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Williams, Chesnut and Manning families papers

Identifier: SCL-MS-9437

Papers and correspondence, 1766 - 1905 and 1927 (496 items) of the Williams, Chesnut, Manning and related families; topics discussed include national, state and local politics, legislation and controversies of the day; family news; reports on weather, crops and agricultural matters related to farming and farmers and owners plantation; collection includes letters, photographs, clippings, cards, recipes, and other items. Places represented include South Carolina (Camden and Charleston; Darlington District; Kershaw District; Sumter District; Clarendon District) and elsewhere.


  • 1766 - 1927


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All rights reside with creator. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact The South Caroliniana Library.


491 items

Biographical / Historical

Residents of South Carolina; John Chesnut (1743-1818), a native of Virginia, was a merchant, plantation owner, and state legislator of Camden District, S.C. He owned large tracts of land in the vicinity of the Wateree River. He was father of James Chesnut (1773-1866), a plantation owner and state legislator, and the grandfather of James Chesnut, Jr. (1815-1885), who served in the South Carolina legislature and the U.S. Senate and was a member of the committee which drafted the Ordinance of Secession in 1860. James Chesnut, Jr., married famed diariest Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut (1823-1886), daughter of South Carolina governor Stephen Decatur Miller.

Repository Details

Part of the South Caroliniana Library Repository

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