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Earl Lee Feathers Collection, c. 1837-2007.

Sullivan County Manuscript Collection 0051
Archives and History Division
Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism
3425 Highway 126, Suite 100
Blountville, Tennessee 37617


TITLE
Earl Lee Feathers Collection.


COLLECTION NUMBER
Sullivan County Manuscript Collection 0051.


EXTENT
6 Boxes.


CREATOR
Earl Lee Feathers.


LANGUAGE
Material in English
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REPOSITORY
Archives and History Division, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, Blountville, Tennessee
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PROVENANCE
The collection was donated by Earl Lee Feathers to the Archives and History Division, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism in 2008.



COPYRIGHT STATUS
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.



PROCESSING HISTORY
Shelia Steele Hunt processed the collection and developed the finding aid in June 2008.
The finding aid was revised by Shelia Hunt in October 2008.


ACCESS AND RESTRICTIONS
There are no restrictions on use of this manuscript collection for research purposes. It is the responsibility of the individual user to ascertain copyright restrictions, obtain permissions and to prepare proper citation and credit statements. The researcher assumes all legal responsibility for observing laws of copyright and common law literary rights.



COLLECTION CITATION
This collection should be cited as:
Earl Lee Feathers Collection, c. 1837-2007. MSS 0051, Archives and History Division, Sullivan County Department of Archives and Tourism, Blountville, Tennessee.


SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Earl Lee  Feathers Collection is comprised of historical and genealogical items pertaining largely to Sullivan County, Tennessee. Items include, but are not limited to, photographs, documents, genealogy charts, and local memorabilia.  Collection also includes civic and community organization memorabilia.  Family surnames include, but are not limited to, Bailey, Feathers, Gunn, Hendrickson, Hicks, Humphreys, Jones, Malone, Milhorn.


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE
Earl Lee Feathers, Sr. was born in 1927 to Samuel Millard Feathers and Faye Patterson Webb of Sullivan Co., TN.  Mr. Feathers graduated from Blountville High School, Blountville, Tennessee, in 1944.


SUBJECTS
Sullivan County (Tenn.)--Genealogy.
Sullivan County (Tenn.)--history.
Anderson Hall.
Anderson Townhouse.
Bailey family.
Feathers family.
Hendrickson family.
Millard family.
St. John family.
Webb family.
Blountville High School (Blountville, Tenn.)
Blountville High School Basketball Team
Bluff City High School (Sullivan County, Tenn.)
Boone Dam
Boys Club of Kingsport
Buffalo Christian Church
Buffalo Church
Buffalo School
Civil War veterans
Civitan Club of Kingsport
Deery Inn
Dobyns-Bennett High School Band
Dredge boats
Enterprise School
Exchange Club of Kingsport
Fain-Taylor house
Feathers School House
Friendship School
Humphreys family
Jones family.
Kiwanis Club of Kingsport
Malone family.
Milhorn family.
Morrell family.
Optimist Club of Kingsport
Rutledge House
Saint John Milling Company
Saint John, George
Sullivan County (Tenn)--Genealogy.
Sullivan County (Tenn.)--History.
Sullivan County Archives
Sullivan County Commissioners
Tennessee Election Certificate
USO
War Ration Books.


BOX LIST

Box 1 - Correspondence and Receipts.

