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A Guide to the Stephens-Bryant Family Papers

Finding aid created by Nicole Milano

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
November 2007


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stephens-Bryant family
Title: Stephens-Bryant Family Papers
Dates: 1664-1989
Bulk dates: 1836-1931
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, and other papers and relics of Winston J.T. Stephens (1820-1864)- plantation owner, militia officer, and Confederate army officer; his wife, Octavia Bryant Stephens (1841-1908); and other family members including Henry H. Bryant (1847-1930), Davis H. Bryant (1839-1913), and William A. Bryant (1837-1881). Topics include the Civil War in Florida, military service, the Battle of Olustee, plantation life, slavery, and conditions along the St. Johns River during the mid-19th century.
Extent: 10.75 Linear feet. 15 boxes.
Identification: MS 95
Language(s): English
Access: Researchers should consult with Special Collections staff before using the collection because there are access restrictions. See the Access note for more information.
Online Content Items 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

The physician Thomas P.G. Stephens married Mary A.J. Taylor and had five children: Mary, Clark, Winston, Swepson, and Richard. Their third child, Winston John Thomas Stephens, was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia in 1820, and then moved with his family to Alabama in 1832. Mary A.J. Taylor remarried Major Lewis Gaines after her first husband's death, and then moved to the St. John's River area in the 1840s. Winston later moved with his brother Clark near the area that would become Welaka, and began a cotton plantation. In 1857 Winston went off to fight in the Seminole Indian wars.

James William Bryant (1812-1867) married Rebecca Hathorne Hall (1813-1864) in 1836 in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved his wife, children, widowed mother, and unmarried siblings to the South years later, ending up in Jacksonville, Florida. James traveled up and down the southern coast for his job and often traveled to Havana, Cuba, for his position as editor of a newspaper. In 1850 he founded the town of Welaka on the St. John's River, and moved there with his wife and five children (William, Davis, Octavia, Henry, and George). Their only daughter, Octavia, was sent by her parents in 1856 to her uncle's girl's school in Boston after they disagreed with Winston J.T. Stephens' proposal to her at the young age of 14 (he was 26). Her brother, Davis, was also sent away to attend school at the Rochester Academy in 1857.

Once Octavia returned from Boston, she and Winston Stephens re-ignited their correspondence and would often pass their letters through Winston's slave, Burrel, or would arrange to meet without her parents' knowledge. They once again broke off relations only to reunite and marry on November 1, 1859. They settled down in their new home called "Rose Cottage" in Welaka to a relatively quiet farm life.

At the start of the Civil War, Winston left home to join a company later called "The St. John's Rangers" that was used to defend the state of Florida. Davis Bryant also joined the Confederate side and remained in Florida. Willie Bryant's company was sent north to fight, and he soon after obtained a clerk's position in the Adjutant's office to General Bragg. Davis and Winston were stationed in and around the St. Johns River and then the Jacksonville area in several camps, such as Camp Beauregard and Camp Finegan. Throughout the war correspondence was continued through the family members covering topics such as slave usage in keeping the plantation operating, currency, taxation, the possibility of English intervention in the war, and other local and international matters. Octavia's father, the only Union supporter in the family, was caught in Cuba at the outbreak of the Civil War, and was only able to see his family twice during the war years. In 1863 Octavia and her family moved from Welaka to Thomasville, Georgia, to live with relatives.

Winston's company emerged casualty-free from the Battle of Olustee, only for him to die one week later from a single sniper bullet while on a routine patrol in March, 1864. That same year the 22-year old Octavia lost her mother and gave birth to her only son, Winston, Jr. Octavia already had one daughter, Rosalie, born in 1860, and had lost another infant daughter (Isabella) a few years before Winston was born.

