in Brookfield, Linn County, MO on Dec. 31, 1865.
The diary was loaned for microfilming on Sept. 6, 2011 by its owner, the Cookeville History Museum, during the Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee event.
Mf. 2006 -- University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences Library – Tennessee Physicians Index, ca. 1790 – ca. 1994. 3 reels, 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2007 -- John C. Lipscomb Papers, 1862-1865. 0.25 cubic feet. TSLA. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
John C. Lipscomb (1842-1917) enlisted as a private in Company D, 27th Tennessee Infantry Regiment on August 27, 1861, at Camp Trenton in Gibson County, Tennessee. After mustering at Trenton, the regiment moved to Henderson, where it stayed until November 1861. It then moved to Columbus, Kentucky, where it was armed and equipped. The commanding officer, Col. Christopher H. Williams, and 100 men from the regiment were selected to escort Gen. Felix Zollicoffer’s body back to Nashville after he was killed in the Battle of Mill Springs on January 19, 1862. The regiment moved to Nashville in February 1862, and then on to Corinth, Mississippi as part of Brig. Gen. Sterling A.M. Wood’s Brigade.
As part of Wood’s Brigade, the regiment fought at the Battle of Shiloh on April 6-7, 1862. After that battle, new officers were elected as part of the reorganization, and Lipscomb became a lieutenant in Company D on May 12, 1862. He was elected captain of Company D on June 18, 1862.
The regiment participated in Gen. Braxton Bragg’s invasion of Kentucky later in 1862. Because of losses sustained during its engagements in Kentucky, the 27th Tennessee was consolidated with the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, forming the 1st/27th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry Regiment.
Special Order No. 118 (in Folder 6), dated December 26, 1862, ordered Lipscomb to report to Col. A.W. Caldwell for recruiting service. Although he officially remained the captain of Company D, it appears Lipscomb served as a recruiting officer for the rest of the war.
After the war, Lipscomb lived near Greenfield in Weakley County, Tennessee as a farmer, lawyer, and county court judge. He died February 7, 1917 and is buried in Greenfield.
Mf. 2008 -- Henry Marshall Misemer Family Letters, 1861-[1863-1865]-1878. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Misemer’s letters describe in detail the nature of the Federal action against the South. On March 20, 1864, Misemer mentions heading into West Point, Mississippi, where he helps to burn corn and cotton, and then assists in the destruction of railroad tracks. He also mentions capturing “negroes” as well as horses and mules. Misemer helps to kill or capture up to 1,000 Confederates during this expedition. General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s troops captured Misemer on September 25, 1864, He was later paroled from the Cahaba, Mississippi, prison.
The collection includes a letter written by Levi Bogart to his sister Martha, on June 16, 1864, that contains a number of observations about African Americans and Jews. The collection contains a letter written by Solomon Bogart about the explosion of the U.S.S. Sultana on the Mississippi River near Memphis. Misemer and brothers-in-law Levi and Charles Harrison Bogart died in the Sultana explosion.
Mf. 2009 -- William Neal McGrew Civil War Diaries, 1861-1862. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
McGrew witnessed the Nashville funerals of Gen. Felix Zollicoffer and other soldiers. He reported on what he heard about the battles at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, but did not participate in either. On February 12, McGrew returned home to Pulaski on sick leave. Five days later, he described “the gloomy news” that came on the train carrying Governor Isham Harris and his cabinet away from Nashville towards Memphis. According to McGrew, Harris “told the Citizens last night that he would be with them in 10 days to die with them in the Cause of the South.”
McGrew rejoined his company in March, marching through Athens and Decatur, Alabama. On March 10, 1862, he wrote that “Playing soldier is now becoming a very disagreeable game but I fear not half as hard as it will yet be.”
The company traveled by train to Tuscumbia, Alabama, and then marched to Iuka, Mississippi. He reported on the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of Huntsville, Alabama, on April 10 and various activities around Corinth, Mississippi. McGrew wrote about the presence of Gen. Adams and the reorganization of his company, which had been combined with Col. Biffle’s battalion to form a new regiment. On April 30, he noticed “there being some great dissatisfaction in our Regiment as to our field officers, they resigned and run the elections over this morning which resulted in the election of Leut. Col. Biffle as Commanding Colonel.”
McGrew chronicled his company’s movement in northern Mississippi and West Tennessee, with references to short rations, ill health, and becoming lost in a swamp. On August 30-31, 1862, there was a “considerable brush with the Yanks” near Bolivar, Tennessee. His descriptions include Jackson, Denmark, and LaGrange, Tennessee, the latter serving as the site of his convalescence for several days before finding his camp on September 17, 1862.
The entries for several days in October 1862 have been crossed out, followed by a reference on October 31 to “court martials going on.” By November 9, McGrew was back in Holly Springs, Mississippi, reporting that the infantry was in retreat. On November 12, his small force was given a dangerous mission for a “small force of 93 men” near Lumpkins’s Mill. The following day, McGrew and “20 from the Reg 1st Tenn Cavalry and 11 others from different commands” were cut off, surrounded, and captured by the Yankees (the 2nd Iowa Cavalry).
