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ISRAEL L. ADAMS FAMILY PAPERS
Mss. 3637
Inventory
By Luana Henderson
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library
Louisiana State University Libraries
Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University
Reformatted 2006
(See also UPA Microfilm: 5735, Series B, reel 1)
ISRAEL L. ADAMS FAMILY PAPERS
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
SUMMARY
1 linear ft., 1 v.
Size.
Adams County, Miss., Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Indiana.
Geographic
locations.
1813-1879, 1890, undated.
Inclusive dates.
1852-1866.
Bulk dates.
English, German.
Language.
Correspondence, financial papers, legal documents and
Summary.
printed material relate to the Adams and related Zingline and
Shupan families planters and merchants of Adams County,
Miss. and Louisiana.
Arranged chronologically.
Organization.
Copies must be made from microfilm.
Restrictions.
Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants
Copyright.
of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Israel L. Adams and Family Papers, Mss. 3637, Louisiana and
Citation.
Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton
Rouge, La.
Y:83; OS:A; Mf. 5735, Series B, reel 1; Mss. Mf.:A (1 reel)
Stack locations.
Note: Some items retained by family and are available only on microfilm, Mss.
Mf.:A. Materials dated 1813-1858 and 1868-1890 were omitted from Mf. 5735.
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ISRAEL L. ADAMS FAMILY PAPERS
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE
Israel Leonard Adams was born on March 2, 1801, to William Adams and Orpha
Leonard of Pennsylvania.  William Adams moved his family from Pennsylvania to
Mississippi where he worked as a steamboat captain out of Natchez. Israel Adams
became a merchant and planter near Natchez; several other Adams and related family
members resided in Mississippi and Louisiana. Israel married Elizabeth Zingline, and
they had six children: Harriet Catharine, Mary Eliza, Franklin (Frank) Oliver, Orlander
Percival, Marcy Ann and Laura Olivia. Frank O. Adams and his cousins, James and
Theodore, fought in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Israel Adams died Jan.
23, 1860. Both he and his wife are buried in Washington Cemetery in Adams Co., Miss.
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ISRAEL L. ADAMS FAMILY PAPERS
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
Papers pertain to the Adams and related Zingline and Shupan families. They consist of
family genealogy, correspondence, financial papers, printed items, invitations, legal
documents, and a cashbook, which also contains notations regarding the estate of
Israel L. Adams. Papers also pertain to slavery, plantation life, financial and business
affairs, the Civil War, local news, family matters and health.
The early papers contain an immigration document in which Christopher Zingline
swears to renounce his allegiance to the German Empire and become an American
citizen (Aug. 31, 1813). Inkdrawn maps depict part of New Jersey (Dec. 21, 1820) and
the Atlantic coast from Maryland to the Gulf of St. Lawrence (April 7, 1823). Among the
early correspondence, Johann Zanglein (Zingline) writes [in German] from Cambridge,
Ind., to his children in Washington, Miss. (March 20, 1840), Orlando P. Adams
describes student life at Mississippi College (Jan. 3, 8, 1855), Janet Campbell
discusses Harriet Adams's rescue from the steamboat Princess (Mar. 4, 1859), and a
"Lettie" describes Little Rock, Ark. and its inhabitants to Kate Adams (Oct. 31, 1859).
Orlando Adams's report card (Jan.-Feb., 1856) is also included.  Other antebellum
items consist of a health certificate for a mulatto woman in the Adams household (Jan.
1856), a physician's statement on care administered to a female slave, who died of
consumption (March 1, 1856), and sales receipts for slaves acquired by Israel L. Adams
and Elizabeth L. Adams (Jan. 7, Dec. 24, 27, 1856; Jan. 1, 1857; Feb. 13, May 2,
1860). Kate mentions in a letter to her brother that an African American minister (March
2, 1856) married "Robert and Matilda", and there is a funeral notice, I. L. Adams' burial,
at Locust Ridge, Jan. 24, 1860.
Papers of the Civil War period include letters from Frank Adams to family members
describing military life at Camp Minden, La. (Sept.11, Oct. 20, Nov. 9, 1863), Camp
Oakridge (Feb. 14, Apr. 17, June 22, July 21, 1864) and Camp Marshall, Tex., (Jan. 13,
19, 1865). His mother responds that he does not live as well as their slaves (March 26,
1865). A letter to Kate Adams reports on the battles at Brandy Station and Vicksburg
(July 9, 1863).  James (d. 1865) serving in the Mississippi 22nd Infantry Regiment,
remarks on battle of Bakers Creek [Champion Hill] (Dec. 22, 1863) and the Battle of
Atlanta (Sept. 16, 1864). Theodore, serving in the Arkansas 126th Infantry Regiment at
Camp New Camden, Ark., expresses his distress over the reports of illness and death
at home (July 27, 1864). Additionally, there are original Valentine's Day poems (Feb.
14, 1860; Feb. 14, 1861; Feb. 14, 1862), $1000 Confederate States of America Bond
(Jan. 8, 1863), Lewis Zingline's amnesty oath (Sept. 11, 1865), and a letter, in which
Kate details latest women's fashions in New Orleans, La. (Sept. 26, 1866).
