Donnell-Rucker Papers

Donnell Rucker

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Title: Donnell-Rucker Papers

Dates: 1874–1959

Creator: The Donnell and Rucker Families

Summary/Abstract: The Donnell-Rucker Papers contain the records of the Donnell and Rucker families from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. These meticulously kept documents are useful for the study of historic farmhouses, early twentieth century families, Rutherford County and Murfreesboro history, history of medicine, family history, and genealogy. Materials of note include account ledgers, expense records, tax records, court case notes and records, and correspondence. The bulk of these materials were kept by Mary Donnell.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 6.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Donnell-Rucker Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Donor Unknown

Processed By: Original processor undetermined.

Arrangement: These papers are arranged into series according to type of document. These series are family, correspondence, accounts and ledger, expense, bank, tax, court, Daughters of the American Revolution, newspaper, miscellaneous, small booklet, ephemera, book, and image. Papers are further arranged chronologically, where appropriate.

Biographical Note: The Rucker-Donnell Family lived in Marymont, a historic home on land near Salem, outside of Murfreesboro. Aaron Jenkins received this land in 1797 as part of a Revolutionary War grant. His son, Hiram, built the home on the property prior to the Civil War. The home, unlike some of its contemporaries, survived Federal occupation during the War. In 1878, Dr. J.J. Rucker took possession of the house after his marriage to Nimmie Jenkins. Rucker, like his father, became a well-respected physician in Rutherford County Medical Society. He and his wife had one daughter, Mary. Mary eventually married R.J. Donnell, who passed away early in their marriage, leaving her to raise the children and manage the farm alone. Mary’s three children, James, Riley, and Dorothy, attended Peabody school. Mary was involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution and other civic clubs.

Scope and Content: This collection contains correspondence extending from 1910-1944, accounts ledgers from 1892-1911, expense statements from 1919-1950, bank statements from 1919-1956, tax statements from 1928-1959, Donnell court cases, letters on the Daughters of the American Revolution, newspaper clippings, small booklets, ephemera, account ledger entries from 1874-1915, twelve various books, and other miscellaneous documents.

Associated Materials: Photographs and images are stored separately in the Albert Gore Research Center photograph holdings. J.J. Rucker House Architectural Drawings are stored in drawer OS92.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Jenkins, Aaron
Jenkins, Hiram
Rucker, J.J.
Jenkins, Nimmie
Donnell, R.J.
Donnell, Mary

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Salem, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Daughters of the American Revolution
Historic farmhouses
Local history
Genealogy
Family history

Material Types
Correspondence
Ledgers
Clippings
Tax records
Court cases
Ephemera
Booklets
Books
Architectural drawings

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

1

Family

Family History

1

2

Family

Written Documents of Family History

1

3

Family

History of Rucker Family, Print Outs

1

4

Family

Rucker/ Jenkins Family Tree, Wills and Documents

1

5

Family

Correspondence with Family History

1

6

Family

Letter and Card of Mrs. White’s Baby Girl

1

7

Family

Children’s Letters

1

8

Family

Donnell Children Report Cards/ School Related

1

9

Family

Letters to Mary Donnell

1

10

Family

Letters to Mr. Akers from Mary Donnell

1

11

Family

Letters to J.J. Rucker: 1919, 1921 and 1929

1

12

Family

Memoirs of Colonel James Moore King

2

1

Correspondence

Correspondence 1910-1919; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

2

Correspondence

Correspondence 1920; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

3

Correspondence

Correspondence 1921; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

4

Correspondence

Correspondence 1922-1993; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

5

Correspondence

Correspondence 1925; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

6

Correspondence

Correspondence 1926; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

7

Correspondence

Correspondence 1927; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

8

Correspondence

Correspondence 1928; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

9

Correspondence

Correspondence 1929; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

10

Correspondence

Correspondence 1930; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

11

Correspondence

Correspondence 1931 January-July; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

12

Correspondence

Correspondence 1931 August-December; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

13

Correspondence

Correspondence 1932; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

14

Correspondence

Correspondence 1933; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

15

Correspondence

Correspondence 1934 and 1935; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

16

Correspondence

Correspondence 1942 and 1943; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

2

17

Correspondence

Correspondence 1944; written to and saved by Mary Donnell

3

1

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1892 and 1893; family accounts

3

2

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1896; family accounts

3

3

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1897; family accounts

3

4

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1905; family accounts

3

5

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1906; family accounts

3

6

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1907 and 1908; family accounts

3

7

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1909; family accounts

3

8

Financial

Accounts Ledger 1911; family accounts

4

1

Financial

Expenses 1919-1928; family expenses, such as housing, loan, insurance, automobile and property

4

2

Financial

Expenses 1930 and 1931; family expenses, such as housing, loan, insurance, automobile and property

4

3

Financial

Property Payment 1931-1939

4

4

Financial

Expenses 1932-1939; family expenses, such as housing, loan, insurance, automobile and property

