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Collection Number: 00800

Collection Title: Trist Wood Papers, 1808-1952

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Size 12.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 8350 items)
Abstract Trist Wood (died 1952) of New Orleans, La., artist and genealogist, who compiled extensive records on his own and related families and on Zachary Taylor, from whom he was descended. The collection includes originals and copies of wills, deeds, inventories, letters, and other papers related to families of several states, from colonial times to the 20th century, and extensive compilations of family histories gathered by Trist Wood of New Orleans. Papers are chiefly of families united in the Wood family of Louisiana, and include the Wood and Crooke families of Rhode Island, the Dabney and Jennings families of Virginia, the Taylor and Trist families of Virginia and Louisiana, and others. Also included are papers of the Bringier family of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, 1808-1852, including many items relating to the buying and selling of slaves; the diary of Robert Crooke Wood (1799-1869) of Rhode Island, while an army surgeon during the Mexican War, 1846-1847; letters from H.B. Trist (1802-1856), Louisiana sugar planter, to his family, particularly to his children at school, 1852-1856; recollections of Trist Wood's father, Robert Crooke Wood (1832-1900), New Orleans businessman, city councilman, and active Confederate veteran, including letters to his family while traveling in the U.S. in the 1870s and in Mexico and Colombia in the 1880s; and letters from Trist Wood while he worked as an artist and editor for a monthly magazine, The Quartier Latin, in Paris and London, 1893-1905. There are also collected papers and photographs relating to Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), and a scrapbook, compiled in 1898, of clippings and a poem concerning Aubrey Beardsley.
Creator Wood, Trist, d. 1952.
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 Trist Wood Papers #800, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Trist Wood of New Orleans, Louisiana, in the 1930s and 1940s, with some materials added from other sources in later years.
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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Trist Wood (died 1952) of New Orleans, Louisiana, appears to have chiefly worked as an artist, editor, and illustrator. After 1915, he seems to have turned his attention to genealogy, compiling extensive records on families related to his own and on Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) from whom he was descended.

The collection contains originals and copies of wills, deeds, inventories, letters, and other papers related to families of several states, from colonial times to the 20th century, and extensive compilations of family histories gathered by Wood. These families all unite in the Wood family of Louisiana, and include the Wood and Crooke families of Rhode Island, the Dabney and Jennings families of Virginia, the Taylor and Trist families of Virginia and Louisiana, and others. Also included in this collection are the following: papers of the Bringier family of New Orleans, 1808-1852, including many items relating to the buying and selling of slaves (most of these items are in French); the diary of Robert Crooke Wood (1799-1869) of Rhode Island, while an army surgeon during the Mexican War, 1846-1847; letters from H. B. Trist (1802-1856), Louisiana sugar planter, to his family, particularly to his children at school in Germany and New Orleans, 1852-1856; recollections of Trist Wood's father, Robert Crooke Wood (1832-1900), New Orleans businessman and city councilman, including letters to his family while traveling in the U.S. in the 1870s and to Mexico and Colombia in the 1880s; and letters from Trist Wood while he worked as an artist and editor in Paris and London, 1893-1905.

Zachary Taylor was a special interest of both Robert Crooke Wood and Trist Wood, and the collection contains many items relating to Taylor. These include a biographical sketch, a scrapbook of clippings dated 1848 through 1850, and about 100 photographs of paintings, drawings, etc., of Taylor.

Please note that this inventory incorporates parts of the inventory to the Trist Wood Papers that was compiled in the 1940s and 1950s. The order of the papers has been modified slightly, folders have been renumbered, and the description of the papers has been streamlined, with some additions and revisions.

