University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection, 1778-1934



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Natchez Trace Collection
Title: Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection
Dates: 1778-1934
Abstract: The Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection documents the history of the lower Mississippi River Valley with special emphasis on legal matters and local government.
Accession No.: 85-311
Extent: 134 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English, Spanish, French, and German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection documents the history of the lower Mississippi River Valley with special emphasis on legal matters and local government. The collection consists largely of county-level court and government records from Mississippi and Louisiana and deals with such topics as territorial expansion, statehood, trade on the Mississippi River, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.


Scope and Contents

Included are materials that document day-to-day court activities at both original jurisdiction and appellate levels. These consist of judgements, writs of execution, protests, declarations, pleas, proceedings, indictments, and correspondence, etc. Many records of financial transactions requiring legal recognition, such as deeds, bills of sale, articles of agreement, mortgages, loans, leases, bonds, and land surveys, are also present. Probate records, including wills, receipts, accounts, and documents of administration and litigation form a significant portion of the collection.

Accompanying the court documents are those that deal with local government and administration in Warren County, Mississippi and other nearby counties. They consist of petitions, allowances for infrastructural development and county expenses, proceedings, orders, appointments and oaths, correspondence, reports, coroner inquests, and records concerning schools, taxes, and elections. The government materials originate initially with various courts, and later with such bodies as the county Board of Police and Board of Supervisors.


 

Arrangement

Collection is arranged first by county or parish and then by court or government body within said geographical area.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Marschalk, Andrew, 1767-1838
Bruin, Peter Bryan, d. 1827
Hunt, Abijah, d. 1811
Davis, Joseph E. (Joseph Emory), 1784-1870
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Sharkey, William Lewis, 1798-1873
Poindexter, George, 1779-1853
Dutton, John, d. ca. 1849
Minor, Stephen, family
Subjects (Organizations)
Warren County (Miss.). Board of Supervisors
Mississippi. High Court of Errors and Appeals
Subjects
Slavery--United States--History
Slave trade--United States--History
Cotton trade
Decedents' Estates
Plantations
Reconstruction (U.S. History, 1865-1877)
Probate Courts
Appellate Courts
Criminal Courts
Local Government--United States
Places
Mississippi River Valley--History
Louisiana--History
Mississippi--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Warren County (Miss.)
Adams County (Miss.)
Jefferson County (Miss.)
Claiborne County (Miss.)
Issaquena County (Miss.)
Hinds County (Miss.)
Concordia Parish (La.)
West Feliciana Parish (La.)
East Feliciana Parish (La.)
Parish of Feliciana (La.)
Iberville Parish (La.)
Vicksburg (Miss.)
Natchez (Miss.)
Port Gibson (Miss.)
New Orleans (La.)
Vidalia (La.)

Related Material

See also:

Natchez Trace Small Manuscript Collections

Natchez Trace Broadside Collection

Natchez Trace Collection Photographs

Natchez Trace Collection Supplement

Natchez Trace Map Collection

Natchez Trace Civil War Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Collection Newspaper Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Collection Provincial and Territorial Records at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Collection Crime and Punishment Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Ferry Boat Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Railroad Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Slaves and Slavery Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Natchez Trace Steamboat Collection at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Natchez Trace Civil War Collection, the Natchez Trace Small Manuscripts Collection, and the Natchez Trace Collection Photographs.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection, 1778-1934, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Neil Byers.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.


Detailed Description of the Papers

Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection inventory