Edmonson-Thomas Family Papers

MC 1242

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Edmonson Family
Thomas, Benjamin
Edmonson-Thomas Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
MC 1242
0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

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Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Acquisition Information

The Edmonson-Thomas Family Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Sharon Kingsbury of Clarkston, Michigan, on behalf of the Clarkston Community Historical Society on June 5, 1993. The Historical Society received the materials as part of a larger donation.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in May 2019.

Preferred Form of Citation

Edmonson-Thomas Family Papers (MC 1242), 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

Jonas Smith Edmonson was born Oct. 11, 1828, in Newark, New Jersey, and passed away December 30, 1894. He and his wife, Phebe Harris Edmonson, are buried in Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park in Little Rock, Arkansas. Phebe Harris Edmonson was born September 18, 1835, in Utica, New York, and died April 9, 1903, in Little Rock, Arkansas. The couple lived in Clarkston, Michigan, in Independence Township, at dates including 1853-1860. Their son, Harris (Harry) Peydell Edmonson (1857-1911), was born in Michigan; he married Luella Thomas (1864-1956); the couple is also buried in in Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park.

The relationship of Benjamin Thomas to the Edmonsons is unknown; the donor suggested they may be related through the Lambert Family of Michigan. Benjamin Thomas was born in Wales, Great Britain, circa 1825. He served as Captain of Company D, 63rd U.S. Colored Infantry in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He led an expedition from Fort Pinney to Kimball's Plantation, Arkansas, in 1865. After the war, he either worked for or as the Commissioner of Public Works and Internal Improvements in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes financial records of the Edmondson/Edmonson family, as well as a discharge certificate for Captain Benjamin Thomas.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

    Detailed Description of the Collection

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

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 10

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 10 Folder MC 1242 Item 1

    Property tax receipt for J. S. Edmondson [Edmonson], for Independence Township (Michigan), Nov. 22, 1854

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 10 Folder MC 1242 Item 2

    Mrs. H. P. Edmonson [Luella T. Edmonson] stock subscription certificate for Little Giant Oil and Gas Co. (Little Rock, Ark.), July 7, 1919

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 10 Folder MC 1242 Item 3

    Loan security note signed by Jonas S. Edmonson and Phebe Edmonson, with payment notes to Leon Dryfus on verso, Oct. 17, 1888-Apr. 21, 1892

    Box Small Manuscript Collections Box 10 Folder MC 1242 Item 4

    Captain Benjamin Thomas certificate of discharge from Company D, 63rd Regiment of U.S. Colored Infantry, issued at DeValls Bluff, Ark, Jan. 9, 1866


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