Following the war, William A. Bryant moved to Savannah to establish a mercantile business, and finally settled in Baltimore. He married Marianna Gilbert in 1866, had three children, and later died of cancer in 1881. Davis Bryant, who had been with Winston Stephens the day he was killed, lived in both New York and California after the war. He later married Lucie Spiers and had one child before dying in 1914. Henry H. Bryant settled in Welaka as a merchant after the war and married Mary Jane Stephens (daughter of Clark Stephens, Winston's brother) in 1876. They had six children together (one adopted) before his death in 1930. George Bryant also moved back to Welaka following the war, and died in 1876.

Octavia Bryant Stephens returned to Welaka a few months after the end of the war only to find her former home burned to the ground. Burrel returned with his family to Welaka as well. Along with a few other Southerners, some Northerners, and her family (brothers Henry and George), Octavia eventually helped Welaka to become a river town with churches, schools, stores, and wharfs for the river vessels. She turned their old family home into a hotel, taught school for a few years, and visited family members in and outside of Florida. Her daughter, Rosalie, died at age 21 shortly after her marriage to Albert Postell. Her son, Winston Jr., became a dentist and married Amy Gaston. Octavia died in 1908.

(This biographical and historical note was informed by the materials created by Ann S. Lainhart and Jerrell Shofner that are available in the collection, as well as the book Rose Cottage Chronicles: Civil War Letters of the Bryant-Stephens Families of North Florida. Also, genealogical information was found online at http://stephensbryantcollection.tribalpages.com/.)


Scope and Content

The Stephens-Bryant Family Papers (formerly known as the Stephens Collection or the Bryant-Stephens Collection) include valuable material on topics in the social and economic history of Florida, the South, and the United States of America. The collection includes correspondence between the Stephens and Bryant families (as well as other family members and friends), photographs, diaries, relics, and other miscellaneous papers and materials. Although the collection spans from 1664-1989, the bulk of the material is from 1836-1931. This collection consists largely of correspondence between Winston J.T. Stephens and his wife Octavia Bryant Stephens, along with letters between members of the Stephens and Bryant families. The most significant correspondence covers the American Civil War years as letters between Winston J.T. Stephens and his wife Octavia, and any gaps in time during these years are covered by the other Bryant brothers' correspondence.

Octavia Bryant Stephens' diaries begin when she attended school in Boston in 1856 and end around 1899. They are significant due to the detailed and descriptive manner with which she wrote. Other family diaries, journals, and account books are included in the collection as well. Both the diaries and the letters provide insight into the Floridian home front, Civil War military encounters (including the Battle of Olustee), female responsibilities in maintaining the family unit, the strength and interdependence of an extended family, as well as attitudes on slavery and race relations of small farm and plantation owners during and after the Civil War period. The collection also helps us to understand the settlement of peninsular Florida (with the town of Welaka), and how the St. Johns River basin helped to shape and bind a community together.

Also of particular interest are the photographs, scrapbooks and relics. The photographs portray several family members and some family residences. Many photos are still in their original frames. The relics range from a New Testament carried by H.H. Bryant throughout the Civil War to a 1926 Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Coin.

It should be noted that several letters are missing pages or parts of pages. Some letters also include the "cross-writing" device popular during the Civil War and hence may be difficult to read. Many of the diaries also include miscellaneous newspaper clippings and correspondence in addition to daily entries.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research. In order to utilize original, restricted materials, permission from the curator may be needed. Many materials are fragile and need to be handled carefully. If microfilm or photocopies are available, it is asked that those are used in place of the originals.


Related or Separated Material

For additional information regarding the Stephens and Bryant families, consult the book, Rose Cottage Chronicles: Civil War Letters of the Bryant-Stephens Families of North Florida, edited by Arch Fredric Blakey, Ann Smith Lainhart, and Winston Bryant Stephens, Jr. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, c.1998).