    1. Letter, 1938-04-03, from Porter Feathers to his uncle.
    2. Letter, 1942-03-09, from Porter Feathers to Mrs. and Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    3. Letter, 1946-01-25, from Earl Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    4. Letter, 1946-03-28, from Earl Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    5. Letter, 1947-01-01, from Earl Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    6. Letter, 1947-03-16, from Earl Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    7. Letter, 1951-10-30, from Donald Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    8. Letter, 1951-11-01, from Okley Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    9. Letter, 1951-11-02, from Okley Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    10. Letter, 1951-11-03, from Donald Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    11. Letter, 1952-01-06, from Omer Feathers to Samuel Millard Feathers.
    12. Letter, 1952-09-20, from Donald W. Feathers to Earl L. Feathers.
    13. Letter, 1953-01-24, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    14. Letter, 1953-10-30, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    15. Letter, 1953-12-02, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    16. Letter, 1953-12-02, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    17. Letter, 1953-12-14, from Donald Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    18. Letter, 1953-12-22, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    19. Letter, 1953-12-25, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    20. Letter, 1954-01-05, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    21. Letter, 1954-01-09, from Donald. W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    22. Letter, 1954-01-12, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    23. Letter, 1954-01-16, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    24. Letter, 1954-02-26, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    25. Letter, 1954-03-07, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    26. Letter, 1954-03-11, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    27. Letter, 1954-03-18, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    28. Letter, 1954-03-29, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    29. Letter, 1954-04-18, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    30. Letter, 1954-04-19, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    31. Letter, 1954-05-13, from Clay R. Hall to Mr. S. M. Feathers.
    32. Letter, 1955-04-14, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    33. Letter, 1955-04-24, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    34. Graduation invitation, 1955-05-24, from Darrell L. Stykes to Mr. and Mrs. Sam Feathers.
    35. Letter, 1955-07-26, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    36. Letter, 1951-08-01, from Earl L. Feathers to Mr. J. Wallace Earnest.
    37. Letter, 1955-08-10, from Donald W. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    38. Letter, 1955-08-17, from David Y. Feathers to Mrs. S. M. Feathers.
    39. Letter, 1956-10-08, from Mrs. Donald Crussell to S. Sgt. Donald W. Feathers
    40. Letter, 1964-06-20, from Mary Ruth Yonce Feathers to unknown.
    41. Letter, 1976-02-09, from Dorothy Feathers to unknown.
    42. Postcard, 1976-02-11, from Dorothy Feathers to Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Feathers.
    43. Letter, 1989-10-11, from David Y. Feathers to Mr. Earl Feathers.
    44. Letter, 1991-12-04, from Omer Feathers to Earl Feathers.
    45. Letter and photo, 1992-06-10, from Omer Feathers to Earl Feathers.
    46. Letter, 1992-12-05, from Asenath Crussell to Earl L. Feathers, Sr.
    47. Letter, 1993-12-11, from Omer and Hildred Feathers to Earl Feathers.
    48. Letter, 1994-05-03, from Omer Feathers to Earl Feathers.
    49. Letter, 1996-05-19, from Eva Russell to Earl L. Feathers.
    50. Letter, undated, from York and Mary Feathers to “Sam”.
    51. Receipts, c. 1911-1943, Samuel Millard Feathers.
    52. Receipts, 1930-1931, Ed K. Feathers.
    53. Receipts, 1904-1909, Jonathan (Doc) Feathers.
    54. Receipts, 1917-1930, Martha Millard.
    55. Receipts, 1909 and 1921, William Brainerd Feathers.
    56. Receipts, 1904-1924, Sallie E. Millard.

Box 2 – Civic and community organizations; Genealogical notes; Court documents

    1. Documents, papers from Optimist Club of Kingsport.
    2. Documents, papers from Civitan Club of Kingsport.
    3. Documents, papers from Boys Club of Kingsport.
    4. Documents and photos, Exchange Club Photos and Documents.
    5. Genealogical notes on Humphreys family.
    6. Genealogical notes on Webb family.
    7. Genealogical notes on The Descendants of John Feathers.
    8. Genealogical notes, pension abstracts for Webb family.
    9. Deed, Feathers to Ayers and Gale, 1873.
    10. Bank note, S. M. Feathers to Farmers Bank, 1929.
    11. Chancery case, Ed Feathers, Nancy Feathers &c. vs. Kathy Sue Feathers, 1974.
    12. Deed, S. M. Feathers and wife to D. W. Adams, 1931.
    13. Deed of Trust, Bruce A. Hawks and wife Betsy to Frank Winston, 1974.
    14. Estate Settlement, John H. Feathers, 1973.
    15. Estate Settlement, Samuel M. Feathers, 1973.
    16. Inheritance tax papers, 1974.
    17. Letters of Administration to Sarah E. Millard for Samuel L. Millard, 1913.
    18. Letters of Administration to Earl L. Feathers for Oakley W. Feathers, 1967.
    19. Will (facsimile), Samuel M. Feathers, 1961.


