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Ann and Robert Selvidge Foster papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-0531

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of receipts and statements primarily for Ann Foster of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, but it also includes Robert Selvidge Foster’s will and a deed for 1,274 acres of land from the heirs of Robert S. Foster to Edmond L. Prince in 1859 for the sum of $19,110.00. The document lists the heirs as “Ann Foster, James M. Foster, George W. Foster, Louisa F. Gates formerly Louisa F. Foster, and Cornelia Foster in their own proper persons, and John Y. Foster, C.R. Gates, William L. Foster and Wade Foster by their attorney in fact James M. Foster.”

Most of the statements are for the freight, wharfage, drayage, weighing and storage of cotton shipped by steamboats, and are listed for either Mrs. Ann Foster or the Estate of Robert S. Foster. Other receipts are for the purchase of clothing, books and magazine subscriptions.

Dates

  • 1833-1859

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Biographical / Historical

Ann and Robert Selvidge Foster were cotton farmers in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama in the 1800s. Ann Foster was born in the District of Columbia in the late 1790s (the 1860 U.S. Census gives her age as 61).

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Primarily receipts and statements but the collection also includes Robert S. Foster’s will and a deed for 1,274 acres of land from the heirs of Robert S. Foster to Edmond L. Prince in 1859 for the sum of $19,110.00. Most of the statements are for the freight, wharfage, drayage, weighing and storage of cotton shipped by steamboats, and are listed for either Mrs. Ann Foster or the Estate of Robert S. Foster. Other receipts are for the purchase of clothing, books and magazine subscriptions.

Provenance

Gift of Edwin Blair, 1987

General

To provide faster access to our materials, this finding aid was published without formal and final review. Email us at archives@ua.edu if you find mistakes or have suggestions to make this finding aid more useful for your research.

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2008; updated by S. Braden, 2009; updated by Martha Bace, 2013
Title
Guide to the Ann and Robert Selvidge Foster papers
Status
Coll Lvl Complete
Date
January 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