Administrative Information

Alternate Form of Material

Digital reproductions of items in the Stephens-Bryant collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

The collection has been microfilmed, and the microfilm is available upon request. The microfilm represents an older arrangement for the collection. See the "Processing" note for more information. A Box and Microfilm Index is available in Box 4.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Stephens-Bryant Family Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to the University of Florida by Winston B. Stephens, Jr., of Riviera Beach, Florida in 1975. Later additions came from Mrs. Cordelia Bryant McIlwaine of Temple Terrace, Florida and Mr. William B. Parker of New York, N.Y. The Parker Addition is referred to by name when possible (for example: Parker Addition #3) on the folder or box title, and there is also a Parker Addition information list in the Miscellaneous Papers box of the collection. The McIlwaine Addition has its own box.

Processing Notes

Additional processing was completed in 2007 and the organization of the collection was modified substantially. Some folders were renamed to provide more descriptive information, and several folders were relocated to create a more logical arrangement. The microfilm reproductions for this collection represents the original folder order and naming system, and any new folder names will resemble the old names close enough so that there should be no confusion. For example, a folder that originally was titled "Currency" is now renamed "Confederate Currency." Old box numbers are listed on the back of each folder. If any items were removed from the McIlwaine Addition box, or placed into the oversize box, there is a form stating the new box number or collection information. A Box and Microfilm Index is available in Box 4.


Contents List

Octavia Bryant Stephens Diaries, 1856-1908


Box
1 1. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1856-1857
1 2. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1857
1 3. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1858
1 4. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1858-1859
1 5. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1859-1862
1 6. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1862-1863
1 7. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1863-1864
1 8. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1864-1866
1 9. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1866-1868
1 10. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1868-1869
1 11. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1870-1873
1 12. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1873-1875
1 13. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1875
1 14. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1875-1877
1 15. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1877-1880
1 16. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1880-1881
1 17. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1882
2 18. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1883-1886
2 19. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1886-1890
2 20. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1890-1893
2 21. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1893-1895
2 22. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1895-1898
2 23. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1898
2 24. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1899-1900
2 25. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1900-1902
2 26. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1902-1904
2 27. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary. 1904-1908
2 28. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Diary (Unbound pages). 1898-1899


Miscellaneous Diaries, Journals, Ledgers, Planners and Account Books, 1857-1902


Box
3 1. Bryant, George- Journal/Account and Sales Book. 1867
3 2. Bryant, George- Journal. 1867-1871
3 3. Bryant, Henry H.- Account Book- McIlwaine Addition. 1876-1881
3 4. Bryant, Henry H.- Account Book- McIlwaine Addition. 1881
3 5. Bryant, Henry H.- "The New Testament"- July 27th, 1864- McIlwaine Addition. 1864
3 6. Bryant, Mrs. J.W.- Diary. 1858, 1862
3 7. Bryant, Mrs. J.W.- Diary. 1862-1863
3 8. Bryant, Mrs. J.W.- Diary. 1863
3 9. Bryant, Mrs. J.W.- "Pocket Book". 1852
3 10. Bryant, William A.- Receipt Book. 1869-1877
3 11. Bryant, William A. (Willie)- Ledger: Bouse and Bryant- McIlwaine Addition. 1866-1867
3 12. "The Epicurean, A Tale"- By: Thomas Moore, Boston, 1827 (Owned by McFarland Family?). 1827
3 13. Hall, Mary- "Book". 1857-1869
3 14. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1894(?)
3 15. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1895-1896
3 16. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1896
3 17. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1897
3 18. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1898
3 19. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1899
3 20. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1900-1901
3 21. Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Account Book. 1901-1902
3 22. Stephens, Octavia Bryant(?)- Songs and Poetry Book.
3 23. Stephens, Winston- Pocket Diary and Account Book. 1861-1862
3 24. Stephens, Winston- Account Book. 1862-1864
3 25. Unidentified Ledger. 1859-1862


