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The Furman Family Papers
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Title: The Furman Family Papers
Creator: The Furman Family
Biography: includes image
Provenance: The Furman Family Papers were donated by Mrs. Walter J. Herbert on December 7, 1959. The collection had been collected and preserved by Ann Eliza Furman (1812-1899).
Extent: 12.75 linear ft. (24 boxes), 1 map case folder
Date Range: 1769-1962
Languages: English
Restrictions: None
Abstract:The Furman Family Papers consist mainly of personal correspondence of Richard Furman’s family and descendants from 1782 to 1960. There are letters about the passing of family members, including Richard and James C. Furman, as well as accounts of the Civil War and events immediately following the war. The professional correspondence, personal correspondence, addresses, sermons, and other material of Richard Furman and James C. Furman are in separate collections.

Included in the Furman Family Papers are writings, such as addresses, diaries, essays, poetry, prose and other writings. The sketchbook of John Gano Furman is also included. Accounts, receipts, legal documents, remedies, and recipes are part of this collection, as well as biographical manuscripts on Gabriel Furman, Josiah Furman, Richard Furman, III, Samuel Furman, and Wood Furman. The author is not known for all of these manuscripts.

There is genealogical information from Bible records, charts, manuscripts, newspaper articles, documents, photographs, and papers on residences. Papers from the Mexican War are also included. A box of miscellaneous items contains architectural drawings, cloth articles, paper materials, sketches, artwork, Dorothea Furman Hutson’s first hymn book, etc. Another box contains artifacts which include an inkwell, a pair of eyeglasses, and two feather pens.

Items pulled from the collection and cataloged are: The Bible of Harriet E Davis Furman; Richard Furman Jr. Bible; Bible of Rev. Jonathan Davis, father-in-law of James C. Furman, printed in 1819. Inside: “Jon. Davis’s Book,” also “The Property of W. K. Davis.”

Series I: Personal Correspondence 1789-1960
Series II: Family Writings
Series III: Miscellaneous papers, legal documents, accounts, receipts, remedies, recipes
Series IV: Biographical Manuscripts
Series V: Genealogical Information
Series VI: Artifacts
Series VII: Oversize Documents
(map case)

Series I: Personal Correspondence, 1789-1960
Series I contains correspondence spanning multiple generations of the Furman Family. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series II: Family Writings
Series II contains addresses, diaries, notes, poetry, prose, and lecture notes written by various members of the Furman family.

Series III: Miscellaneous papers, legal documents, accounts, receipts, remedies, recipes
Series III contains miscellaneous papers including: accounts and receipts, legal documents, Church records, Remedies, and recipes.

Series IV: Biographical Manuscripts
Series IV contains biographical manuscripts on the following members of the Furman family: Gabriel Furman, Josiah Furman, Richard Furman II, Richard Furman III, Samuel Furman, and Wood Furman. The series is arranged alphabetically.

Series V: Genealogical Information
Series V contains Bible records, charts, manuscripts, photocopies of manuscripts, newspaper articles, papers, documents, photographs, residences, and miscellaneous photocopied genealogy materials from the Furman family. The series also contains genealogical materials, manuscripts, death notices, and a Bounty Land Warrant belonging to the Davis Family.

Series VI: Artifacts
Series VI contains sketches, handwritten materials, prints, books, writing utensils, and a photo album belonging to the Furman family. The series also contains miscellaneous items including bookmarks, Christmas cards, a china cup and saucer, and perfume bottles; most of these items belonged to Annie McMorris Furman Haynsworth. The series also contains items from Furman family members’ travels to Turkey, India, and China. Items belonging to Richard Furman are also in the series.

Series VII: Oversize Documents
Series VII contains oversize correspondence, fragments, indentures, land transactions, miscellaneous legal documents, land surveys, and wills. The series is arranged alphabetically by type of document and then chronologically within each folder.

Collection Inventory:Series I, Series II - IV, Series V, Series VI-VII
Location: Manuscript Collection
Accession #: 1959-012