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.

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