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Woods and Young families papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-1576

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of the papers of the Woods and Young families of Alabama. The papers include copies of letters, tax receipts and other legal documents, obituaries, store records, and records of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Christ.

The letters include several from T. M. (Thomas Moore) Woods, J.B. (John B.) Woods, and Thompson Gilmer (son-in-law) to T.W. (Thomas Wells) Woods (all addressed to their "Father and Mother") while they served in the Confederate Army. T.M. and J.B. apparently served in the same unit and occasionally wrote their parents a joint letter, or one would append his letter to the brother's letter. There is a photocopy of a letter signed by Captain John H. Bankhead (later Senator), and one from James M. Springfield, Company L, 24th Regiment Mississippi Volunteers.

There are also several tax receipts and other legal documents (including deeds for land inherited by James P. Young), store records from Columbus and Caledonia, Mississippi, and Vernon, Alabama, merchants and church records. The church records are those of the Shiloh Baptist Church of Christ where T.W. Woods was clerk, and consist primarily of Letters of Dismission from various churches in Fayette, Marion, Lamar, and St. Clair counties in Alabama and some in Mississippi. There is also a collection of abstracts of various Revolutionary soldiers and families, with unclear relationships to the Woods and Young families, including a large genealogical chart.

Dates

  • 1834-1918

Biographical / Historical

John Woods was born July 25, 1785, in Madison County, Kentucky. There he married Susannah Wells before moving to Williamson County, Tennessee, for two years, then Franklin County, Tennessee, for eight years, and finally to Marion County, Alabama, in about 1818, where he died in 1868. His was one of the first two families to settle in Marion County. His children were Thomas Wells Woods, John B. Woods, George W. Woods, and Liza Ann Woods (who married Thompson Gilmer).

Extent

0.05 Linear Feet (14 folders)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

This collection contains a miscellany of material, including letters by Thomas Moore Woods, Company K, 16th Alabama Infantry; James M. Springfield, Company L, 24th Regiment Mississippi Volunteers; and G. W. Woods, 9th Alabama Cavalry, Selma. It also includes a collection of biographical abstracts of various Revolutionary soldiers and families; store receipts from Columbus and Caledonia, Mississippi, and Vernon, Alabama; land deeds; and church records from various congregations in Mississippi and Alabama.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charles Gilmer, 1989.
Title
Guide to the Woods and Young Families Papers
Status
Completed
Date
February 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266
205.348.0500