Collection Number: 00606

Collection Title: Polk and Yeatman Family Papers, 1773-1915

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Size 5.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,650 items)
Abstract The collection documents three generations of the white Polk and Yeatman families and people they enslaved at family plantations in North Carolina and Tennessee, including Hamilton Place and Ashwood Farm in Maury County, Tenn. Correspondence, financial papers, and volumes document the trafficking of enslaved people and punishment of their acts of resistance; William Polk's (1758-1834) land speculation in North Carolina and Tennessee; his work as a federal internal revenue supervisor in North Carolina; cotton plantation management by Lucius Junius Polk (1802-1870) and Will Polk in Tennessee; and various enterprises in which Polk family members were involved, including a dry goods store and livestock firms. Other materials relate to Henry Clay Yeatman's (d. 1910) law practice in Nashville, Tenn., and to the political and personal life of John Bell (1797-1869), Nashville lawyer, Whig leader, United States representative, United States senator, and Constitutional Union Party presidential candidate. Also of note are a letter from William Polk to the Adjutant General of the United States Army concerning Leonidas Polk, and one letter each from Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk. There is much family correspondence, especially after 1861, and scattered business and personal items of members of the related Hawkins, Devereux, and Rayner families.
Creator Polk family.



Yeatman family
Language English
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Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Polk and Yeatman Family Papers #606, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Trezevant P. and Jennie Yeatman before 1940 and from Halvor Americana in May 2009 (Acc. 101107).
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William Polk (1758-1834) was a member of a well-known Mecklenburg County, N.C., family. a Revolutionary War officer, and an enslaver. He moved to Raleigh, where he became a bank president, holder of extensive lands (at one point owning over 100,000 acres in Tennessee), and a trustee of the University of North Carolina. He was also active in the public sphere. His first wife was Grizelda Gilchrist, with whom he had two sons, Thomas G. and William J., who was the father of Confederate Brigadier General Lucius Eugene Polk (1833-1892). William Polk later married Sarah Hawkins, with whom he had twelve children, among whom were Leonidas (1806-1864); Mary, who married George E. Badger; Susan, who married Kenneth Rayner; and Lucius Junius, who married first Mary Ann Estin (niece of Mrs. Andrew Jackson), and later Ann Pope.

Lucius Junius Polk (1802-1870) was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1822. He then moved to Maury County, Tenn., where he speculated in land and enslaved people. One of his sons was Will, who helped run the Maury County plantation and later ran a dry goods store. Will and other Polk family members were also involved in the trading and breeding of livestock. Lucius's son-in-law was Henry Clay Yeatman (d. 1910), Nashville lawyer and Confederate colonel. Yeatman was the son of Jane Erwin Yeatman Bell and the step-son of John Bell, Nashville lawyer, Whig leader, United States representative (1827-1839), United States senator (1847-1859), and Constitutional Union Party presidential candidate (1860).

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The collection documents three generations of the white Polk and Yeatman families and people they enslaved at family plantations in North Carolina and Tennessee, including Hamilton Place and Ashwood Farm in Maury County, Tenn.

Series 1 consists of correspondence that documents the trafficking of enslaved people and punishment of their acts of resistance; William Polk's (1758-1834) land speculation in North Carolina and Tennessee; his work as a federal internal revenue supervisor in North Carolina; cotton plantation management of Lucius Junius Polk (1802-1870) and Will Polk in Maury County, Tenn.; and various enterprises in which Polk family members were involved, including a dry goods store and livestock firms. Other materials relate to the political and personal life of John Bell (1797-1869), Nashville lawyer, Whig leader, United States representative (1827-1839), United States senator (1847-1859), and Constitutional Union Party presidential candidate (1860). Also of note are one letter each from Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk. There is much family correspondence, especially after 1861, and scattered business and personal items of members of the related Hawkins, Devereux, and Rayner families.

Series 1A (Addition of May 2009) consists of an autographed letter from 1827 written by William Polk to the Adjutant General of the United States Army concerning the absence of his son, Leonidas Polk, and the possible delay of the latter's acceptance of his appointment as Brevet Second Lieutenant of Artillery.

Series 2 consists of bills and receipts, as well as account ledger sheets.

