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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James Campbell Wilkins Papers, 1801-1852



Descriptive Summary

Creator Wilkins, James Campbell
Title James Campbell Wilkins Papers
Dates: 1801-1852
Abstract James Campbell Wilkins (1790? - 1849) was a Natchez, Mississippi cotton planter, merchant, cotton factor, financier, and banker. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, and legal documents that relate to the lives and careers of Wilkins, his family, and his business associates
Extent 3 ft., 9 in.
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Natchez, Mississippi, cotton planter, merchant, cotton factor, financier, and banker. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before 1790, he came to Adams County around 1805. He participated in the Battle of New Orleans, the last general assembly of the Mississippi Territory, and the constitutional convention for the new state. Between 1828 and 1835 he attempted an unsuccessful political career. He was associated prominently with four banks at Natchez (1824-1840), but lost most of his fortune in 1841 and died at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1849.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, Financial records, and legal documents relate to the lives and careers of Wilkins, his family, and business associates and concern the cotton trade; business of commission merchants in Natchez, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana; plantation life and economy; slavery; and the planter elite of the Natchez and Adams County area.

Included is material concerning James Campbell Wilkins's uncle, Charles Wilkins, Lexington, Kentucky, merchant and provisioner of the U. S. Army's work on the Natchez Trace road (1801-1807); James Campbell Wilkins's work as a commission merchant in Natchez; his partnership (1816-1834) with John Linton in New Orleans; his business as a planter; activities of individuals and families, including George Adams, Adam Lewis Bingaman, Stephen Duncan, Levin R. Marshall, and the Minor family; and the 1836 sale and transportation to the South of a group of 50 slaves.

Forms Part of Natchez Trace Collection.

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Organization

Organized into ten series.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically under name or subject.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Adams family.
Butler family.
Duncan, Stephen, 1787-1867.
Linton, John, d. 1834.
Marshall, Levin R., b. 1800.
Minor family.
Skinner, J.S.
Wilkins, John, d. 1817?
Wilkins, Charles.
Wilkins, family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Coles Creek Plantation (Miss.)
Wilkins and Linton Company (Natchez, Miss., and New Orleans, La.)
Subjects
Banks and banking--Mississippi.
Commission merchants--Mississippi--Natchez.
Commission merchants--Louisiana--New Orleans.
Cotton--Mississippi.
Depressions--1836-1837.
Plantations--Mississippi.
United States. Army--Supplies and stores.
Places
Adams County (Miss.)--History--Sources.
Louisiana--New Orleans--Commerce.
Mississippi--Adams County--Commerce.
Mississippi--Economic conditions.
Natchez (Miss.)--History--Sources.
Natchez Trace.
New Orleans (La.)--History--Sources.

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Administrative Information

Cite as:

James Campbell Wilkins Papers, 1801-1852, Natchez Trace Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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2E546 Legal documents related to debt
1816-1846
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1828
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2E546 Politics and elections, 1829-1835 and undated
Banking, 1820-1838
Planters and business enterprises of Natchez and Adams County area:
George Adams Family, 1830-1843 and undated
Adam Bingaman Family, 1813-1815, 1824-1838, and undated
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2E547 Robert H. Bowmar Family
1829-1834
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1828-1833
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2E547 John L. Buck, 1819
Thomas B. Butler Family, 1814-1831
Stephen Duncan Family, 1828-1841 and undated
Richard G. Ellis, 1827-1829
Robert Field
1828-1832 and undated
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1831-1832
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2E547 James and Charles B. Green Family, 1819-1831
Thomas Hinds, 1814-1831
Abraham Kinsey, 1829
Levin R. Marshall
1830-1842
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1833
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2E547 Stephen and John Minor Family
1816-1852 and undated
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1829-1839
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2E547 S. J. Noble, 1829
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2E548 George Poindexter and William Burns, secretary, 1819-1834, 1846
James Railey, 1826-1829
R. C. and John H. Randolph Family, 1826-1829, 1840-1843, and undated
John P. Smith, 1827-1829
Parke Walton, 1827-1829
James C. Williams, 1816-1819, 1828-1830
Miscellaneous planters and businesses
1810-1844 and undated
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2E540 Wilkins family:
Charles Wilkins, provisioner of U. S. troops building Natchez Trace
1801-1807
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2.325/V32 (oversize) 1801-1803
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2E540 Miscellaneous Wilkins materials
1801-1833 and undated
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2.325/V32 (oversize) 1801-1823 and undated
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2E540 James C. Wilkins and Company
1813-1834
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2.116/OD1223B (oversize) 1825-1826
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2E541 Wilkins and Linton Company
1816-October 1817
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2E542 November 1817-December 15, 1824
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2E543 December 18, 1824-June 1827
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2.325/V32 (oversize) 1825-1827
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2.116/OD1223B (oversize) 1825-1826
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2E544 July 1827-1833
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2.325/V32 (oversize) 1827-1830
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2E545 1834 and undated
James Campbell Wilkins personal:
General
1813-1849 and undated
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1835-1843 and undated
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2E545 Coles Creek Plantation, with Thomas Hall
1824-1846 and undated
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1836
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2E546 Presleigh, Ridge, Point Look Out, and Funnagusha Plantations, 1828-1843 and undated
Real estate and land
1811-1845 and undated
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1819-1824, 1836-1839
(oversize) 1837
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2E548 British cotton dealers, 1824-1843
J. S. Skinner, port master, Baltimore, Maryland, 1836-1837 and undated
Miscellaneous materials
1819, 1829-1846, and undated
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2.325/V33 (oversize) 1840 and undated

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