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Finding Aid for the J.D. Williams Family Collection

Descriptive Summary

PURL: http://purl.oclc.org/umarchives/MUM01752/
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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


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