Series 3 consists of a small number of clippings and a tintype, circa 1910s, of an unidentified woman.

Series 4 consists of ledgers and letter copy books of William Polk, 1797-1834; notebooks and accounts of Lucius Junius Polk, 1821-1872, including plantation records for Hamilton Place and Ashwood Farm and livestock operations; letterpress copies of Henry Clay Yeatman's letters, 1818-1876, relating to his law practice in Nashville, Tenn.; and other volumes.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915.

1200 items

Correspondence, legal and financial materials, and other papers that document the white Polk and Yeatman family members and people enslaved by them. Materials are described in three time period groupings: 1773-1833, 1834-1861, and 1862-1915. In general, papers dated before 1840 are about business matters, and both local and national political issues. Later materials relate chiefly to family matters. There is little material that discusses the Civil War directly.

1773-1833

Chiefly materials about William Polk's business dealings in Mecklenburg County and Raleigh, N.C., and in Tennessee, where Polk was accumulating large land holdings. There are many legal documents relating to purchases of land. In the 1820s, most of the letters are to William from his sons at various locations in North Carolina and Tennessee. There are a few items relating to William's work as federal internal revenue supervisor for North Carolina, but most of the materials about this work is to be found in Series 4. Also included are many papers relating to other Polk family members, especially William's son Lucius Junius Polk, who settled in Tennessee around 1822. Correspondents include Sam Johnston (31 May 1824, 19 September 1825); David Swain (3 October 1831); and James K. Polk (28 November 1832).

Enslaved people are discussed in the context of trafficking in 1820 and 1822; punishment following an attempted self-emancipation in 1820; and the suspected poisoning of a family by enslaved people in 1822. Other topics discussed are: 1783: surveying land in Mississippi; 1794: relaxation of the British Decree of Council respecting capture of American vessels bound for Europe and the quarrel between Spain and England on this issue; 1822: Andrew Jackson and establishing a town on land held by the University of North Carolina; 1823-1824: Jackson's chances at winning the election; 1825: honoring the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence; 1829: reactions to Jackson's appointments; 1832-1833: nullification, Henry Clay. This series ends in 1833 with William Polk's death (actually 14 January 1834).

1834-1861

Chiefly materials relating to William Polk's sons, especially Lucius Junius Polk, who had Hamilton Place, a plantation in Maury County, Tenn., and Lucius's son Will Polk, who was also in Maury County. Most of the letters are to Sarah Polk, William Polk's widow, and mainly convey family news with occasional comments on politics and financial affairs. Beginning around 1843, there are also a few items relating to the political and business careers of John Bell, who, besides serving in Congress and running for president in 1860, owned several Tennessee coal mines. In the late 1850s, there are letters from Henry Clay Yeatman to his wife, chiefly asking for family news and reporting on various locations he visited. Included is a letter from Andrew Jackson (16 October 1836) about appointing a private secretary.

1862-1915

Chiefly family correspondence, especially of the Yeatman branch of the family. There are letters from Henry Clay Yeatman to his wife from various locations, but mostly from New Orleans to which he frequently traveled on business. There are also many items relating to the business ventures of Polk family members, which included livestock trading and breeding, banking, and railroad engineering. There are a few items relating directly to the American Civil War. These include one letter, 24 December 1864, announcing the confiscation of Henry Clay Yeatman's property in Nashville, Tenn., by the United States Treasury Department, since the property's owner was fighting against the United States, and another letter, 16 December 1865, in which the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands gave what appears to be the same property back to Yeatman.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1773-1779 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 1

Merchant partnership contract, minutes of a meeting of surveyors intending to survey land in Mississippi.

Folder 2

Correspondence, 1784-1785 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence, 1786-1789 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1790-1799 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 4

1794: Relaxation of the British Decree of Council respecting capture of American vessels bound for Europe and the quarrel between Spain and England on this issue; defeat of Duke of York.

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1800-1813 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 5

1800: Land reserved for officers and solders.