Miscellaneous Papers, Circa 1798-1989


Box
4 Box and Microfilm Index (Old Information).
4 Confederate Currency, June 2, 1862.
4 Confederate Stamp Covers (list), (many are picture in Kaufmann Auction Book). 1975
4 Coulter Family Material. 1798-1804
4 Deeds (Bryant, Stephens, and Gaston Families). 1853-1892
4 Family Genealogies; Miscellaneous Reminiscences and Notes. c. 1739-1959
4 Gaston, Horace, and Elizabeth (Includes Oath of Allegiance, Virginia Summons, Balance Sheets, Marriage Certificate, Certificate of Treasury with Letters). 1856-1897
4 Hall Genealogy (By Davis Bryant)- Parker Addition #3.
4 Hall, Rebecca Hathorne; Hall, C.G. (Includes Accounts, Bank Shares, Receipts, Real Estate Account). 1824-1882
4 Lainhart, Ann S.- Typescript to Philip Martin of the University of Florida Presses (Includes biographical information, genealogy, chronology, and select letter and diary transcriptions). 1985
4 Notation from Octavia's Diary (transcription) March 15, 1864. 1864
4 "The Little Rebel"- Story of Octavia Bryant Stephens by her son, "Winnie" Stephens (Includes Original and Typescript). post-1908
4 Miscellaneous Correspondence of Family and Friends (Undated)- Includes: Notecards, Poetry, Instructions for Slave Labor, Notes, Letters, List of Privates owing money in Captain Hopkins Company. pre-1865 era
4 Miscellaneous Correspondence- Lee, Robert E. to President Davis (2 copies) Victory at Manassas, August 31. 1862
4 Miscellaneous Correspondence (Undated)- Includes: Newspaper Clippings, Fabric Samples, Letters to and from Stephens, Bryant, and Gaston Family Members and Friends (Folder 1 of 2). Post-Civil War era
4 Miscellaneous Correspondence (Undated)- Includes: Newspaper Clippings, Fabric Samples, Letters to and from Stephens, Bryant, and Gaston Family Members and Friends (Folder 2 of 2). Post-Civil War era
4 Miscellaneous Printed Items (Includes Official Register of Officers and Cadets of the U.S. Military Academy of West Point, "Our Boys" Play, Florida Exposition Tickets, Business Cards, Advertisements, Pamphlet on Providence Conference Seminary, "The Argus" School Paper, Bankruptcy Account, Proclamations, "Florida's East Coast"). 1859-1989
4 Newspaper Clippings (Miscellaneous). 1866, 1900, 1907, Unknowns
4 Parker Addition List.
4 Shofner, Jerrell- Summary and Index of Collection. 1979
4 Songs and Poetry; Recipes. 1872-1873, Unknowns
4 Stephens, Octavia Bryant- Miscellaneous (Includes: Estate Inventory, Tax Receipt, Georgia Appointment of Administratrix, Georgia Warrant of Appraisement, Notes and Receipts, Oath of Allegiance, Estate Receipt, Notes for Payment, Georgia Release of Administratrix, Receipt for Dismissal, Letter Transcription). 1859-1902
4 Stephens, Winston J.T.- Miscellaneous (Includes: Invoice of Ordinance, Provision Ration, Quartermaster's Property List, Commission- St. John's Rangers, Receipt). 1857-1863
4 Stephens, Winston, Jr.- Donor's Materials (Includes: Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, Typescripts of Diaries and Letters). 1941-1975
4 Welaka (Includes: Town Ticket, Dramatic Association Playbills, Township Map, Receipts, Town Biography). 1878-1900
4 The Welaka Times: June, 1875- Volume 1, Number 1; July, 1875- Volume 1, Number 2. 1875
4 Wills (Hathorne, Benjamin H.; Davis, Amasa: Hubbard, William H. and Ledger Sheet; Parker, Catherine; Hathorne, Rebecca). 1823-1877


