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Trulock Family Papers

Manuscript Collection 1160

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Krista Oldham, 2013.

Finding Aid is written in English.

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Descriptive Summary

Trulock Family
Trulock Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 1160
1 linear foot (1 box)
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Trulock Family Papers were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on June 26, 1989, by James W. Leslie of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Processing Information

Processed by Vera Ekechukwu; completed in March 1996.

Related Collections

Trulock Family Collection (MC 1965)

Preferred Form of Citation

Trulock Family Papers (MC 1160), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

James Hines Trulock, the son of Sutton and Mary Hines Trulock, was born September 22, 1799 in Darlington District, South Carolina. When he was three years old, his family moved to Pulaski, Georgia. Trulock married Amanda Beardsley, the oldest daughter of Nichols and Polly Burton Beardsley on October 4, 1837 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They settled at "Magnolia Place," Trulock's plantation, located near Blakley in Early County, Georgia. In early 1845, Trulock moved with his family to Jefferson County, Arkansas, settling on Victoria plantation (later called the "Prairie Place") at Victoria Landing on the Arkansas River near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. James Hines Trulock died on December 18, 1849. Amanda Beardsley Trulock became administrator of her late husband's estate. She took charge of the operation of the plantation until the Civil War brought an end to the Trulock farming in 1864. Amanda Trulock returned to Bridgeport Connecticut in 1867. "Prairie Place" remained in the possession of the Trulock family until about 1915, when it was sold.

Scope and Content Note

The papers contain the photocopies of the original letters of Amanda Beardsley Trulock, James Hines Trulock, and Victoria B. Trulock (Davis), 1837-1869.

The correspondence contains the letters of Amanda Beardsley Trulock written from "Magnolia Place" in Blakley, Georgia (1837-1844), from Jefferson County "Prairie Place" (near Pine Bluff), Arkansas, and from a few other locations during trips, addressed mainly to Bridgeport, Connecticut, relatives (parents and siblings, and later to her children).

The letters of James Hines Trulock were written from his plantations and surrounding towns mainly to his in-laws, Amanda's mother, Polly Burton (1783-1870), her father, Nichols Beardsley (1785-1872), her sister, Marcia (1822-1912), and her brother, Bronson (1817-1898); and the letters of Victoria B. Trulock (Davis) (1839-1869), daughter of Amanda Beardsley and James Hines Trulock, written from her parents' plantation, "Prairie Place" in Jefferson County, Arkansas; New Rochelle, New York; and Hartford, Connecticut, to relatives in Bridgeport, Connecticut. A few were written from Bridgeport to relative in Arkansas.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1837-1839 [Photocopies]

Box 1 Folder 2

Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1840-1849 [Photocopies]

Box 1 Folder 3

Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1850-1859 [Photocopies]

Box 1 Folder 4

Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1860-1869 [Photocopies]

Box 1 Folder 5

James Hines Trulock Correspondence, 1839-1848 [Photocopies]

Box 1 Folder 6

Victoria B. Trulock (Davis), 1850-1866 [Photocopies]