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Howard Family Papers

Identifier: MSS 0181

Scope and Contents

The Howard Family Papers date from 1829 to 1868 and contain correspondence and a broadside. Most of the letters are written to Lizzie Howard by her mother Sara and her brother John. In general, they concern family news, social events, customs, and conditions in Tennessee. Events referred to include a visit at the home of Hon. Judge Ewing, Chief Justice of Kentucky; an epidemic of cholera in Nashville; the price of enslaved people in the area; and Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, a place of "fashionable escort."

Three letters written during the Civil War contain news of the homefront: Yankee troops occupy Nashville and threaten Memphis; the enslaved people have left and gone into Yankee employment in Gallatin; the unreliable mail service and lack of communication increase their sense of isolation.

The broadside is an advertisement for "Mrs. Howard's School for Young Ladies. Jonesborough, East-Tennessee. March, 1829."


  • 1829 - 1868


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Biographical or Historical Information

The Howard family lived in Lebanon, East-Tennessee, in the nineteenth century. The family patriarch, Jacob, was evidently a merchant there. Jacob and his wife Sara had two sons, John and George, and three daughters, Catherine, Fannie, and Elizabeth (Lizzie). John attended school in Lexington and later practiced law in Lebanon. Of the three daughters, only Lizzie is represented in the family letters. She married Sam Milligan and lived in Greenville, East-Tennessee.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 folder)

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The Howard family lived in Lebanon, East Tennessee, in the nineteenth century. The Howard Family Papers date from 1829 to 1868 and contain correspondence and a broadside.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Elizabeth H. Ramsey, great-granddaughter of Sara Rushton Howard, date unknown.

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  • April 20, 2021: This finding aid underwent changes in Spring 2021 after a reparative archives review. The following link leads to the legacy version of this finding aid:

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