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Bass-Farrar Family Papers

(Mss. 4907)

Inventory

 

 

Compiled by

Christopher S. Freeman

 

 

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

 

 

2004


 

 

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

 

 

Summary

Biographical/Historical Note                   

Scope and Content Note

List of Series and Subseries

Series and Subseries Descriptions

Index Terms

Container List                                     

Correspondence Index

 

SUMMARY

 

 

Size

 

285 items

Geographic Locations

 

Louisiana, Mississippi

Inclusive Dates

 

1829-1917

Bulk Dates

 

1829-1843; 1858-1867

Languages

 

English

Summary

 

Family papers of the Bass and Farrar families primarily includes correspondence, legal, and financial records related to family matters, plantation management, life along the Mississippi River, the Civil War, and slavery

 

 

Access Restrictions

 

None

Reproduction Note

 

Duplication is allowed

Copyright

 

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries.  In regards to copyright, the materials are in the public domain.

 

Related Collections

 

Richardson (Henry Brown and Family) Papers, Mss. 2987, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Richardson and Farrar Family Papers, #2892-z, Southern Historical Collection, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Citation

 

Bass-Farrar Family Papers, Mss. 4907, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Stack Location(s)

 

R: 41

 


 

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

 

This collection contains papers from three related and allied families—the Bass, Farrar, and Richardson families—all of which lived in or near Tensas Parrish, Louisiana.

 

Elijah (d. ca. 1835) and Elizabeth Bass (d. ca. 1858) lived on and operated Myrtle Grove Plantation, near Waterproof, Tensas Parish, La., and had two children who lived into adulthood, Job (Oct. 20, 1826-May 23, 1857) and Augustus Elijah Bass (1834-ca. 1905). After Elijah’s death in the mid-1830’s and some time before May 16, 1836, Elizabeth married Dr. J.H. Foreman, who died before March 1844.  Augustus E. Bass inherited Myrtle Grove from his mother when she died ca. 1858. Augustus E. Bass served as a private in the Confederate Army as a member of a battery of light artillery until Jan. 12, 1863 when he was discharged by providing a substitute soldier.

 

The Bass family was related to the Farrar family through the marriage of Augustus Bass and Jane Kempe “Jenny” Farrar (Feb. 13, 1841-1918), daughter of Anna Marie Girault and Thomas Prince Farrar.  Jenny Farrar and Augustus E. Bass lived most of their lived on the Myrtle Grove Plantation. Thomas Farrar lived in Washington, Adams County, Miss., near Natchez, and was a member of the Louisiana bar and a judge. In addition to Jenny, Anna and Thomas Farrar had at least one other child, Ann “Nannie” Farrar.  She married Henry Brown Richardson.  The Farrars were also connected to Palsy Plantation, which was owned by Jane Kempe of Vicksburg, the mother of Anna Marie Girault.

 

 

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

 

The family papers of the Bass and Farrar families concern family matters, personal and professional activities, maintenance and overseeing of cotton plantations before and after the Civil War, life along the Mississippi River in Tensas Parrish, La., and Adams County, Miss., life in Louisiana during the Civil War, and slavery.  Included within the collection are correspondence between family members, between owners of plantations and their business partners, lists of slaves working on plantations, land deeds and mortgages, wills and testaments, and plantation receipts and inventories.  Also within the collection is a “Reception Card” for President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis.

 

 

 


LIST OF SUB-GROUPS, SERIES, AND SUBSERIES

 

I. Correspondence, 1829-1915, undated (Box 1)

 

II. Legal and Financial Papers, 1830-1917, undated (Box 2)

 

          Subseries 1.  Legal, ca. 1830-1917, undated

 

          Subseries 2. Financial, 1830-ca. 1905, undated

 

III. Miscellaneous, ca. 1840-ca 1860, undated (Box 2)

 

 

 

 

 

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

 

I.  Correspondence (1829-1914)

 

