William T. Anton Collection of Southern Territorial Documents
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
Overview and metadata sections
William T. Anton is an American businessman and dealer in rare coins and collectibles.
Consists of nine Southern Territorial legal documents collected by William T. Anton, Jr., and his son, William T. Anton III (Princeton Class of 1988). Seven of the documents are from the Mississippi Territory, dating from 1802 to 1817, and include a document appointing William Johnson as collector of Territorial taxes, signed by David Holmens, then governor of Mississippi Territory and, later, first governor of the state of Mississippi.
Included are documents concerning legal actions in Claiborne County, Mississippi Territory, one document (1816) from the Missouri Territory, an order to the sheriff to summon William Cabean to appear in circuit court, and one document (1809) from the Territory of Orleans ordering that witness testimony in a civil legal matter be sent to the Superior Court in New Orleans.
Gift of William T. Anton.
No appraisal information is available.
- Manuscripts Division
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
Writ ordering Nehimiah Carter to appear before the Court of Equity for the Adams District, in the Courthouse in the City of Natchez, in order to answer questions in the legal brought against him by Nathaniel Tomlinson and his wife Elisabeth. Autograph document.Physical Description
1 box7 1/4″ x 8″)
Document appointing William Johnson as Collector of the Territorial Taxes in the County of Wilkinson for the year 1811. Signed by David Holmes, Governor of Mississippi Territory in the town of Washington. David Holmes later became Governor of the State of Mississippi. Contains autograph note on verso by William Johnson, April 23, 1811. Affixed with Territorial seal.Physical Description
1 box9 3/4″ x 15 1/2″)
Writ ordering John Robertson of Claiborne County to appear in the Supreme Court of Chancery in the Town of Washington to answer a bill in Chancery presented against him by George Overaker. Attested by Theodore Stark, clerk.Physical Description
1 box6″ x 8″)
Order to the Sheriff of Claiborne County to summon Daniel Burnet, John Robinson, and Elijah Clarke to personally appear before Judges of the superior Court of Claiborne County to testify in suit between Elijah Clarke and Lewis Clarke. Executed on Elijah Clarke, Sept. 2, 1815.Physical Description
1 box7″ x 7 3/4″)
Writ summoning any Justice of the Peace of Adams County to examine Magdaline H. Claiborne in the cause of action in the superior Court of Law and Equity of Adams County, between Thomas A. Claiborne and Charles Miles. Authorized by Judge Walter Leahe, first judge of Mississippi Territory. Attested by Theodore Stark, clerk.Physical Description
1 box7 1/2″ x 12 1/4″)
Order by the Orphans Court of Jefferson County ordaining Francis Ward as administrator over the estate of Gabriel H. Kinan of Claiborne County who died intestate. Authorized by Thomas Barnes, Chief Justice of the Orphans Court of Jefferson County.Physical Description
1 box6 3/4″ x 7 1/2″)
Order to Sheriff (J. Briggs) of Claiborne County to summon Thomas Barnes to personally appear before Judges of the Superior Court of Law and Equity of Claiborne County to testify in suit between Martin Powell and Israel Loring.Physical Description
1 box7 1/2″ x 7 1/2″)
Order to Sheriff of St. Genevieve County to summon William Cabean to appear before a Judge of the Circuit Court of St. Genevieve County to testify in suit between Henry Keil and William [Scavy]. Witnessed by Thomas Oliver, clerk.Physical Description
1 box6″ x 7 3/4″)
Writ issued to Nathaniel Evans Esq., Wilkinson County, Mississippi Territory, and Samuel [Havok] Esq., Natchez, Mississippi Territory, commanding them to examine witnesses in a civil legal matter, memorialize the testimony of these witnesses, and send same to the Superior Court at the City Hall in the City of New Orleans. Authorized by Joshua Lewis, presiding Judge of said Court, and attested by Martin Gordon, clerk. Affixed with Territorial seal.Physical Description
1 box9 3/4″ x 8″)