Murfree family papers, 1779-1935; 1960 (bulk 1779-1935).

Creator: Murfree family.
Collection number: 2066
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Abstract: Family members include Hardy Murfree, hero of the Revolutionary War attack on Stony Point, N.Y., and incorporator in 1787 of Murfreesboro, N.C., who moved to Tennessee in 1807 and for whom Murfreesboro, Tenn., is named; his son Wiliam Hardy Murfree, attorney and North Carolina legislator, who settled in Tennessee around 1823; William Hardy Murfree’s brother-in-law David Dickinson of Tennessee; Thomas Henry Maney, who was a businessman in Nashville, Tenn.; Eliza Maney Cook and her husband Ed C. Cook, Confederate acting brigadier general killed in action in 1864; Mary Noailles Murfree, novelist who wrote under the name of Charles Egbert Craddock; and other members of the Brickell, Dickinson, Maney, Maslin, and Murfree families. Early materials are deeds, indentures, bills, receipts, and a few family letters, chiefly relating to the Dickinson family. Routine Murfree and Maney family materials appear by the 1830s. In the 1860s, most materials relate to Eliza and Ed C. Cook, and include several detailed letters about camp life and military campaigns to and from Ed Cook and friends in various camps in Virginia and other locations. There are also Civil War materials relating to members of the Maney, Maslin, and other families, including a small diary of William H. Maslin with copies of poems, orders, and short diaries entries, 1862-1864.Later materials are chiefly general family letters of the Murfree, Maney, Maslin, and other families. There are also items relating to Eliza Cook’s finances and to novelist Mary Noailles Murfree (Charles Egbert Craddock). Also included are newspaper clippings, 1864-1917, relating to various family members; genealogical materials; and pictures, including a signed 1869 photograph of Robert E. Lee and an undated photograph of “Mammy Kate,” an African-American woman.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Image folder P-2066/2 contains an undated photograph of an African American woman identified as “Mammy Kate”.