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Lavender Family Paper

 Unprocessed Collection
Identifier: AM98-72

Form of Material

Documents relating to the G.C. Lavender and J.L. Parker families of Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.

1. Receipts.

2. Voter registration certificate.

3. Poll tax and propert tax receipts.

4. Certificate of membership in Sons of Temperance.

5. Newspaper clippings.

6. Bill of sale for cotton.

7. Autograph album.

8. Photographs.

9. Correspondence.

10. Oath of Allegiance to the Union following the Civil War.


  • Creation: circa 1853-1982

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

Mrs. Virginia Lavender of Memphis, Tennessee has donated to the USM Archives Lavender family papers which document life in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi from 1853 to 1982.

One of the items in the collection is a bill of sale issued by Menken Brothers, Importers and Dealers in Dry Goods, Etc. of Memphis, dated 1872. The bill shows that J.L. Parker on the maternal side of the Lavender family paid a grand total of $46.95 for merchandise. For this sum, Mr. Parker acquired one trunk, 4 pairs of children's shoes, a pair of bachelor's boots, 246 yards of various kinds of fabric, and a pair of cloth gaiters or leg coverings which reached from the ankle to the knee.

The Lavender Family Papers include an autograph album, tax receipts, bills of sale, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

Mrs. Lavender is the mother of Ms. Kay Wall, former Director of Public Services for the USM Libraries.


.20 Cubic Feet : 302A.B15.N5

Language of Materials



Donated by Mrs. Virginia Lavender.

Lavender Family Paper
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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