As a prisoner of war, McGrew went first to “Hutsonville (Hudsonville, Mississippi), where he was “treated kindly.” His diary contains a list of others imprisoned with him. The Federals transported the prisoners to Holly Springs, Mississippi, and then to LaGrange, Tennessee. From there they traveled on to Cairo, Illinois, and Columbus, Kentucky, then boarded the Lady Jackson along with “several hundred of our brother soldiers” bound for Memphis, then on board the Metropolis to Helena, Arkansas, and finally to Vicksburg, where he was paroled on December 2, 1862.
William Neal (Neely) McGrew (1835-1923) was born in Coffee County, Tennessee, but called Prospect, Tennessee, in Giles County, his home. His father, Curry McGrew, was originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and his mother, was the former Eliza Ann Patton from Tennessee. Before the Civil War, Neely worked as a bookkeeper for the town of Pulaski, Giles County. He married Louisa Ruth Whitley in 1866. She is listed in post war census records as Eliza R. McGrew. Neely later became a mechanic. He died June 9, 1923, and is buried at Maplewood Cemetery in Pulaski.
Mf. 2011 -- Donaldson Family Papers, 1819-2005. Marion County, Tenn. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The abstract is a brief description of title to the land belonging to the N.Y. & N.O. Coal and Iron Company. This is not the actual county lead record but rather a summary kept by the William E. Donaldson Law Firm. One item of interest is the Elizabeth Lowery Reservation. It is the first entry in the abstract and is dated June 23, 1819. The item states that she “intends to reside on her land” and asks that the Cherokee agent be notified of this. The Cherokee Treaty of February 27, 1819, allowed reservations for members. Each reservation was to be 640 acres square. The individuals given reservations had to notify the agent for the Cherokee nation, in writing, that they intended to reside permanently on the land reserved for them. Elizabeth Lowery was given a reservation in Tennessee.
The account books contain a list of the firm’s client balance sheets. There are four indexed account books.
The genealogical materials consist of printed matter, including a copy of “Donaldson Descendants.” This booklet details the descendants of William Donaldson (b. ca. 1738), and was compiled by Jonathan Mitchell Sweat. “A Partial History of the Donaldson Family, 1734 to 1842” is also included in the genealogical materials. It was written by William E. Donaldson with edits by Elizabeth Donaldson Ketner, Louise Gardiner Dunham, and Jonathan Mitchell Sweat.
William Edward Donaldson (1842-1919) was the son of William Donaldson (1811-1884) and Ellen Morris (1815-1864.) He joined the Confederate Army on April 17, 1861. Donaldson served in Company F, 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment, C.S.A., under Col. Peter Turney. He was severely wounded in the thigh at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and his injury left him crippled for the rest of his life. He is buried in the Hoge Cemetery in Marion County, Tennessee.
Mf. 2012 -- Liberty Reunited Predestinarian Baptist Church of Christ Account Book, Grave County, Kentucky, 1835-1894.
The Liberty Reunited Predestinarian Baptist Church of Christ was organized in July 1835. It was located in Graves County, Kentucky, which shares a border with Henry and Weakley counties in Tennessee. The congregation was a member of the Obion County (Tenn.) Baptist Association.
Mf. 2013 -- Thomas S. Stribling Papers - Addition, 1911-1979. 1500 items. THS. 2 reels. 35 mm.
Mf. 2014 -- Newell Family Papers, ca 1826-1955. TSLA .25 linear feet. 1 reel. 16mm.
The Newell Papers contain approximately 32 letters dating from 1879-1899, written from Jefferson Davis, Beauvoir, Mississippi, to John David Stokes Newell, attorney, St. Joseph, Tenasas Parish, Louisiana. The letters deal primarily with the management of Davis’ land holdings in Mississippi –day-to-day issues related to managers and tenants or “lessees”. Properties mentioned include Elkridge, Limerick, Cane Ridge, Brierfield, and Beauvoir.
Also included are 6 miscellaneous letters to or from J.D. Stokes Newell, 1881-1894 regarding business and family matters; approximately 11 miscellaneous family letters, 1826-76 (and 1955), several relating to the impact of the Civil War on family members; one slave bill of sale of a negro child (Julia) 1854, Natchez, Mississippi; one deed of gift for one negro slave woman (Matilda) and child (Walter), 1849, also in Natchez; genealogical data for the Newell and related families; Tirza Willson Patterson’s account of her early life in Virginia, from ca. 1850-1865, which includes vivid stories of life in Civil War-era Virginia; a ca. 1903 Field and Stream article about Miss Georgia Willson of Natchez, Mississippi and hunting on horseback over historic plantations; four photographs; ephemera items; and various receipts and notes kept by J.D.S. Newell regarding the sale of cotton, c. 1882-1883.
Mf. 2015 -- Daniel Graham Account Book, 1819-1866, and Slave Register, 1823-1863. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The slave register (Vol. 1B) is paginated and spans the period 1823-1863. It documents the lives of more than 70 slaves and contains yearly comments on each individual. In most cases Graham devoted an entire page to each slave, and included information such as: name, age, condition of health, marriage, children, vaccinations, work location, and price and place of purchase. The last page in the register contains three lists pertaining to the slaves: those who were sold, those who died, and those given away.