This series contains the correspondence of Jane Kempe, Thomas P. Farrar, Ann Girault Farrar, Elizabeth Forman, Augustus E. Bass, and others such as extended family members and business associates.  These letters concern the families’ personal affairs such as death, marriage, and inheritance;           health; finances; politics; and the operation of their cotton plantations, Myrtle Grove Plantation and the Palsy Plantation in Louisiana.  Also, the correspondence provides information about life and agricultural production along the Mississippi          River in Tensas Parrish, La. and Adams County, Miss. The bulk of the early materials are letters to Thomas Farrar when he lived in Washington, Miss., and to           Elizabeth Foreman while she oversaw Myrtle Grove after her husbands’ deaths. During the period just prior to and during the Civil War, there is a series of letters from J.T. Girault to his aunt Jane Kempe while he lived in New Orleans working as a cotton factor.  The letters to Augustus E. Bass at Myrtle Grove dominate        the material during and following the Civil War and include a letter discharging him from service in the Confederate army in 1863. 

 

II.  Legal and Financial Papers

 

          Subseries 1.  Legal, ca. 1830-1917, undated

         

This sub-series contains legal documents related to the Bass and Farrar families’ financial transactions such as land deeds, land transfers, mortgages, lease agreements, and loan agreements.  In addition, the sub-series contains records of  purchase and transfer of slaves by Elizabeth Forman, Augustus E. Bass’s substitute soldier contract, and a Reconstruction era laborers’ contract.

 

 

            Subseries 2. Financial, 1830-ca. 1905, undated

 

This sub-series includes financial records of the Bass and Farrar families within which are shipping records, receipts, and plantation inventories.  Included among these are two inventories of slaves on the Palsy Plantation of Jane Kempe made in 1854.

 

III.  Miscellaneous

 

This series includes a reception card for President and Mrs. Jefferson Davis, poetry written by Thomas P. Farrar and S. Sprague, a Confederate States of America $100 bill, and other ephemera.

 

 

INDEX TERMS

Materials relating to these people, places, and things can be found in the series indicated, as represented by their numbers.

 

Terms

Series

Adams County (Miss.)—History

I

Agriculture—Louisiana—19th century

I, II.1, II.2

Bass, Augustus E., 1834-ca. 1905

I, II.1, II.2, III

Bass, Elijah, ca. 1835

II.1, II.2

Bass, Jane Kempe “Jenny”, 1841-1918

I, II.1, II.2

Bass, Job P., 1826-1857

I, II.2

Bass Family

I, II, III

Cotton growing—Louisiana

I, II.1, II.2

Cotton trade—Louisiana

I, II.1, II.2

Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889

III

Davis, Varina Howell, 1826-1906

III

Freedmen—Employment—Louisiana

II.1

Farrar, Anna Marie Girault

I

Farrar, Thomas Prince Sr. d. 1880

I, II.1, II.2, III

Farrar Family

I, II, III

Forman, Elizabeth, d. 1858

I, II.1, II.2

Forman, Dr. Jacob H., d. ca. 1840

I, II.1, II.2

Girault, J.T.

I

Inheritance and succession—Louisiana—19th century

I, II.1

Letters (correspondence)

I

Louisiana—History—Civil War, 1861-1865

I

Louisiana—Social life and customs—19th century

I, III

Kempe, Jane, d.1882

I, II.1, II.2, III

Myrtle Grove Plantation (La.)

I, II.1, II.2

New Orleans (La.)—History—Civil War, 1861-1865

I

Nugent, John

I, II.1

Palsy Plantation (La.)

II.1

Plantations—Mississippi

I

Plantations—Louisiana

I, II.1, II.2, III

Plantation owners—Louisiana

I, II1, II.2

Practice of Law—Louisiana—19th century

I, II.1

Poetry

III

Slave bills of sale

II.1

Slaves—Louisiana

I-II

Soldiers—Louisiana

I-II

Receipts (acknowledgements)

II.2

Richardson, Anne Farrar “Nannie

I

Tensas Parish (La.)—History—19th Century

I, II.1, II.2, III

Tensas Parish (La.)—History—20th Century

I, II.1, II.2, III

 

 

 

CONTAINER LIST

 

Stack

Location

 

Box

 

Folder(s)

 

Contents (with dates)

 

 

 

 

Series I. Correspondence 1829-1915, undated

R: 41

1

1

Correspondence, 1829 (4 items)

R: 41

1

2

Correspondence, 1830 (9 items)

R: 41

1

3

Correspondence, Jan.1831-April 1831 (10 items)

