Thomas Kemper Fink Collection, c. 1800-1929 (not inclusive)
Sullivan County Manuscript Collection 0022
Archives and History Division
Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
3425 Highway 126, Suite 100
Blountville, Tennessee 37617
Thomas Kemper Fink Collection, c. 1800-1929 (not inclusive).
Sullivan County Manuscript Collection 0022.
Material in English.
Archives and History Division, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, Blountville, Tennessee.
The collection was donated by Thomas Kemper Finks to the Archives and History Division, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism in August 2006.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.
Shelia Steele Hunt processed the collection and developed the finding aid in August 2006.
ACCESS AND RESTRICTIONS
There are no restrictions on use of this manuscript collection for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the individual user to ascertain copyright restrictions, obtain permissions and to prepare proper citation and credit statements. The researcher assumes all legal responsibility for observing laws of copyright and common law literary rights.
This collection should be cited as:
Thomas Kemper Fink Collection. MSS 0022, Archives and History Division, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, Blountville, Tennessee.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Thomas Kemper Fink Collection contains two account books and 49 folders of miscellaneous items inherited by Thomas Kemper Finks from his parents and grandparents.
Foldered items include photos of Abraham McClellan; house built by Jacob Thomas I at the Thomas Bridge Community near Bluff City, Sullivan County, Tennessee; Thomas Bridge circa 1897 (shown as a covered bridge); original “Mount Tucker” in Sullivan County, Tennessee; and photo of the tombstone of George McClellan. The newsclippings include obituaries of Adaline Anderson McClellan; Col. George R. McClellan (1816-1904); Mrs. Mary Powell Thomas (widow of Jacob); Jacob Thomas II; Miss Belle McClellan; handwritten obituary dated 1859 for Nannie McClellan. The collection includes article on the survey disputes of the state line in Bristol, TN-VA; article on burial of Gen. George Rutledge; article on DAR marker for Gen. George Rutledge of Blountville; article on anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Thomas; history of “Mount Tucker”, declaration of pension fro George R. McClellan; letter dated 1893 from George R. McClellan to Commissioner of Pensions; deed dated 1850 from Jacob K. Snapp to George R. McClellan; deed dated 1852 from George R. McClellan to Robert Fickle; deed dated 1908 from Jacob and Mary Thomas to H. G. Peters; deed dated 1850 from Abraham McClellan to George R. McClellan; Collector of Internal Revenue Certificate for George R. McClellan; information regarding the history of General George Rutledge, his children and grandchildren; magazine article on the Rutledge family from “The Lookout”; biographical sketches of Edward Rutledge (born 1749) and his brother, John Rutledge (born 1739); daybook from 1850s to 1860s; 22 pieces of Confederate money.
The collection also includes: letter dated 1893 from George R. McClellan to Commissioner of Pensions; newspaper article re James W. Shirk, 103-yr old veteran of Mexican War; letter dated 1848 from George R. McClellan to his wife; letter dated 1886 from Isham G. Harris to George R. McClellan; letter dated 1855 from J. D. Rhea to David McClellan; letter dated 1887 from Alice F. Welch of Piney Flats; letter dated 1902 from Joseph L. Mynatt to Col. John R. McClellan; letter dated 1902 from Joseph L. Mynatt to George R. McClellan; letter dated 1891 from L. M. Allen to J. G. McClellan; letter dated 1862 from George R. McClellan to Brig. Gen. Franklin Gardner; letter dated 1873 from George R. McClellan to unknown person; letter from Adaline Anderson McClellan (1825-1901) to her parents; letter dated 1873 authored by George R. McClellan; book of letters re death of Hortense “Mollie” McClellan.
Two 1850s-1860s account books are included, and both have miscellaneous newspaper articles pasted within them.
Bluff City (Tenn.)
Lee, Robert E.
Madison County (Va.)
1. Portrait of Robert E. Lee, small framed photograph.
2. Portrait of Robert E. Lee, framed photograph, 14" x 16", no. 5 of 6 copies made. Warren Woodrow Fleenor (step-son of Thomas Kemper Finks) wrote the following: "This early picture of General Robert E. Lee was a gift from Mary Hale Kingswell of Washington, D.C. to Thomas Kemper Finks, her cousin. It came from the home of David Dixon Porter, half-brother to David G. Farragut, the second man in the history of the Navy to receive the title and rank of Admiral. This photograph was number five of six copies of this photograph made."
3. Book, Speaking of Accidents, by Nat. T. Dulaney.
4. Book, The Practical Guide to Health, by Frederick M. Rossiter.
5. Book, An Abridgment of Ainsworth's Dictionary, English and Latin, by Thomas Morell (flyleaf written 1873).
6. Book, The Holy Bible, published by American Bible Society 1844, contains family records of McClellan and Thomas families of Sullivan Co., TN.
