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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Southern Methodist University

Kelley Oliphint collection of Mosby family letters

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Oliphint, Kelley
Title: Kelley Oliphint collection of Mosby family letters
Inclusive Dates: 1832-1931
Abstract: This collection consists of Mosby family correspondence (89 folders) during the years 1832-1931. The majority of the letters date from the 1830s-1860s and are written by or to Elizabeth Mosby in Kemper Springs, Mississippi primarily during the Civil War. The letters include recipes, poems, and several accounts of the war by her sons.
Accession No: A2009.0018c
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

The majority of the letters in the collection focuses on Elizabeth Hull Barret Mosby. Elizabeth Hull Barret, the daughter of Nancy Brooke Temple and Dr. John Stachan Barret, married Edward Chamberlayne Mosby in 1831. The couple had at least seven children: McRae, William Hezekiah, George W., Nancy Brooke, John King, Edward, Jr., and Mary Massie. The family resided primarily in Kemper Springs, Mississippi and frequently traveled to Alabama and Virginia. Two of the sons were wounded in the Civil War. Edward Mosby, Sr. preceded his wife in death in 1870. Elizabeth Mosby died in 1883. Nancy Brooke Mosby married William Lorenzo Clayton in 1868, and their daughter Avie Dantzler Clayton married Ely Thomas Kelly in 1895.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kelley Oliphint collection of Mosby family letters consists of one box of correspondence, recipes, poetry, and a single lock of hair. The majority of the letters were written by or to Elizabeth Hull Mosby, primarily during the Civil War. Frequent correspondents include Elizabeth Mosby’s children and close relatives. Many of the letters relate everyday occurrences; however, there are several letters from the Mosby sons during their time as soldiers for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The collection includes several anonymous poems and various recipes including a recipe for muffins, orange pudding, pinchblack, whooping cough medicine, and instructions on preserving quinces.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 1 series of correspondence.

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Mosby family.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence.
Kemper County (Miss.)--History-Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.
Kemper County (Miss.)--History--20th century--Sources.
Mosby, Elizabeth.
Letters.
Recipes.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kelley Oliphint collection of Mosby family letters, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, given in memory of Nancy Brooke Kelley Oliphint and Kelley MacLauren Oliphint by his family, 2009.

Processing Information

Preliminary organization of the collection was begun by Kelley Oliphint prior to donation. During processing, the letters were placed in folders and organized by date. Several letters were pieced together from fragments.

Finding aid written by

Holly Gerber, 2009.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Correspondence

