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A Guide to the Charles Bannerman Papers

Finding aid created by Caitlin Nelson

Digitization funded with the generous support of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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
Online ContentItems from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

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

Alternate Form of Material

Items in this collection have been digitized and are available via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC) as part of the Pioneer Days in Florida project, which is generously supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

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
11 Correspondence - 1853: Sept. 1, Willie to parents
11 Correspondence - 1855: May 19, daughter to parents
11 Correspondence - 1857: June 2, sister to Elvira Bannerman
11 Correspondence - 1858: Oct. 17, Bannerman to wife, Elvira
11 Correspondence - 1858: Oct. 21, Bannerman to wife, Elvira
11 Correspondence - 1859: Sept. 12, Bannerman to wife, Elvira
11 Correspondence - 1860: Oct. 6, W.D. Turner to Reedy
11 Correspondence - 1862: July 24, sister to Elvira
11 Correspondence - 1864: March 31, C.W. Bannerman to father
11 Correspondence - 1865: Nov. 11, C.W. Bannerman to Joseph (brother)
11 Correspondence - 1867: Sept. 5, B.F. Hunter to C.W. Bannerman
11 Correspondence - 1868: May 25, W. Bannerman to C.W. (report card)
11 Correspondence - 1868: Sept. 15, R.J. Bannerman to C.W.
11 Correspondence - 1868: Nov. 6, W. Bannerman to C.W.
11 Correspondence - 1868: Nov. 17, W. Bannerman to C.W.
11 Correspondence - 1869: Apr. 10, R.J. Bannerman to C.W.
11 Correspondence - 1869: Apr. 11, Frederich to ?
11 Correspondence - 1869: June 1, R.J. Bannerman to mother
11 Correspondence - 1869: June 20, R.J. Bannerman to mother
11 Correspondence - 1869: Nov. 9, W. Bannerman to C.W. Bannerman
11 Correspondence - 1869: Dec. 1, W.H. Crane to Elvira Bannerman
11 Correspondence - 1869: Dec. 7, W. Bannerman to ?
12 Correspondence - 1870: Feb 24, W. Bannerman to R.J. (brother)
12 Correspondence - 1870: Feb. 28, W. Bannerman to R.J. (brother)
12 Correspondence - 1870: March 28, W. Bannerman to R.J. (brother)
12 Correspondence - 1870: June 2, Edward Barry to Bannerman
12 Correspondence - 1870: July 6, W. Bannerman to friend
12 Correspondence - 1870: Sept. 24, Johnson Kerksey to C.W. Bannerman
12 Correspondence - 1870: Sept. 26, L.O. Harris to C.W. Bannerman
12 Correspondence - 1870: Oct. 3, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1870: Nov. 7, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1870: Nov. 22, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1870: Nov. 29, W.H. Crane to Mrs. Bannerman
12 Correspondence - 1870: Dec. 15, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1870: Dec. 16, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: Jan. 8, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: Jan. 24, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: March 14, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: April 15, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: June 6, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: Oct. 17, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: Nov. 22, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1871: Dec. 23, W. Bannerman to R.J.
12 Correspondence - 1872: Jan 17, B.F. Hunter to C.W. Bannerman
12 Correspondence - 1873: Jan 14, Mitchell to R.J. Bannerman
12 Correspondence - 1875: Dec. 26, W. Bannerman to mother
12 Correspondence - 1890: May 9, J.K. Phillips to W.F. Robertson
13 Genealogy
14 Invoices. 1865-1885
15A-5B Original journal and photocopy. 1846-1851
16 Ledger. 1837-1861
17 Miscellaneous (deeds, pension)
17A Newspaper--obituary. 1866
17B Newspaper. 1885
18 4 photos
19 2 plats

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