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Collection Number: 05323

Collection Title: Craig, Ferris, and Flowers Family Papers, 1841-2007

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Size 12.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3,500 items)
Abstract Members of the Craig, Flowers, and Ferris families of Vicksburg and Yazoo City, Miss., include William C. Craig; New York cotton and sugar broker William R. Craig (1870-1931); Seraphina Brooks Flowers (1824-1868); Vicksburg businessmen Uriah Grey Flowers (1883-1947) and Edward Gibbs Flowers (1880-1945); Mississippi Council of Garden Clubs president Hester Craig Flowers (1885-1987); Shelby Flowers Ferris; and author, filmmaker, folklorist, and professor William R. Ferris Jr. (1942- ) (Bill Ferris). Some family members lived at the Ceres Plantation in Warren County, Miss. The collection consists of business and personal correspondence, including a copybook containing the outgoing letters of Seraphina Brooks Flowers, who successfully petitioned federal officers to allow her to visit her son in the Rock Island, Ill., prison during the Civil War; financial and legal papers; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; journals; travels diaries; creative writing; and genealogical materials. Topics include family news; the Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency; real estate; farm life; intergenerational relationships; divorce; international travel; garden clubs; the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi; family history; the Allen Cooperage Company in Nanachehaw, Miss.; and heritage tourism in Louisiana and Mississippi. Pictures are chiefly portraits and candid photographs of various members of the Craig, Flowers, and Ferris families and their dogs, livestock, houses, gardens, and travel.
Creator Craig family.



Flowers family.



Ferris family.
Language English
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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 Craig, Ferris, and Flowers Family Papers #5323, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Shelby Flowers Ferris of Vicksburg, Miss., in March, April, and June 2007 (Acc. 100618, 100643, 100708).
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In the 1820s, the Flowers family moved from North Carolina to Warren County, Miss., where Uriah Flowers (1761-1845) and his wife, Elizabeth Watson Flowers (1779-1846), settled what came to be known as Ceres Plantation at Oakland. Their son, Ignatius Flowers (1806-1862), married Seraphina Brooks (1824-1868) in 1840, and they also made their home at Ceres. Their sons, Oliver Brooks Flowers (1841-1884) and Uriah Flowers (1846-1890), joined the Confederate Army as members of Harvey's Scouts, composed chiefly of men from Madison County, Miss. In the summer of 1864, Oliver was captured near Rome, Ga., and sent to the Union prison at Rock Island, Ill. In 1877, Uriah Flowers married his second wife, Shelby Gibbs, daughter of Edward and Jane Gibbs of Vicksburg, Miss. They had two daughters, Helen and Jane, both of whom died young, and two sons, Edward Gibbs Flowers (1880-1945) and Uriah Grey Flowers (1883-1947).

Uriah Grey Flowers ("U.G." or "Grey") was a prominent businessman in Vicksburg, Miss. After attending a year at Mississippi College and two years at the Virginia Military Institute, he became involved in the merchandise brokerage business, handling lines bought and sold in the grocery trade. In 1905, he and his brother Edward established the Flowers Bros. Insurance Co. The brothers also were involved with real estate as well as stocks, bonds, and securities trading. In 1915, Grey married Hester Isabel Craig (1885-1987), daughter of William C. and Harriet Rabb Craig ("Hattie"), and with her had three children: Shelby Flowers, Hester Flowers, and Uriah Grey Flowers Jr. In 1935, Grey retired from his business because of ill health and turned his attention to operating the Ceres plantation until his death in 1947. After her husband's death, Hester became one of the founders of the Vicksburg Garden Club and served two years as president of the Mississippi Council of Garden Clubs.

Grey and Hester's daughter Shelby married William R. Ferris and with him had five children: William R. Ferris Jr. ("Bill"), Shelby Ferris, Hester Ferris, Grey Ferris, and Martha Ferris. Bill Ferris (1942- ) is an author, folklorist, filmmaker, professor, photographer, administrator, and scholar. He co-founded the Center for Southern Folklore in Mississippi and was its director from 1972 to 1984. From 1979 to 1997, he was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. He has recorded blues albums, produced documentary films, authored a number of books, and co-edited The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.