Folder 6

Correspondence, 1814-1819 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 6

Folder 7

Correspondence, 1820-1821 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 7

2 April 1820: punishment of enslaved people who attempted self-emancipation.

17 July 1820: trafficking of enslaved people and the sale of property.

Folder 8-10

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1822 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 8-10

16 January 1822: trafficking of enslaved people and the sale of property.

22 May 1822: suspected poisoning of a white family by 7 or 8 of the enslaved people on their plantation.

Andrew Jackson; establishing a town on land held by the University of North Carolina.

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence, 1823 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 11-12

Andrew Jackson's chances at winning the election.

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

Correspondence, 1824 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 13-14

Andrew Jackson's chances at winning the election.

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

Correspondence, 1825 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 15-16

Celebration of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence.

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence, 1826 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 17-18

Folder 19

Correspondence, 1827 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 19

Folder 20-21

Folder 20

Folder 21

Correspondence, 1828 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 20-21

Folder 22

Correspondence, 1829 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 22

Trafficking of enslaved people; health of enslaved people; account of Houston(?) retiring to live with indigenous people of North America.

Folder 23

Correspondence, 1830-1831 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 23

Reactions to Andrew Jackson's appointments.

Folder 24

Correspondence, 1832-1833 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 24

Nullification; Henry Clay; William Polk's death (actually 14 January 1834).

Folder 25

Correspondence, 1834-1835 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 25

Folder 26

Correspondence, 1836-1837 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 26

16 October 1836: from Andrew Jackson, about appointing a private secretary.

Folder 27

Correspondence, 1838-1839 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 27

Folder 28

Correspondence, 1840-1841 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 28

Folder 29

Correspondence, 1842-1843 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 29

President John Tyler, elected on the Whig ticket, and the loco-focos, a faction of the Democratic Party in the 1830s and 180s.

Folder 30

Correspondence, 1844-1846 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 30

Folder 31

Correspondence, 1847-1849 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 31

Folder 32

Correspondence, 1850-1852 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 32

Folder 33

Correspondence, 1853-1855 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 33

Folder 34

Correspondence, 1856 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 34

Folder 35

Correspondence, 1857 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 35

Folder 36

Correspondence, 1858-1859 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 36

Folder 37

Correspondence, 1860-1861 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 37

Folder 37a

Correspondence, Undated and fragments (probably before 1862) #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 37a

Folder 38

Correspondence, 1862-1864 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 38

Includes letter, 24 December 1864, announcing the confiscation of Henry Clay Yeatman's property in Nashville, Tenn., by the United States Treasury Department, since the property's owner was fighting against the United States, and another letter, 16 December 1865, in which the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands gave what appears to be the same property back to Yeatman.

Folder 39

Correspondence, 1865-1867 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 39

Folder 40

Correspondence, 1868-1869 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 40

Folder 41

Correspondence, 1870-1876 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 41

Folder 42

Correspondence, 1877-1879 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 42

Folder 43

Correspondence, 1880-1882 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 43

Folder 44

Correspondence, 1883 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 44

Folder 45

Correspondence, 1884 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 45

Folder 46

Correspondence, 1885 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 46

Folder 47

Correspondence, 1886 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 47

Folder 48

Correspondence, 1887 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 48

Folder 49

Correspondence, 1888 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 49

Folder 50

Correspondence, 1889 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 50

Folder 51

Correspondence, 1890 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 51

Folder 52

Correspondence, 1891-1892 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 52

Folder 53

Correspondence, 1893 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 53

Folder 54

Correspondence, 1894-1895 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 54

Folder 55

Correspondence, 1896-1897 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 55

Folder 56

Correspondence, 1898-1899 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 56

Folder 57

Correspondence, 1900-1902 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 57

Folder 58

Correspondence, 1903-1915 #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 58

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Folder 72

Correspondence, Undated and fragments #00606, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1773-1915." Folder 59-72

Undated materials, most of which are family letters or fragments of letters.

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1 item

Acquisition information: Accession 101107

Autographed 1827 letter from William Polk to Adjutant General of the United States Army Roger Jones concerning the absence of his son, Leonidas Polk, and the possible delay of the latter's acceptance of his appointment as Brevet Second Lieutenant of Artillery.

