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A Guide to the Charles Bannerman Papers

Finding aid created by Caitlin Nelson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
April 2012


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bannerman, Charles, 1806-1866
Title: Charles Bannerman Papers
Dates: 1837-1890
Abstract: Charles Bannerman owned a plantation near Lake Iamonia in Leon County, Florida. This collection includes a variety of documents and discusses agricultural practices, weather, and family matters before, during, and after the Civil War.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: MS 309
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Text from the State Archives of Florida: "Charles Bannerman, born in North Carolina in 1806, settled in Leon County in 1827. He gradually acquired 1200 acres between the Ocklockonee River and Lake Iamonia to establish a family plantation, known as Iamonia Plantation. Though principally concerned with farming, Bannerman fought the Seminole Indians and also served a term in the state legislature. When his children reached school age, he moved to nearby Tallahassee, so they could be properly educated. During this time, he maintained control of the management of the plantation, and had an overseer and, later, his son to run the plantation. Not a traditional planter, Bannerman utilized new farming methods as they came along, such as the use of guano fertilizer. Because of the low ground near the watery boundaries on both the east and west of the plantation, only half the land was ever under cultivation. The major crop grown was cotton. However, in some years, tobacco and sugar cane vied with cotton as the major crop. Corn, rice, oats, sweet potatoes, peas, peanuts, turnips, collards, and melons were also grown. Cattle and sheep were also raised."

Source: State Archives of Florida Online Catalog, http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/barm/rediscovery/default.asp?IDCFile=/fsa/detailss.idc,SPECIFIC=2657,DATABASE=SERIES (accessed Feb. 22, 2012)

The Bannerman Plantation House at Iamonia Lake is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Scope and Content

This collection mainly includes information about agricultural activities in Leon County, Florida. Most of this information is located in a journal (1846-1851) and a ledger (1837-1861). The ledger also includes details of household accounts and practical information like bed bug tonics, curing techniques, and recipes. Although most of the correspondence (1853-1890) pertains to family matters, there are a few letters about daily life in the service during the Civil War. One letter from April 11, 1869 reveals concerns about the 15th Amendment and racial equality. Bannerman's oath of allegiance to the Confederate States of America is included in the miscellaneous folder. The collection also has invoices (1868-1885), genealogy, four photographs of the plantation house, deeds, pension information, and two plats of the area surrounding the plantation.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

See State Archives of Florida, Record Group 9000, Collection Number M83-28.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Bannerman Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence - 1853: Sept. 1, Willie to parents
1 1 Correspondence - 1855: May 19, daughter to parents
1 1 Correspondence - 1857: June 2, sister to Elvira Bannerman
1 1 Correspondence - 1858: Oct. 17, Bannerman to wife, Elvira
1 1 Correspondence - 1858: Oct. 21, Bannerman to wife, Elvira
1 1 Correspondence - 1859: Sept. 12, Bannerman to wife, Elvira
1 1 Correspondence - 1860: Oct. 6, W.D. Turner to Reedy
1 1 Correspondence - 1862: July 24, sister to Elvira
1 1 Correspondence - 1864: March 31, C.W. Bannerman to father
1 1 Correspondence - 1865: Nov. 11, C.W. Bannerman to Joseph (brother)
1 1 Correspondence - 1867: Sept. 5, B.F. Hunter to C.W. Bannerman
1 1 Correspondence - 1868: May 25, W. Bannerman to C.W. (report card)
1 1 Correspondence - 1868: Sept. 15, R.J. Bannerman to C.W.
1 1 Correspondence - 1868: Nov. 6, W. Bannerman to C.W.
1 1 Correspondence - 1868: Nov. 17, W. Bannerman to C.W.
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: Apr. 10, R.J. Bannerman to C.W.
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: Apr. 11, Frederich to ?
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: June 1, R.J. Bannerman to mother
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: June 20, R.J. Bannerman to mother
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: Nov. 9, W. Bannerman to C.W. Bannerman
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: Dec. 1, W.H. Crane to Elvira Bannerman
1 1 Correspondence - 1869: Dec. 7, W. Bannerman to ?
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Feb 24, W. Bannerman to R.J. (brother)
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Feb. 28, W. Bannerman to R.J. (brother)
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: March 28, W. Bannerman to R.J. (brother)
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: June 2, Edward Barry to Bannerman
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: July 6, W. Bannerman to friend
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Sept. 24, Johnson Kerksey to C.W. Bannerman
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Sept. 26, L.O. Harris to C.W. Bannerman
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Oct. 3, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Nov. 7, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Nov. 22, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Nov. 29, W.H. Crane to Mrs. Bannerman
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Dec. 15, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1870: Dec. 16, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: Jan. 8, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: Jan. 24, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: March 14, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: April 15, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: June 6, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: Oct. 17, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: Nov. 22, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1871: Dec. 23, W. Bannerman to R.J.
1 2 Correspondence - 1872: Jan 17, B.F. Hunter to C.W. Bannerman
1 2 Correspondence - 1873: Jan 14, Mitchell to R.J. Bannerman
1 2 Correspondence - 1875: Dec. 26, W. Bannerman to mother
1 2 Correspondence - 1890: May 9, J.K. Phillips to W.F. Robertson
1 3 Genealogy
1 4 Invoices. 1865-1885
1 5A-5B Original journal and photocopy. 1846-1851
1 6 Ledger. 1837-1861
1 7 Miscellaneous (deeds, pension)
1 7A Newspaper--obituary. 1866
1 7B Newspaper. 1885
1 8 4 photos
1 9 2 plats

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