Hester Craig Flowers's brother, William R. Craig (1870-1931), was a cotton and sugar broker in New York. Born in Yazoo City, Miss., he graduated from Southwestern Presbyterian University and then entered his father's firm, W. C. Craig & Co., a cotton and general merchandise business. In 1905, he moved to New York and created his own business, W. R. Craig & Co., that brokered commodities in the cotton and sugar trade. He married Margaret Cunningham of Yazoo City, Miss., in 1913. Hester's other brother, Robert E. Craig (1872-1942), also attended Southwestern Presbyterian University and was a cotton broker. He married Margaret Henry, the daughter of Judge and Mrs. W. A. Henry, and lived in Vicksburg, New York, and New Orleans.

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Papers documenting the Craig, Flowers, and Ferris families of Vicksburg, Miss., and Yazoo City, Miss., and New Orleans, La., especially William C. Craig, Harriet Rabb Craig, William R. Craig, Robert E. Craig, Philip S. Craig, Hester Craig Flowers, Uriah Grey Flowers, Seraphina Flowers, Shelby Flowers Ferris, and William R. Ferris Jr. (Bill Ferris). Materials include business and personal correspondence, including a copybook containing the outgoing letters of Seraphina Flowers, who successfully petitioned federal officers to allow her to visit her son imprisoned at Rock Island, Ill., during the Civil War; financial and legal papers; newspaper clippings; scrapbooks; journals; travel diaries; creative writing; and genealogical materials. Topics include family news; the Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency; real estate; farm life; intergenerational relationships; divorce; international travel; garden clubs; the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi; family history; the Allen Cooperage Company in Nanachehaw, Miss.; and heritage tourism in Louisiana and Mississippi. Pictures are chiefly portraits and candid photographs of various members of the Craig, Flowers, and Ferris families and their dogs, livestock, houses, gardens, and travel.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991.

About 100 items.

Correspondence, legal papers, clippings, obituaries, notebooks, and a ledger related to the Craig family of Yazoo City and Vicksburg, Miss. The materials were chiefly created by William C. Craig; his wife, Harriet Rabb Craig; and their children, William R. Craig, Robert E. Craig, Philip S. Craig, and Hester Craig Flowers. See also Series 4. Genealogical papers.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1858-1941 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 1

Letters written and received by various members of the Craig family. Includes a number of telegrams sent to Philip S. Craig from C. P. Ellis and Company regarding the weather, crops, and stocks.

Folder 2

Financial and legal papers, 1861-1920 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 2

Mostly receipts and bills from 1906 for furniture, appliance, and home repair purchases made by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Craig for the family home on Cherry Street in Vicksburg. Papers also include an 1897 partnership agreement between William C. Craig and William R. Craig.

Folder 3

Obituaries and memorials, 1868-1991 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 3

Newspaper obituaries and other mourning and memorial documents for members of the Craig and Flowers families.

Folder 4

Clippings, 1915-1986 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 4

Relating to the Craig family and their employee, Willette Fairfax, chiefly documenting weddings, anniversaries, education, and deaths.

Folder 5

Notebooks, 1906 and 1911-1915 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 5

Two small notebooks of Philip Craig with entries describing his travels.

Folder 6a

Ledger, 1904-1907 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 6a

Record of sales made by William C. Craig and Robert E. Craig.

Folder 6b

Notebook, 1905 #05323, Series: "1. Craig Family Papers, 1858-1991." Folder 6b

Record of cotton sales to J. Meyerkort, 1905

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Flowers Family Papers, 1841-1993.

About 1,100 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Business and personal correspondence of Uriah Grey Flowers, the Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency, and other Flowers family members. Topics include family news; real estate, employment with Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency, and other financial concerns; discussions of cattle, other livestock, and general farm life; and illness. Financial and legal papers relate chiefly to the Flowers family and the Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency. There are a few items relating to Bernard and Elizabeth Conaghan and the Kelley family. Other papers document gardening and creative writing. A copybook contains the outgoing letters of Seraphina Flowers, including her successful petition to federal officers to visit her son in a Rock Island, Ill., prison during the Civil War. Journals and scrapbooks chronicle cruises and other travel taken by Flowers family members, some as older adults.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946.

