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Collection Number: 01460

Collection Title: Thompson Family Papers, 1809-1924

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 150 items)
Abstract Thompson family members included Jospeh B. Thompson (d. 1849), who left Alabama to grow cotton in Louisiana; his uncle, Lawrence Thompson (d. circa 1864), who grew cotton round Tuscumbia (Franklin Co.), Ala., and his wife, Rebecca (d. 1856); Joseph's nephew, Jacob Thompson of Oxford Miss., congressman (1839-1851), secretary of the interior (1857-1861), and Confederate official; and Joseph N. Thompson, a Confederate soldier who was wounded and taken prisoner. Also the related Malone family, represented chiefly by planter Goodloe W. Malone of Franklin County, Ala., and Lucie Blackwell Malone (b. 1847), who married Joseph N. Thompson in 1869. The collection is chiefly Thompson and Malone family letters and financial and legal materials, especially indentures and other items relating to land acquisition and sales. Goodloe Malone's account book lists about seventy names and ages of slaves in Mississippi. Also included are a few Civil War letters to Joseph N. Thompson during his captivity, and writings of three family members, including the Cockrill family genealogy, written by Granville Goodloe around 1898; Lucie Blackwell Malone Thompson's autobiographical sketch about her childhood in Alabama and Civil War days, which she spent at Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and reminiscences by Joseph N. Thompson, chiefly about his Civil War experiences in the 35th Alabama Infantry Regiment. There are no materials in the collectio relating to Jacob Thompson's public career.
Creator Thompson family.
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 Thompson Family Papers #1460, 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 Lucien M. Thompson of Memphis, Tennessee, in May 1946.
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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Thompson family members included: Joseph B. Thompson (d. 1849), who appears to have left Alabama for Louisiana to raise cotton around 1839; his uncle, Lawrence Thompson (d. circa 1864), who grew cotton around Tuscumbia, Franklin County, Alabama, and his aunt, Rebecca Thompson (d. 1856). Also significant were Joseph's nephew Jacob Thompson of Oxford, Mississippi, who was a congressman (1839-1851), secretary of the interior (1857-1861), and Confederate army inspector general and confidential agent to Canada; and Joseph N. Thompson, who was wounded and taken prisoner during the Civil War. There are no materials in the collection relating to Jacob Thompson's public career.

The connection between the Thompson family and the Malone family, represented chiefly by letters and financial materials relating to planter Goodloe W. Malone of Franklin County, Alabama, appears to have been forged by the 1869 marriage of Lucie Blackwell Malone (b. 1847) and Joseph N. Thompson.

The collection consists chiefly of Thompson and Malone family letters and financial and legal materials, especially indentures and other items having to do with land acquisition and sales. Goodloe Malone's account book lists about seventy names and ages of "Negroes in Miss." Also included are a few Civil War letters to Joseph N. Thompson during his captivity, and writings of three family members. These writings include a genealogy of the Cockrill family that was compiled by Granville Goodloe around 1898; Lucie Blackwell Malone Thompson's autobiographical sketch about her childhood in Alabama, and giving an account of Civil War days, which she spent at Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and three reminiscences by Joseph N. Thompson, chiefly about his Civil War experiences.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1839-1907.

About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters of Thompson and Malone family members, chiefly about family matters, but also about business interests and other matters. Included are the following:

1839 March, Joseph B. Thompson (d. 1849), who had gone to Louisiana to raise cotton, to his aunt, Rebecca Thompson (d. 1856), in Florence, Alabama, about his life in Louisiana
1843-1846 Letters to Lawrence Thompson (d. circa 1864), Rebecca's husband, from cotton factors in New Orleans about sales of his cotton
1849-1859 Letters to Lawrence and Rebecca Thompson in Tuscumbia, Franklin County, Alabama, following the death of Joseph B. Thompson. The letters are from Joseph's nephews, John Thompson of Nashville, Joseph B. Thompson, and Jacob Thompson of Oxford, Mississippi. The latter was a congressman, 1839-1851; secretary of the interior, 1857-1861; and Confederate army inspector general and confidential agent to Canada. The letters are concerned with plans for their deceased uncle's children, family matters, and crops
1855 Joseph S. Thompson of Leasburg, North Carolina, to Lawrence Thompson, catching him up on family news after a silence of 21 years
1864-1865 Three letters to Joseph N. Thompson, in hospital at Point Lookout, Maryland, after being wounded and taken prisoner
1869 October, announcement of marriage of Lucie Blackwell Malone (b. 1847) and Joseph N. Thompson
1871-1907 Scattered papers of Goodloe W. Malone, Joseph N. Thompson, and other family members, including a few items about Confederate reunions
Folder 1

1839-1846 #01460, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1839-1907." Folder 1

Folder 2

1849-1857 #01460, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1839-1907." Folder 2

Folder 3

1860-1869 #01460, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1839-1907." Folder 3

Folder 4

1871-1907 and undated #01460, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1839-1907." Folder 4

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About 95 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Financial and legal materials relating to Thompson and Malone family members. Included are account statements, indentures, stocks, bonds, receipts, tax blanks, and deeds. Early papers are chiefly deeds documenting land acquisition by Lawrence and Joseph B. Thompson. Papers in the 1840s and 1850s relate to cotton sales of Lawrence Thompson of Tuscumbia, Alabama, and to Goodloe W. Malone's serving as guardian of John S. Malone, Robert Malone's heir. There is also a 16 January 1846 indenture of Goodloe W. Malone for Franklin County, Alabama, land purchased from Pamela Reynolds, a Chickasaw Indian. In the 1860s, there are a few bills and other items relating to Joseph N. Thompson of Barton Station, Alabama. There is also a small account book, with entries dated 1861-1862, that may have belonged to Goodloe W. Malone. The book includes a list, entitled "Negroes in Miss.," consisting of about seventy names and ages. There are also few undated items relating to land ownership.

Folder 5

1809-1839 #01460, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1809-1899." Folder 5

Folder 6

1840-1848 #01460, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1809-1899." Folder 6

Folder 7

1849-1859 #01460, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1809-1899." Folder 7

Folder 8

1860-1868 #01460, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1809-1899." Folder 8

Folder 9

1871-1899 and undated #01460, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1809-1899." Folder 9

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5 items.

Reminiscences and genealogical writings by Thompson family members and Granville Goodloe, who was related to the Thompsons.

Folder 10

Granville Goodloe: Cockrill genealogy, 4 p. #01460, Series: "3. Writings, 1898-1924 and undated. " Folder 10

Compiled by Goodloe of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, for publication in American History Magazine, October 1898.

Lucie Blackwell Malone Thompson: autobiographical sketch, 23 p., undated #01460, Series: "3. Writings, 1898-1924 and undated. " Folder 10

Touching briefly on her parents, her childhood in Alabama, and giving an account of Civil War days, which she spent at Salem Academy, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Joseph N. Thompson: three reminiscences: Battle of Franklin, 30 November 1864, 7 p., undated. Prisoner of war experiences, 1864-1865, 25 p., undated. History of the 35th Alabama Infantry Regiment, 11 p., 1924. #01460, Series: "3. Writings, 1898-1924 and undated. " Folder 10

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, May 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

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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