Box 3 - Photographs and Tintypes

    1. Photo of Gipsie Malaise Millard (1908-1982), undated.
    2. Business card for Saint John Milling Company.
    3. Photo, Back view of Buffalo Christian Church and Cemetery, Sullivan Co., TN, undated.
    4. Photo, Lucy Lee Webb Henson (1895-1945) and Nancy Elizabeth (Bess) Webb Malone (1893-1976), undated.
    5. Photo of Paralee Jones Webb (1858-1936), undated.
    6. Photo of family of Samuel Millard Feathers (1884-1973) and Faye Patterson Webb (1889-1956), undated.
    7. Photo of Dr. Alvin Feathers and Nannie Feathers, undated.
    8. Photo of Austin Hendrickson and second wife, Anna Feathers Hendrickson, undated.
    9. Photo of children of David K. Feathers and Rebecca Millard, undated.
    10. Photo of the Sunday School group of Buffalo Church, Sullivan Co., TN, 1921.
    11. Photo of students at Buffalo School (Primer, First, Second and Third Grades), school year 1935-1936, undated.
    12. Photo of Friendship School, Sullivan Co., TN, 1931.
    13. Photo of tombstone of Robert L. Feathers and wife Dorothy K., Cerro Gordo Cemetery, Cerro Gordo, Illinois, undated.
    14. Photo of unknown couple, undated.
    15. Photo of part of Boone Dam, Sullivan Co., TN, 1952.
    16. Photo of Porter Alfonso Marion Feathers (1873-1947).
    17. Photo of Lyle W. Feathers, undated.
    18. Photo of Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Morrell, Bluff City, Sullivan Co., TN, undated.
    19. Photo of Robert Jones Webb (1885-1949) and Mary Blanche Cross Webb (1888-1980), undated.
    20. Photo of Bob and Lillie Constable, undated.
    21. Photo of unknown person, undated.
    22. Photo of unknown person, undated.
    23. Photo of unknown person, undated.
    24. Photo of unknown person, undated.
    25. Photo of Robert Lee Feathers (1882-1969); Andrew Johnson Feathers (1875-1960); John Henry Feathers (1881-1970), undated.
    26. Photo of Elizabeth (Didd) Webb (1845-1914), undated.
    27. Photo with the following identification by Earl Lee Feathers, Oct 2008:  "Back row, left row:  probably Brainerd Webb Feathers, Edward King Feathers.  2nd row, Mabel Henson, Louise Henson, Nancy Feathers and Mabel Feathers.  Front row. Maybe David York Feathers, Thomas Lyle Henson, and Samuel Logan Feathers. Kids of Samuel Millard and Faye Webb Feathers and Thomas Jefferson and Lucy Lee Webb Henson. Asenath Feathers Crussell had these old pictures from the home of Sam M. and Faye Feathers. Samuel Logan Feathers was born in 1921 so this picture was probably made in 1921 or 1922."
    28. Photo of unknown person, undated.
    29. Photo of unknown person, undated.
    30. Photo of Buffalo School group, Sullivan Co., TN, 1902.
    31. Photo of river scene with unidentified people, undated.
    32. Photo of Buffalo School at Buffalo Church, undated.
    33. Photo identified as follows. Austin Hendrickson; Anna Feathers; Porter Feathers.
    34. Photo of unknown scene, undated.
    35. Photo identified as follows. Left to right;  John Buckles, Pet Dairy; Earl Feathers, retired; and the late George Saint John, owner of Saint John Milling Company, Watauga, Tennessee. 1994.
    36. Photo identified as follows. Left to right;  Oakley Wade Feathers, Earl Lee Feathers, Sarah Asenath Feathers Crussell, Samuel Logan Feathers, David York Feathers, Dorothy Mabel Feathers Rader, Mary Nancy Feathers Mullen, Brainerd Webb Feathers, Edward King Feathers, and Samuel Millard Feathers (father).  Two missing members are Faye Webb Feathers (died in 1956), and Donald Wayne Feathers who died in 1956. Photo made in 1964.
    37. Photo of Blountville High School Basketball Team, 1937-1938, Sullivan Co., TN.
    38. Photo of Blountville High School, seniors, 1938, Sullivan Co., TN.
    39. Photo of Oakdale School, possibly 1917, Sullivan Co., TN.
    40. Photo of Enterprise School, possibly 1915, Sullivan Co., TN.
    41. Photo of tombstone of Robert E. Bailey (1858-1942) and Nannie Webb Bailey (1859-1933).
    42. Photo of tombstone of James Archie Bailey (1896-1909), undated.
    43. Photo of the John Bailey family, undated.
    44. Photo of Samuel Webb (1812-1892), Sullivan Co., TN, undated.
    45. Photo of dredge boats at unknown site, undated.
    46. Photo Booklet, U.S. Fighting Man's Code, from Office of Armed Forces Information & Education Department of Defense.
    47. Photo of USO items, undated.
    48. Photo of Buffalo Grammar and High Schools, 1931.