About 700 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Business and personal correspondence of Uriah Grey Flowers. Topics include real estate, especially the buying and selling of lots, as well as various tax and pricing issues; employment and other concerns at Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency; and stocks and bonds. Personal correspondents include family members Hester Craig Flowers, Edward G. Flowers, Robert E. Craig, William R. Craig, Philip S. Craig, and Olive Edmiston, a cousin of Uriah Grey Flowers. There also is correspondence from William Drake ("Magruder"), a good friend who was involved in the Enochs Lumber and Manufacturing Company with Edward G. Flowers and W. C. Craig & Co. with W. R. Craig. Drake ran Mount Ararat Plantation in Church Hill, Miss., and much of his and Grey's correspondence contains discussions of cattle, other livestock, and general farm life. Correspondence from 1918 with various members of the military concerns Grey's desire to join the Field Artillery Central Officers Training School, though there is no evidence that Grey joined the military at this time, and in an October 1918 letter he mentions being sick from influenza. Correspondence, 1928-1930, focuses on Grey's illness from bronchitis; his travel to Asheville, N.C., to seek treatment and recovery; and the related medical bills. See also folder 44 below.

Folder 7

1889-1913 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1914 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 8-9

Folder 10

1915 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 10

Folder 11

1917-1918 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 11

Folder 12

1919 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 12

Folder 13

1920 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

1921 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 14-15

Folder 16

1922 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 16

Folder 17-19

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

1923 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 17-19

Folder 20-21

Folder 20

Folder 21

1924 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 20-21

Folder 22

1925 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 22

Folder 23

1926 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

1927 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 24-25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

1928 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 26-27

Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29

1929 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 28-29

Folder 30

1930 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 30

Folder 31-32

Folder 31

Folder 32

1931 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 31-32

Folder 33-34

Folder 33

Folder 34

1932 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 33-34

Folder 35-36

Folder 35

Folder 36

1933 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 35-36

Folder 37-38

Folder 37

Folder 38

1934 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 37-38

Folder 39

1935 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 39

Folder 40

1936 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 40

Folder 41

1937-1946 #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 41

Folder 42

Undated #05323, Subseries: "2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers Correspondence, 1889-1946." Folder 42

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.2. Other Flowers Family Correspondence, 1869-1993.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: by correspondent.

Correspondence of Hester Craig Flowers and other members of the Flowers family, including that of the Flowers Bros. Insurance Company (note that the Uriah Grey Flowers correspondence in Series 2.1. also contains many letters regarding this company). Also included are letters to Uriah Grey Flowers's aunt, Mollie Kelley.

Folder 43

Flowers, Hester Craig, 1908-1986 #05323, Subseries: "2.2. Other Flowers Family Correspondence, 1869-1993." Folder 43

Correspondence with her daughters, Shelby Flowers Ferris and Hester Flowers Faser, her niece Harriet, her brothers, and others, including an admirer, Walbridge Taft. Topics chiefly center around home life and daily activities. Note that correspondence between Hester Craig Flowers and her husband is in Series 2.1. Uriah Grey Flowers.

Folder 44

Flowers Bros. Insurance Company, 1913-1935 #05323, Subseries: "2.2. Other Flowers Family Correspondence, 1869-1993." Folder 44

Business correspondence includes employment inquiries, specifics on land purchases, and solicitations from stockholding and credit companies. There are additional insurance letters regarding Uriah Grey Flower's illness in 1929 and several letters concerning the purchase of hunting dogs.

Folder 45

Kelley, Mollie, letters to, 1869-1917 #05323, Subseries: "2.2. Other Flowers Family Correspondence, 1869-1993." Folder 45

Folder 46

Other correspondence, 1884-1993 #05323, Subseries: "2.2. Other Flowers Family Correspondence, 1869-1993." Folder 46

Correspondence of other members of the Flowers family, including Olive Kelley, Edwina Enochs Flowers (married to Edward G. Flowers), David Evans, Irene Whitehead, and Grey Flowers Jr. Also contains letters whose author or recipient are unknown or unclear.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: chronological by year.

Financial and legal papers relating to the Flowers family and Flowers Bros. Insurance Agency. The papers chiefly consist of bills, receipts, purchase orders, bank statements, cancelled checks, and prescriptions as well as newsletters for various bond and security businesses. Balance sheets for the insurance agency are included. There are four account books and several deeds under the names of Bernard and Elizabeth Conaghan, whose connection to the Flowers family is unclear.