The series contains correspondence, a check, a receipt, a loan note, recipes, poetry, and fragments related to the Mosby family. "ALS" refers to Autograph Letter Signed.
Folder
1 [no date] E. Sopher (Lemon Bay, Fl.) to John King Mosby, ALS, 8 p. [fragment consisting of pages 5 through 8.]
Folder
2 [no date] Junius M. Barret to [Elizabeth H. Mosby], ALS, 2 p. [fragment?]
Folder
3 [18__?] April 27, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
4 [18__?] Nov. 22, Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, 3 p.
Folder
5 [183_?] John S. Barret to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 4 p.
Folder
6 [183_?] September 10, M. [B_?] "your devoted cousin" (Richmond, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 4 p.
Folder
7 1832 July 1, [Benjamin Barret?] to Mrs. Elizabeth H. Barret, 3 p.
Folder
8 1832 July 23, John S. Barret to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
9 1836 Dec. 24, John S. Barret to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
10 1837 July 17, R. M. B. (Richmond, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Folder
11 1838 Feb. 15, Edward C. Mosby to Albert Parkinson, promissory note for $78.31,1 p.
Folder
12 1839 Feb. 8, John Jacob Wirth (Hanover Co., Va.) to Edward Mosby, Esq. (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
13 1839 Feb. 27, John Jacob Wirth (Hanover Co., Va.) to Edward C. Mosby, Esq. (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 2 p.
Folder
14 1839 June 24, John Jacob Wirth (Hanover Court House, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 4 p. [Very fragile. Handle with extreme care.]
Folder
15 1841 Feb 1, Good conduct note for John Mosby from his teacher, Wilson.
Folder
16 1842 July 24, [Nancy Brooke Temple?] ([Gainsborough?]) to [Elizabeth H. Mosby?] ([Myrtle Springs?], 2 p. Includes a lock of blonde hair. [Very fragile. Handle with extreme care.]
Folder
17 1844 Sept. 12, M. Rae (New York) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
18 1845 June 17, [M.C. Williamson?] to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 1 p.
Folder
19 1845 Nov. 23, John S. Barret (Gainesville, Ala.) to Edward C. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 2 p.
Folder
20 1846 Jan. 1, [L.M. Temple?] (Gainesville, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 4 p.
Folder
21 1847 Mar. 30, P.A. McRae (Mobile, Ala.) to Mr. Moore, ALS, 3 p.
Addressed to Mrs. E.H. Mosby, Gainesville
Folder
22 1847 Nov. 29, L. Kirkpatrick to Mrs. E. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
23 [185_?] Nancy Brooke Barrett to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
24 [185_?] Jan. 12, [Edmonia Barret?] to Elizabeth H. Mosby, 4 p.
Folder
25 1852 March 8, E. L. Dabay (Mobile, Ala.) to "My Dear Cousin," ALS, 4 p.
Folder
26 1852 Nov. 15, J. W. M. to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
27 1852 Nov. 18, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
28 1852 Nov. 26, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
29 1852 Dec. 4, Samuel J. Williamson (Sumter, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p. Also includes letter [on same date?] from E. Williamson to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 3 p.
Folder
30 1852 Dec. 8, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby ("Betsey"), ALS, 4 p.
Folder
31 1854 Nov. 11, Junius Barret (Philadelphia, Penn.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p.
Folder
32 1856 May 22, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 2 p.
Folder
33 1857 Jan. 30, Edward Mosby, Jr. (Mobile, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 2 p.
Folder
34 1857 May 15, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Gainesville, Ala.), ALS, 3 p.
Folder
35 1858 Jan. 14, Benjamin Temple Barret (Mobile, Ala.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
36 1859 March 6, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Edward C. Mosby, Jr., ALS, 2 p. Includes note from Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
37 [1859 after March 6], Elizabeth H. Mosby to Edward Mosby, Jr., ALS, 2 p.
Folder
38 1861 Jan. 23, Edward Mosby (Mobile, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
39 1861 Dec. 1, George W. Mosby (Pensacola, Fla.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 3 p.
Folder
40 [1862?] Elizabeth H. Mosby to William Mosby, 2 p.
Folder
41 [1862?] George W. Mosby to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
42 [1862?] Edward C. Mosby, Jr. to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2p. Includes letter from Edward C. Mosby, Jr. to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
43 1862 Feb. 27, W. Beverly Woodson (Cavalry Camp, near Young’s Mills, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p.
Folder
44 1862 March 5, G.W. Mosby (Warrington Navy Yard, Pensacola, Fla.) to "Dear Brother," ALS, 3 p.
Folder
45 1862 April 12, Edward C. Mosby, Jr. (Norfolk, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 3 p.
Folder
46 1862 May 22, J.W. Barrett (Gainesville, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Concerning the death of his daughter, Carrie.
Folder
47 1862 Aug. 16, George W. Mosby (Camp near Chattanooga, Tenn.) to Nancy Brooke Mosby, ALS, 3 p.
Folder
48 1862 Aug. 17, B.J. Barrett (Pattigonia) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 4 p.
Folder
