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Finding Aid for the J.D. Williams Family Collection (MUM01752)

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Finding Aid for the J.D. Williams Family Collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: J.D. Williams Family Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1831-1902
Bulk Dates 1860-1865
Collector: Crutcher, Harter Williams
Physical Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Repository: University of Mississippi. Department of Archives and Special Collections. University, MS 38677, USA
Identification: MUM01752
Location: General Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Abstract: The collection contains materials created by ancestors of former University of Mississippi Chancellor J.D. Williams, including letters to Sallie Williams on family events from 1850-1880; other letters and invitations to family members and friends between 1831-1902; and receipts for taxes, avoiding the draft, and some real estate.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harter Williams Crutcher, 2001

Processing Information

Collection processed by Joel Gillaspie, Summer 2011. Finding aid encoded by Kathryn Michaelis, November 2011.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Subject Terms

Williams family
Women -- Ohio -- Social life and customs
Women -- Pennsylvania -- Social life and customs
Families -- Kentucky -- Social life and customs
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence


receipts (financial records)

Biographical Note

The collection contains materials created by ancestors of former University of Mississippi Chancellor J.D. Williams.

Sallie Pollock moved away from home in Kentucky to Ohio and Pennsylvania, among other places, in the 1860s and her family, relatives, and friends wrote her letters to update her on the recent events of the family. Sallie also received letters from her soon to be husband John B. Williams, who was fighting in the Civil War. The collection also touches on later parts of Sallie and John’s life in the late 19th century through a few letters, tax receipts, and business agreements.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes: invitations for Francis Virginia Pollock to balls and cotillions in the 1830s; multiple letters from 1860-1865 from Sallie Pollock’s family telling her how much they missed her and updating her on family events; letters to Sallie Pollock from her friends updating her on their lives and begging her not to forget them as friends; and a few letters from John B. Williams to Sallie Pollock, before they got married, discussing the Civil War. Also included are tax receipts for John Williams and the Heirs of David Pollock in the 1890s, several programs for entertainment at the Beech Grove Sabbath School Union, and some undated letters to Sallie and some undated notes and newspaper articles.

User Information

Preferred Citation

J.D. Williams Family Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

Access Restrictions

The J.D. Williams Family Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Related Material

Resources at the University of Mississippi

J.D. Williams Collection (MUM00538), Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library

Separated Material

Several artifacts have been removed from the collection and stored separately, including a Civil War medal, a revolver pistol mold, and a metal button.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Container List

Folder 1-7 Invitations to social events, 21 December 1831-3 March 1838
Folder 8-9 Letters to David Pollock, 1841
Scope: Concerning family events
Folder 10 Deed of Conveyance – George Martin/Wife to Evan Williams, 10 July 1853
Folder 11-18 Letters to Sallie Pollock, 27 December 1856-23 December 1863
Scope: Concerning family events
Folder 19 Certificate of non-liability to be given by The Board of Enrollment for James W. Standley, 30 May 1864
Folder 20 Receipt of James Standley paying $300 to avoid being drafted into military service, 30 May 1864
Folder 21 Certificate of non-liability to be given by the Board of Enrollment for John Williams, 31 May 1864
Folder 22-23 Letters to Sallie Pollock, August 1864
Folder 24 List of individuals associated with James W. Standley in the C. Bell Brigade, September 1864
Folder 25-34 Letters to John Williams and Sallie Pollock from friends and family members, 22 Novmber 1864-24 August 1866
Folder 35 Receipt of payment for David Pollock, 23 October 1867
Folder 36-40 Letters to Sallie (Pollock) Williams and John Williams from friends and family members, 6 January 1867-30 November 1873
Folder 41 Announcement of the 9th Annual Celebration of the Central Sunday School Union, Campbell County, Kentucky, 10 August 1878
Folder 42 Articles of Agreement between J.B. Williams and J.W. Boats to open a general grocery, 10 March 1881
Folder 43 Articles of Agreement between Ann Pollock/Daniel Pollock and John B. Williams/Sallie Williams for real estate, 14 November 1885
Folder 44 Articles of Agreement between Anne Pollock Ankram and Henry B. Ankram, 25 November 1885
Folder 45 Survey of Land for J.B. Williams near Belmont, Kentucky, 16 February 1887
Folder 46 Letter from John Delahay(Post office mailing clerk) to Mrs. S.W. [Bare/Bane?] answering a request for information about the Dunnica family in Elston, 26 October 1887
Folder 47 Letter to David Pollock from his brother discussing sending money, 15 March 1889
Folder 48 Receipt for state and other taxes for the year 1889 for John B. Williams, 10 October 1889
Folder 49-53 School reports on Olie and Eugene Williams, 7 November 1890-6 February 1891
Folder 54-56 Letters to and from Sallie (Pollock) Williams, 9 November 1892-29 October 1893
Folder 57 Program for School Exhibition and Musical Entertainment at Beech Grove School House, 13 April 1894
Folder 58-61 Receipts for state and other taxes, 1894-1896
Folder 62 Agreement between Frank Herring and John B. Williams for Frank to rent land from John, 20 May 1897
Folder 63 Wedding announcement for Nellie Elizabeth Hunter and James Rufus Alexander, 23 June 1897
Folder 64 Program of the "Deestick Skule" at Beech Grove, Kentucky, 5 November 1897
Folder 65 The Popular Series, Vol. II – No. 2, April 1898
Folder 66 Receipt of J.B. Williams for groceries, 12 February 1900
Folder 67 Marriage announcement for Emma Tarvin and Robert Kinney, 10 October 1900
Folder 68 Program of the 32nd Annual Reunion of the Beech Grove S.S. Union, 10 August 1901
Folder 69 Program for the Annual Celebration of the Beech Grove Sabbath School Union, 9 August 1902
Folder 70 Letter to Sallie Williams from Jim (Williams?) discussing the possibility of an upcoming visit, undated
Folder 71 Letter to Sallie Williams from friend discussing the friend’s life and a few quick mentions of the Civil War, undated
Folder 72 Sample of Circular given to agents of Damon Chemical Works, undated
Folder 73 Printed Poem: "Growing Older" by A.V. Bares, M.D., undated
Folder 74 Printed Vocabulary List No. 1 – Half Sheet, undated
Folder 75 Newspaper clipping with several articles, undated
Folder 76 Reward of Merit presented to Arthur Williams, undated
Folder 77 Request for attendance at the funeral of Mary Louise Pollock, daughter of David and Virginia Pollock, undated
Folder 78 Note Discussing possible relatives from Annie Pollock, undated
Folder 79 Letter to Sallie from Annie discussing recent events in her life, undated
Folder 80 Letter to Sallie Pollock from [Linda B. Debross?] about recent events in her life, undated
Folder 81 Note on figures of speech and their uses, undated
Folder 82 Grammar lesson and definition, undated
Folder 83 Letter to John [Williams?] from [M?] updating John on recent family events, undated
Folder 84 Letter to Sarah from Cousin James Pollock about the death of Edith, 20 December [?]
Folder 85 Letter to Francis V. Pollock from [Samsa?] her sister requesting Francis to send [Samsa?] her hankerchief, undated
Folder 86 Letter to Sallie from Cousin [Bory?] updating Sallie on recent events, 22 April [?]
Folder 87 Outline on how to conduct a deposition for a will, undated
Folder 88 Possible sermon or speech for a eulogy for Lou, undated
Folder 89 Map of Missouri, undated
Folder 90 Letter to Francis Virginia Pollock from her mother comforting Virginia on the death of a baby, undated
Folder 91 Letter to John from [unknown] updating John on recent events in author’s life, undated