Folder 129

Letter, 1827 #00606, Series: "1A. Correspondence, 1827 (Addition of May 2009)." Folder 129

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Arrangement: Roughly sorted by year.

1780-1833

Chiefly bills and receipts, but also promissory notes, account ledger sheets, and other items relating to business transactions and personal finance of William Polk and other family members.

1834-1861

Chiefly bills, receipts, and other business and personal finance items relating to the sons of William Polk, mainly Lucius Junius Polk and his plantation in Maury County, Tenn. There are also a few items relating to Henry Clay Yeatman and his family and to John Bell and his Tennessee coal business.

1862-1903

Chiefly bills, receipts, and other business and personal finance items, especially relating to the Henry Clay Yeatman family. There are also a few items in the 1870s relating to Will Polk's dry goods store in Polk's Landing, Tenn., and to the livestock business in which several of the Polk were involved.

Folder 73

Bills and receipts, 1780-1785 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 73

Folder 74

Bills and receipts, 1786-1789 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 74

Folder 75

Bills and receipts, 1790-1793 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 75

Folder 76

Bills and receipts, 1794-1796 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 76

Folder 77

Bills and receipts, 1797-1799 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 77

Folder 78

Bills and receipts, 1800-1803 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 78

Folder 79

Bills and receipts, 1804-1806 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 79

Folder 80

Bills and receipts, 1807-1808 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 80

Folder 81

Bills and receipts, 1809 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 81

Folder 82

Bills and receipts, 1810-1813 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 82

Folder 83

Bills and receipts, 1814-1816 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 83

Folder 84

Bills and receipts, 1817 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 84

Folder 85

Bills and receipts, 1818-1819 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 85

Folder 86

Bills and receipts, 1820-1824 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 86

Folder 87

Bills and receipts, 1825 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 87

Folder 88

Bills and receipts, 1826 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 88

Folder 89

Bills and receipts, 1827-1829 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 89

Folder 90

Bills and receipts, 1830-1833 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 90

Folder 91

Bills and receipts, 1834-1836 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 91

Folder 92

Bills and receipts, 1837-1839 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 92

Folder 93

Bills and receipts, 1840-1843 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 93

Folder 94

Bills and receipts, 1844-1849 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 94

Folder 95

Bills and receipts, 1850-1851 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 95

Folder 96

Bills and receipts, 1852 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 96

Folder 97

Bills and receipts, 1853-1861 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 97

Folder 97a

Undated (probably before 1862) #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 97a

Folder 98

Bills and receipts, 1862-1869 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 98

Folder 99

Bills and receipts, 1870-1879 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 99

Folder 100

Bills and receipts, 1880-1889 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 100

Folder 101

Bills and receipts, 1890-1903 #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 101

Folder 102

Bills and receipts, Undated (probably after 1861) #00606, Series: "2. Bills and Receipts, 1780-1903." Folder 102

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About 25 items.

Clippings, chiefly from the 1880s through the 1910s, relating to members of the Polk family, and one tintype portrait, ca. 1910, of an unknown young woman.

Folder 103

Clippings #00606, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Materials, 1857-1916." Folder 103

Special Format Image SF-P-606/1

Tintype of unidentified woman #00606, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Materials, 1857-1916." SF-P-606/1

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25 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Ledgers and letter copy books of William Polk, 1797-1834; notebooks and accounts of Lucius Junius Polk, 1821-1872, including plantation records for Hamilton Place and Ashwood Farm and livestock operations; letterpress copies of Henry Clay Yeatman's letters, 1818-1876, relating to his law practice in Nashville, Tenn.; and other volumes.

Folder 104

Volume 1: Manuscript lettercopy book of William Polk, supervisor of internal revenue for North Carolina at Charlotte and Raleigh, August 1797-March 1801 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 104

Containing copies of incoming and outgoing correspondence, chiefly with other revenue officials.

Folder 105

Volume 2: Personal and business accounts of William Polk in Raleigh, 1800-1817 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 105

Folder 106

Volume 3: Manuscript lettercopy book of William Polk, supervisor of internal revenue for North Carolina at Raleigh, June 1802-March 1808 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 106

Folder 107

Volume 4: Notebook, 1821-1830 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 107

Containing accounts of William Polk's journey to Tennessee and notes on land in Tennessee; lists of weights of cotton bales; copies of receipts of Lucius Junius Polk; and other memoranda and accounts.

