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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University: 270-745-6434;


Finding aid for Manuscripts Small Collection 3583. Letters of the Bryan and associated families of Montgomery County, Tennessee. Most are written to Tennessee “Tennie” Bryan and come from friends, relatives, and ardent male admirers. Two correspondents write during their Civil War Confederate service (Click on "Additional Files" below for typescripts) and a cousin, Fannie Parkhurst, writes from Vermont. Fannie also writes to her cousin Byron in Illinois about local news and her studies, school teaching, social activities and abhorrence of intemperance; she gossips about local courtships and mentions Byron’s brother Sherman, who she would marry after Byron’s death in Union service during the Civil War. Includes the 1832 will of James Adams of Montgomery County bequeathing land to Tennie’s parents; he also recommends the sale of one of his enslaved African Americans, “Jo,” to a certain buyer or to such other buyer as Jo may choose.


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