Box 4 - Photographs and Tintypes (continued)

    1. Photo of Martha Asenath Millard (1842-1928) with their father Samuel Millard (born 1805), undated.
    2. Tintype of Sarah "Cousin Sis" Millard (1847- 1924), undated.
    3. Tintype of Martha Asenath (Matt) Millard (1846-1928), buried at Buffalo Christian Church Cemetery, Sullivan Co., TN, and Sarah E. Millard (1847-1924), pictured with their father Samuel Millard, born about 1805, death date unknown, undated.
    4. Photo of Martha Asenath Millard (1842-1928) and Sarah E. Millard (1847-1924), undated.
    5. Photo of Blountville High school, Class of 1944 at their Annual Reunion Meeting at Wright's Cafeteria in Kingsport, 2005.
    6. Photo of unidentified group of men from Navy, undated.
    7. Photo of Blountville High School, Class of 1944, and guests at Wright's Cafeteria in Kingsport on 19 Aug 2000 for annual reunion.
    8. Photo of unidentified photo of man, undated.
    9. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    10. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    11. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    12. War Ration Books for Aubrey Crussell, Oscar Vernon Crussell, Sarah Crussell, undated.
    13. Old tintype, Martha Asenath Millard; Samuel Millard; Sarah E. Millard. Undated.
    14. Remembrance cards for Sallie P. Millard (1826-1910) and for Nora B. Odell (1875-1897)
    15. Photo of Henry Jones (1831-    ), Sullivan Co., TN, undated.
    16. Photo of reunion of Civil War Veterans in Bristol, Tennessee, Bristol, Sullivan Co., TN, c. 1900.
    17. Photo of Bluff City High School, possibly Class of 1930, Bluff City, Sullivan Co., TN.
    18. Remembrance card for Cordelia E. Jones (1837-1904).
    19. Photo of Robert Lee Feathers, undated.
    20. Photo of home of Porter Feathers at Whitesburg, TN, undated.
    21. Photo of M. Brady Hendrickson, mail carrier, undated.
    22. Unidentified photograph from Earl Feathers collection, undated.
    23. Photo. 2nd man is John Feathers, undated.
    24. Photo of Sullivan County Commissioners, Blountville, Sullivan Co., TN, 1900.
    25. Photo of unidentified man, undated.
    26. Photo of Robert L. Feathers and his horses, 1927.
    27. Photo with identification as follows.  Middle: "Aunt Dorothy"  [from Feathers family collection].  Dorothy Mabel King Feathers (1894-1983). Undated.
    28. Photo of Robert L. Feathers (1882-1969), undated.
    29. Photo of Bob and Sam Feathers, undated.
    30. Photo of Edwina Feathers, undated.
    31. Photo of Sam Feathers, guard at Blountville jail with prisoner. Man on right is unknown. Undated.
    32. Photo of Samuel Millard Feathers (1884-1973), Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff and Jailor. Undated
    33. Photo of Fain-Taylor house, Blountville, TN, 2007.
    34. Photo of Deery Inn, Blountville, 2007.
    35. Photo of Anderson Hall, Blountville, TN, 2007.
    36. Photo of Anderson townhouse, Blountville, 2007.
    37. Photo of outbuildings behind Deery Inn, Blountville, Sullivan Co., 2007.
    38. Photo of volunteers at Sullivan County Archives, 2007, Blountville, TN.
    39. Photo of Rutledge House, Blountville, Sullivan Co., TN, 2007.
    40. Photo of volunteers at Sullivan County Archives, 2007.
    41. Photo, unidentified.
    42. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    43. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    44. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    45. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    46. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.
    47. Old tintype, unidentified, from Samuel M. Feathers collection, undated.