Folder 108

Volume 5: Manuscript lettercopy book, 1821-1832 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 108

Chiefly containing copies of letters of William Polk to Samuel Dickens, agent and attorney for Polk in Tennessee. Also contains copies of letters from William to Lucius Junius Polk.

Folder 109

Volume 6: Ledger of William Polk1821-1838 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 109

Containing accounts with doctors, lawyers, merchants, etc. Also includes accounts of Sarah Polk as executor of William Polk's estate, 1834-1838.

Folder 110

Volume 7: Notebook of Lucius Junius Polk while a student at the University of North Carolina 1821 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 110

Containing notes from Professor Olmstead's chemistry lectures and other classes.

Digital version: Grey's Memoria Technica, Excerpt from Lucius J. Polk's Notebook, 12 August 1821

Documenting the American South

Digital version: "College Rules," Poem by Lucius J. Polk, [1821]

Documenting the American South

Folder 111

Volume 8: Letters of William Polk, 1832-1833 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 111

Volume 8: William Polk's accounts, 1824-1833 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 111

Volume 8: Accounts of William Polk's estate, 1834-1837 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 111

Folder 112

Volume 9: Ashwood Farm, 1831-1847; 1871 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 112

Folder 113

Volume 10: Accounts of the William Polk estate and of Lucius Junius Polk, 1834-1837 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 113

Folder 114

Volume 11: Stud book, 1838-1842 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 114

Lists of horses and other animals.

Folder 115

Volume 12: Lucius Junius Polk accounts, 1843-1851 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 115

Includes Sarah Polk's estate.

Oversize Volume SV-606/13

Volume 13: Lumber accounts and other items of Lucius Junius Polk, 1853-1854; 1860 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." SV-606/13

Folder 117

Volume 14, Part 1: Hamilton Place and Ashwood Farm, 1859-1861 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 117

(p. 1-63).

Volume 14, Part 2: Hamilton Place and Ashwood Farm accounts, 1866-1872 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 117

(p. 64-291).

Folder 118-119

Folder 118

Folder 119

Volumes 15 and 16: Letterpress copybooks of Henry Clay Yeatman, January 1866-October 1875 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 118-119

At Nashville and New Orleans, about bottom brokering, collections and legal work, and other business deals.

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SV-606/17

SV-606/18

Volumes 17 and 18: Anthony W. Vauleer estate, 1872 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." SV-606/17-18

Folder 122

Volumes 19: Accounts for general merchandise and provisions of Will Polk at Polk's Landing, Tenn., October 1872-October 1875 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 122

Folder 123

Volume 20: Farm accounts of Lucius Junius Polk and Will Polk, 1875-1890 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 123

Includes records of livestock sales.

Folder 124

Volume 21: Accounts of Will Polk for provisions, labor, etc., 1876 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 124

Folder 125

Volume 22: Farm accounts, 1878-1884 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 125

Including livestock sales, slaughter, etc.

Oversize Volume SV-606/23

Volume 23: Horse breeding records, 1878-1887 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." SV-606/23

Including a pamphlet advertising harness and saddle horses for sale by Will Polk and Lucius Junius Polk.

Folder 127

Volume 24: Livestock records, 1878-1880 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 127

Alphabetical listing of persons, possibly all involved in livestock trading, and miscellaneous memoranda and livestock records.

Folder 128

Volume 25: Stock breeding records, 1884-1885 #00606, Series: "4. Volumes, 1797-1890." Folder 128

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Photographs (SF-P-606/1)

Volumes (SV-606/13, 17, 18, 23)

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, July 1991

Encoded by: Mara Dabrishus, September 2004

Revisions: Finding aid updated in November 2010 by Matt Dailey because of addition.

Conscious Editing by Nancy Kaiser, December 2020: Updated collection overview, subject headings, biographical note, scope and content, and contents list.

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.

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the encoding of this finding aid.

Additions received after 2009 have not been integrated into the original deposits. Researchers should always check additions to be sure they have identified all files of interest to them.

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