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Collection Number: 05230

Collection Title: Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 600 items)
Abstract The Edmiston, Flowers, and Kelley families, primarily of Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, are related through the marriages of William Kelley (1844-1897) to Mary Seraphina Flowers Kelley (1844-1937), and their daughter, Olive Kelley Edmiston (1887-1979), to Paul C. Edmiston Sr. (1881-1927). William Kelley was a physician in Tallulah, La., in the 1880s and 1890s. The papers consist primarily of family correspondence and genealogical materials, chiefly from Mississippi and Louisiana, gathered by Edmiston family members. Correspondence chiefly consists of letters between Saraphina Brooks Flowers of Bovina, Miss., and her daughter, Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, 1867-1868; letters between William Kelley of Tallulah, La., and his wife, Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, 1878-1897; telegrams sent to William Kelley regarding yellow fever cases in Louisiana, 1880s-1890s; and letters between Olive Kelley Edmiston and her mother, Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, 1900-1915. Some letters are from girls in school in Mississippi or Louisiana in the mid-19th century and early 20th century; others relate to African Americans in 19th-century Louisiana. Also included is a 1864 letter from Saraphina Brooks Flowers regarding her visit to the Union Army prison in Rock Island, Ill., where her son, a soldier serving with a Mississippi regiment, was a prisoner; an autograph album of William Kelley containing signatures of friends and acquaintances; naval records and other papers of Paul C. Edmiston Jr. serving as a naval radio officer, 1940s-1950s; photographs of various Edmiston and Flowers family members, 1850s-1950s; and a photograph album belonging to Olive Kelley Edmiston, circa 1900-1910, with some images of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, Mo. Genealogical materials include notes, prepared works, and a compact data disc documenting the lineage of the Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers families.
Creator Edmiston family.



Kelley family.



Flowers family.
Language English
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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 Edmiston, Kelley and Flowers Family Papers #5230, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Paul C. Edmiston Jr. of Mobile, Ala., in October 2004 (Acc. 100176), and from Lee Edmiston in May 2007 (Acc. 100657).
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Oliver Flowers (1841-1884) and Uriah Flowers (1846-1870) fought for the Confederate Army in the Civil War. Oliver served with "Harvey's Scouts," composed chiefly of men from Madison County, Miss., and was captured and sent to the Union prison at Rock Island, Ill. While imprisoned, his mother, Seraphina Brooks Flowers (1824-1868), traveled by riverboat from Vicksburg, Miss., to visit him.

William Edmiston (1845-1907) was a corporal in the Union Army in the Civil War with the 132nd Regiment, Ohio National Guard. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1864, he started the Edmiston Lumber Company in Springfield, Ohio. In 1899, he moved to Hattiesburg, Miss., with his wife, Esther Cassil, and son Paul C. Edmiston.

William Kelley (1844-1897) was a physician and parish health officer in Tallulah, La. In 1885, he married Mary Seraphina Flowers Kelley (1844-1937), daughter of Seraphina Brooks Flowers (1824-1868). Their daughter, Olive Kelley Edmiston (1887-1979), married Paul C. Edmiston.

Paul C. Edmiston (1881-1927) of Hattiesburg, Miss., married Olive Kelley Edmiston (1887-1979), and helped organize the Pole Stock Lumber Company with his father William Edmiston.

Paul C. Edmiston Jr. (b. 1919) was the son of Paul C. Edmiston and Olive Kelley Edmiston. He married Betsy Collins Edmiston (b. 1925) and served as a naval radio officer during the 1940s and 1950s.

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The papers consist primarily of family correspondence and genealogical materials relating to Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers family members in Mississippi and Louisiana that were gathered by Edmiston family members. Correspondence chiefly consists of letters between Saraphina Brooks Flowers of Bovina, Miss., and her daughter, Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, 1867-1868; letters between William Kelley of Tallulah, La., and his wife, Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, 1878-1897; telegrams sent to William Kelley regarding yellow fever cases in Louisiana, 1880s-1890s; and letters between Olive Kelley Edmiston and her mother, Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, 1900-1915. Some letters are from girls in school in Mississippi or Louisiana in the mid-19th century and early 20th century; others relate to African Americans in 19th-century Louisiana. Also included is a 1864 letter from Saraphina Brooks Flowers regarding her visit to the Union Army prison in Rock Island, Ill., where her son, a soldier serving with a Mississippi regiment during the Civil War, was a prisoner; an autograph album of William Kelley containing signatures of friends and acquaintances; naval records and other papers of Paul C. Edmiston Jr. serving as a naval radio officer, 1940s-1950s; photographs of various Edmiston and Flowers family members, 1850s-1950s; and a photograph album belonging to Olive Kelley Edmiston, circa 1900-1910, with some images of the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, Mo. Genealogical materials include notes, prepared works, and a compact data disc documenting the lineage of the Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers families.

