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Guide to the Daniel Williams family papers

Summary Information

Mississippi State University Libraries
Daniel Williams family papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1870-1914
Date [inclusive]
0.66 Cubic feet : 2 ms. boxes, 1 SMO folder, 1 OS folder

Preferred Citation

Daniel Williams family papers, Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University Libraries.

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Biographical Information

Campbell “Cammie” Alexander Williams (1866-1940) and Mims Williams (1875-1939) were born in Dry Grove, Mississippi. Their parents were John Calvin Williams (1846-1878) and Virginia J. “Jennie” Banks (1848-1917), the daughter of Matthew Alexander Banks (1818-1886). Cammie became a cotton merchant in Dry Grove. Mims attended Millsaps College in the 1890s, working at the Davis-Ellis Co. in Magee during the summers he was a student; he later established himself in Magee, Mississippi. Among their cousins were Willie Hollingsworth, who worked in Chicago, and George H. Douglas, who practiced medicine in Morgan City, Louisiana. Cammie married Hattie Carmichael (1866-1935), the daughter of William Carmichael and a graduate of Whitworth Female College in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Their son, Daniel Williams, married Martha Hill, whose grandmother, Martha Louisa “Lulu” Starr, came from a family that lived in Georgia and South Carolina. The papers include an 1859 Canadian land grant certificate for a James Tighe; Tighe’s connection with the Williams family is not known.

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Scope and Contents

The Daniel Williams family papers document the history of the family from 1823 to1966. The papers consist of correspondence, Civil War tax documents, bills and account statements, contracts, newspaper clippings, genealogical material, essays, poetry, cards, and miscellany. The bulk of the materials is dated from 1870 to1914. Most of the correspondence in the collection consists of letters between the brothers, their friends, and other family members. The collection provides valuable insight into one family’s experience during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Mississippi, from the Civil War and a yellow fever epidemic to college life and politics.

Series 1 contains correspondence, including letters to and from M.A. Banks (1857-1872); letters from the Starr family (1860-1891); letters to Campbell Williams from Willie Hollingsworth (1879-1892), in Chicago, Illinois, with lengthy discussions of national politics; letters to Campbell Williams from his cousin, George H. Douglas (1880-1896), in Morgan City, Louisiana, mostly humorous in nature; letters to and school essays by Hattie Carmichael (1885-1894); letters from the Hill family in Punta Gorda, British Honduras (1889-1894); letters to Campbell Williams from his brother, Mims, attending Millsaps College (1891-1896), with references to a professor who left Ole Miss after being accused of homosexuality (1895); letters between Virginia Banks Williams, Mims Williams, and others regarding the will of Virginia’s cousin, Judge William Douglass, in Texas (1913-1914); and other assorted letters from friends and relatives.

Series 2 contains documents, including a postmaster certificate signed by President James Monroe (1823), a Canadian land grant certificate for James Tighe, Civil War-era tax documents, parole of William Carmichael at Vicksburg (1863), an annual report of the Mississippi State Blind Institute (1872), a notebook diary kept by John C. Williams during the yellow fever epidemic in Dry Grove (1878), an invitation to a ball in Dry Grove (1883), state senator certificate for W. D. Carmichael (1890s), a cure for horse colic (1893), memorabilia from Whitworth College in Brookhaven (1897 and undated), wedding invitations, sharecropping and tenant farming contracts (1894-1901), land deeds, tax receipts (1880s-1900s), supply lists, genealogy materials, newspaper clippings, poetry, holiday and greeting cards, church cards, and other items.

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Series 1. Correspondence, 1849-1936 and undated - Box 1; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 41

Series 2. Documents, 1823-1957 and undated - Box 2; Small Oversize Manuscripts Box 41; Oversize Manuscripts Box 13

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Mississippi State University Libraries 

P.O. Box 5408
Mississippi State, MS, 39762

Publication date: April 2008

Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Daniel Williams and Martha Hill Williams, 1958-1970.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Confederate States of America. Army. Mississippi Cavalry.
  • Farmers' Alliance (Miss.).
  • State Blind Institute (Jackson, Miss.).
  • Whitworth Female College (Brookhaven, Miss.).

Family Name(s)

  • Williams family.


