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Henry Baines Papers

(Mss. 1209)

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


Scope and Content Note


Collection Description(s)


Index Terms


Container List


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Size. 184 items.

Geographic locations.

West Feliciana Parish, La.; New Orleans, La.; St. James Parish, La.; Columbus, Ky.; Yullahoma, Tenn.

Inclusive dates. 1796-1905

Bulk dates. N/A

Language. English

Summary. Papers from a planter family from West Feliciana Parish concerning medical education, the Civil War, and miscellaneous family news.

Organization. Chronological.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.


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

Citation. Henry Baines Papers, Mss. 1209, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s). 65; C:55; Mss. Mf: L

Also available on: Microfilm 5735, Series B, Reel 1

Omission: Papers 1796-1852, 1870-1905

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Baines was a planter of Bains, West Feliciana Parish, and a member of London's Royal College of Surgeons. He married Emily McDermott, daughter of Emily Ozan and Patrick McDermott. Their children included George W. Baines, Edward Baines, and Antoinette D. Baines. Antoinette wed Isaac N. Maynard, manager of the New Orleans Clearing House Association. Edward Baines served as constable of the Third Ward of the Third Justice Court, West Feliciana Parish, ca. 1889-1903.

Scope and Content Note

The Henry Baines Papers contain materials of the Baines, McDermott and Maynard families. Diverse topics are covered, including early land holdings in West Feliciana Parish, medical education in England, Confederate States Army service, and the cotton trade in New Orleans.

Approximately nine items from Baines' papers, 1817-1818, relate to medical education, including lecture passes and other printed materials such as a broadside signed by Henry Baines.

Letters from Henry Baines' son, Edward Baines, describe Confederate military living conditions in the area of Columbus, Kentucky, 1861, and comment on various military units and army maneuvers near Tullahoma, Tennessee, 1863.

Papers, 1796-1833, of Henry Baines' father-in-law, Patrick McDermott, consist of Spanish land grants, land deeds, petitions for appointment of tutor for minor children, and other legal documents regarding McDermott's estate.

Papers of Isaac N. Maynard, Baines' son-in-law, include family letters, 1838-1852, and an article, ca. 1884, on the Cotton Factors and Planters Exposition of New Orleans.

Other noteworthy items include an 1831 contract for the resale of a slave, and approximately one hundred legal settlement documents (fieri facias), 1889-1903, addressed to Edward Baines.

Collection Description

StackLocation Box Folder Date Contents
C:55 1 1-2 1796-1809 18 items:

4 Spanish land grants and 13 documents establishing land claims of Patrick McDermott in West Feliciana Parish.

Letter from C. Norwood to Patrick McDermott regarding account mentioning Captain Patrick Walsh and Faulkner and Flower.
3 1814-1818 12 items:

Statement by Rubins Jelke for land survey; note to Jelke signed by Catherin McDermott; appointment of tutor-tutrix for minor children gives names of children

Admittance cards to lectures and other items pertaining to medical education, 1817;

Broadside to governors . . . of the Liverpool Dispensary regarding vacancy signed by Baines, member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, 1818.

4 1824-1825 4 items:

2 surveys, Feb. 18 and Oct. 26, of the property of Patrick McDermott, made for Emily McDermott Bridgers;

Statement, Oct. 28, by A. P. Walsh regarding patent for a tract of land granted to Nathan Lytle by the Spanish government and sold to J. M. Pintard.

True copy, Feb. 21, of original land deed for Mrs. Emily Bridgers, Baines, Attorney.

5 1831-1833 2 items:

Affidavit, Jan. 3, regarding sale of slave stating terms of contract. Baines, agent for Emily Bridgers.

Transcript deed, Dec. 5, Widow Emily Bridgers (Baines), Charles McDermott, and Edward McDermott to Widow Ann McDermott.

