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MILES TERRELL AND FAMILY PAPERS
Mss. 843
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
Miles Terrell and Family Papers
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 843
1859-1929
Summary
317 items.
Size
Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, New Mexico.
Geographic Locations
1859-1929.
Inclusive Dates
English.
Languages
Financial papers, personal correspondence, legal
Summary
documents and printed material of the Miles Terrell
family of Rapides Parish, La.
No restrictions on access.
Access Restrictions
Physical rights and copyright are retained by the LSU
Copyright
Libraries.
Miles Terrell and Family Papers, Mss. 843, Louisiana
Citation
and  Lower  Mississippi  Valley  Collections,  LSU
Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
B:25
Stack Location
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Miles Terrell and Family Papers
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 843
1859-1929
Biographical/Historical Note
Miles Terrell (d. 1879) was a free African American planter of Rapides Parish, La.
He married Sarah Metoyer, a free woman of color and the daughter of Joseph J.
Metoyer. Their children included Frank, Gloucester (b. 1872), Marion (b. 1875),
Effie and Amos.
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Miles Terrell and Family Papers
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 843
1859-1929
Scope and Content Note
Financial papers compose most of the early papers (1859-1891) and personal
correspondence comprises a large portion of the later papers (1892-1929,
undated)
Financial papers include promissory notes, bills, receipts for
merchandise, receipts for loan payments, tax receipts and accounts for
merchandise. Collection also contains legal documents and printed material.
Early papers (1859-1879) are those of Miles Terrell and include a petition
submitted by Terrell's creditors to the 13th District Court of Rapides Parish for
nonpayment of debt (Oct. 15, 1860) and subpoenas issued by the Clerk of Court
concerning his failure to pay judgments ordered by the court (Oct. 20, 1860; Jan.
27, 1875).  Papers also contain a letter fragment concerning the seizure of
property (Oct. 6, 1873) and voter registration certificates (Oct. 13, 17, 1868; Oct.
3, 1870; Sept. 14, 1874).
Papers after 1880 are those of Sarah Terrell, and they consist of financial
papers, correspondence and printed material. Personal correspondence from
family members begins in 1892 and continues through the remainder of the
collection.  Letters discuss family activities, farming and the health of family
members and friends. In 1894, Frank Terrell was indicted for murder. During that
period, his letters concern his legal and financial problems. A letter to John
Blackwell of Rapides Parish discusses Frank's bail; it also reports that both Frank
and his wife have been jailed (May 4, 1894). Sarah's father, Joseph Metoyer,
comments on the occurrence of smallpox in Henryville and Provencal, La. (March
22, 1896). Her sister, Agnes, mentions picking cotton (Aug. 8, 1905). Josephine
Morgan describes the landscape surrounding her home near Mobile, Ala. Her
widowed son-in-law writes from New Mexico about the benefits of traveling (Sept,
22, 1922) and a partial letter comments on unmarried young adults (undated).
Correspondence from federal and state land offices relate to the availability of
public land in Section 18 in T. 3. N. R. 4. W. N. W. District of Louisiana (Aug. 11,
Sept. 19, 1899). Correspondence also includes references to malaria (Aug. 23,
1906), measles (March 24, 1907), and a child's death caused by worms (July 5,
1908).  Additionally, a land conveyance relates to land purchased by Sarah
Terrell (March 21, 1901).  Advertisement booklets and flyers for medical
remedies comprise the printed material. Booklets are entitled: Dr. Granger's
health guide: a Plain and Practical Statement... (1899) and Yankee Eating (ca.
1899).
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Miles Terrell and Family Papers
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 843
1859-1929
Index Terms
Terms
Dates
African Americans--History--19th century.
1859-1899.
African Americans--History--20th century.
1900-1929.
Free African Americans--Louisiana.
1859-1865.
Helminths--Louisiana.
Correspondence, July 5, 1908.
Louisiana--Social life and customs.
1892-1929.
Malaria--Louisiana.
Correspondence, Aug. 23, 1906.
Measles--Louisiana.
Correspondence, March 24, 1907.
Metoyer, Joseph J.
Correspondence, March 22, 1896.
Mobile (Ala.)--Description and travel--19th  Correspondence, undated.
century.
Murder--Texas.
Correspondence, 1894.
Public lands--Louisiana.
Correspondence, Aug. 11, Sept. 19,
1899.
Rapides Parish (La.)--History.
1859-1899.
Small pox--Louisiana.
Letter, March 22, 1896.
Taxes--Louisiana--Rapides Parish.
1869-1916
Terrell family.
1892-1929.
Terrell, Frank.
Correspondence, 1892-1909.
Terrell, Miles.
1859-1879.
Terrell, Sarah Metoyer.
1879-1929.
Voter
registration--Louisiana--Rapides Certificates, Oct. 13, 17, 1968; Oct. 3,
Parish.
1870; Sept. 14, 1874.
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Miles Terrell and Family Papers
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, LSU LIBRARIES
Mss. 843
1859-1929
CONTAINER LIST
Stack Location
Box
Folders
Contents
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1-15
1859-1899.
B:25
2
16-28
1900-1929, undated.
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