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|Abstract||Frederic Seip (b. 1818) was a doctor in Natchez, Miss. Also represented in the collection is his grandson, Frederic Seip (1840-1911), a Confederate Army officer and planter at Oak Isle Plantation near Alexandria, La. The collection includes accounts, bills, receipts, and promissory notes of Frederic Seip (b. 1818), including accounts payable to him for medical services and accounts of merchandise purchased at Natchez, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, and a few documents relating to his ginning and selling cotton. Also present is a fragment of a diary kept by Seip's grandson, Frederic, for a few months in 1860, in which he recorded information about his slaves, the weekly cotton-picking schedule, and work done on other crops; and a typed transcription of a speech about Alexandria, La., during the Civil War, which was delivered by the younger Seip in 1908.|
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Dr. Frederic Seip (d. 1818) practiced medicine in partnership with Dr. Andrew McCrery (various spellings) in the vicinity of Natchez, Miss. He was married to Ann Seip, and had at least one son, John.
Major Frederic Seip (1840-1911), grandson of Dr. Frederic Seip, was the son of Dr. John Seip and Eliza Martin Seip of Oak Isle Plantation in Alexandria, Louisiana. He graduated from Princeton University in 1860 and returned to Alexandria where he managed the family plantation until the beginning of the Civil War. He served as a Confederate soldier during the war, rising to the rank of major. After the surrender, he returned to Oak Isle Plantation, which had been burned, and rebuilt his home. In 1865, Frederic married Adelia Flint (d. 1878), who died in 1878. In 1882, he married Emeline Flint, daughter of James Timothy Flint, a lawyer, and granddaughter of Timothy Flint, writer and historian of Salem, Mass. They had five children: Adelia, who died in 1884, and four sons, John, James, Micah, and Fred.Back to Top
These papers consist mostly of accounts, bills, receipts, promissory notes, and other financial papers of Dr. Frederic Seip, and similar papers relating to his estate. There are about six business letters in the group.
Seip's medical partner, Andrew McCrery, was also the executor of his estate. Their address was Natchez, Mississippi. The papers include accounts payable to the doctors for professional services, and also accounts owed by Seip for merchandise purchased at Natchez, New Orleans, and Philadelphia. Seip was also engaged in planting and ginning cotton, and a few of the papers relate to his agricultural activities. Papers of 1820 are business papers of Ann Seip, who was traveling to Philadelphia that year with a child and servant. Dr. Seip was also engaged in planting and ginning cotton during his lifetime and a few of the papers refer to his activities in this area.
Also included is an 1860 diary fragment of Frederic Seip, grandson of Dr. Frederic Seip, kept at Oak Isle Plantation in Alexandria, Louisiana. It contains the weekly cotton-picking record for the plantation, and a journal of other farm work done such as the cultivation of potatoes, strawberries, corn, and vegetables, and the care of pigs. Seip also recorded the weather and information about his slaves. He mentioned the first drill of a military company.
The final item in the collection is a typescript of "The Burning of Alexandria, Louisiana, in May 1864," a paper delivered before a Confederate reunion in 1908 by Major Frederic Seip, CSA, sketching the history of Alexandria during the Civil War.Back to Top
Processed by: Shonra Newman, February 1991
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This inventory is an edited version of a previous inventory compiled by B. Allan of the Southern Historical Processing staff.Back to Top