Manuscript Collection

John Jones Letter - Accession 7 - M6 (16)

John Jones Letter - Accession 7 - M6 (16)


John Jones



Accession 7 - M6 (16)

Inclusive Dates



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Collection Size

3 pieces



Historical Note

Shelby County Alabama was named for Isaac Shelby, a hero of the King's Mountain Battle during the Revolutionary War. who was also the first governor of the state of Kentucky. He refused election to a second term as governor in order to fight the Indian wars. Most of the first settlers came from South Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky and returned to the region after the victorious Battle of Horseshoe Bend in 1814. They brought their families and their household goods, traveling chiefly by pack horse, to remain in this section of Alabama. The first settlements in the area were at Montevallo, then known as Wilson's Hill, Harpersville, Wilsonville, and Shelbyville. The 1820 Shelby County census records indicate that two years after it was created, the county contained 2,492 people. (Shelby Co, AL website)

Scope and Content Note

The John Jones Letter was written by Mr. Jones in 1841, a farmer, from Montevallo, Alabama, to Jesse Trusdel of Santon in Kershaw District, South Carolina, in which Jones discusses economic and health conditions in Shelby County, Alabama, his family affairs, and future plans. The collection includes the envelope (in pieces) and a handwritten transcription.




Agriculture, Alabama, Shelby County Alabama, Kershaw District SC


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John Jones Letter - Accession 7 - M6 (16)

LC Subject Headings

Jones, John (Farmer)--Correspondence; Farmers--Alabama--Shelby County--Correspondence; Farmers--Health and hygiene--Alabama--Shelby County--History--19th century; Shelby County (Ala.)--Social life and customs--19th century; Shelby County (Ala.)--Economic conditions--19th century