Post-war material consists of a funeral notice for Theo and Ruth Shupan's infant son,
Willie, (May 24, 1868) and a letter describing Theo's grief and financial failure (June 15,
1868).  William Shupan writes of his sister's death from a bilious disorder and her
deathbed conversion to Methodism (July 26, Oct. 31, 1870). Kate writes of events in
Lettsworth, La., primarily the illnesses, deaths and childbirth of individuals in the area.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
She details the mental disease of one victim and mentions the death of another,
possibly due to malaria (Aug. 14, 1872).  Orville Whitaker, a Confederate who
immigrated to Brazil, refers to the cost of slaves in Brazil (Nov. 11, 1874; Sept. 14,
1875; June 12, 1876), and he discusses the construction of a railroad and the cultivation
and marketing of cotton, coffee and tobacco.  Papers also contain home medical
remedies (undated), an ink drawing of the Hamburg, Germany, skyline (undated),
formal invitations, visiting cards, genealogical information for the Adams and related
families (undated), a biographical sketch of an unidentified girl (undated) and a carte-
de-visite of two unidentified men (undated).
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
INDEX TERMS
Terms
Date
Arkansas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal
July 27, 1864.
narratives, Confederate.
Atlantic Coast (North America)--Maps, Manuscript.
April 8, 1823.
Biliary tract--Diseases.
July 26, Oct. 31, 1870.
Bonds--Confederate States of America.
Jan. 8, 1863.
Brandy Station, Battle of, Brandy Station, Va., 1863.
July 9, 1863.
Brazil--Description and travel.
1874-1876.
Camp Marshall (Tex.)
Jan. 13, 19, 1865.
Camp Minden (La.)
Sept.11, Oct. 20, Nov. 9,
1863.
Camp New Camden (Ark.)
July 27, 1864.
Camp Oakridge.
Feb. 14, Apr. 17, June 22,
July 21, 1864.
Confederate States of America.--Army.--Arkansas
July 27, 1864.
Infantry Regiment, 126th.
Confederate States of America.--Army.--Mississippi
Dec. 22, 1863; Sept. 16,
Infantry Regiment, 22nd.
1864.
Emigration and immigration.
Aug. 31, 1813; Nov. 11, 1874;
Sept. 14, 1875; June 12,
1876.
German Americans.
1813-1890, undated.
Hamburg (Germany)--Pictorial works.
Undated.
Hot Springs (Ark.)--Description and travel.
Oct. 31, 1859.
Inheritance and succession.
1860-1862.
Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal
Sept.11, Oct. 20, Nov. 9,
narratives, Confederate.
1863; Feb. 14, Apr. 17, June
22, July 21, 1864.
Louisiana--Social life and customs--19th century.
1813-1890, undated.
Malaria--Louisiana.
Aug. 14, 1872.
Mental health--Louisiana--Pointe Coupee.
Aug. 14, 1872.
Methodist Church.
Oct. 31, 1870.
Mississippi College --Students.
Jan. 3, 8, 1855; Jan.-Feb.,
1856.
Mississippi--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal
Dec. 22, 1863; Sept. 16,
narratives, Confederate.
1864.
Mississippi--Social life and customs--19th century.
1813-1890, undated.
Natchez (Miss)--History.
1813-1890, undated.
New Jersey--Maps, Manuscript.
Dec. 21, 1820.
New Orleans (La.)--Description and travel.
Sept. 26, 1866.
Oaths.
Sept. 11, 1865.
Obituaries .
Jan. 24, 1860; May 24, 1868.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
Pennsylvania--Maps, Manuscript,
Dec. 21, 1820.
Princess (Steamboat)
Mar. 4, 1859.
Slave trade--Natchez (Miss.)
Jan. 7, Dec. 24, 27, 1856;
Jan. 1, 1857; Feb. 13, May
2, 1860; Nov. 11, 1874;
Sept. 14, 1875; June 12,
1876.
Slavery--Health and hygiene.
Jan., March 1, 1856.
Slaves--Social conditions.
March 26, 1865.
Slaves--United States--Social life and customs.
Mar. 2, 1856.
Tensas Parish (La.)--History.
1813-1890, n.d.
Texas-- History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal
Jan. 13, 19, 1865.
narratives, Confederate.
Traditional medicine.
Undated.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--
July 9, 1863.
Campaigns.
Valentine's Day.
Feb. 14, 1860; Feb. 14,
1861; Feb. 14, 1862.
Vicksburg (Miss.)--History--Siege, 1863.
July 9, 1863.
Women's clothing--Louisiana--New Orleans.
Sept. 26, 1866.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 3637
1813-1879, 1890, undated
CONTAINER LIST
Stack
Location
Box
Folders
Contents
1
1
Family genealogy, undated.
Y:83
1
2-26
1813-1856.
2
27-35
1857-1865.
3
36-53
1866-1890, undated.
54
Homes medical remedies, undated.
55
Cash Book, 1860-1862.
56
Printed items, undated.
57
Carte de visite, undated.
58
Items not filmed, undated.
1
Map of New Jersey, Dec. 21, 1820,
OS:A
Confederate bonds (Jan. 8, 1863); oversize
financial papers, 1836-1856.
reel 1
Microfilm, 1813-1890, undated.
Mf 5735,
Series B
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