  • Bills of sale--United States--Forms.
  • Diaries.
  • Wills.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bailey, Joseph W. , (Joseph Weldon), 1863-1929.
  • Banks, Matthew Alexander, 1818-1886.
  • Barksdale, E. , (Ethelbert), 1824-1893.
  • Carmichael, William Daniel, 1836-1918.
  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
  • Douglas, George H.
  • Foster, Murphy J., (Murphy James), 1849-1921.
  • Galloway, Charles B., (Charles Betts), 1849-1909.
  • Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901.
  • Harrison, Pat, 1881-1941.
  • Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841.
  • Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893.
  • Hill, David B., (David Bennett), 1843-1910.
  • Hollingsworth, William H.
  • Maxwell, Thomas S.
  • McLaurin, Anselm Joseph, 1848-1909.
  • Monroe, James, 1758-1831.
  • Rowland, Dunbar, 1864-1937.
  • Stevenson, Adlai E., (Adlai Ewing), 1835-1914.
  • Taylor, Robert L., (Robert Love), 1850-1912.
  • Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850.
  • Tilden, Samuel J., (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886.
  • Voorhees, Daniels W., (Daniel Wolsey), 1827-1897.
  • Wanamaker, John, 1838-1922.
  • Weaver, James B., (James Baird), 1833-1912.
  • Willard, Frances E., (Frances Elizabeth), 1839-1898.
  • Williams, Campbell Alexander, 1866-1940.
  • Williams, Hattie Carmichael, 1866-1935.
  • Williams, John Calvin, 1846-1878.
  • Williams, Mims, 1875-1939.
  • Williams, Virginia Banks, 1848-1917.


  • African Americans--Mississippi--Social conditions--19th century.
  • Agriculture--Mississippi--History.
  • Banks and banking--Mississippi--History.
  • Blind--Education--History--19th century.
  • Business--Mississippi--History.
  • College students--Mississippi--History.
  • Cotton.
  • Education--Mississippi--History.
  • Farm tenancy--Mississippi--History.
  • Homosexuality--Mississippi--History.
  • Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions--History.
  • Poetry.
  • Postmasters--Mississippi.
  • Sharecropping--Mississippi.
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.--American--Women authors.
  • Taxation--Confederate States of America.
  • Taxation--Law and legislation.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Universities and colleges--Mississippi.
  • Women--Education--Mississippi.
  • Yellow fever--Mississippi.

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Collection Inventory

Series 1. Correspondence, 1849-1936 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 1. M.A. Banks, 1857-1872. 

 SMO 41. Letter from George Swann, 1849. 

 Box 1. Folder 2. Starr family, 1860-1891. 

 Box 1. Folder 3. Willie Hollingsworth to Campbell Williams, 1879-1892. 

 Box 1. Folder 4. George H. Douglas to Campbell Williams, 1880-1896. 

 Box 1. Folder 5. Letters to Campbell Williams, 1882-1903 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 6. Letters to and school essays by Hattie Carmichael, 1885-1894 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 7. Hill family, Honduras, 1889-1894 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 8. Mims Williams, Millsaps, to Campbell Williams, 1891-1896. 

 Box 1. Folder 9. Mims Williams to Virginia Williams, 1900-1914. 

 Box 1. Folder 10. Regarding will of William Douglass, 1911-1914 and undated. 

 SMO 41. Copy of Douglass will, 1911. 

 Box 1. Folder 11. Letters between Campbell Williams and Mims Williams, 1913-1919. 

 Box 1. Folder 12. Letters between Mims Williams and Mote Williams, 1913. 

 Box 1. Folder 13. Mims Williams, 1928-1936 and undated. 

 Box 1. Folder 14. Miscellaneous, 1874-1913 and undated. 

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Series 2. Various documents, 1823-1957 and undated. 

 SMO 41. Certificate signed by James Monroe, 1823. 

 SMO 41. Canadian land grant for James Tighe, 1859. 

 SMO 41. Tax on naval stores (2), 1863-1864. 

 SMO 41. Articles of taxation, 1863. 

 OS 13. Facsimile of secession ordinance, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 16. Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878. 

 Box 2. Folder 17. Tax receipts, 1887-1906. 

 Box 2. Folder 18. Bills and account statements, 1874-1896. 

 SMO 41. McClelland bill, 1886. 

 SMO 41. Davis-Ellis Company bills (4), 1893-1894. 

 Box 2. Folder 19. Sharecropper and tenant contracts, 1894-1901. 

 Box 2. Folder 20. Poetry, 1846-1895 and undated. 

 SMO 41. Untitled poem, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 21. Newspaper clippings, 1862-1894 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 22. Calling cards, holiday cards, church cards, 1881-1892 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 23. Genealogical materials, undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 24. Miscellaneous, 1871-1883 and undated. 

 Box 2. Folder 25. Miscellaneous, 1890-1897 and undated. 

 SMO 41. Postmaster certificate, 1890. 

 SMO 41. State senator certificate, 1891. 

 Box 2. Folder 26. Miscellaneous, 1900-1957 and undated. 

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