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MF 5735, Series B, Reel 18

Joseph B. Stratton Papers

(Mss. 464, 1329)

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

Collection Description(s)

5-7

Index Terms

8

Container List

9

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Summary

Size.

20 items and 56 manuscript volumes

Geographic locations.

Natchez, Mississippi; Louisiana; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania

Inclusive dates.

1746-1916

Bulk dates.

1843-1903

Language.

English

Summary.

Diaries and papers of a Presbyterian minister concerning his activities during the ante-bellum period and his work as a minister.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

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

Related collections.

N/A

Copyright.

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

Citation.

Joseph B. Stratton Papers, Mss. 464, 1329, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

A:53-54; B:69; OS:S

Also available on:

Microfilm 5735, Series B, reel 18; includes only Diaries 24-28 and 1865 Sermon.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Buck Stratton, a native of Bridgeton, New Jersey, was born on December 24, 1815, to Hannah Buck Stratton (d. 1854) and Nathan Leake Stratton (d. 1862), the founder of a prominent mercantile house in Bridgeton, N.J. He graduated from Princeton in 1833 and was admitted to the bar in 1837. He practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, until 1840. In that year, he abandoned his legal practice and entered the Theological Seminary at Princeton. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Mississippi and installed as the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Natchez, Miss., in 1843. Stratton received an honorary doctor of Divinity from his alma mater in 1856. He served as pastor of the Natchez church until his retirement in 1894. He died in Natchez in 1903.

Joseph Stratton was married to Mary Vannuxen Stratton (1819-1848), a native of Pennsylvania, in 1844. They had two children, Sidney Vannuxen and Mary (d. 1863). He was married again on November 16, 1852 to Caroline Matilda Williams Stratton, a native of Adams County, Mississippi. They had one child, Joseph Buck Stratton, Jr. (1853-1888).

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Joseph B. Stratton are primarily comprised of his diaries (1843-1903). They record pastoral duties such as prayer meetings, services conducted, baptisms, weddings, funerals, and visitations. He also describes his travels, the Civil War, and the yellow fever epidemics of 1853, 1855, 1858, and 1871. The sermons (1835-1871) are handwritten manuscripts, one entitled Fourth of July Oration (1835) and the rest from various scriptures. Printed materials (1869-1893) include transcriptions of sermons, printed speeches by Stratton (1875), a pastoral letter (1886), a discourse by Stratton with a biographical sketch of the Natchez Presbyterian Church, a railroad map of the Gulf Coast (1916), and a typed bound transcript of his diaries (1843-1903). The legal documents are comprised of land deeds (1746-1789) from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, a printed obligation for the sum of 200 pounds (1797), a certificate of ordination (1854), and a certificate from the Concordia Parish, Louisiana Clerk of Court authorizing Stratton to officiate marriage ceremonies in that parish (1856). Correspondence (1856-1895) consists of family letters, such as two letters from Joseph Stratton to his daughter Mary while on his travels, Mrs. Stratton writing of their time in England, and a birth announcement of Kathrine Cannon. The graphic materials include a scrapbook containing family genealogies and histories, photographs, newspaper clippings, and drawings. Also included in graphic material is a photograph of the interior of the Natchez Presbyterian Church (1893) and architectural drawings.

