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South Carolina family. John Chesnut (1743-1818), a native of Virginia, was a Camden District, S.C. merchant, plantation owner, and state legislator. He owned large tracts of land in the vicinity of the Wateree River. He was the father of James Chesnut (1773-1866), a plantation owner and state legislator, and the grandfather of James Chesnut, Jr. (1815-1885), who served in the South Carolina legislature and the U.S. Senate and was a member of the committee which drafted the Ordinance of Secession in 1860. James Chesnut, Jr. married Mary Boykin Miller (1823-1886), daughter of South Carolina governor Stephen Decatur Miller.
*Biographical Note is taken from the Note produced by the South Carolina Historical Society which houses the original Chesnut family papers, 1741-1900, SCHS 1165.00.
Scope and Content Note
The Chesnut-Miller-Manning Family Papers consist of financial and property records, correspondence, estate records, legal documents, and other items. Included are the papers of John Chesnut (1743-1818), James Chesnut, Sr. (1773-1866), James Chesnut, Jr. (1815-1885), Stephen Decatur Miller (1787-1838), and John Laurence Manning (1816-1889). Papers pertain to the business, financial, and plantation affairs and political activities of three generations of the Chesnut family, John Chesnut, James Chesnut, Sr. and James Chesnut, Jr., as well as James Chesnut, Jr.’s father-in-law Stephen Decatur Miller and John Laurence Manning.
The Chesnut-Miller-Manning Family Papers microfiche were purchased from the South Carolina Historical Society on February 1, 1991.
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Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections, Winthrop University, "Chesnut-Miller-Manning Papers - Accession 771". Finding Aid 1036.