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|Size||4.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,200 items)|
|Abstract||John Thomas Wheat was a native of Washington, D.C., and a Protestant Episcopal minister, teacher, and professor in Maryland, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee. The papers, chiefly 1850-1880, include Wheat's family correspondence, sermons, reminiscences (in verse), commonplace books, diary, 1837, and record books of Christ Church and school, Nashville, Tenn., 1840-1846, and St. Lazarus's Church, Memphis, Tenn., 1867-1868. Correspondence and other papers pertain to his children: J. T. Wheat Junior (1830-1862), Louisiana lawyer and Confederate Army officer, including a diary while studying law at Wheeling, Va. [now W. Va.], 1849; Chatham Roberdeau Wheat (1825-1862), soldier of fortune during the Mexican War and in Cuba, Nicaragua, Italy, and in the Confederate Army (a small amount); Leonidas Polk Wheat (1841-1915), who studied music in Europe; Selina (Wheat) Seay of Alabama; and Josephine May (Wheat) Shober and her husband, Francis Edwin Shober (1831-1896), lawyer, legislator, and member of Congress from Rowan County, N.C., including letters written while he was a member of the North Carolina legislature during the Civil War and a United States representative, 1869-1873. Also included are albums, estate accounts, general merchandise accounts, 1814-1815, accounts for day labor and blacksmith and carpentry work, in Rowan County, 1851-1858, poems and dramas written by members of the family, and other items.|
|Creator||Wheat, John Thomas, 1801-1888.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
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John Thomas Wheat (1801-1888), a native of Washington, D.C., was educated at Asbury College, Baltimore, Md.; directed a private school in Washington, D.C., and then in Alexandria, Va. In 1825 he married Selina Blair Patten and soon after was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church. He worked variously as a minister, teacher, and professor in Maryland, Louisiana, West Virginia, North Carolina, Arkansas, and Tennessee.
John Thomas and Selina Patten Wheat has six children that grew to maturity: Chatham Roberdau, John Thomas Junior, Leonidas Polk, Dexter, Selina, Josephine May, and Mary.
Chatham Roberdau Wheat (1825-1862) was studying law in Memphis, Tenn., when the Mexican War broke out, whereupon he volunteered immediately and served under General Winfield Scott. He was admitted to the bar in Louisiana and was also a state legislator briefly. He joined the Lopez expedition to free Cuba, and later served with General William Walker in Nicaragua and Garibaldi in Italy. He was a major in the Confederate Army (Louisiana Tigers) and died near Richmond, Va.
John Thomas Wheat Junior (1830-1862) was a practicing lawyer in New Orleans, La., when the Civil War broke out. He was Secretary of the Secession Convention of Louisiana and later a Confederate officer with Company A, 1st Louisiana Regiment. He was killed at the Battle of Shiloh.
Leonidas Polk Wheat (1841-1915) was a musician and studied for several years in Europe. He is reputed to have married an heiress.
Selina Wheat married Dr. John Seay of Louisiana.
Josephine May Wheat, usually called May, married Francis E. Shober of Salisbury, N.C. Her husband was a lawyer and businessman. He was a member of the North Carolina State Legislature and also served in the United States House of Representatives.
Mary Wheat lived in California and was married to a Mr. Morgan. Neither Mary Wheat nor Dexter Wheat are mentioned in the biographical clippings on John Thomas Wheat, however their correspondence suggests that they are also children of John Thomas and Selina Patten Wheat.Back to Top
The papers, chiefly 1850-1880, include family correspondence, sermons, reminiscences (in verse), commonplace books, diary, 1837, and record books of Christ Church and school, Nashville, Tenn., 1840-1846, and St. Lazarus's Church, Memphis, Tenn., 1867-1868. Letters are mainly those of John Thomas and Selina Patten Wheat and their immediate family with a few to and from friends and other family members. For the most part these letters are personal and comment on family news. There are also a very large number letters that Francis E. (Frank) Shober wrote to Josephine May Wheat Shober as well as many of Frank's business and legal records and papers.
During the Civil War and immediately preceding and following it, there is notable comment, particularly in Selina Patten Wheat's letters, on the war and the political climate of the South. Also, since the family became widely dispersed soon after the beginning of the bulk of the collection, but continued to write and visit, there is often some information on traveling and on the various states in which they found themselves, contained in the letters as well.
There are also poems, diaries, speeches, reminiscences, dramas, and other writings chiefly by John Thomas Wheat with contributions from other family members. Also included are albums, estate accounts, general merchandise accounts, 1814-1815, and accounts for day labor and blacksmith and carpentry work, in Rowan County, 1851-1858.Back to Top
Includes manuscript plays, poems, narratives, and speeches written by John Thomas Wheat and other members of the Wheat family.
Volume 8: Travel diary, John Thomas Wheat (?), undated #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." Folder 70
Describes journey to Mt. Vernon, Va.; Utica, N.Y.; and other northern cities.
Volume 12: Index, undated #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." Folder 74
Includes a few quotations and poems, but mostly references to books where data on certain topics can be found.
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Wheat, John Thomas, circa 1870-1880 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/1
Photographer: J. B. Wortham, Winchester, Va.
Wheat, John Thomas, circa 1870-1880 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/4
Photographer: Star Gallery, Memphis, Tenn.
Wheat, John Thomas and Selina Patten Wheat, circa 1875-1885 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/5
Photographer: Leon Ernest Seay, Salisbury, N.C.
Wheat, Selina Patten, circa 1860-1870 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/6
Poem on verso.
Holdersby, Mary, circa 1870-1885 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/7
Photographer: J. C. Elrod, Louisville, Ky.
Young woman, identified on verso as "Mrs. E. L. Strother," circa 1870-1885 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/8
Photographer: Johnson Bros., Washington, D.C
Unidentified young woman, circa 1870-1880 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/10
Photographer: Bradley & Rulofson, San Francisco, Calif.
Unidentified young woman, circa 1870-1885 #01832, Series: "John Thomas Wheat Papers, 1806-1896 and undated." P-1832/11
Photographer: Bingham and Brother, Memphis, Tenn.
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Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, October 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top