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The collection includes originals and copies of wills, deeds, inventories, letters, and other papers related to families of several states, from colonial times to the 20th century, and extensive compilations of family histories gathered by Trist Wood of New Orleans. Papers are chiefly of families united in the Wood family of Louisiana, and include the Wood and Crooke families of Rhode Island, the Dabney and Jennings families of Virginia, the Taylor and Trist families of Virginia and Louisiana, and others. Also included are papers of the Bringier family of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, 1808-1852, including many items relating to the buying and selling of slaves; the diary of Robert Crooke Wood (1799-1869) of Rhode Island, while an army surgeon during the Mexican War, 1846-1847; letters from H.B. Trist (1802-1856), Louisiana sugar planter, to his family, particularly to his children at school, 1852-1856; recollections of Trist Wood's father, Robert Crooke Wood (1832-1900), New Orleans businessman, city councilman, and active Confederate veteran, including letters to his family while traveling in the U.S. in the 1870s and in Mexico and Colombia in the 1880s; and letters from Trist Wood while he worked as an artist and editor for a monthly magazine, The Quartier Latin, in Paris and London, 1893-1905. There are also collected papers and photographs relating to Zachary Taylor (1784-1850), and a scrapbook, compiled in 1898, of clippings and a poem concerning Aubrey Beardsley.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, Financial and Legal Materials, and Related Items, 1808-1952.

About 1800 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

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About 50 items.

Includes the following:

1808-1852. Bringier family of Ascension Parish and New Orleans. These papers consist chiefly of slave lists and items related to the sale of slaves, but there are a few family letters included in 1826 and 1852. Many of the items are in French. There are many years for which there are no papers.

1852-1856. H. B. Trist family. Letters from H. B. Trist, at Bowdon, his sugar plantation on the Mississippi River in Ascension Parish, to his daughters, Lola and Willie, who were with their grandmother at Melpomene near New Orleans and who were attending school in New Orleans and, later, going out in society. Also, letters to his sons, Bringier and Browse, who were at school in Stuttgart, Germany. Letters contain news of family members and descriptions of life on the plantation.

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1808-1812 #00800, Subseries: "1.1. 1808-1856." Folder 1

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1821-1828 #00800, Subseries: "1.1. 1808-1856." Folder 2

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1834-1853 #00800, Subseries: "1.1. 1808-1856." Folder 3

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1854-1856 #00800, Subseries: "1.1. 1808-1856." Folder 4

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. 1865-1889.

About 200 items.

Family correspondence and business papers, chiefly of Robert Crooke Wood, while he was commissioner general of the American Shipping and Industrial League, member of the New Orleans City Council, and, in the 1880s, making business trips to Mexico and Colombia. Letters are most frequently to his wife Mary Wilhelmine Trist (1838-1914) on occasions when he was away from New Orleans on business trips and visits to relatives in New York, Washington, D.C., Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Winchester, Virginia.

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1865-1868 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 5

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1869-1878 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 6

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1879 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 7

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1880-1881 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 8

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1882 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 9

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1883 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 10

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1884 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 11

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1885-1887 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 12

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1888 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 13

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1889 #00800, Subseries: "1.2. 1865-1889." Folder 14-15

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3. 1890-1915.

About 400 items.

Although Robert Crooke Wood's business correspondence continues during this period, increasingly the letters are about family matters, with the focus shifting from Robert to his son Trist.

Included are the following:

1890-1891. Family letters, including letters from John Taylor Wood and others.

1892. Copies of correspondence of Trist Wood with William Preston Johnston about securing a position as assistant professor of drawing.

1893-1895. Wood family letters, including letters from Trist Wood, who was studying art in Paris. Among Robert Crooke Wood's correspondents for 1895 were Charles Broadway Rouss of New York City and R. J. Gatling of the Gatling Gun Company.

1896. More letters from Charles Broadway Rouss. Letters from Trist Wood indicating that he had founded and was editing a monthly magazine called The Quartier Latin in Paris and London.

1897. Trist Wood's letters about his magazine. Robert Crooke Wood's correspondence about his interests in Confederate history and Zachary Taylor.

1898. Robert Crooke Wood's correspondence related to his compiling a "Confederate handbook." Letters from Taylor Wood in the United States Army. Letters from Trist Wood discussing troubles with his magazine and his business associates.

1899. Trist Wood's letters from London to his mother in New Orleans, full of news of current and his own affairs, including his attempts to earn his living through commercial art. The Quartier Latin put out its last issue in March 1899, following difficulties with the publishers. Letters show that Trist attempted to sell his interest in the magazine, and, failing that, tried to reestablish the publication. Meanwhile, he was doing illustrations for the Sun, cartoons, and theater drawings. Late in the year, there are letters to Trist from friends in London and Paris. Some of these include comments on the Dreyfuss case. In December, there is news of the death of Charles Carroll Wood in the Boer War.