Folder 47

1879-1920 #05323, Subseries: "2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938." Folder 47

Folder 48

1921-1929 #05323, Subseries: "2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938." Folder 48

Folder 49

1930-1931 #05323, Subseries: "2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938." Folder 49

Folder 50

1932 #05323, Subseries: "2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938." Folder 50

1933-1938 #05323, Subseries: "2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938." Folder 50

Folder 52-53

Folder 52

Folder 53

Account books, 1926-1934 #05323, Subseries: "2.3. Flowers Family Legal and Financial Papers, 1879-1938." Folder 52-53

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Materials include the financial and legal papers of the Kelley family; a copybook containing the outgoing letters of Seraphina Flowers, including her successful petition to federal officers to visit her son imprisoned at Rock Island, Ill., during the Civil War; papers documenting Hester Craig Flowers's involvement in local garden clubs; newspaper clippings; and creative writing by members of the Flowers family. Diaries and scrapbooks chronicle cruises and other travel taken by Hester Craig Flowers and her daughters, Shelby Flowers Ferris and Hester Flowers Faser, some documenting travel as older adults.

Folder 54

Kelley family legal and financial papers, 1878-1930 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 54

Legal and financial papers of the Kelley family, related to the Flowers through two marriages. Contains a land survey from 1878 as well as several deeds and records of loans.

Folder 55

Clippings, 1915-2007 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 55

Newspaper clippings concerning Hester Craig Flowers, gardening, dogs, and trapshooting.

Folder 56

Seraphina Flowers copybook, 1841-1865 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 56

Composition book with copies of outgoing letters to family and friends of Seraphina Flowers. Topics include the death of her young son Neville, illnesses, school openings, family news, and local activities. Of particular note are letters that Seraphina wrote to federal officers, asking for leniency for her son Oliver and petitioning to see him in prison, and the letters she wrote to home while visiting Oliver at the Rock Island, Ill., prison. A letter written to her cousin in Boston toward the end of the Civil War describes her thoughts on how federal officers view southern women. The back of the composition book contains poems, thoughts, and short essays written in the same hand as the letters. Newspaper obituaries for various members of the Flowers family, including Seraphina, are pasted in the front of the book.

Folder 57

Garden club papers, 1947-1977 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 57

Includes notes from Shelby Flowers's talk on the Vicksburg Gardening Club, articles on gardening written by Hester Craig Flowers, pamphlets and programs for gardening club events, and a copy of the constitution of the garden clubs of Mississippi.

Folder 58

Flowers family creative writing, late 20th century #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 58

Creative writing projects of members of the Flowers family, mostly non-fiction recollections and mostly by Shelby Flowers Ferris.

Folder 59

Notebook of quotes, undated #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 59

Scrapbook S-5323/1

Scrapbook, South America #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." S-5323/1

Folder 60

Travel journal, Europe, 1950 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 60

Folder 61

Travel journal, Europe, 1954 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 61

Scrapbook S-5323/2

Scrapbook, Scandinavia, 1954 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." S-5323/2

Folder 62

Travel journal, Europe, 1959 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 62

Folder 63

Travel journal, Europe, 1961 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 63

Folder 64

Travel journal, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Phillipines, 1964 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 64

Folder 65

Travel journal, Europe, 1972 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 65

Folder 66

Travel journal, Europe and Mediterranean, 1977 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 66

Folder 67

Scrapbook, Europe, 1983 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 67

Folder 68

Scrapbook, China, 1987 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 68

Folder 69

Travel journal, Europe, 1997 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 69

Folder 70

Scrapbook, Eastern Europe, 2004 #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 70

Folder 71a-b

Miscellaneous #05323, Subseries: "2.4. Other Papers, 1841-2007." Folder 71a-b

Travel receipts, notes on books, school materials, wedding announcements and calling cards.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Ferris Family Papers, 1921-2005.

About 1,500 items.

Papers include the correspondence of Shelby Flowers Ferris, especially letters from her son William R. Ferris Jr. (Bill Ferris), documenting life events, including births, deaths, weddings, and divorces; programs, flyers, and newsletters relating to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi; correspondence regarding family history; and copies of published writings by and about Bill Ferris.

