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Collection Number: 01714-z

Collection Title: John Fletcher Comer Journal, 1844-1847

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Abstract John Fletcher Comer was a cotton planter of Barbour County, Ala., where he also ran a sawmill and corn mill. J.F. Comer was the father of Braxton Bragg Comer, who, in 1906, became governor of Alabama. The collection is a journal kept by John Fletcher Comer containing various kinds of records relating to agricultural activities on his Barbour County, Ala., plantation and to his lumber and corn mills. Included are records of cotton and corn planted, picked, and stored, and of hogs slaughtered. There are also records of specific orders for lumber cut to varying sizes and of numbers of bushels of corn milled for various customers. Miscellaneous purchases of knives, clothing, cloth, and tobacco are also documented. For 1845 through 1847, there are short journal entries, most of which list weather conditions and planting and milling activities. A few entries, however, contain slight references to the health and activities of family and friends.
Creator Comer, John Fletcher, 1811-1858.
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 John Fletcher Comer Journal #1714-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Donald Comer of Birmingham, Alabama, in May 1950.
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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John Fletcher Comer (1811-1858), a native of Jones County, Georgia, was the son of Ann Trippe and Hugh Moss Comer, and grandson of Elizabeth Moss and Samuel Comer. He married Catharine Lucinda Drewry in 1841 and settled in Barbour County, Alabama, where he engaged in growing cotton and operating a sawmill and a corn mill.

When he died, Comer left his widow with six minor sons. The fourth son was Braxton Bragg Comer, who, in 1906, became governor of Alabama.

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Journal, 200 pps., kept by Comer, containing various kinds of records relating to agricultural activities on his Barbour County, Alabama, plantation and to his lumber and corn mills.

The journal is arranged as follows:

Pages 1-5: Records of cotton planted and picked and of hogs slaughtered, 1844-1845.

Pages 6-92: Records of activity at Comer's sawmill, including specific orders for lumber cut to varying sizes and numbers of bushels of corn milled for various customers, 1844-1847.

Pages 93-107: Miscellaneous records of corn and cotton planted, picked, and stored in warehouses, and of purchases of knives, clothing, cloth, and tobacco, 1844-1845.

Pages 108-200: Short journal entries, most of which list weather conditions and planting and milling activities. A few entries, however, contain slight references to the health and activities of family and friends.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, April 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Finding aid updated for digitization by Kathryn Michaelis, September 2010

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