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Thomas (Isaac) Family Papers

(Mss. 4634)

Inventory

Biographical/Historical Note

Isaac Thomas (1774-1859) was active as a politician, lawyer and planter. He moved from Tennessee to Alexandria, Louisiana in 1819 where he operated a steam boat, a sawmill and ran a plantation. He was a large land_ and slaveowner, and was reputedly the first planter to introduce sugar cultivation to central Louisiana. He was a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate (1823-27). His first wife was Jane Bullard (d. ca. 1833); he then married Emmeline Flint, with whose family he was in business.

Scope and Content Note

The papers relate to the business and legal career of Isaac Thomas. Several papers document the history of land ownership in Rapides and Catahoula Parishes, La. Letters and legal papers document the practice of law in Louisiana.

Series Descriptions/ Container List

  • Financial Papers, 1818_38 (2 folders).

  • Papers of note relate to the estate of Abner Harrison concerning medical and death expenses (1825-27) and receipts for Messrs E.H. Flint & Co. of Alexandria, a business partner with Isaac Thomas, mostly for goods bought from Walton, Walker & Co., a business in New Orleans (1830-38).
     

  • Correspondence, 1828-51 (5 folders).

  • Correspondence is in English and French and largely concerns legal and financial business. It includes several letters from Susan F. Dunlap of Vicksburg, executrix of the estate of H.W. Dunlap, relating to the settlement of her husband's estate, the sale of a slave and the transplanting of roses sent to Thomas's wife (1849_50, n.d.), and a letter concerning a judgement on the administration of the estate of Levi Martin (see below, Legal Papers). Family correspondence consists of a letter from Andrew J. Isacks, Thomas's nephew, whom he was financing through college at Canonsburg, Pennsylvania (August, 1841), a letter from Thomas's brother-in-law, Micah P. Flint, concerning land bought in Monroe, La. (April 6, 1936) and a letter from Thomas's daughter, Jane Bullard Thomas, asking permission to spend a year in the North to continue her education (n.d.). A letter from A. Binge details the cuttings of seventeen varieties of grape shipped to Thomas (March 8, 1843).
     

  • Legal Papers, 1802_51 (4 folders).

  • Papers are in French and English. Several papers relate to claims, deeds and sales for land in Rapides and Catahoula Parishes, Louisiana, presumably bought up by Isaac Thomas (1808-24). A letter of 1823 relates to the estate of Abner Harrison. Transcripts of court records document the administration of the estate of Levi Martin (1822-28). There are also lists of court cases (1830-31).
     

  • Memoranda, Tract Society Minutes, n.d. (1 folder).

  • Materials include minutes of a meeting held in Alexandria to set up a local division of the American Tract Society.

Index Terms
Thomas, Isaac, 1774-1859
Harrison, Abner, d. 1826
Dunlap, Susan F.
E.H. Flint & Co.
Walter, Walker & Co.
Alexandria (La.)
Catahoula Parish (La.)
Rapides Parish (La.)
American Tract Society
Practice of law__Louisiana
Land grants -- Louisiana