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|Abstract||Members of the Johnston and McFaddin families lived in Alabama. Most items refer to Thomas M. Johnson, cotton planter of Greensboro, Ala., with land in Greene, Hale, and Marengo counties, Ala., and Noxubee, Winston, and Kemper counties, Miss. In 1860, Johnston became administrator of the Marengo County plantation of his son-in-law, Robert H. McFaddin, and guardian of the children of Robert and Mary A. McFaddin. The collection includes financial Papers, slave lists, legal documents, business and personal correspondence, and a few miscellaneous items chiefly relating to the Johnston and McFadden families. Many documents relate to Thomas M. Johnston's property taxes and those levied against the estates of Robert H. and Mary A. McFaddin. Several slave lists and other items relating to plantation life are included. In 1866 and 1868, there are agricultural contracts between Johnston and freedmen for agricultural work. In 1866-1868 there are several letters from the Stonewall Institute in Dallas County, Ala., about the education of Johnston's grandsons, and, in May 1869, a letter from St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C., about the education of his granddaughters. There are also several items relating to others with unclear connections to the Johnstons and McFaddins, including a 1839 legal order against members of the Green family in Lincoln County, N.C., and a few letters, 1873-1875, about business investments to Mrs. V. F. Dalton of Uniontown, Ala.|
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Thomas M. Johnston was a planter of Greensboro, Alabama, who held land in Greene, Hale, and Marengo counties, Alabama, and in Noxubee, Winston, and Kemper counties, Mississippi. In 1860, Johnston became administrator of the Marengo County plantation of his son-in-law, Robert H. McFaddin (also spelled McFadden). Johnston also was guardian of the children of Robert and Mary A. McFaddin. This collection consists of financial Papers, slave lists, legal documents, business and personal correspondence, and a few miscellaneous items chiefly relating to the Johnston and McFaddin families. There are, however, several items relating to others, including a 1839 legal order against members of the Green family in Lincoln County, North Carolina, and a few 1873-1875 letters to Mrs. V. F. Dalton of Uniontown, Alabama. The connections among the Greens, Mrs. Dalton, and the Johnstons and McFaddins are unclear. The education of the McFaddin girls in Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1869 may be part of a North Carolina link.
Items are arranged chronologically as described below.Back to Top
1839: Legal order, dated October 9, relating to a debt owned by W. B. and D. W. Green, Lincoln County, N.C.
1841-1860: Papers, chiefly lists and tax statements, relating to land in Greene County, Alabama, and Noxubee, Winston, and Kemper counties, Mississippi, held by Thomas M. Johnston. For 1859-1860, there are lists of Johnston's holdings in Marengo County, Alabama, and a list of taxable property in Marengo County belonging to the estate of Robert H. McFaddin. Most 1860 items have to do with slaves. They include two tax lists, dated 1 March 1860, describing slaves owned by Johnston as of that date, and several items from May 1860 that show the distribution of slaves among various plantations.
1862-1863: Items include a 29 August 1862 newspaper clipping about Confederate tax in Greene County and financial papers and tax statements relating to Johnston's property and to property in the estates of Robert H. and Mary A. McFaddin, including several lists and descriptions of slaves. In a 9 May 1863 letter, Johnston wrote to W. C. Oliver of Eutaw, Alabama, advising him on the procedure for selling a slave and stating that he was prepared to destroy all books and papers should the enemy appear. In October 1863, there are two receipts for the sale of cotton from McFaddin's estate to business houses in Selma and Mobile, Alabama.
1865: Statements for cotton sold at Le Havre, Liverpool, Mobile, and New York and several copies of "Merchants' and Planters' Prices--Current."
1866-1869: Two contracts, 1 January 1866 and 31 January 1868, of Johnston with freedmen for work on Canebrake (also spelled Canebreak) Plantation in Hale County, Alabama. There are also miscellaneous letters and market reports relating to the selling of cotton in Mobile, Liverpool, and New Orleans and a 15 October 1868 circular from the S. J. Murphy and Company of Mobile telling about the condition of the cotton crop and urging crop diversification. In several letters, 1866-1868, D. C. B. Connerly of the Stonewall Institute in Dallas County, Alabama, discussed the education of his grandsons, and there is a 15 January 1868 letter from Lida McFaddin to Connerly about her brothers. Also included are 8 May 1868 tax statements for Johnston and for the McFaddin estate and a letter, dated 1 May 1869, from Albert Smedes of St. Mary's School in Raleigh, North Carolina, to a Doctor G. Drake, stating that Smedes had learned that Drake was to replace Johnston as guardian of Mary and Carrie McFaddin and enclosing a bill for their schooling.
Several letters to Mrs. V. F. Dalton of Uniontown, Perry County, Alabama, from Marcus A. Wolff of St. Louis, Missouri, concerning her financial affairs, hard times in the South, and family news. Wolff was apparently involved in real estate and handling Mrs. Dalton's business affairs. There is also a letter to Mrs. Dalton from a minister in Corinth, Mississippi, concerning the activities of his church.
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A map of Tredegar, Alabama, and one of the Cahaba Coal Field in Alabama.
Recipe for dypepsia pills. Plat for land "around Blunt Springs."
Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, May 1991
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Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010
This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.Back to Top