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Collection Number: 04821

Collection Title: Beggs and Janssen Family Papers, 1859-1962

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 600 items)
Abstract Members of the Beggs and Janssen families of New Orleans, La. Materials, 1859-1962, including genealogy, family records, correspondence, and photographs. Nineteenth-century letters include those from John Thomas Beggs, C.S.A., in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, to his family, and others from various family members to one another discussing life during and after the Civil War. The 20th-century letters recount family events and are primarily focused on collecting and reconstructing family history.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Beggs and Janssen Family Papers #4821, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Hermann John Janssen of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Phyllis Janssen Ponder of Metairie, La., on 30 November 1995 (Acc. 96115).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Hermann Janssen, a New Orleans, La., restaurateur, descends from the Janssen family of Germany and New Orleans and from the Beggs family of New Orleans.

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Genealogy, family records, correspondence, and photographs of the Beggs and Janssen families. Included are Civil War letters of John Thomas Beggs, C.S.A.

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Contents list

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: by material type.

Extensive genealogy collected by Hermann Janssen of both the Beggs and Janssen families includes family trees, brief biographies of many ancestors, birth and marriage certificates, newspaper and photograph photocopies, land grants, and last wills and testaments.

Folder 1

Paternal Genealogy, part 1 #04821, Series: "1. Family Records." Folder 1

Folder 2

Paternal Genealogy, part 2 #04821, Series: "1. Family Records." Folder 2

Folder 3

Maternal Genealogy, part 1 #04821, Series: "1. Family Records." Folder 3

Folder 4

Maternal Genealogy, part 2 #04821, Series: "1. Family Records." Folder 4

Folder 5

Land grants #04821, Series: "1. Family Records." Folder 5

Folder 6

Wills #04821, Series: "1. Family Records." Folder 6

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About 400 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence of the Beggs and Janssen families. Nineteenth-century letters include those from John Thomas Beggs, C. S. A., to his family, mostly to his father E. W. Beggs and his sister, Rebecca Virginia (Ginnie) Beggs. Beggs wrote from Corinth, Miss., and Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1862; from Jackson, Miss., in 1863; and from Atlanta, Ga., where he was wounded and died, in 1864. There are also letters from various family members to one another discussing life during and after the Civil War.

The twentieth-century letters recount family events and are primarily focused on collecting and reconstructing family history. Most early letters are attached to transcriptions. The Civil War letters are preceded by a volume of bound transcriptions. The folder of miscellaneous material contains identification cards and ration books.

Folder 7

Transcripts 1862-1864 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 7

Folder 8

Letters 1859- April 1862 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 8

Folder 9

Letters April 1862- July 1863 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 9

Folder 10

Letters July 1863-April 1866 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 10

Folder 11

Letters 1900-1908 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 11

Folder 12

Letters 1910-1943 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 12

Folder 13

Letters 1946-1951 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 13

Folder 14

Letters 1956-1962 #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 14

Folder 15

Miscellaneous #04821, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1859-1962. " Folder 15

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Photographs of Beggs and Janssen family members, mostly identified.

Image Folder P-4812/Folders 1-4

Photographs of Beggs and Janssen family members, mostly identified #04821, Series: "3. Pictures." P-4812/Folders 1-4

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Processing Information

Processed by: Adera Scheinker, September 1997

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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