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Collection Number: 00604-z

Collection Title: William Polk Papers, 1840-1867

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Size About 25 items
Abstract William Polk was a planter of Rapides Parish, La. Papers of William Polk chiefly related to the contested estate of his father-in-law, Jefferson J. Lamar (d. 1840) of Macon, Ga., with a few papers about his own lands and slaves.
Creator Polk, William, 1821-1898.
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 William Polk Papers #604-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
Gift of Eloise Burrows of LeCompte, Rapides Parish, La., in March 1936.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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William Polk (1821-1898), a sugar planter of Ashton Plantation near Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, was the son of Thomas G. Polk (1791-1869) and Mary Eloise Trotter Polk. He was married in 1857 to Rebecca Eveline Lamar (fl. 1840-1858) of Macon, Georgia, daughter of Jefferson J. Lamar (d. 1840) of Stewart County, Georgia. William and Rebecca Lamar Polk had three children: Alice; William, Jr.; and Mary Eloise.

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Business and legal papers of William Polk include a complaint of William Polk (for his wife, Rebecca Eveline Lamar Polk) and Lucius Mirabeau Lamar (fl. 1840-1858) against Thomas R. Lamar (fl. 1840-1858) and Abner C. McGehee (fl. 1840-1858), executors of Jefferson J. Lamar of Stewart County, Georgia, with other papers relating to Lamar's estate, which include Lamar's will, a marriage agreement between William Polk and Rebecca Eveline Lamar, an appraisement of Jefferson J. Lamar's slaves, perishable property, notes, and real estate; and McGehee's answer to the complaint. Undated accounts and lists probably connected with the settlement of Lamar's estate are filed in Folder 2.

Other business papers of William Polk include slave bills of sale, two letters about slave purchases, and a letter from Kenneth Rayner in Memphis about Tennessee land which had belonged to Thomas G. Polk.

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