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About 600 items.
Folder 1

Correspondence, 1853-1869 (bulk 1867-1869) #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 1

Chiefly letters to Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley, known as "Mollie", during her studies at Mount Herman Female College in Clinton, Miss., 1867-1869. Frequent correspondents include her mother, Saraphina Brooks Flowers; her sister, Lizzie Flowers; and other friends and family members. Letters chiefly discuss news from the Flowers family home in Bovina, Miss., near Vicksburg, Miss. Also included is a 14 October 1864 letter from Saraphina Brooks Flowers regarding her visit to the Union Army prison in Rock Island, Ill., where her son Oliver Flowers was imprisoned.

Folder 2-4

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Correspondence, 1870-1898 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 2-4

Mostly correspondence between Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley and her husband and cousin, William Kelley. Letters from William Kelley discuss courtship, his medical practice, and other events in Tallulah, La., including his fear of African-American riots, mass emigration of African Americans from Louisiana to Kansas, and a visit to Birmingham, Ala., where he witnessed "boom fever" in the city.

Folder 5

Correspondence, 1900-1915 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 5

Mostly correspondence of Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley and her daughter Olive Kelley Edmiston, a student at the New Orleans Normal School. There are some letters from Mary Saraphina Flowers Kelley's nephew, Melville, at various locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, and elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest.

Folder 6

Correspondence, 1921-1990 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 6

Letters from various members of the Edmiston and Kelley families including Mary Edmiston and her mother Olive Kelley Edmiston

Folder 7

Correspondence, undated #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 7

Folder 8

Telegrams sent to William Kelley, 1880s-1890s #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 8

Telegrams sent to William Kelley, parish health officer of Tallulah, La., mostly discussing yellow fever cases in Louisiana.

Folder 9

William Kelley autograph book, 1877-1892 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 9

Autograph book containing signatures and messages from Kelley's colleagues, friends, and family.

Folder 10

Postcards and greeting cards, 1934-1989 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 10

Postcards and greeting cards sent to various members of the Edmiston and Collins families.

Folder 11

Paul C. Edmiston Jr. materials, 1930s-1980s #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 11

Chiefly papers of Paul C. Edmiston Jr. related to his service as a naval radio operator during the 1940s-1950s. Included are passports, certificates, and other documents.

Folder 12

Other papers, 1860s-1910s #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 12

Marriage certificates, report cards, graduation announcements, and other documents related to the Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers families.

Oversize Paper Folder OP-5230/1

Civil War Discharge papers for Corporal William Edmiston, 132nd Regiment, Ohio National Guard, 1864 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." OP-5230/1

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

Genealogical materials: Descendants of Ignatius Flowers (1740-1794) of North Carolina #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 13-14

Folder 15

Genealogical materials: Descendants of Thomas Kelley (b. 1655) of Ireland and New Jersey #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 15

Folder 16-19

Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Genealogical materials: Edmiston and Kelley families #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 16-19

Family trees, genealogical notes, and copies and transcripts of selected family papers compiled by Paul C. Edmiston Jr.

Data Compact Disc DCD-5230/1

Genealogical materials #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." DCD-5230/1

Compact data disc with digital images of individual portraits of family members, relevant historical information, and family trees, among other information.

Folder 20

Olive Kelley Edmiston book of sheet music, 1893 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 20

New Method for the Piano Forte by Jean Manns

Folder 21

Photocopies and transcriptions #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." Folder 21

Copies of family letters, documents, and photographs.

Photograph Album PA-5230/1

Olive Kelley Edmiston photograph album, circa 1900-1910 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." PA-5230/1

Chiefly candid photographs of Olive Kelley Edmiston, friends and family, in Louisiana, Mississippi and other locales. Some photographs depict the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in Saint Louis, Mo.

Image Folder P-5230/1

Edmiston family photographs, 1850s-1890s #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." P-5230/1

Photographs of Paul C. Edmiston Sr., Olive Kelley Edmiston, Mary Edmiston, and others.

Image Folder P-5230/2-3

P-5230/2

P-5230/3

Flowers family photographs, 1860s-1890 #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." P-5230/2-3

Photographs of Lizzie Flowers, Colonel Uriah Flowers, and unidentified individuals. Also included is a carte-de-visite of General Ulysses S. Grant.

Oversize Volume V-5230/S-1

Child's scrapbook, circa 1880s-1910s #05230, Series: "Edmiston, Kelley, and Flowers Family Papers, 1838-2004." V-5230/S-1

Scrapbook, probably belonging to Olive Kelley Edmiston, chiefly consisting of illustrated advertising cards and handouts given to children in retail stores in the 1890s.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jessica Sedgwick, September 2006

Encoded by: Jessica Sedgwick, September 2006

The addition of May 2007 has been integrated into the original deposit.

Finding aid updated in April 2008 by Noah Huffman because of additions.

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