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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

James Campbell Wilkins Papers, 1801-1852



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wilkins, James Campbell, 1786-1849
Title: James Campbell Wilkins papers
Dates: 1801-1852
Abstract: James Campbell Wilkins (1790? - 1849) was a Natchez, Mississippi cotton planter, merchant, cotton factor, financier, and banker. The collection includes correspondence, financial records, and legal documents that relate to the lives and careers of Wilkins, his family, and his business associates
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00050
Extent: 3.75 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Natchez, Mississippi, cotton planter, merchant, cotton factor, financier, and banker. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before 1790, he came to Adams County around 1805. He participated in the Battle of New Orleans, the last general assembly of the Mississippi Territory, and the constitutional convention for the new state. Between 1828 and 1835 he attempted an unsuccessful political career. He was associated prominently with four banks at Natchez (1824-1840), but lost most of his fortune in 1841 and died at Lexington, Kentucky, in 1849.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, Financial records, and legal documents relate to the lives and careers of Wilkins, his family, and business associates and concern the cotton trade; business of commission merchants in Natchez, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana; plantation life and economy; slavery; and the planter elite of the Natchez and Adams County area.

Included is material concerning James Campbell Wilkins's uncle, Charles Wilkins, Lexington, Kentucky, merchant and provisioner of the U. S. Army's work on the Natchez Trace road (1801-1807); James Campbell Wilkins's work as a commission merchant in Natchez; his partnership (1816-1834) with John Linton in New Orleans; his business as a planter; activities of individuals and families, including George Adams, Adam Lewis Bingaman, Stephen Duncan, Levin R. Marshall, and the Minor family; and the 1836 sale and transportation to the South of a group of 50 slaves.

Forms Part of Natchez Trace Collection.

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Organization

Organized into ten series.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically under name or subject.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Duncan, Stephen, 1787-1867
Linton, John, -1834
Marshall, Levin R., 1800-
Family Names
Adams (Family)
Butler (Family)
Minor (Family)
Wilkins (Family : Wilkins, James Campbell)
Corporate Names
United States. Army
Wilkins and Linton Company (Natchez, Miss., and New Orleans, La.)
Subjects
Banks and banking
Commerce
Commission merchants
Cotton
Depressions
Military supplies
Plantations
Places
Louisiana
Mississippi
Natchez
Natchez Trace
New Orleans
United States

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Campbell Wilkins Papers, Natchez Trace Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Legal documents related to debt
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2E546 [SRH1230006642] 1816-1846
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1828
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2E546 [SRH1230006642] Politics and elections, 1829-1835, undated
Banking, 1820-1838
Planters and business enterprises of Natchez and Adams County area
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2E546 [SRH1230006642] George Adams Family, 1830-1843, undated
Adam Bingaman Family, 1813-1815, 1824-1838, undated
Robert H. Bowmar Family
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] 1829-1834
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1828-1833
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] John L. Buck, 1819
Thomas B. Butler Family, 1814-1831
Stephen Duncan Family, 1828-1841, undated
Richard G. Ellis, 1827-1829
Robert Field
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] 1828-1832, undated
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1831-1832
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] James and Charles B. Green Family, 1819-1831
Thomas Hinds, 1814-1831
Abraham Kinsey, 1829
Levin R. Marshall
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] 1830-1842
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1833
Stephen and John Minor Family
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] 1816-1852, undated
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1829-1839
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2E547 [SRH1230006603] S. J. Noble, 1829
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2E548 [SRH1230006613] George Poindexter and William Burns, secretary, 1819-1834, 1846
James Railey, 1826-1829
R. C. and John H. Randolph Family, 1826-1829, 1840-1843, undated
John P. Smith, 1827-1829
Parke Walton, 1827-1829
James C. Williams, 1816-1819, 1828-1830
Miscellaneous planters and businesses
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2E548 [SRH1230006613] 1810-1844, undated
Wilkins family
Charles Wilkins, provisioner of U. S. troops building Natchez Trace
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2E540 [SRH1230006631] 1801-1807
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2.325/V32 [SRH1230002550] (oversize), 1801-1803
Miscellaneous Wilkins materials
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2E540 [SRH1230006631] 1801-1833, undated
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2.325/V32 [SRH1230002550] (oversize), 1801-1823, undated
James C. Wilkins and Company
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2E540 [SRH1230006631] 1813-1834
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OD1223b (oversize), 1825-1826
Wilkins and Linton Company
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2E541 [SRH1230006641] 1816-October 1817
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2E542 [SRH1230006602] November 1817-December 15, 1824
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2E543 [SRH1230006612] December 18, 1824-June 1827
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2.325/V32 [SRH1230002550] (oversize), 1825-1827
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OD1223b (oversize), 1825-1826
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2E544 [SRH1230006622] July 1827-1833
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2.325/V32 [SRH1230002550] (oversize), 1827-1830
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2E545 [SRH1230006632] 1834, undated
James Campbell Wilkins personal
General
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2E541 [SRH1230006641] 1813-1849, undated
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1835-1843, undated
Coles Creek Plantation, with Thomas Hall
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2E545 [SRH1230006632] 1824-1846, undated
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1836
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2E546 [SRH1230006642] Presleigh, Ridge, Point Look Out, and Funnagusha Plantations, 1828-1843, undated
Real estate and land
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2E546 [SRH1230006642] 1811-1845, undated
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1819-1824, 1836-1839
(oversize), 1837
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2E548 [SRH1230006613] British cotton dealers, 1824-1843
J. S. Skinner, port master, Baltimore, Maryland, 1836-1837, undated
Miscellaneous materials
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2E548 [SRH1230006613] 1819, 1829-1846, undated
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] (oversize), 1840, undated

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