R: 41

1

4

Correspondence, May 1831-Aug. 1831 (9 items)

R: 41

1

5

Correspondence, Sept. 1831-1832 (7 items)

R: 41

1

6

Correspondence, 1833-1834 (6 items)

R: 41

1

7

Correspondence, 1835 (4 items)

R: 41

1

8

Correspondence, 1836 (10 items)

R: 41

1

9

Correspondence, 1837-1840 (10 items)

R: 41

1

10

Correspondence, 1841-1845 (12 items)

R: 41

1

11

Correspondence, 1846-50 (3 items)

R: 41

1

12

Correspondence, 1851-1857 (11 items)

R: 41

1

13

Correspondence, 1858 (8 items)

R: 41

1

14

Correspondence, 1859-1860 (9 items)

R: 41

1

15

Correspondence, 1861-1865 (8 items)

R: 41

1

16

Correspondence, 1866-1870 (8 items)

R: 41

1

17

Correspondence, 1871-1915 (5 items)

R: 41

1

18

Correspondence, Undated (16 items)

R: 41

1

19

Correspondence, Fragments of letters (12 items)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series II. Financial/Legal Papers 1830-1917, undated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subseries 1. Legal Papers

R: 41

2

1

Elijah Bass land deed, lease, and transfer (ca. 1830) (7 items)

R: 41

2

2

Thomas Farrar and John Nuggent loan agreement (ca. 1835) (1 item)

R: 41

2

3

Jacob H. Forman Bank agreement (1838) (2 items)

R: 41

2

4

Elizabeth Forman slave transfers (1837, 1844) (2 items)

R: 41

2

5

Elizabeth Forman land transfers (1846) (1 item)

R: 41

2

6

Jane Kempe’s will (1855) (2 items)

R: 41

2

7

A.E. Bass financial contracts and mortgages (1856, 1864, 1866) (6 items)

R: 41

2

8

A.E. Bass laborer’s contract (1867) (1 item)

R: 41

2

9

A.E. Bass commission as police juror (1865) (1 item)

R: 41

2

10

A.E. Bass & Michael Lewis substitute soldier’s contract (1863) (1 items)

R: 41

2

11

Jennie Bass leases and land transfers (ca. 1910) (17 items)

R: 41

2

12

Announcement of the “Game Law” (1877) (1 item)

R: 41

2

13

Blank government documents (ca. 1835 ca. 1865) (2 items)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subseries 2. Financial Papers

R: 41

2

14

Cotton bail count (Sept. 1830, Nov. 1830) (2 items)

R: 41

2

15

Elijah Bass shipping record (1832) (1 item)

R: 41

2

16

Elijah Bass Estate receipts and inventory (ca. 1835) (6 items)

R: 41

2

17

Thomas Farrar bank note (1835) (1 item)

R: 41

2

18

Jacob H. Foreman receipts (1835, 1837) (2 items)

R: 41

2

19

Elizabeth Forman receipts (ca. 1840) (3 items)

R: 41

2

20

Elizabeth Forman receipts and inventory (ca. 1845) (3 items)

R: 41

2

21

Jane Kempe’s Plantation records and slave inventory (1854) (5 items)

R: 41

2

22

Job Bass estate inventory lists (ca. 1855) (7 items)

R: 41

2

23

A.E. Bass tax assessments (1836, 1850, 1859) (5 items)

R: 41

2

24

A.E. Bass inventories and receipts (ca. 1860, ca. 1880) (6 items)

R: 41

2

25

Loan agreement of A.E. Bass, Elizabeth Forman, and Job Bass (ca. 1860) (11 items)

R: 41

2

26

Jennie Bass receipts (ca. 1905) (6 items)

R: 41

2

27

Unidentified receipts (undated) (9 items)

 

 

 

 

Series III. Miscellaneous (ca. 1840-ca.1860, undated)

 

 

 

 

R: 41

2

28

Poetry by Thomas P. Farrar and S. Sprague (ca. 1840) (2 items)

R: 41

2

29

Newspaper clipping on a fire that destroyed some of Jane Kempe’s property (ca. 1850) (1 item)

R: 41

2

30

A.E. Bass invitation to Washington Birthday Ball (1856) (1 item)

R: 41

2

31

Reception card for President and Mrs. Davies and calling card for Jane Kempe (ca. 1860) (2 items)

R: 41

2

32

Confederate State of America $100 bill (1864) (1 item)

R: 41

2

33

Ephemera (5 items)

 

 

Correspondence Index To and From Listed Individual

 

Name 

Box-Folder

(first number indicates box, second number indicates folder.)           

