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Collection Number: 04226

Collection Title: Cheairs and Hughes Family Papers, 1811-1973.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2,600 items)
Abstract The Cheairs and Hughes families of Maury County, Tenn. included Nathaniel Francis Cheairs (1818-1914). The collection contains correspondence, deeds, wills, and other financial and legal papers, genealogical notes, family photographs, and other material of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs and other members of the Cheairs and Hughes families of Maury County, Tenn. Most of the correspondence and financial papers relate to the business dealings of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs and include papers relating to land transactions in Maury County and a sawmill in Arkansas. Two copies of typed transcriptions of memoirs are included: "Kentucky Memoirs of Uncle Sam Williams," edited with commentary by Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Junior, about the life and family of Samuel Williams (1831-1927), who was raised in Bourbon County, Ky., and wrote for newspapers in Louisville, Ky., St. Louis, Mo., and other locations; and "Personal Experiences in the War Between the States," by Nathaniel Francis Cheairs, who served with the 3rd Tennessee Regiment. Genealogical material, the bulk of these papers, relates to Cheairs, Hughes, and other ancestors of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs Hughes Junior (1930- ).
Creator Cheairs family.



Hughes family.
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 Cheairs and Hughes Family Papers, #4226, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1980
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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The Cheairs and Hughes families of Maury County, Tenn. included Nathaniel Francis Cheairs (1818-1914).

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The collection contains correspondence, deeds, wills, and other financial and legal papers, genealogical notes, family photographs, and other material of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs and other members of the Cheairs and Hughes families of Maury County, Tenn. Most of the correspondence and financial papers relate to the business dealings of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs and include papers relating to land transactions in Maury County and a sawmill in Arkansas. Two copies of typed transcriptions of memoirs are included: "Kentucky Memoirs of Uncle Sam Williams," edited with commentary by Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes Junior, about the life and family of Samuel Williams (1831-1927), who was raised in Bourbon County, Ky., and wrote for newspapers in Louisville, Ky., St. Louis, Mo., and other locations; and "Personal Experiences in the War Between the States," by Nathaniel Francis Cheairs, who served with the 3rd Tennessee Regiment. Genealogical material, the bulk of these papers, relates to Cheairs, Hughes, and other ancestors of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs Hughes Junior (1930- ).

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1865-1917.

About 50 items.

The most frequent correspondence is from Nathaniel Francis Cheairs, written in Madison, Ark., to his son, William McKissack Cheairs, in Spring Hill, Tenn. The letters deal with the operation of Nathaniel's sawmill in Arkansas, poverty in the region, and family matters. Also included are a few business letters from Nathaniel Cheairs, and letters among his children and other relatives.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1865-1917." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1865-1917 #04226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1865-1917." Folder 1

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About 2,300 items.

Arrangement: by family name.

Primarily notes made by Nathaniel Cheairs on the various branches of his family.

Oversize Paper OP-4226/3

Family tree showing genealogy for Nathaniel Cheairs #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." OP-4226/3

Folder 8

Allen, Jemison, Linton #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 8

Folder 9

Allen, Shealy, Stanley, Wheat, and others #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

Holland #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 10-11

Folder 12

Hughes, Pursley #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 12

Folder 13

Jacoway, Gilreath #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 13

Folder 14

Jacoway, Middleton, Reed, Reid #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 14

Folder 15

Jacoway #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 15

Folder 16

Jacoway, Taylor, and others #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 16

Folder 17

Lattimore, Ford #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 17

Folder 18

Lattimore, McClanahan, Marshall, Randolph #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 18

Folder 19

Lattimore, Spears, Triplett #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 19

Folder 20

Lattimore, Williams, and others #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 20

Folder 21-23

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

McClanahan #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 21-23

Folder 24

McKissack, Cheairs, Gilbert #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 24

Folder 25

McKissack #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 25

Folder 26

McKissack, Peters, Thompson #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 26

Folder 27

Pace, Meadows, Asbury, Dupuy, Hatcher, Jennings #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 27

Folder 28

Pace, Meadows #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 28

Folder 29

Pointer, Boyd, Ligon #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 29

Folder 30

Pointer #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 30

Folder 31

Pointer, Rush #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 31

Folder 32

Pointer, Sandford, Terrell #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 32

Folder 33

Pointer, Thomas, Turner #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 33

Folder 34

Pointer and others #04226, Series: "3. Genealogical Material." Folder 34

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1 item.

Contains a typed copy of Nathaniel Cheairs's memoir, "Personal Experiences in the War Between the States," published in serial form by the Columbia, Tenn. Daily Herald in 1961.

Folder 35

"Personal Experiences..." #04226, Series: "4. Writings." Folder 35

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About 35 items.

Clippings relate to the Civil War and to the Hughes, Cheairs, and related families.

Folder 36

Clippings, 1861-1917 #04226, Series: "5. Clippings, 1861-1917." Folder 36

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About 30 items.

Includes copies of census lists; notes on slave censuses, the Civil War, and Civil War munitions; a calendar picture of Rippaville, Nathaniel Cheairs's home; and a postcard depicting the family home of Abraham Spears near Paris, Ky.

Folder 37-38

Folder 37

Folder 38

Miscellaneous material #04226, Series: "6. Miscellaneous Material." Folder 37-38

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4 items.

Typed and photocopied notebooks containing genealogical information on the McClanahan, Meador, and Rush families. One volume is an edited version of the memoirs of Samuel Williams (1831-1927), written in January 1906.

Folder 39

Volume 1, part 1 #04226, Series: "7. Volumes." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 1, part 2 #04226, Series: "7. Volumes." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume 2 #04226, Series: "7. Volumes." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 3 #04226, Series: "7. Volumes." Folder 42

Folder 43

Volume 4 #04226, Series: "7. Volumes." Folder 43

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About 90 items.
Image Folder PF-4226/1

Photographs of Nathaniel Francis Cheairs, his nephew of the same name, Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes, William McKissack Cheairs, Anna Dummitt, Thomas Hennery Dummitt, Emma, William Joseph Hardee, William Jacoway Hughes #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/1

Image Folder PF-4226/2

Henry Cheairs Hughes, Susan Peters Cheairs Hughes, William Cheairs Hughes #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/2

Image Folder PF-4226/3

William Jacoway Hughes, John Price Jacoway, Carrie Lee Pace Jacoway, David Snodgrass Lattimore #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/3

Image Folder PF-4226/4

Elizabeth Vernon Spears Lattimore, Helen E. Lattimore, William McKissack, Helen Lattimore Phillips, J. R. Powell, Frank Rand #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/4

Image Folder PF-4226/5

Ellen Douglas Spears, Helen Maria Williams Spears, Ida Spears, Mary Buckner Spears, rebecca Keith Spears Culbertson, Suzanna Trimble Spears, William Ford Spears #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/5

Image Folder PF-4226/6

Group portraits of Cheairs family members #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/6

Image Folder PF-4226/7

Group portraits of William Hughes family members #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/7

Image Folder PF-4226/8

Group portraits of Jacoway family members #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/8

Image Folder PF-4226/9

Group portraits of Lattimore and Spears family members #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/9

Image Folder PF-4226/10

Scenes at Branham and Hughes school; William Cheairs Hughes and his partner, William Branham #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/10

Image Folder PF-4226/11

Family homes of John Wesley Cheairs, Martin Terrell Cheairs, Nathaniel Francis Cheairs, William Cheairs Hughes, William McKissack, and gravestones of Thomas McKissack and Lucy Hudson McKissack #04226, Series: "8. Pictures, 1861-1971." PF-4226/11

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, May 2011

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