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About 1,200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters received by Shelby Flowers Ferris from family members, especially her son William R. Ferris Jr. while he was attending Brooks School, Davidson College, and Northwestern University; while traveling abroad in Ireland and France; and while teaching at Yale University. Family letters chronicle life events, including births, deaths, weddings, and divorces.

Folder 72a

1921-1947 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 72a

Folder 72b

1953-1959 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 72b

Folder 73

1960-1964 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 73

Folder 74

1966 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 74

Folder 75

1967 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 75

Folder 76

1968 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 76

Folder 77

1969 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 77

Folder 78

1970 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 78

Folder 79

1971 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 79

Folder 80

1972 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 80

Folder 81-82

Folder 81

Folder 82

1973 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 81-82

Folder 83

1974 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 83

Folder 84

1975 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 84

Folder 85

1976 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 85

Folder 86

1977 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 86

Folder 87-88

Folder 87

Folder 88

1978 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 87-88

Folder 89-91

Folder 89

Folder 90

Folder 91

1979 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 89-91

Folder 92-93

Folder 92

Folder 93

1980 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 92-93

Folder 94

1981-1982 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 94

Folder 95

1983 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 95

Folder 96-97

Folder 96

Folder 97

1984 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 96-97

Folder 98-99

Folder 98

Folder 99

1985 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 98-99

Folder 100-101

Folder 100

Folder 101

1986 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 100-101

Folder 102-103

Folder 102

Folder 103

1987 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 102-103

Folder 104

1988-1989 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 104

Folder 105

1990-1994 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 105

Folder 106

1995 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 106

Folder 107

1996 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 107

Folder 108-109

Folder 108

Folder 109

1997 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 108-109

Folder 110

1998 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 110

Folder 111

1999 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 111

Folder 112

2000 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 112

Folder 113-114

Folder 113

Folder 114

2001 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 113-114

Folder 115-116

Folder 115

Folder 116

2002 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 115-116

Folder 117

2003 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 117

Folder 118-119

Folder 118

Folder 119

2004 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 118-119

Folder 120

2005 #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 120

Folder 121-129

Folder 121

Folder 122

Folder 123

Folder 124

Folder 125

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

Folder 129

Undated #05323, Subseries: "3.1. Shelby Flowers Ferris Letters, 1921-2005." Folder 121-129

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Ferris Family Correspondence, 1932-1991.

About 100 items.

Correspondence of Ferris family members, including letters to Mrs. E. B. Ferris, many from her daughter-in-law Shelby Flowers Ferris and her grandchildren.

Folder 130-131

Folder 130

Folder 131

Mrs. E. B. Ferris, 1932-1991 #05323, Subseries: "3.2. Ferris Family Correspondence, 1932-1991." Folder 130-131

Folder 132-134

Folder 132

Folder 133

Folder 134

Ferris family, 1961-1991 #05323, Subseries: "3.2. Ferris Family Correspondence, 1932-1991." Folder 132-134

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. William R. Ferris Papers, 1973-2005.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Genealogical Papers, 1950s-2000s.

About 200 items.

Papers collected by various members of the Flowers, Craig, and Ferris family while researching history of Brooks, Kelley, Nicholson, Michie, Watson, Gibbs, Jefferies, Edmiston, Biggs, Rabb, Luce (Luse), Swayze (Swazey), and Horton families. Papers chiefly consist of correspondence between interested family members and copies of the correspondence of their ancestors. Included are transcriptions of letters of Seraphina Flowers and letters from Hester and William Rabb to their daughter Matilda in the 1850s.

About 150 pages of a photocopied journal contain genealogical information for the Luse and Rabb families as well as records of daily activities. The dates in the journal range from 1837 to 1860. There are a few photocopied pages of recipes, some from printed books and some from handwritten notes.

Photocopies of correspondence written between 1919 and 1938 detail the relationship between the Craig family and Reverend Charles Diehl, D.D., president of Southwestern Presbyterian University in Clarksville, Tenn., from 1920 to 1935. Included with the correspondence are copies of obituaries for Robert E. Craig and William R. Craig and for Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Craig's infant son.