Mf. 2016 -- Dr. Bailey Brown Sory Ledger Books, 1893-1942. 3 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2017 -- Land Grants South of the Walker Line, 1825-1923. 6 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2020 -- First Baptist Church (Manchester, Tenn.) Records, 1843-1986. 5 reels. Mixed sizes. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2021 -- Springhill Baptist Church (Dyer County, Tenn.) Records, 1886-1959. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2022 -- Dr. William M. Boyd Ledger Book, 1908. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2023 -- James R. Mayo Papers, 1939-[1943-1944]-1944. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
All correspondence but the last, a returned letter that was written by Mayo to his sister Lorene, who lived in Greenbrier, Robertson County, Tennessee, with her husband J. H. (Henry) Abernathy, and their daughter Fairie.
Though Mayo’s letters contain no real battle descriptions, his correspondence subtly reflects some significant themes: the grueling nature of military routine; the sickness and disease that can go hand-in-hand with military service; the adjustment required by a rural farmer to life in the military and overseas; the involvement of the military censors and the effect it had on family communication; a life previously guided by farm activities and the importance of family; new experiences such as sunbathing and swimming in New Guinea, as well as socializing with the residents; military recreational activities such as baseball, crap games, forays off post, movies, and visits to town; concern for what was happening stateside with inquiries about the draft and shortages; concern for the mortality of his service (he writes: “I will haft to say good By, for I can’t tell what I am doing but it isn’t bad” [11-18-43]. Mayo also mentions toward the end of his life being too disgusted to write home); preparing his family for what might come, as he eases them into the realization that he might have to stay overseas even after the war ends; and the idea of burial overseas.
Mf. 2024 -- Lt. Col. William K. M. Breckenridge Civil War Daybook, 1862-1863. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The volume contains three distinct sets of handwriting. From the signatures and contents of the entries, it is presumed that Breckenridge is the main author. Some of the writing is careless and difficult to read. Despite the penmanship, the authors compiled an animated record of life in a Union cavalry unit moving around West Tennessee. Towns most often mentioned are Bolivar, Grand Junction, Jackson, LaGrange, and Memphis. The registered letters and reports should be of special interest to students and scholars of the Civil War. They address encounters with guerrillas, tension between offices, the effects of drinking, and mention a dust-up that Breckenridge and his men had with General Forrest. Letters and reports are dated from Bolivar, Saltillo, Jackson, and Washington D. C.
The daily entries contain valuable information about intra-regimental relationships, guerrilla warfare and its effect on local populations, behavior in wartime, and the frustration of dealing with a military bureaucracy.
Mf. 2026 -- Mount Olivet Cemetery (Nashville, TN) Interment Books, 1855-1952, and Plat Book, ca. 1855-ca. 1972. 2 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2028 -- Kyle Masonic Lodge, No. 422 (Whitesburg, Tenn.), Minute Books, 1871-1911. 1 reel. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2029 -- First Presbyterian Church (Bristol, TN) Records, 1858-2009. 11 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Mf. 2031 -- Micah Ann Gleaves Tabler Diary, 1941-1946. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The memoir gives insight into the dynastic life of a woman who lived through several wars. Information within its pages could be beneficial to students or researchers studying civilian life in times of war and/or female social roles in the late 19th - early 20th century.
Mf. 2032 -- Butler Family Papers, 1778-1975. Historic New Orleans Collection. 10 reels. 35mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
The Butler Family Papers consist of correspondence (1778-1972) between family members, including letters from John Parke Custis to George Washington, and from Andrew Jackson to various family members. Other letters include series of correspondence from Robert and Caroline [Butler] Bell of Louisiana, Richard Henry Lee, Eliza Butler Donelson, Winfield Scott, Edmund Pendleton Gaines, Andrew Jackson Donelson, Morgan Lewis, and many other correspondents.
The Butler Family Papers also include papers of Andrew Hynes during his tenure as Adjutant General of Tennessee, and those of the Tennessee Militia for the years 1812-1815. Papers of Edmund Pendleton Gaines (1816-1832) are in the collection. Edward G. W. Butler served with Gaines during the 1825 negotiations with the Creek Indians, and many of his notes and observations of these talks are to be found in the Butler Family Papers.
The collection contains other Family Military Papers (1816-1861), Family Records (1803-1844), Property Documents from Iberville Parish, La. (1805-1861), Financial Records (1779-1896), and photographs (1865-1941). Bound volumes include a Housekeeping Book kept by Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis (1831-1835), a record book of the Third Dragoons (1847-1848). This book contains some miscellaneous entries made prior to 1847 and several plantation record books, account books, and journals. Printed military Orders, Acts and Registers (1815-1870) concerned with Indian treaties, and western frontier defenses complete the collection.
Mf. 2036 -- Arnold Family Papers, 1857-1895. 1 reel. 16mm. Microfilm Only Collection.
Updated November 27, 2012