Alexander, C.L.

1-9

 

 

Bark, Bayly N.

1-10

 

 

Bass, Augustus E.

1-12; 1-13; 1-15; 1-16; 1-18

 

 

Bass, Jane Kempe “Jennie or Jenny”

1-17; 1-18

 

 

Bass, Job P.

1-9; 1-14; 1-16

 

 

Bass, Randolph

1-16

 

 

Blount, Chad

1-10

 

 

Bradford, A.B.

1-5

 

 

Buckley, Martha

1-10

 

 

Buckley, Theo M.

1-10

 

 

Cabby, Lou M.

1-1; 1-4

 

 

Caldwell, Issac

1-3; 1-5

 

 

Callaghar, John

1-16

 

 

Canna, Wm.

1-10

 

 

Clark, George S

1-5

 

 

Crawford, A.P.

1-4

 

 

Cronly, Laurie

1-6

 

 

Cotton, P.

1-3

 

 

Dudley, N. A

1-17

 

 

Dupey, L.

1-3

 

 

Farrar, Anna Marie Girault

1-9; 1-12; 1-13; 1-14; 1-16; 1-17

Farrar, Ned

1-17

 

 

Farrar, Thomas Prince Sr.

1-1; 1-2; 1-3; 1-4; 1-5; 1-6; 1-7; 1-8; 1-9; 1-10; 1-11; 1-15; 1-18

 

 

Forman, Elizabeth

1-9; 1-10; 1-11; 1-16

 

 

Forman, Dr. J.H.

1-8; 1-18

 

 

Forman, P

1-6; 1-7

 

 

Forman, S

1-6

 

 

Gillard, Angilica

1-9

 

 

Grims, P.A.

1-8

 

 

Girault, J.T.

1-8; 1-9; 1-15; 1-16

 

 

Harmon, George

1-2; 1-10

 

 

Henderson, Wm.

1-4

 

 

Howell, Margaret

1-12

 

 

Hunter, Rob

1-10

 

 

Hurst, Randall

1-16

 

 

Jones, [J.F.]

1-8

 

 

Kempe, Jane

1-8; 1-9; 1-12; 1-13; 1-14; 1-15; 1-16

 

 

Louis, J.R.

1-12

 

 

Maske, Wm.

1-18

 

 

Mason, Jason

1-3

 

 

Matthy, M. J.

1-12; 1-14; 1-15

 

 

McCaleb, David

1-2; 1-3; 1-4; 1-6; 1-7

 

 

Miller, A.

1-3

 

 

Montgomery, Louisa Mary

1-14; 1-16

 

 

Morris, Sarah

1-10

 

 

Morton, John M.

1-1

 

 

Nugent, John

1-3; 1-4; 1-5; 1-18

 

 

Nugent, Rich

1-4

 

 

Owens, Rebecca

1-10

 

 

Parker, Ellethea? (Sister of Thomas P. Farrar)

1-2

 

 

Regan, Ralph

1-1; 1-3

 

 

Richardson, Kenney B.

1-16

 

 

Richardson, Anne “Nannie or Nanny”

1-14; 1-17

 

 

Robertson, John

1-2; 1-3; 1-6

 

 

Roman, Caddy

1-13

 

 

Rotchford, John W.

1-15; 1-16

 

 

Scott, James

1-6

 

 

Smith, Ben O.

1-2; 1-4; 1-7; 1-8

 

 

Stacy, D.F.

1-10

 

 

Stillman, L. H.

1-9

 

 

Stone, A.B.

1-12

 

 

Stringer, F.

1-9

 

 

Strisyer, M.P.

1-12

 

 

Wailey, Lorin

1-4

 

 

Whitney, A.N.

1-1; 1-2; 1-3; 1-9

 

 

Willey, Geo. (U.S. District Attorney, Cleveland, O)

1-11; 1-18

 

 

Windus, William

1-8

 

 

Young, [M.T.]

1-8