Other materials include family trees for the Flowers and Michie families; birth, death, and marriage records; information pulled from tombstones, land grants, and deeds; and obituaries. There is also information on Melville Weston Fuller, an orphan who was found and adopted by Uriah Goldsborough Flowers, and about Joseph Henry Bush, who painted portraits of Uriah and Elizabeth Watson Flowers.

Folder 144-146

Folder 144

Folder 145

Folder 146

Genealogical papers #05323, Series: "4. Genealogical Papers, 1950s-2000s." Folder 144-146

Folder 147

Photocopies of journal and recipes #05323, Series: "4. Genealogical Papers, 1950s-2000s." Folder 147

Folder 148-149

Folder 148

Folder 149

Craig and Diehl families #05323, Series: "4. Genealogical Papers, 1950s-2000s." Folder 148-149

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995.

About 350 items.

Arrangement: by family name.

Pictures of the members of the Flowers family, including Uriah Flowers (1846-1890); Hester Craig Flowers; Hester Flowers Faser; Uriah Grey Flowers; Edward G. Flowers; Margaret Craig; Mollie Kelley; and Milton Jones, an employee of the Flowers family. There are photographs of portraits of Elizabeth Watson and Uriah Flowers, painted by Joseph Henry Bush. Other photographs document cruises and other travel; horses, cows, and other livestock; and Hester Craig Flower's garden and homes, including the Cherry Street house.

Image Folder P-5323/1-4

P-5323/1

P-5323/2

P-5323/3

P-5323/4

Craig: Family #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/1-4

Photographs of various members of the Craig family, including Philip Craig, Hugh Craig, Hester Craig Flowers, Margaret Cunningham Craig, Margaret Henry Craig, Shelby Ferris, William R. Ferris, and the Maynards.

Image Folder P-5323/5

Craig: Dogs #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/5

Photographs of the Craig family hunting dogs.

Image Folder P-5323/6

Houses #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/6

Photographs of various homes of the Craig family, including Robert E. Craig's home in New Orleans and the house on Cherry Street in Vicksburg, Miss.

Image Folder P-5323/7

Craig: Vacation prints and postcards #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/7

Image Folder P-5323/8

Craig: Other #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/8

Photographs of unidentified homes, vacations, Craig cotton business.

Image Folder P-5323/9

Craig: Negatives #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/9

Image Folder P-5323/10-14

P-5323/10

P-5323/11

P-5323/12

P-5323/13

P-5323/14

Flowers: Family #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/10-14

Image Folder P-5323/15

Flowers: Cruises and other travel #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/15

Image Folder P-5323/16

Flowers: Dogs, horses, and livestock #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/16

Image Folder P-5323/17-18

P-5323/17

P-5323/18

Flowers: Homes and gardens #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/17-18

Image Folder P-5323/19

Flowers: Other #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/19

Photographs of scouts, buildings, monuments and historic sites

Image Folder P-5323/20

Flowers: Negatives #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/20

Image Folder P-5323/21

Ferris: Family #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/21

Image Folder P-5323/22

Miscellaneous #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." P-5323/22

Photographs of damage to a cabin after a storm

Special Format Image SF-5323/1

Glass plate negative #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." SF-5323/1

Florence and Hester in front of Craig home in Yazoo City, Miss.

Special Format Image SF-5323/2

Glass covered photograph #05323, Series: "5. Pictures, circa 1900-circa 1995." SF-5323/2

"Nelson's ship 'Victory'"

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6. Miscellaneous, 1920, 1960s-1990s.

About 200 items.

Papers include receipts from the Allen Cooperage Company in Nanachehaw, Miss., and booklets and pamphlets, chiefly relating to historic sites in Louisiana and Mississippi and gardening clubs.

Box 23

Allen Cooperage Company receipts, 1920 #05323, Series: "Series 6. Miscellaneous, 1920, 1960s-1990s." Box 23

Box 24

Booklets and pamphlets, 1960s-1990s #05323, Series: "Series 6. Miscellaneous, 1920, 1960s-1990s." Box 24

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sarah Peterson and Nancy Kaiser, December 2007

Encoded by: Sarah Peterson and Nancy Kaiser, December 2007

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