Stephens Family Correspondence, 1856-1922


Box
5 Stephens Correspondence. 1856-1858
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- April. 1859
5 Stephens Correspondence, May- December. 1859
5 Stephens Correspondence. 1860
5 Stephens Correspondence, April- October (Includes Winston Stephens Office Commission- Negative from October 19th). 1861
5 Stephens Correspondence, November- December. 1861
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- March. 1862
5 Stephens Correspondence, April- June. 1862
5 Stephens Correspondence, July- September. 1862
5 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1862
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- February. 1863
5 Stephens Correspondence, March- April. 1863
5 Stephens Correspondence, May- June. 1863
5 Stephens Correspondence, July- August. 1863
5 Stephens Correspondence, September- October. 1863
5 Stephens Correspondence, November- December. 1863
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- February. 1864
5 Stephens Correspondence, March- April. 1864
5 Stephens Correspondence, May- June. 1864
5 Stephens Correspondence, July- September. 1864
5 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1864
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- June. 1865
5 Stephens Correspondence, July- December. 1865
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- March. 1866
5 Stephens Correspondence, April- June. 1866
5 Stephens Correspondence, July- September. 1866
5 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1866
5 Stephens Correspondence, January- March. 1867
6 Stephens Correspondence, April- June. 1867
6 Stephens Correspondence, July- September. 1867
6 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1867
6 Stephens Correspondence, January- March. 1868
6 Stephens Correspondence, April- June. 1868
6 Stephens Correspondence, July- September. 1868
6 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1868
6 Stephens Correspondence, January- April. 1869
6 Stephens Correspondence, May- September. 1869
6 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1869
6 Stephens Correspondence, January- April. 1870
6 Stephens Correspondence, May- August. 1870
6 Stephens Correspondence, September- October. 1870
6 Stephens Correspondence, November- December. 1870
6 Stephens Correspondence, January- June. 1871
7 Stephens Correspondence, July- December. 1871
7 Stephens Correspondence, January- June. 1872
7 Stephens Correspondence, July- December. 1872
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1873
7 Stephens Correspondence, January- September. 1874
7 Stephens Correspondence, October- December. 1874
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1875
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1876-1877
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1878
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1879-1880
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1881-1882
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1883
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1884-1892
7 Stephens Correspondence. 1893-1922


Lucie Spiers Bryant Papers, 1728-1887


Box
7 Bryant, Lucie Spiers- 3 Family Wills, 1 Land Survey, 1 Overseers Agreement- Parker Addition #3. 1771-1821
7 Bryant, Lucie Spiers- Accounts, Bills of Sale, Notes, Summons, Receipts- Parker Addition #3. c. 1788-1841
7 Bryant, Lucie Spiers- Correspondence (Includes 2 Spiers Family Letters: 1809, 1815)- Parker Addition #3. 1809-1887
7 Bryant, Lucie Spiers- Family Deeds- Parker Addition #3. 1728-1866


Davis H. Bryant Correspondence and Papers, Circa 1801-1913


Box
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence (Includes Several Valentines). 1854-1861
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence. 1862
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence, January-June. 1863
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence, July-December. 1863
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence (Includes: Clothing receipt for Davis Bryant)- Parker Addition #3. 1864
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence (Includes: Railroad Voucher)- Parker Addition #3. 1865
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence- Parker Addition #3. 1866-1871
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence (Includes: Confederate Veteran Camp of New York Correspondence and Southern Cross of Honor Information)- Parker Addition #3. 1878-1905
8 Bryant, Davis- Correspondence (Includes: Small Christmas Card)- Parker Addition #3. 1907-1913
8 Bryant, Davis- Envelope Covers (Photocopies). 1862-1864
8 Bryant, Davis- Miscellaneous (Includes Child's Awards of Merit, Calling Cards, Envelopes)- Parker Addition #3. c. 1801-1866
8 Bryant, Davis- Miscellaneous (Writings of Davis Bryant). c. 1899-1909
8 Bryant, Davis- Newspaper Clippings (31 Items). c. 1857-1910


