Joseph Adolph Linn papers, 1839-1881.

Creator: Linn, Joseph Adolph, 1820-1864.
Collection number: 3163
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Abstract: Linn, of Gold Hill, Rowan County, N.C., was a student at the Lutheran theological seminaries at Lexington, S.C., and Gettysburg, Pa., and a minister of several churches in Rowan County. He also operated a farm and grist mill. Among the papers are letters of J. A. Linn as a student; disconnected items pertaining to his church work and his varied business interests, including farming, milling, a tannery and shoe-making business, and a gold mine; papers of Shuler and Bernhardt relatives; papers relating to slaves; several letters from Confederate soldiers in Virginia; and a few items pertaining to Western Carolina Male Academy (later North Carolina College) in Cabarrus County, N.C. Volumes include library records of the seminary at Lexington, lecture notes kept by Linn as a student, and the diary of Margaret Bernhardt, Linn’s second wife, while in school in Concord, N.C., 1845-1846.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Papers of Linn, a Rowan County, North Carolina native who studied at South Carolina and Pennsylvania seminaries and served as minister of several North Carolina churches. The collection contains correspondence, slave papers, library records, lecture notes, and a diary. Included are slave bills of sale (1854-1856) and a draft of a death certificate for the deceased slave “Bill,” drawn up by his owner in order to claim life insurance (1855).