Collection Description

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Description

A:53

1

1

Diary 1; December 31, 1843: describing ordination

Diary 2; November 15, 1847 – October 29, 1848

Diary 3; October 30, 1848 – January 1, 1849

Diary 4; February 1, 1849 – May 7, 1849

A:53

1

2

Diary 5; May 8, 1849 – July 13, 1849

Diary 6; July 14, 1849 – September 25, 1849

Diary 7; September 26, 1849 – December 23, 1849

Diary 8; December 23, 1849 – February 17, 1850

A:53

1

3

Diary 9; February 17, 1850 – May 4, 1850

Diary 10; May 5, 1850 – October 17, 1850

Diary 11; October 17, 1850 – January 14, 1851

Diary 12; January 14, 1851 – April 13, 1851

A:53

1

4

Diary 13; April 13, 1851 – July 29, 1851

Diary 14; July 29, 1851 – April 10, 1852

Diary 15; April 10, 1852 – August 1, 1852

Diary 16; August 1, 1852 – February 24, 1853

A:53

1

5

Diary 17; February 25, 1853 – November 22, 1853

Diary 18; November 22, 1853 – May 1, 1854

Diary 19; May 1, 1854 – September 23, 1855

Diary 20; September 23, 1855 – July 6, 1856

A:53

1

6

Diary 21; July 6, 1856 – May 17, 1857

Diary 22; May 17, 1857 – February 3, 1858

Diary 23; February 3, 1858 – March 18, 1860

Diary 24; March 18, 1860 – September 23, 1861

A:53

2

1

Diary 25; September 23, 1861 – September 10, 1862

Diary 26; September 10, 1862 – August 12, 1863

Diary 27; August 12, 1863 – April 19, 1865

Diary 28; April 19, 1865 – September 5, 1866

A:53

2

2

Diary 29; September 5, 1866 – May 19, 1867

Diary 30; May 19, 1867 – June 18, 1869

Diary 31; June 18, 1869 – December 1, 1870

Diary 32; December 1, 1870 – November 12, 1871

A:53

2

3

Diary 33; November 12, 1871 – August 3, 1873

Diary 34; August 3, 1873 – September 30, 1875

Diary 35; September 30, 1875 – February 25, 1877

Diary 36; February 28, 1877 – September 15, 1878

A:53

2

4

Diary 37; September 15, 1878 – April 26, 1880

Diary 38; April 26, 1880 – October 7, 1882

Diary 39; October 7, 1882 – June 29, 1885

Diary 40; June 29, 1885 – June 23, 1886

A:53

2

5

Diary 41; June 23, 1886 – April 20, 1890

A:53

2

6

Diary 42; April 20, 1890 – February 1, 1894

A:53

2

7

Diary 43; February 2, 1894 – February 18, 1899

A:53

2

8

Diary 44; February 18, 1899 – August 13, 1899

Diary 45; August 13, 1899 – October 31, 1902

A:53

3

1

Diary 46; October 26, 1902 – October 1903

A:53

3

2

1835 Sermon; “Fourth of July Oration” given in New Jersey

A:53

3

3

1846 Sermon; “Secret Prayer”

A:53

3

4

1864 Sermon; “Solomon's Temple”

A:53

3

5

1865 Sermon; “The bed too short and the cover too narrow”

A:53

3

6

1870 Sermon; “Andronicus & Junias”

A:53

3

7

1871 Sermon; “Know, Sow, Seek, Go”

A:53

3

8

1869 Printed Material; “Memorial of a Quarter-Century's Pastorate”

A:53

3

9

1869-1894 Printed Material; “Anniversary Sermons”

A:53

3

10

1875 Printed Material; “Address of the Rev. Jos. B. Stratton, D.D., Delivered July 23, 1875, before the trustees, professors, and students of Jefferson College, Washington, Adams County, Mississippi”

A:53

3

11

1886 Printed Material; “Pastoral Letter and Prayer-Meeting Topics”

A:53

3

12

1893 Printed Material; “Semi-Centennial Discourse Delivered by Rev. Jos. B. Stratton, D.D., Pastor December 31, 1893 in the Presbyterian Church, Natchez, Miss. with Biographical Sketch of the Natchez Church and Letter from Dr. Palmer”

A:53

3

13

1839-1895 Correspondence; letters from Stratton to his daughter Mary from Berlin and Cincinnati; letter from Mrs. Stratton from York; birth announcement of Kathrine Cannon April 20, 1895

A:53

3

14

1893 Photo; Church altar

A:54

4

Printed Materials: Diary 1843-1865

A:54

4

Printed Materials: Diary 1866-1903

B:69

5

Scrapbook

B:69

6

Scrapbook Cover

OS:S

1

Legal documents 1797-1856; printed obligation for the sum of 200 pounds (1797), certificate of ordination as Minister of the Presbytery of Mississippi (1854), certificate from Concordia Parish Clerk of Court authorizing Stratton to officiate marriage ceremonies in that parish (1856)

OS:S

2

Legal documents 1746-1789; land deeds from New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania

OS:S

3

Architectural drawings, undated

OS:S

4

Railroad map of the Gulf Coast 1916

Index Terms

Clergymen – Mississippi, 19th century

Diaries

Maps

Natchez (Miss.) – History Civil War, 1861-1865

Natchez (Miss.) – History 19th century

Natchez (Miss.) – Social life and customs

Natchez Presbyterian Church (Natchez, Mississippi)

Presbyterians – Mississippi

Sermons

Stratton, Joseph B., 1815-1903

Container List

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

A:53

1

1-6

Diaries (1843-1861)

2

1-8

Diaries (1861-1902)

3

1

Diary (1902-1903)

2-7

Sermons (1835-1871)

8-12

Printed Materials (1869-1893)

13

Correspondence (1839-1895)

14

Photograph of Church (1893)

A:54

4

--

Printed Materials (1843-1903)

B:69

5

--

Scrapbook

6

--

Scrapbook cover

OS:S

--

1

Legal Documents (1797-1856)

2

Legal Documents [land deeds] (1746-1789)

3

Architectural Drawings

4

Railroad Map of the Gulf Coast (1916)