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Silas McDowell papers, 1827-1961, Rutherford and Macon counties, North Carolina

Author: Silas McDowell; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Publisher: Bethesda, MD : University Publications of America, ©1992.
Series: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series J., Part 14,, Western North Carolina ;, reel 10.
Edition/Format:   Book   Microform : Manuscript : Microfilm   Archival Material : English
Database:WorldCat
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Silas McDowell was a tailor, farmer, writer, and scientific observer of Franklin, N.C. From 1816-1846, McDowell worked as a tailor, first in Morganton and later in Macon County, N.C., where he also served as clerk of the superior court for nearly 16 years. On his farm near Franklin, he raised and sold apples, fruit tree grafts, and rhododendrons. He also served as a guide to John Lyon, Moses Ashley Curtis, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Archives
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Named Person: Silas McDowell; Silas McDowell; Gary S Dunbar; M A Curtis; Lyman Copeland Draper; Asa Gray; David L Swain; Elisha Mitchell
Material Type: Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Silas McDowell; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
OCLC Number: 259815907
Notes: Title from reel guide.
Accompanied by a printed reel guide.
Description: 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
Series Title: Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War., Series J., Part 14,, Western North Carolina ;, reel 10.

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Silas McDowell was a tailor, farmer, writer, and scientific observer of Franklin, N.C. From 1816-1846, McDowell worked as a tailor, first in Morganton and later in Macon County, N.C., where he also served as clerk of the superior court for nearly 16 years. On his farm near Franklin, he raised and sold apples, fruit tree grafts, and rhododendrons. He also served as a guide to John Lyon, Moses Ashley Curtis, and several other botanists, touring and collecting specimens in western North Carolina. The collection consists chiefly of personal correspondence, and published and unpublished writings, 1828-1895, of Silas McDowell, with some family papers and correspondence. The letters concern a variety of McDowell's scientific and literary interests such as horticulture, mineralogy, geology, botany, zoology, and the history of western North Carolina. Correspondents include Moses Ashley Curtis, Lyman Copeland Draper, Thomas Clingman, Joseph Wilcox, Asa Gray, Elisha Mitchell, David Lowry Swain, and Jarvis Van Buren. Many of the letters were transcribed by Gary S. Dunbar. Some family papers, 1827-1895, also are included as are copies and drafts of articles and clippings and Gary S. Dunbar's research materials on McDowell.

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