Harwell family papers, 1835-1932

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8zdtr

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Harwell, Thomas Douglas, b. 1814.
Title: Harwell family papers, 1835-1932
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 704
Extent: .75 linear feet (2 boxes) and 1 extra-oversized paper (XOP)
Abstract:Papers of the Harwell family of Crockett County (now part of Dyer County), Tennessee. The collection consists of legal and financial records, religious publications, personal correspondence and other miscellaneous materials belonging to the Harwell family.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Gift, 1983.


[after identification of item(s)], Harwell family papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Thomas Douglas Harwell, a Methodist minister, and his son, Joseph Pickens Harwell, were residents of the Friendship, Crockett County (now part of Dyer County), Tennessee, area.

Scope and Content Note

The Harwell family papers chronicle three generations of a family from Friendship, Tennessee, from 1835-1932. The collection includes papers of Thomas D. Harwell, a Methodist minister born December 18, 1814 in Giles County, Tennessee. Legal and financial records comprise the majority of Thomas Harwell's documents, as well as a photograph of Thomas and his wife, Anne B. Russell Harwell (1815-1877) and a sword owned by Thomas.

The second generation of Harwells are represented in this collection by Joseph Pickens (J.P.) and Elvira Katherine "Kate" Young Harwell. The papers include a number of published religious tracts from the Methodist Church, as well as sermons, some correspondence, photographs, a few financial documents, and Kate Harwell's hymnal.

The papers of Elizabeth Bessent and Joseph I. and Ashley Harwell document the lastest generation of Harwells to be represented in this collection. They include disparate materials such as a fishing license and a published obituary of Elizabeth Bessent.

The collection contains miscellaneous items for which it is not apparent to what Harwell they belonged, including group photographs, images of unidentified, but possible, family members and a photo album that contains tintypes and cartes de visite.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by name and by record type.

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Container List

Thomas D. Harwell - Personal papers
Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, 1858-1976
1 2 Diary, (religious autobiography?), 1878
1 3 Sermon notes, 1835
1 4 Photograph, no date
XOP1 - Sword
Thomas D. Harwell - Legal records
1 5 Certificate of substitution, 1863
1 6 Certificate of unfitness for service, 1864
1 7 Deeds, 1850, 1853, 1863, 1866, 1872, 1890
1 8 Obligation, 1857
1 9 Permit to cross enemy's lines, 1862
Thomas D. Harwell - Financial records
1 10 Accounts, 1850, 1876-1881, no date
1 11 Notes, no date
1 12 Receipts, 1855, 1865, 1866, 1883, 1887, 1892, no date
1 13 Taylor and Coffman's Store records, 1860
J.P. and Kate Harwell - Personal papers
1 14 Correspondence, 1878, 1900, 1910
1 15 Sermons, "Influence," untitled, no date
1 16 Records of W.T.C. Young's ministry, no date
1 17 Book containing hand written songs, poems, etc., no date
1 18 Song, "Nearer Home," no date
1 19 Photographs, no date
J.P. and Kate Harwell - Legal records
1 20 calls for land, 1889
1 21 Deeds, 1885-1887
J.P. and Kate Harwell - Financial records
1 22 Account book [?], no date
1 23 Bank deposit slip, 1910, 1918
1 24 Bank statement, 1919
1 25 Check, 1909
1 26 Notes, 1918
1 27 Receipts, 1886, 1909, no date
J.P. and Kate Harwell - Published material
1 28 "Brown and Smith Candidly Discuss Missions"
1 29 "Catechisms of the Wesleyan Methodists"
1 30 "Fundamental Doctrines of Methodism"
1 31 "The Judgement"
1 32 "What is Man?"
1 33 "The Wheel"
Elizabeth H. Bessent, Joseph I. and Ashely W. Harwell
1 34 Notes, 1920-1921
1 35 Fishing license, 1931-1932
1 36 Receipt, no date
1 37 Obituary, 1972
1 38 Advertisement, Cash's Fluid Soap, no date
1 39 Advertisement, People's Magazine, no date
1 40 Clipping with Thomas D. Harwell's name, no date
1 41 Cure for ring band and sprain, no date
1 42 List of clothing values, no date
1 43 Photographs, circa 1940s
1 44 Poem, "Wealth," no date
1 45 Population statistics: Southern states, no date
1 46 Provision allowance for Mrs. M. White, 1865
1 47 Receipt, no date
1 48 Vital statistics of Zilpha Alice and William Henry McCoy, no date
1 49 Wood measurements, no date
Photograph album
2 1 Album (23 tintypes, 12 cartes de visite), circa 1850-1910