6 1837-1840 5 items:

Henry Baines, New Orleans, to his wife, stating that he cannot leave New Orleans because his wife’s mother is too ill, mentions that he saw the steamboat Rob Roy burn to the water edge, Mar. 8. (1837)

Letter, account for Maynard (1838)

Letter from H. Baines, aboard steamer Robert Fulton, July 12, to his son, George W. Baines, Jefferson College, St. James Parish, giving fatherly advice (1840)

7 1842-1851

Maynard, John, June 30, letter to brother (1842)

Letters pertaining to the settlement of an estate from N. R. and James R. Jennings, lawyers, New Orleans (1843)

Letter, Oct. 24, from Richards and Montgomery to Isaac N. Maynard relative to suing Smith (1844);

Dec. 19, letter to Mrs. Emily Baines, Bayou Sara, from Isaac N. Maynard to “Dear Mother” from New Orleans giving news of his visit (1847);

Bill for blacksmith work, July 5. West Feliciana Railroad, 2 surveys, Apr. 11 and June 2, of lands near railroad, W. F. P. (1848)

>Letter to Isaac N. Maynard from brother Jacob B. Maynard, Mar. 8 (1851)

8 1852-1858 2 items:

Letter from Anne [Maynard], New Orleans, Mar. 5. (1852)

Bill for merchandise for Charles McDermott from Charles Coffman and Co. (1858)

9 1861-1868 6 items:

Confederate soldiers letters Oct. 5 and Nov. 15 from Edward Baines, describing military conditions around Columbus, Kentucky.

Broadside – Confederate imprint. “Run, Yank, or Die.” By

T. W. Crowson the Alabama Hickories, Oct. 5, on back of letter by Edward Baines, Columbus, Kentucky. Personal letter to Antoinette D. Baines from H. C. E., New Orleans, Aug. 31. (1861)

Civil War letters from Edward Baines, Confederate Army, Yullahoma, Tennessee, Jan. 14, commenting on various military units in the area. Wartrace, May 2, describing march from Yullahoma. (1863)

Copy of act of sale of engine, sugar mill, boilers, etc. Emily Baines to Sarah T. Bowman (1868)

10a-11b 1882-1905 119 items:

Will of George W. Baines, 1882, handwritten article, ca. 1882, by [Isaac N. Maynard] titled “Prospectus of the Cotton Factors and Planters Exposition and Insurance and Bankers Gazette of New Orleans;”

Extract from minutes of the New Orleans Clearing House Association at the death of Isaac N. Maynard, 1888;

Approximately 100 fieri facias to Ed Baines as Constable, Third Ward, 3rd Justice Court

12 Undated

Letter to Baines discussing payment for a tract of land

65 1 1855 1 item, sheet music

“Foster’s Melody Arranged for the Guitar” by Stephen C. Foster. New York, 1855.

Index Terms


Baines, Antoinette.

Baines, Edward.

Baines, Emily McDermott.

Baines, George W.

Commission merchants--Louisiana.

Confederate States of America. Army--Military life.


Cotton trade--Exhibitions--Louisiana--New Orleans--19th century.

Cotton trade--Louisiana.

Courts--Louisiana--West Feliciana Parish.

Exhibitions--Louisiana--New Orleans.

Land grants--Louisiana--West Feliciana Parish.

Maynard, Isaac N., d. 1888.

McDermott, Patrick, d. 1814.

Medical education--Great Britain--19th century.

New Orleans Clearing House Association.



Plantation owners--Louisiana.

Sheet music.

Slave bills of sale--Louisiana.

Slavery--Louisiana--West Feliciana Parish.

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

West Feliciana Parish (La.)--History.

West Feliciana Parish (La.)--Politics and government.


World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885: New Orleans, La.)

Container List

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Contents (with dates)




1 item, sheet music

“Foster’s Melody Arranged for the Guitar” by Stephen C. Foster. New York, 1855.




1796-1905, undated

Mss.Mf: L

MF:5735, Series B

Reel 1

Omission: Papers 1796-1852, 1870-1905