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MF 6061, Series B, Part 1, Reel 14

Kenner (Duncan Farrar) Papers

(Mss. 198, 1402, 1477)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2007

Contents of Inventory

Biographical/Historical Note

4

Scope and Content Note

4

Series Description(s)

5-6

Index Terms

7-9

Container List

10

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Summary

Size.

342 items, 2 manuscript volumes, 1 printed volume

Geographic locations.

New Orleans, La.; Ascension Parish, La.; St. Charles Parish, La.; Natchez, Miss.; Nashville, Tenn.

Inclusive dates.

1836-1905

Bulk dates.

1838-1894

Language.

English

Summary.

Papers pertain to the career of Duncan Farrar Kenner as a planter at Ashland Plantation, Ascension Parish, and as an associate with his brother-in-law, General Richard Taylor, in leasing the New Basin Canal in New Orleans.

Organization.

Series I, Documents and Correspondence, 1838-1905, undated

Series II, Newspaper Clippings, 1887, undated

Series III, Manuscript Volumes, 1887-1888, undated

Restrictions on access.

Photocopies of documents on microfilm must be made from the microfilm.

Confederate Diplomatic Mission (November 14, 1864). Original housed in the vault is not to be accessed. Use photocopy in A:51, Box 1, Folder 4.

Related collections.

William Kenner Papers, Mss. 1477, 1491

Kenner Family Papers, Mss. 775

Joseph L. Brent Papers, Mss. 1477, 1822

Rosella Kenner Brent Papers, 1167, 1822

Lillie Trust Gray Papers, Mss. 165, 965, 422

Francois Randon Account Books, Mss. 992

Benjamin Tureaud Family Papers, Mss. 427

Ashland Plantation Record Book, Mss. 534

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Duncan F. Kenner Papers, Mss. 198, 1402, 1477. Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

A:51, F:4, Vault:1, Vault MRDF 2

Also available on:

Microfilm 6061, Series B, Part 1, Reel 14

Biographical/Historical Note

Duncan Farrar Kenner was a member of the Louisiana Constitutional Conventions of 1845 and of 1852, a member of the Confederate Congress, and a Confederate special commissioner plenipotentiary to France in 1863.

A planter, he founded Ashland Plantation in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and had interests in Bowdon, Houmas, Hollywood, Hermitage, Fashion, and Roseland plantations. With his brother-in-law, General Richard Taylor he held leases in the New Basin Canal in New Orleans. Kenner helped to organize the New Orleans Jockey Club and the New Louisiana Jockey Club.

Scope and Content Note

Legal, financial, and personal papers pertain to Kenner's career as a planter and to his business activities and land holdings in Louisiana. Correspondence includes a letter from Duncan Kenner to relative William J. Minor concerning sugar production (1838), letters concerning the management of the New Basin Canal (1867-1870) with letters of Richard Taylor and James McCloskey, letters regarding investments in New Orleans stocks, bonds, property, and horse racing in New Orleans. Other letters pertain to the settlement of estates, including that of Richard Taylor (1880), investments in plantation and agricultural properties. A typescript of lists (1854, 1858) records Kenner's property, slaves he owned, and clothing issued to them at Ashland Plantation.

Financial papers include items related to sugar production in New Orleans, the building of a rice flume near Hollywood Plantation (1887), tax assessments and receipts, mercantile receipts, papers related to the sales and purchases of land, and weekly cash reports (Jan.-May 1888) of proceeds from Kenner's plantations.

Political papers include items related to the victory of Isaac Johnson in the Louisiana gubernatorial election of 1842 and the defeat of Whig congressional candidates throughout the state and a tax receipt of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1868.

Legal documents include estate documents (with some account books) of Duncan F. Kenner, John Minor, Richard Taylor, Michel Doradou Bringier, and Mr. Aglae Bringier. A patent and other documents record the invention of a decortications machine by Duncan Kenner and Leonard Sewell (1880s).

Maps show Kenner land holdings in New Orleans (1870s). Printed materials include a broadside, listing passengers on the steamship "America" (1865), items related to the Tehuantepec Railway Company (1882?), and newspaper clippings.

Manuscript volumes (1887-1888, undated) relate to Kenner's estate.