7. Photo of Abraham McClellan (1789-1866).
8. Obituary of Adaline Anderson McClellan (1825-1901).
9. Obituary of Col. George R. McClellan (1816-1904).
10. Newspaper article entitled, "Story of Three Trees in State Line Dispute", re Bristol, TN-VA.
11. Newspaper article (dated 1928) entitled, "Gen. George Rutledge of Revolutionary Fame is Buried at Blountville".
12. Newspaper article (undated) re D.A.R. cemetery marker for General George Rutledge (died 1813).
13. Newspaper article (1928) re anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Thomas at "Mount Tucker".
14. Copy of obituary of Mrs. Mary Powell [McClellan]Thomas (died 1929), widow of Jacob Thomas.
15. Obituary (dated 1925) of Jacob Thomas (1849-1925).
16. Obituary (undated) of Miss Belle McClellan (sister of Dr. J.G. and Samuel McClellan).
17. Photo of house built by Jacob Thomas I at Thomas Bridge community (near Bluff City), Sullivan Co., TN.
18. Photo of Thomas Bridge (covered bridge), near Bluff City, Sullivan Co., TN, c. 1897.
19. Two (2) photos (undated) of the original "Mount Tucker", Sullivan Co., TN.
20. History of "Mount Tucker", Sullivan Co., TN.
21. Newspaper article re death of Col. George R. McClellan (1816-1904).
22. Photo of tombstone of George R. McClellan (1816-1904), undated.
23. Letter (dated 1893) from George R. McClellan to Commissoner of Pensions; certificate dated 1903.
24. Copy of declaration of Survivor for Pension (Mexican War), George R. McClellan (1816-1904).
25. Magazine article (undated) re 103-year-old Mexican War Veteran, James W. Shirk.
26. Deed (dated 1850), Jacob K. Snapp to George R. McClellan.
27. Deed of Trust (dated 1852) for George R. McClellan.
28. Deed (dated 1908), Jacob and Mary Thomas to H. G. Peters.
29. National Association of Mexican War card, George R. McClellan.
30. Deed (dated 1850), Abraham McClellan to George R. McClellan.
31. Letter (dated 1848), George R. McClellan to his wife [Adaline Anderson McClellan].
32. Letter (undated), to "My Dear Sister", author unknown.
33. Letter (undated), to "My Dear Brother", author unknown.
34. Certificate (dated 1885) for Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue, for George R. McClellan.
35. Letter (dated 1886) from Isham G. Harris to George R. McClellan re McClellan's application for postal clerk.
36. Letter (dated 1855) from J. D. Rhea to David McClellan.
37. Letter (dated 1863), to "My Dear Daughter", authored "From your Mammy" [author unknown].
38. Letter (dated 1887), to "My Dear Friend", from Alice F. Welch, Piney Flats, TN.
39. Obituary (dated 1859), handwritten, re death of Nannie McClellan, dau. of George and Adaline McClellan.
40. Poem entitled, "Just Like His Dad".
41. Letter (dated 1901) from Joseph L. Mynatt to Col. John R. McClellan of Blountville.
42. Letter (dated 1922) from Joseph L. Mynatt to George R. McClellan.
43. Letter (dated 1891) from L. M. Allen to J. G. McClellan M.D. Of Blountville.
44. Letter (dated 24 Apr 1862) from George R. McClellan to Brig. Gen. Franklin Gardner.
45. Letter (dated 15 Apr 1862) from George R. McClellan to Brig. Gen Franklin Gardner.
46. Letter (dated 1873) from George R. McClellan at Mount Tucker to unknown person.
47. Letter (undated) from Adaline McClellan to her father.
48. Letter (dated 1873) from Adaline Anderson McClellan to her father.
49. History of General George Rutledge, His Children and Grandchildren"; Thomas Finks' application First Families.
50. Magazine article (dated 1928) entitled, "Notable Southern Families: The Rutledge Family".
51. Biographical sketches (undated) of John Rutledge (born 1739) and his brother, Edward Rutledge (born 1749).
52. Old booklet of letters sewn together; letters are regarding the death of Hortense "Mollie" McClellan.
53. Old daybook from 1850s to 1860s.
54. Confederate paper money [22 pieces].
55. Letter dated 1903 from George R. McClellan of Blountville, TN to W. R. McClellan of Stephensville, Texas.
56. Old account book dated 1840s to 1850s, 6" wide x 7.75" tall, and less than 3/4" thick; also has some newspaper articles of political nature pasted inside.
57. Old account book dated 1840s to 1850s, 6.5" wide x 7.75" tall, and approx. 1.25" thick, with miscellaneous newspaper articles pasted in from early 1800s.
58. Remembrance card for Col. George R. McClellan (1816-2004).
59. Document: Newspaper article (copy), Chairman Report of the County Court of Sullivan County, 1876.
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