49 1862 Sept. 24, M.S. Reavis (Gainesville, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, and sons, ALS, 4 p. Also includes note at end from Nancy Brooke Mosby to Edward Mosby, Jr. and McRae Mosby.
Folder
50 1862 Sept. 25, Callie M. Barrett (Gainesville, Ala.) to [Elizabeth H. Mosby?], ALS, 4 p.
Folder
51 1862 Oct. 23, Callie M. Barrett (Gainesville, Ala.) to [Elizabeth H. Mosby?], ALS, 4 p.
Folder
52 1862 Oct. 25, Edmonia Barret (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, 2 p. Includes a note at the end from [Nancy Brooke Mosby?] to Elizabeth H. Mosby.
Folder
53 1862 Oct. 28, George W. Mosby (Camp near Knoxville, Tenn.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p. The letter is continued on Oct. 29.
Folder
54 1862 Nov. 8, Edward C. Mosby (Richmond, Va.) to George Mosby, ALS, 1 p. Also includes a letter from Elizabeth H. Mosby, George’s mother, ALS, 2 p. and a letter from John King Mosby,George’s brother, ALS, 1 p. 1 document; 4 pages.
Folder
55 1862 Nov. 8, George W. Mosby (Atlanta, Ga.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 1 p. On the verso of the same sheet is another letter, 1862 Nov. 15, from Aunt Edmonia (Richmond, Va.) to Nancy Brooke Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Folder
56 1862 Nov. 12, C.I. McWhorter (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to George W. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
57 [1862 Dec.?] Elizabeth H. Mosby to Edward C. Mosby and "daughters," ALS, 2 p.
Folder
58 1862 Dec. 5, Elizabeth H. Mosby by John King Mosby (Richmond, Va.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
59 1862 Dec. 24, Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 4 p.
Folder
60 1863 Feb. 17, Mc Rae Mosby (Montgomery, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
61 1863 Feb. 19, Lucy Reavis (Gainesville, Ala.) to [Elizabeth H. Mosby?], ALS, 4 p.
Folder
62 1863, March, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 3p. 1863 March, also includes a letter on same document from Mary Massie Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Folder
63 1863 Mar. 11, Callie M. Barrett (Gainesville, Ala.) to [Elizabeth H. Mosby?], ALS, 2 p.
Folder
64 1863 Mar. 11. 1 sheet, 4 pages. 3 different letters on the same sheet. All dated March 11, Kemper Springs, Miss.
Mary Massie Mosby to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Nannie Brooke Mosby to King Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Edward Chamberlayne Mosby to Elizabeth H. Mosby, 2 p.
Folder
65 1863 Mar. 14, Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
66 1863 Apr 4, McRae Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p. ***[Needs conservation work.]
Folder
67 1863 Apr 17, McRae Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.), ALS, 3 p. Written on the same document: 1863 Apr 23, Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p. [Very fragile. Handle with extreme care.]
Folder
68 1863 April 19, George W. Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Richmond, Va.), ALS, 1p. Verso of document contains letter to "Precious Daughter" likely from Elizabeth H. Mosby, 1 p.
Folder
69 1863 May 17, George W. Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
70 1863 May 17, McRae Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p.
Folder
71 1863 June 3, George W. Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Edward Chamberlayne Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
72 1863 June 14, McRae Mosby (Bridgeport, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p. [fragment]
Folder
73 1863 Sept. 29, Annie James (Paradise) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
74 1863 Oct. 28, Callie M. Barret (Gainesville, Ala.) to "My dear Sister," [Elizabeth H. Mosby?], ALS, 2 p.
Folder
75 1864 Mar. 27, Mary M. Mosby (Gainesville, Ala.) to Edward C. Mosby and Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 4 p.
Folder
76 1865 Aug. 12, Thomas [McKeon?] (Gainesville, Ala.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby (Kemper Springs, Miss.), ALS, 1 p.
Folder
77 1865 Oct. 30, [Unknown suitor?] (Kemper Springs, Miss.) to Mary Massie Mosby, ALS, 1 p.
Folder
78 [187_?] March 10, E.S. Clairborne (Richmond, Va.) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 8 p.
Folder
79 1870 April 4, Edward Chamberlayne Mosby (Alabama Insane Asylum) to Elizabeth H. Mosby, ALS, 2 p.
Folder
80 1870 Aug. 11, P. Bryce (Tuskaloosa, Ala.) to Mrs. Elizabeth H. Mosby (Lauderdale Springs, Miss.), ALS, 2 p.
Folder
81 1873 March 26, W. [Atwell?] (Richmond, Va.) to Edward C. Mosby, Esq. (Lauderdale, Miss.), ALS, 2 p.
Folder
82 1873 May 17, Receipt for Ms. Mosby from Terry & Latham, Dry Goods, Groceries & General Merchandise (Meridian, Miss.). Receipt is for nails valued at $15.25, signed by Paul, Terry & Latham, 1 p.
Folder
83 1880, [Unknown grandchild; likely child of McRae Mosby] (Meridian, Miss.) to [Elizabeth H. Mosby?], ALS, 2 p.
Folder
84 [189?] Copy of check for $13.00 to Thomas M. Ferguson (Meridian, Miss.) of the Davis Sewing Machine Company, 1 p.
Folder
85 1914 June 10, John King Mosby (Gulfport, Miss.) to [Nancy Brooke Clayton?], ALS, 3 p.
Folder
86 1931 March 20, Nancy Brooke Clayton to "My Darling Children," ALS, 3 p.
Folder
87 Poem, 1 p., and poem fragments
Folder
88 Assorted recipes.
Folder
89 Fragments

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