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Collection Number: 00354-z

Collection Title: George W. House Papers, 1834-1859.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 33 items
Abstract The collection includes personal and family correspondence of George W. House chiefly written from Nashville, Tenn., Russellville, Ky., and Madison Co, Ala., and other miscellaneous papers.
Creator House, George W., 1811-1851.
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 George W. House Papers #354-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 Mrs. Samuel Orr of Nashville, Tennessee, prior to 1937.
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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George W. House was born in 1811 in Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi. He married Mary Hamilton in 1837. Only one son, James ("Jimmy") House, survived infancy. George and Mary House had relatives in Clinton, Mississippi, Mt. Pleasant and Loweville, Alabama, Russellville, Kentucky, and Nashville, Tennessee, with whom they visited and corresponded. George House, who may have been an attorney, traveled frequently on business, living part of the year in Nashville. During his travels, Mary House lived with her mother and other relatives.

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Correspondence, receipts, and other items of members of the House and Hamilton families.

Letters to George House are from various family members, including his brother Sam House in Mt. Pleasant, Alabama, giving news of the family and the cotton crop; a letter describing cures for rheumatism; a letter from his nephew W. C. Moore informing him of Moore's father's aquittal on a murder charge; a letter from his brother-in-law Oscar Hamilton on the state of farming in Kentucky and tobacco farming in that state; and letters from other relatives giving family news.

Letters to Mary House are from friends in Kentucky, giving neighborhood news; correspondence with her mother S. B. Hamilton; a letter from J. Hilton Bostwick in Clarksville, Tennessee, regarding a gold-mining company; and several letters from her husband George House during his visits to Nashville, Tennessee.

Other correspondence includes a letter from Oscar Hamilton of Clinton, Mississippi, to Mortimer Hamilton of Nashville, Tennessee, describing the cotton crop in 1847.

Other items include a bank note; receipts for household expenses; a letter appointing George W. House of Hinds County, Mississippi, attorney for David T. Knox of Madison County, Alabama; a receipt for passage on the steamer "Flying Dutchman"; and a dental bill.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Pauk, July 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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