Series Descriptions

Series I, Documents and Correspondence, 1838-1905, undated

The earliest letters are addressed to William J. Minor of Natchez, Mississippi from G. Carrie Duncan concerning claims against the John Minor estate by the Kenner heirs (1838) and from Duncan F. Kenner proposing the building of sugar mills and discussing the Democratic victory of Isaac Johnson in the gubernatorial election and the defeat of Whig congressional candidates throughout Louisiana (1846). Correspondence of Duncan F. Kenner with D.D. Withers relates to the sale of City of New Orleans bonds, the chartering of Metairie Cemetery and its effect upon the value of City of New Orleans stock (1872). Letters from New Orleans notaries concern property sales at public auctions, and include one letter stating terms and conditions for these sales (1877), and another relating to the succession of Alexander Phillips (1877). A letter from St. Charles Parish sheriff to Kenner address the possibility of relieving the heirs of Richard Taylor from payment of overdue parish taxes on Fashion Plantation (1880) and a letter to Louise Taylor discusses the proceeds of the sale of the Plantation (1883). Legal correspondence, including letters to and from Joseph L. Brent, executor of the Duncan F. Kenner estate, discusses its settlement (1887). A letter from Thomas Plater of Nashville to Brent mentions Plater's appointment as guardian of young Duncan Kenner (D.F. Kenner's grandson) (1887) and is then followed by correspondence between Joseph L. Brent and Thomas Plater and between Plater and Mrs. D.F. Kenner concerning her grandson's share in the estate (1888-1889).

Financial documents such as property tax and mercantile receipts, a Constitutional Convention tax receipt (1868), promissory notes, stock certificates, statements of account and property assessment lists are included. Numerous documents relating to the succession of Duncan F. Kenner include lists of taxable property, statement of taxes due, a signed agreement by heirs of Kenner that the advertisement and sale of Hollywood and Hermitage Plantations and their interests in Houmas Plantation should precede the sale of stocks belonging to the succession of Kenner (1888) as well as an agreement as to the distribution of proceeds of crops from Kenner's plantations (1888). Statements from the Times-Democrat and Picayune of New Orleans are addressed to Joseph L. Brent for advertising the sale of the plantations (1889).

The majority of the legal papers involve the settlement of estates, such as those of Alexander Phillips (1877) and Richard Taylor (1880). Documents such as property judgments and sales claims of title concern property sold to D.F. Kenner by Andrew Hero, Jr. in a tax sale (1876). Papers granting permission by the East Baton Rouge Police Jury to construct a rice flume on the Mississippi River levee below Hollywood Plantation are also included (1887). Other items relate to Kenner and Richard Taylor's interests in the New Canal and Basin in New Orleans (1867-1869).

Other papers include a prospectus of the Journal of Religious Education of the General Protestant Episcopal Sunday School Union (1838), a typewritten copy of a list of slaves and clothing issued them at Ashland Plantation, Ascension Parish (1854-1858), a Confederate Diplomatic Mission to France to request funds labeled “Mission of D.F. Kenner, U.S. Congress” (1864), a copy of an Act of Confederate Congress to issue a foreign loan (1865), and a printed report by L. Surgi, city surveyor, on the drainage system of New Orleans (1868). One map indicates the boundaries of Kenner property on St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans (1877) and another shows the form and dimensions of a property on Carondelet Street (1878). Finally, a manuscript item summarizes the highlights in the life of Joseph L. Brent (c.1905).

Series II, Newspaper Clippings, 1887, undated

Newspaper clippings consist principally of obituaries (c. 1887) for Duncan F. Kenner while others relate to the New Canal (undated). One newspaper clipping is entitled “City of New Orleans vs. James Graham” (undated).

Series III, Manuscript Volumes, 1887-1888, undated

This collection includes one printed volume, a Canal Bank Book (undated) which was issued by Canal Bank of New Orleans to the estate of D.F. Kenner and contains blank checks, and two manuscript volumes of executors account books (1887-1888) regarding business of Kenner's estate.

Index Terms

(This section provides the subject indexing for the collection found in the card catalog. Index terms have been changed to match Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Documents relating to the subject given are described.)

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

America (Steamer)--Posters.

1865

Photographic copy of passenger list of Steamship “America” with the name of A.B. Kinglake underscored and marginal note stating, “A.B. Kinglake was the name under which D.F. Kenner registered and took passage.”

February 11

Brent, Joseph Lancaster, 1826-1905.