4

5

Financial

Expenses, Notes, and Miscellaneous 1919-1949

4

6

Expense

Expenses 1940; family expenses, such as housing, loan, insurance, automobile and property

4

7

Financial

Housing Expenses 1930-1950

4

8

Financial

Loan and Insurance Statement and Expenses

4

9

Financial

Automobile Certificates

4

10

Financial

Abstract of Title/ Farm Records, Essex County, VA

5

1

Financial

Bank Statements/ Notes 1912-1939

5

2

Financial

Bank Statement/ Notes 1940-1956/ Blank Statements

5

3

Financial

Coffee County Tax Receipt 1928

5

4

Financial

Tax Statements 1930-1939

5

5

Financial

Tax Statements 1940-1949

5

6

Financial

Tax Statements 1950-1959

6

1

Legal

Farmers Bank vs. J.J. Rucker

6

2

Legal

First National Bank vs. Dr. J.J. Rucker, et als

6

3

Legal

Bankers Securities Trust Company vs. Mary Donnell

6

4

Legal

Towle vs. Donnell 1922-1925

6

5

Legal

The Bankers Security Trust Co. vs. Mary Donnell

6

6

Legal

Towle vs. Donnell 1931-1933

6

7

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1931-1936

7

1

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co.

7

2

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1920s

7

3

Legal

Written notes of Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank

7

4

Legal

Polk County, Florida, Chancery Court 1928-1929

7

5

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1930

7

6

Legal

Real Estate Deed & Lease 1930 and 1931

7

7

Legal

American National Bank of Nashville vs. Donnells 1930s

7

8

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1931

7

9

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1932

7

10

Legal

Bankers Securities Trust Co. vs. R.E. Donnell 1932-1934

7

11

Court

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1933

7

12

Court

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1934

7

13

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1935 & 1937

7

14

Legal

Mary Donnell vs. First City Bank & Trust Co. 1938

7

15

Legal

Garnett S. Andrews vs. Mary Donnell 1943

8

1

D.A.R.

Letters on Daughters of the American Revolution

8

2

D.A.R.

Letters on Daughters of the American Revolution

8

3

Newspaper clippings

Newspaper clippings; 1930s-1940s

8

4

Newspaper clippings

Nashville Banner – Newspaper clippings; 1930s-1940s

8

5

Miscellaneous

Written Religious Principles

8

6

Miscellaneous

Cumberland River Camping

8

7

Miscellaneous

Burpee’s Annual Garden Book; 1928 & 1931

8

8

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous documents

8

9

Miscellaneous

Empty letter envelopes

9

1

Small Publications

Womans clubs

9

2

Small Publications

Religious booklets

9

3

Small Publications

Agriculture booklets

9

4

Small Publications

Business Christmas cards

9

5

Small Publications

Bank account books

9

6

Small Publications

Pocket notebook

9

7

Small Publications

Governmental law booklets

9

8

Small Publications

Medical booklets

10

1

Ephemera

Small sewing basket

10

2

Ephemera

73 Ephemera tags

10

3

Ephemera

Wall paper from Rucker House

10

4

Ephemera

Transfer pattern

10

5

Ephemera

Postcard from Monteagle

11

1

Memorabilia

Dorothy Donnell scrapbook

11

2

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1874-1875; bound book

11

3

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1877-1878; bound book

11

4

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1892-1893; bound book

11

5

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1896; bound book

11

6

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1897; bound book

11

7

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1898; bound book

11

8

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1899-1900; bound book

11

9

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1901; bound book

11

10

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1902; bound book

11

11

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1903; bound book

11

12

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1904; bound book

11

13

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1905; bound book

11

14

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1906; bound book

11

15

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1907-1908; bound book

11

16

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1909; bound book

11

17

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1911; bound book

11

18

Account Ledger

Accounts ledger 1912-1915; bound book

12

1

Book

Silas Marner

12

2

Book

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

12

3

Book

El Final de Norma

12

4

Book

The Nations at War

12

5

Book

Abstract of Title: Polk County Florida

12

6

Book

The Insurance Year Book for 1913

12

7

Book 1-3

The United States Naval Academy 1926

12

8

Book 2-3

Regulations of the Naval Academy 1931

12

9

Book 3-3

Examination Papers for Admission (Naval Academy)

12

10

Book

Postscript 1959 Central High School Year Book

12

11

Book

Our Baby Book: Ridley Edward Donnell Jr.

12

12

Book

Donnelleys Red Book: National Telephone Directory 1919

12

13

Book

Student project finding aid – Donnell Rucker Papers

 

 

Images

Images: Photos and Post Cards (stored with Albert Gore Photo Collections- small collections); seven images

OS drawer

OS92

Architectural Drawings

J.J. Rucker House Architectural Drawings (stored in OS92)