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Guide to the Mississippi Estate and Business Records

MSN/EA 3201

 

Collection Summary

Title: Mississippi estate and business records
Dates: 1821-1902 (bulk 1836-1872)
Collection No.: MSN/EA 3201
Creator: Mississippi. Probate Court of Hinds County
Creator: Smiley, Robert P. (Robert Patterson), 1815-1877
Extent: 355 documents; 2 containers; 1 linear foot
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: About two-thirds of this collection consists of Hinds County, Mississippi probate records from the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction eras, pertaining to the settlement of 12 local estates. The remainder includes miscellaneous 19th-century court and business records from elsewhere in Mississippi, and from Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee.

Selected Search Terms

Mississippi--History--19th century--Archival resources
Hinds County (Miss.)--History
Inheritance and succession--Social aspects--Southern States--History--19th century
Wills--Southern States--Cases
United States--History--Sources

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: Mississippi Estate and Business Records, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The collection were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2004 from Ira and Larry Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, Los Angeles (Spring Manuscript and Collectibles Auction, lot 514). Arranged and described 2004/2013 by Kathleen Monahan and George Rugg. Finding aid 2013, by Kathleen Monahan and George Rugg.

Scope and Content Note

The manner in which this group of records came to be assembled is unclear. The better part of the group consists of probate court records from Hinds County, Mississippi, running from the 1830s into the 1880s. Hinds County is located in west-central Mississippi; the county seats are Jackson and Raymond. Two hundred twenty-five of the probate records relate to the settlement of 12 local estates: those of Goodman Bass (3 records), Michael Blake (9), John Cook (12), Joseph Cooper (6), William Demoss (42), Edward Englehard (9), Wilkins Harvey (3), Cynthia Kerr (2), Perry King, Sr. (3), William Mower (22), John Raney (30), and Joseph Spengler (84). The collection also includes miscellaneous financial, business, and probate records from other, often adjoining, counties in Mississippi, as well as a few from Louisiana, Alabama, and Tennessee. The most significant record group from outside Hinds County is an accumulation of 49 personal and business records (1832-1871) of the Amite County, Mississippi planter Robert Patterson Smiley.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged in two series: 1) Hinds County, Mississippi Probate Records; 2) Miscellaneous Records. Series 1 arranged alphabetically, by decedent. Multiple items per folder.