1900. Correspondence related to the publication of Robert Crooke Wood's Confederate Handbook and to his activities in various Confederate veterans' associations. A 4 December letter details Robert's death. More news of Trist, still working for the Sun in London.

1901-1905. Correspondence of Trist Wood in London continues until August 1905, when he apparently returned to New Orleans. A 14 August 1902 letter contains Wood's description of the coronation parade. Letter in 1902 and 1903 relate to a sash that was supposed to have belonged to General Braddock and its temporary deposit at the Smithsonian Institution.

1907-1909. Papers relating exclusively to the Confederate monument at Yazoo City, Mississippi, which was designed by Trist Wood. Much correspondence is with S. S. Griffin, representing the Confederate associations that sponsored the monument. A September 1909 letter seems to indicate that Trist was practicing law, but there are no other documents to substantiate this.

1910. Correspondence of Trist Wood with his aunt, Sarah Wood, of Winchester, Virginia, about Taylor and Anderson family history and other matters.

1911. Trist Wood's family correspondence, including a letter about Mardi Gras and letters to his mother and sisters during the summer when he was in New Orleans and they were in Covington.

1912. Slight correspondence about genealogical research. Wood was thanked by James R. Parkson in a 1 August letter for cartoons Wood did for Senator Gueydans's campaign.

1913-1915. A few family letters; increasingly, correspondence has to do with Trist Wood's genealogical investigations.

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1890 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 16

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1891 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 17

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1892 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 18

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1893 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 19

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1894 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 20

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1895 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 21-22

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1896 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 23

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1897 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 24

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1898 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 25

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1899 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 26-27

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1900 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 28-29

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1901-1902 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 30

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1903-1904 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 31

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1905-1907 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 32

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1908 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 33

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1909 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 34

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1910 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 35

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1911-1912 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 36

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1913-1915 #00800, Subseries: "1.3. 1890-1915." Folder 37

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About 680 items.

Chiefly items relating to Trist Wood's genealogical studies. While closely related to materials found in Series 4, these items tend to be exclusively correspondence and more general in nature than Series 4 items, which are chiefly notes dealing with research on specific families.

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1916-1918 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 38

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1919-1925 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 39

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1926 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 40-46

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1927 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 47-54

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1928 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 55-60

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1929 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 61-68

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1930 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 69-71

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1931-1935 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 72

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1936 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 73

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1937-1941 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 74

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1942-1952 #00800, Subseries: "1.4. 1916-1952." Folder 75

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About 10 items.

Undated letters and letter fragments, most of which appear to be twentieth-century items.

Folder 76

Undated letters #00800, Subseries: "1.5. Undated and fragments" Folder 76

Folder 77

Letter fragments #00800, Subseries: "1.5. Undated and fragments" Folder 77

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About 6400 items.

Arrangement: chiefly by family.

Chiefly notes, but also a small number of other items, relating to various families. Papers are chiefly of families that eventually unite in the Wood family of Louisiana. (See also Series 1.4 for correspondence relating to Wood's genealogical investigations and Series 3 for information on Zachary Taylor of the Taylor family.)

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Anderson family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 86-107

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Dabney family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 108-139

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Jennings family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 140-195

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Pendleton family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 196-202

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Pettus family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 203-211

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Taylor family (See also Series 3.) #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 212-240

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Underwood family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 241-257

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Wood family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 258-288

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Other families Bailey Billington family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 289-290

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Other families Banks family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 291

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Other families Cave family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 292

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Other families Crooke-Benton family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 293

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Other families Gaines family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 294

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Other families Holden-Dungan-Latham-Prince family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 295-296

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Other families Lee-Allerton family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 297-298

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Other families Pannill family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 299

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Other families Peirce family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 300

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Other families Ragland family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 301

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Other families Smith family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 302

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Other families Strother family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 303-309

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Other families Willoughby-Thompson family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 310-311

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Other families Winston family #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 312

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Other families Miscellaneous #00800, Series: "4. Genealogical Materials, 1915-1952." Folder 313

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