Henry H. Bryant Correspondence, 1836-1931


Box
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1836
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence (Includes August 7th Rochester Academy Order of Exercises). 1857
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence (Includes 1861 Report Cards). 1861-1862
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1863
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence, January-May. 1864
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence, June-November. 1864
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1865
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1866-1868
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1874-1881
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1882-1885
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1886-1889
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence (Includes Wedding Invitation to Blanch Rosalie's Wedding). 1890-1894
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence (Includes Invitation from Veterans Camp of New York). 1895-1898
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1900-1903
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1904-1910
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence (Includes Receipts and Tax Information). 1913-1925
9 Bryant, H.H.- Correspondence. 1926-1931


William A. Bryant Correspondence and Papers, 1861-1908


Box
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1861-1862
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, January-May. 1863
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, June-December. 1863
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence (Includes 1 Drawing and 1 Transcription). 1864-1865
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1866-1867
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1868
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, January-July. 1869
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, August-December. 1869
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, January-July. 1870
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, August-December. 1870
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1871
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1872
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1875
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1876
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1877
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1878
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1879
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, January-June. 1880
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence, July-December. 1880
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1881
10 Bryant, William A.- Correspondence. 1882-1908
10 Bryant, William A.- Newspaper Clippings. c. 1868-1877


McIlwaine Addition, 1664-1953


Box
11 Boston Land Settlement- Hall/Bryant/Gilchrist Correspondence (Includes Property Map)- McIlwaine Addition. 1844-1884
11 Bryant Genealogy- McIlwaine Addition. 1664-1909
11 Bryant, H.H.- Architectural Plans (Boat and House)- McIlwaine Addition (5 items). 1919
11 Bryant, H.H.- Confederate Service- Company Roll; Parole; Currency ($17.10)- McIlwaine Addition (2 Items and Confederate Currency). c. 1861-1865
11 Bryant, H.H.- Confederate Service- Memorials and Veteran's Material- McIlwaine Addition. c. 1908-1929
11 Bryant, H.H.- Stamp and Coin Collection Correspondence- McIlwaine Addition (19 items). 1910-1930
11 Bryant, H.H.- Tax Receipts; Cancelled Checks; Notary Commission; Voter Registration- McIlwaine Addition (61 items). 1868-1926
11 Bryant, William James- Correspondence, Law Certificate, Last Will and Testament- McIlwaine Addition (4 items). 1844-1866
11 Map- Gaston- McIlwaine Addition. 1925-1926
11 Map of Welaka Cemetery- McIlwaine Addition.
11 Miscellaneous Receipts and Invoices of Stephens and Bryant Families- McIlwaine Addition (46 items). 1882-1890
11 Property Records (Includes: Deeds, List of Lands, Letters, Land Claims, Payments of Family and Friends), (Folder 1 of 2)- McIlwaine Addition. 1841-1928
11 Property Records (Includes: Deeds, Registration of Land Claims, Division of Property, Discharge of Mortgage, Notes, I.O.U., Receipts, Tax Statement, Florida Field Notes of Family and Friends), (Folder 2 of 2)- McIlwaine Addition. 1841-1928
11 Relics, Obituaries of Family and Friends, Newspaper Clippings, Poetry, The Florida Credit News, Peace Treaty concluding the American-Spanish War, Locks of Hair, Fabric from Party Dress- McIlwaine Addition. 1865-1953
11 Stephens, Clark- Property Records (Includes Tax Receipts, Deeds, Land Grants, Tax Certificate)- McIlwaine Addition (28 items). 1874-1903