Box 5 - Miscellaneous documents

    1. Diploma, Donald Wayne Feathers, Blountville High School, 1951.
    2. School Report Card, Earl Feathers, Sullivan County Public High School, undated.
    3. School Report Card, Donald Feathers, Sullivan County Public Schools, 1940-1941.
    4. Program, Graduation Exercises of Blountville High School, 1951.
    5. Insurance documents, S. M. Feathers, c. 1942-1949 (not inclusive).
    6. Tobacco Allotment Documents, S. M. Feathers, 1949.
    7. Kiwanis Kapers Program, Kingsport, TN, 1964.
    8. Deeds, Feathers and Gunn families, 1961.
    9. Funeral Service Contracts, S. M. Feathers and Faye Feathers, 1942.
    10. Telegram, Nora Feathers, re death of Porter Moody, undated.
    11. Military documents, Okley Wade Feathers, 1951-1957 (not inclusive).
    12. Yearbook, Dobyns-Bennett High School Band, 1964.
    13. Tobacco Allotment documents, Feathers family, 1947.
    14. Military papers, Earl Feathers, 1947-1955 (not inclusive).
    15. Personal documents, Samuel M. Feathers.
    16. Deed abstracts, surnames of Millard, Feathers, McGuire, Adams, Heines, Cross, Hughes, Carr, Wolfe, Combs, Lady, McCrary, Thompson, Ford, Caldwell, 1793-1935 (not inclusive).
    17.  Diplomas, Earl Feathers, 1944 and 1963.
    18.  Military documents and photos, U.S. Navy, undated.
    19.  "Older American Celebration", Sullivan Co., TN (names and address of those over age 90 living in Sullivan County), 1994.
    20. Book, subject of Chemistry, owned by Charles Lynn, Blountville High School, 1927-1928.
    21. Yearbook, "The Boomerang", Emory and Henry College, 1900-1901.



Box 6 - Oversized documents and photos

    1. Tennessee Certificate of Election, Justice of the Peace, S. M. Feathers, 1957.
    2. Photo of Big John Milhorn, Adam and Ott Milhorn, Uncle Bill Feathers, undated.
    3. Photo of family of Samuel Millard Feathers, 1928.
    4. Photo of Porter M. Feathers, c. 1900.         
    5. Photo of Kate Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Millard, Myrtle Morgan at George Lilly home, undated.
    6. Photo of William B. Feathers at old homeplace, undated.
    7. Photo of Henry Jones, undated.
    8. Photos of Don Feathers, U.S. Army photos, undated.
    9. Faye Patterson Webb schoolbook, 1908.
    10. Earl L. Feathers, college book, 1948.
    11. Memorial book for Samuel Millard Feathers (1884-1973).
    12. Memorial book for John Henry Feathers (1881-1970).
    13. School book, Asenath Feathers, undated.



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