1887-1888

Papers of Joseph L. Brent, executor of Duncan F. Kenner estate, relating to settlement of estate, approximately 50 items and 2 manuscript volumes

Bringier, M. D. (Martin Douradon)

1879

Two items relating to the settlement of the estate of Martin Douradon Bringier, September 1, 12,

Democratic Party (La.)

1846

Victory of Democratic Party in Louisiana gubernatorial election, January 22

Fashion Plantation (La.)

1880, 1883

Over-due taxes on, sale of, and disposition of proceeds from sale of Fashion Plantation, 3 items, November 26, 1883, January 18, 1883

Irrigation canals and flumes--Louisiana--East Baton Rouge Parish.

1887

Permit by East Baton Rouge Parish Police Jury for construction of a rice flume on the Mississippi River levee, February 2.

Kenner, Duncan Farrar, 1813-1887--Estate.

1887-1888

Inventory of property in Ascension Parish belonging to succession of Duncan F. Kenner (copy), July 22, 1887; executors' account book, Duncan F. Kenner estate, containing itemized statements of accoun6ts outstanding and judicial expenses, 1887-1888

Louisiana. Constitutional Convention (1868)

1868

Tax receipt of Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1868

Metairie Cemetery (New Orleans, La.)

1872

Letter from Duncan F. Kenner to D.D. Withers relating the chartering of the Metairie Cemetery at New Orleans and its effect upon value of City of New Orleans stock, May 1872

New Basin Canal (New Orleans, La.)

1867-1869

Memorandum of agreement and correspondence of Duncan F. Kenner with Richard Taylor and others relative to the New Basin Canal, 6 items

New Orleans Cotton Press Association.

1887

Copy of letter from Duncan F. Kenner to Charlotte K. Harding, Philadelphia, relative to liquidation of New Orleans Cotton Press Association and agreement as to claims against that association, June 8.

Patents--United States.

1883, 1887

Patent of L.C. Rutledge on a decorticating machine and agreement between Rutledge and D.F. Kenner relative to their partnership in manufacturing and sale of decorticating machines; copy of caveat filed with U.S. Patent Office relating to improvements in decorticating machines, 2 items, November 1883, May 18 1887

Plantation owners--Louisiana--Ascension Parish.

1838-1894

Mercantile accounts, property tax receipts, newspaper clippings, succession and other business papers relating to Ashland, Bowden, and Houmas plantations, approximately 150 items and 2 manuscript volumes

Plantations--Louisiana--Ascension Parish.

1838-1894

Mercantile accounts, property tax receipts, newspaper clippings, succession and other business papers relating to Ashland, Bowden, and Houmas plantations, approximately 150 items and 2 manuscript volumes

St. Charles Institute for Young Ladies (New Orleans, La.)

Undated

Printed advertisement of St. Charles Institute for Young Ladies listing courses taught, rules and regulations of the institute and the cost of training.

Sugar factories--Louisiana.

1846

Letter from Duncan F. Kenner to William J. Minor proposing the building of mills for the making of sugar, January 22.

Sugar factories--Mississippi.

1846

Letter from Duncan F. Kenner to William J. Minor proposing the building of mills for the making of sugar, January 22.

Taylor, Richard, 1826-1879.

1866-1869

Business papers of Richard Taylor as lessee of the New Basin Canal at New Orleans

Tehuantepec Railway Company.

1880-1882

Printed items (prospectus, order of events, letter of information for persons interested in the enterprise and pamphlets) relating to the Tehuantepec Inter-Ocean Railroad Company, 4 items

Whig Party (La.)

1846

Letter of Duncan F. Kenner to William J. Minor, Natchez, Mississippi relating the defeat of Whig congressional candidates in Louisiana in election of 1846, January 22.

Container List

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Series I, Documents and Correspondence

A:51

1

1-14

1838-1894, 1905

15

Series II. Newspaper Clippings, 12 items

Series III. Manuscript Volumes

F:4

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--

Canal Bank Book, undated

2 volumes of executors account books, 1887-1888

Vault:1 and Vault MRDF 2

Confederate Diplomatic Mission to France “Mission of D.F. Kenner, U.S. Congress”, November 14, 1864. Photocopy located in A:51, Box 1, Folder 4.

MF 6061, Series B, Part 1

Reel 14

Records of Southern Plantations from the Emancipation to the Great Migration