Scrapbooks and Miscellaneous Relics, Circa 1812-1914


Box
12 1. Auction Cassette Tape.
12 2. Engraved Plate (with Envelope)- "Mr. J. W. Bryant". c. 1812-1867
12 3. Bryant, George Ellis- Name Tag, Hair Locks (2), and Souvenir Flag- McIlwaine Addition.
12 4. Bryant, Herbert and Ruby- Hair Locks (2 items). c. 1885-1914
12 5. Bryant, H.H.- Stone Mountain Confederate Memorial Coin. 1926
12 6. Gaston, H.M.- Button from Confederate Naval Uniform.
12 7. Clipped Hair.
12 8. Hall, Catherine Davis- Piece from her Party Dress (with envelope and description) (Fragile Material- Please Handle Carefully). pre-1856
12 9. Pressed Dried Flowers (Fragile Material- Please Handle Carefully).
12 10. Southern Cross of Honor Medal- McIlwaine Addition (Fragile Material- Please Handle Carefully).
12 11. Veterans Button- McIlwaine Addition (Fragile Material- Please Handle Carefully).
12 12. Wedding Ring (Belonging to George E. Bryant's Father)- McIlwaine Addition.
12 13. Kaufmann- Auction 25 Book, Saturday, March 27, 1976 at 1:00 P.M. (2 Copies). 1976
12 Newspaper Clipping- The Muscle Shoals Canal.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between front cover and blank first page (62 items). c.1894-1906
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 4 and 5.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 8 and 9.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 10 and 11. c. 1875-1901
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 14 and 15.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 18 and 19. c. 1894-1901
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 20 and 21.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 22 and 23.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 24 and 25.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 32 and 33.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 34 and 35.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 36 and 37.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 38 and 39.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 42 and 43. c. 1891
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 44 and 45.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 46 and 47.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 48 and 49.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 50 and 51.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 52 and 53. 1891
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 54 and 55.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 56 and 57.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 60 and 61.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 62 and 63.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 64 and 65.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 66 and 67. 1891
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 68 and 69.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 70 and 71. 1891
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 72 and 73.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 74 and 75.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 80 and 81. c. 1891-1902
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 88 and 89.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 92 and 93.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 96 and 97.
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between pages 98 and 99. c. 1894
12 Scrapbook: Inserted between last page and back cover. c. 1898-1901
12 Unidentified Scrapbook of Newspaper Clippings (Fragile Material- Please Use Microfilm 150-H). 1875-1907