Container List

  • Series 1: Hinds County, Mississippi Probate Records 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/EA 3201-1) Hinds County Probate Records: Goodman R. Bass Estate, 1844-1845. 3 records.
      Case no. 438, regarding the estate of Goodman R. Bass.
      • Folder 2 (MSN/EA 3201-2) Hinds County Probate Records: Michael Blake Estate, 1859-1866. 9 records.
        Case no. 1689, regarding the estate of Michael Blake (d. 12 July 1859).
        • Folder 3 (MSN/EA 3201-3) Hinds County Probate Records: John S. Cook Estate, 1869-1872. 12 records.
          Case no. 2140, regarding the estate John S. Cook (d. 25 July 1868).
          • Folder 4 (MSN/EA 3201-4) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Cooper Estate, 1867. 6 records.
            Case no. 1906, regarding the estate of Joseph Cooper (d. 1864).
            • Folder 5 (MSN/EA 3201-5) This folder is not in use.  
              • Folder 6 (MSN/EA 3201-6) Hinds County Probate Records: William C. Demoss Estate, 1844-1848. 11 records.
                Case no. 821, regarding the estate of Maj. William C. Demoss of Hinds County (b. 1800, in Virginia; d. 8 June 1845, in Louisiana).
                • Folder 7 (MSN/EA 3201-7) Hinds County Probate Records: William C. Demoss Estate, 1849. 8 records.
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/EA 3201-8) Hinds County Probate Records: William C. Demoss Estate, 1850. 9 records.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/EA 3201-9) Hinds County Probate Records: William C. Demoss Estate, 1851-1853. 14 records.
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/EA 3201-10) Hinds County Probate Records: Edward Engelhard Estate, 1849-1853. 9 records.
                        Case no. 971, regarding the estate of Edward Engelhard.
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/EA 3201-11) Hinds County Probate Records: Wilkins J. Harvey Estate, 1836-1837. 3 records.
                          Case no. 303, regarding the estate of Wilkins J. Harvey.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/EA 3201-12) Hinds County Probate Records: Cynthia Kerr Estate, 1859. 2 records.
                            Case no. 1494, regarding the estate of Cynthia Kerr.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/EA 3201-13) Hinds County Probate Records: Perry King, Sr. Estate, 1841-1883. 3 records.
                              Case no. 648, regarding the estate of Perry King, Sr. (d. November 1840).
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/EA 3201-14) Hinds County Probate Records: William B. Mower Estate, 1860-1861. 7 records.
                                Case no. 1736, regarding the estate of William B. Mower (b. 1810, in New York; d. 25 February 1860). Worked as a saddler, owning eight slaves by 1850.
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/EA 3201-15) Hinds County Probate Records: William B. Mower Estate, 1868. 11 records.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/EA 3201-16) Hinds County Probate Records: William B. Mower Estate, 1870-1872. 4 records.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/EA 3201-17) Hinds County Probate Records: John Raney Estate, 1864-1865. 8 records.
                                      Case no. 1910, regarding the estate of John Raney (b. 1813, in North Carolina; d. 17 February 1863). Worked as a planter, with real estate valued at $10,400 and a personal estate valued at $65,050 (including 48 slaves) in the Federal census of 1860.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/EA 3201-18) Hinds County Probate Records: John Raney Estate, 1866. 8 records.
                                        • Folder 18.1-F1 (MSN/EA 3201-18.1-F1) Hinds County Probate Records: John Raney Estate, 1866. 1 record.
                                          • Folder 19 (MSN/EA 3201-19) Hinds County Probate Records: John Raney Estate, 1867-1868. 8 records.
                                            • Folder 20 (MSN/EA 3201-20) Hinds County Probate Records: John Raney Estate, 1869-1872. 5 records.
                                              • Folder 21 (MSN/EA 3201-21) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Spengler Estate, 1853. 23 records.
                                                Case no. 1320, regarding the estate of Joseph Spengler (b. 1812, in Englethal, France; d. 17 October 1852). Spengler immigrated to the United States in 1838, where he worked as a brickmaker. In the 1850 Federal census his real estate is valued at $10,000; he owned eight slaves.
                                                • Folder 22 (MSN/EA 3201-22) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Spengler Estate, 1854 January-February. 13 records.
                                                  • Folder 23 (MSN/EA 3201-23) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Spengler Estate, 1854 March-December. 11 records.
                                                    • Folder 24 (MSN/EA 3201-24) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Spengler Estate, 1855-1859. 12 records.
                                                      • Folder 25 (MSN/EA 3201-25) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Spengler Estate, 1860. 12 records.
                                                        • Folder 26 (MSN/EA 3201-26) Hinds County Probate Records: Joseph Spengler Estate, 1853-1856. 13 records.
                                                          Receipts.
                                                          • Folder 27 (MSN/EA 3201-27) Hinds County Probate Records: Miscellaneous, 1852-1866. 7 records.
                                                          • Series 2: Miscellaneous Records 
                                                            • Folder 28 (MSN/EA 3201-28) H. B. Birdsong Records, 1888-1889. 8 records.
                                                              Of Hinds County, Mississippi. Receipts re Birdsong's status as guardian of Estelle S. Birdsong.
                                                              • Folder 29 (MSN/EA 3201-29) Robert S. McAllister Records, 1866-1902. 3 records.
                                                                Of Madison County, Mississippi.
                                                                • Folder 30 (MSN/EA 3201-30) Miller Family Records, 1874 and n.d. 4 records.
                                                                  • Folder 31 (MSN/EA 3201-31) Land Deed of Sale, Sarah Row to Ephraim McLean, 1848 August 9. 2 copies of 1 record.
                                                                    Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana.
                                                                    • Folder 32 (MSN/EA 3201-32) Robert P. Smiley Business Records, 1832-1849. 7 records.
                                                                      Personal and business records of the cotton planter Robert Patterson Smiley (9 February 1815-2 May 1877) of Amite County, Mississippi. In the 1860 Federal census Smiley's real and personal estates are valued at $70,000 and $75,000, respectively; he owned 42 slaves. In 1870, the figures are $10,000 and $21,500.
                                                                      • Folder 33 (MSN/EA 3201-33) Robert P. Smiley Business Records, 1850-1857. 12 records.
                                                                        • Folder 34 (MSN/EA 3201-34) Robert P. Smiley Business Records, 1859. 10 records.
                                                                          • Folder 35 (MSN/EA 3201-35) Robert P. Smiley Business Records, 1860-1866. 9 records.
                                                                            • Folder 36 (MSN/EA 3201-36) Robert P. Smiley Business Records, 1867-1871. 11 records.
                                                                              • Folder 37 (MSN/EA 3201-37) Dr. Archibald Smith Records, 1821-1842. 10 records.
                                                                                Of Franklin County, Mississippi. D. September 1847.
                                                                                • Folder 38 (MSN/EA 3201-38) Dr. Archibald Smith Records, 1843-1849. 10 records.
                                                                                  • Folder 39 (MSN/EA 3201-39) Francis C. Wren Records, 1821-1870. 11 records.
                                                                                    Of Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana and Amite County, Mississippi.
                                                                                    • Folder 40 (MSN/EA 3201-40) Miscellanous Records: Alabama, 1833, 1868. 2 records.
                                                                                      • Folder 41 (MSN/EA 3201-41) Miscellaneous Records: Louisiana, 1844-1889. 6 records.
                                                                                        • Folder 42 (MSN/EA 3210-42) Miscellaneous Records: Mississippi, 1828-1882. 11 records.
                                                                                          • Folder 42.1-F1 (MSN/EA 3210-42.1-F1) Miscellaneous Records: Mississippi, 1845. 1 record.
                                                                                            • Folder 43 (MSN/EA 3201-43) Miscellaneous Records: Tennessee, 1823, 1889. 2 records.
                                                                                              • Folder 44 (MSN/EA 3201-44) Miscellaneous Records, n.d. 4 records.