Photographs, 1801-


Box
13 1. Negative: Winston J.T. Stephens in Seminole War Uniform from Tintype.
13 2. Photograph: Elizabeth Mc.F. Gaston.
13 3. Photograph: Grandpa Gaston (Captain Elisha Gaston?).
13 4. Photograph: Horace M. (?) and Amy (?) Gaston- Richmond, Virginia. 1863
13 5. Photograph: Horace M. Gaston.
13 6. Photograph: Horace M. Gaston.
13 7. Photograph: Horace M. Gaston, Sr. (with envelope, please keep separate).
13 8. Photograph: House Winston Bryant Stephens was born in- Welaka, Putnam County, Florida- April 22. 1902
13 9. Photograph: Lock "8", Muscle Shoals Canal from the Cliffs below the lock. Tennessee River on the right.
13 10. Photograph: Mrs. C. Coulter (?).
13 11. Photograph: Small, Unknown Man and Baby. 1947
13 12. Photograph: Small, Unknown Man and Dog.
13 13. Photograph: "Superintendent's House," Lock 6, Muscle Shoals Canal.
13 14. Photograph: Unknown Boy (with envelope, please keep separate).
13 15. Winston Stephens (and Wife?) Holiday Card.
13 16. Winston Stephens (and Wife?) Holiday Card.
13 17. Negative: Unknown Man.
13 18. Negative: Unknown Man.
13 19. Photograph: Amy Gaston Stephens (Mrs. Winston Stephens).
13 20. Photograph: Dr. Winston Stephens.
13 21. Photograph: Dr. Winston Stephens.
13 22. Photograph: Gaston Cottage ("Home where Mamma used to live in Florida")- Welaka, Florida.
13 23. Photograph: Gaston Cottage- Welaka, Florida.
13 24. Photograph: Gaston Cottage (with Mrs. Gaston)- Welaka, Florida.
13 25. Photograph: Interior of King Chapel, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. c. 1906
13 26. Photograph: Mary Landmiss (?), Ned's "Mamie".
13 27. Photograph: Mrs. O.L. Stephens, Aunt "Tivie" in her yard.
13 28. Photograph: Winston B. Stephens. 1894
13 29. Photograph: Winston Bryant Stephens- 2 years. 1890
13 30. Photograph: Ambrotype 1856, Winston J.T. Stephens, Seminole War Uniform with Weapons (Negative on file). 1856
13 31. Photograph: Daguerreotype (Double), Winston J.T. Stephens and his mother Grandma Gaines (Mary Ann Jane Taylor Stephens Gaines) (A 4 x5 inch copy negative on file in Room 208).
13 32. Photograph: Daguerreotype of Painting, General Amasa Davis.
13 33. Photograph: Daguerrotype, James Bryant.
13 34. Photograph: Octavia Bryant Stephens.
13 35. Photograph: Octavia Stephens.
13 36. Photograph: Octavia Stephens.
13 37. Photograph: Unknown Woman with two children (framed)- Possibly Octavia Bryant Stephens with children, Rosalie and Winston.
13 38. Photographs: Unknown Family Members.
13 39. Photograph: Dr. Winston Stephens (Dentist).
13 40. Photographs: Amy Gaston Stephens ("wife of Cousin Winston") (2 items).
13 41. Photographs (3) with Envelope and Baby Announcement- Includes: Winston J., Caroline, Ned, and two children. c. 1925-1926
13 42. Photographs (Owned by Davis Bryant)- Includes: Unknown Man (Standing), Miss L. R. Reed of Jacksonville, Florida, Unknown Woman (leaning on hand), Unknown Woman (Portrait), Unknown Woman (Profile Portrait), Unknown Woman (with paper frame), Unknown Woman (Profile Portrait), Unknown Woman (sitting), Miss Maria Gilchrist of Florida, and Miss Julia Gilchrist of Florida- Parker Addition #3. c. 1801-1866
13 43. Photographs (Owned by William A. Bryant)- Includes: Willie, May, and Friends, Unknown Man, Unknown Landscape, Boylston Hall, Gore Hall/Library, Harvardo Hall, and Holworthy Hall of Cambridge, Massachusetts. c. 1868-1876
13 44. Photographs: Pictures of Postmarks and Picture of Episcopal Church in Welaka. 1861-1869, 1975
13 45. Photo Plate: Unknown Man, Portrait- Parker Addition #3.
13 46. Slides and Negatives (Includes Slide of Indian Medicine Man Costume from Seminole War Period, Slide of Civil War Uniform of Winston J.T. Stephens with flag, and Negative of James W. Bryant Certificate to Practice Law). c. 1844-Present
13 47. Photograph: Home of O.L. Stephens, "Aunt Tivie"- Welaka, Florida- "Only house not burned by Federal troops during the War. They used it as the officer's headquarters.".
14 Photograph: H.H. Bryant (in blue velvet frame with doors)- McIlwaine Addition.
14 Wallet (blackish color) (Fragile Material- Please Handle Carefully).
14 Wallet (reddish color) (Fragile Material- Please Handle Carefully).


Oversize Materials


Box
15 Items in this box were separated other folders and boxes in the collection. Separation sheets indicate the original location for each item.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Bryant family -- Correspondence.
Bryant, Octavia Louisa, 1841-1908 -- Correspondence.
Florida -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography.
Florida -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
Plantation life -- Florida.
Stephens family -- Correspondence.
Stephens, Winston John Thomas, 1829-1864 -- Correspondence.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives, Confederate.
Welaka (Fla.) -- Biography.



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