Louisa Daniel Rutledge Papers

Louisa Daniel Rutledge

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Title: Louisa Daniel Rutledge Papers

Dates: 1883-1924

Creator: Louisa Daniel Rutledge

Summary/Abstract: These are the personal papers of Louisa Daniel Rutledge, sister of Jack Daniel of Jack Daniel’s Distillery Fame. The papers include Louisa’s diary, including information about her family; two family photographs; correspondence; wills; and other family documents.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately .5 linear feet

Language(s): English

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

Restrictions on Access: None

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Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), Louisa Daniel Rutledge Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: John Rutledge, March 1, 2004

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined

Arrangement: These papers are arranged by series, sub-series, alphabetically by title, chronologically, and by type, where applicable.

Biographical Note: Louisa Daniel Rutledge was born in about 1828 to Caloway Daniel and Lucinda Cook Daniel in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Louisa married Sam Rutledge in 1841 at age fourteen. They lived in Mulberry, Tennessee, until his death in 1884. She was connected to the community by her membership in the Primitive Baptist Church and through her extensive family. Her brother, Jack Daniel, registered the whiskey distillery of that name in Lynchburg, Tennessee, in 1866. Louisa Daniel Rutledge died in 1925 at the age of 97. Her obituary states that she had 47 great and great-great grandchildren living in south central Tennessee at the time of her death.

Scope and Content: The Louisa Daniel Rutledge Papers span the years 1883 to 1924. Her diary, begun in 1899, records her thoughts about her life and information about her parents and grandparents. The papers also include two family photographs from 1924, a small amount of correspondence, two wills, and miscellaneous family papers.

Series 1: Diary, 1899-1904
Includes Louisa Daniel Rutledge's original diary, a direct transcription of the diary, and a “normalized” transcription of the diary. Dr. John Butler Rutledge, a bibliographer and Department head at UNC-Chapel Hill Library, performed the transcriptions.

Series 2:  Correspondence, 1899-1923
Letters written by or to Louisa Daniel Rutledge, along with transcriptions by James Thomas Rutledge.

Series 3: Miscellaneous Family Papers, 1883-1921
Includes Louisa Daniel Rutledge's obituary, copies of Sam Rutledge’s will and Jack Daniel’s will, some financial information for Mrs. Rutledge and her children, and other miscellaneous documents.  The copy of the obituary was provided by James Thomas Rutledge.

Associated Materials: Two family photographs are stored separately in the Photograph Collection.
Green, Ben A. Jack Daniel's Legacy. Nashville: Rich Printing Co., 1967.
Krass, Peter. Blood and Whiskey: The Life and Times of Jack Daniel, an American Legend. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004.

Related Collections: There are no known related collections.

Subject Terms

Persons
Rutledge, Louisa Daniel
Daniel, Jack
Daniel, Caloway
Daniel
Lucinda Cook
Rutledge, Sam

Places
Lincoln County, Tennessee
Mulberry, Tennessee
Lynchburg, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Local history

Material Types
Correspondence
Family Papers
Clippings
Diary
Transcriptions

 

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

 

 

Diary

Includes Louisa Daniel Rutledge’s original Diary a direct transcription of the diary, and a “normalized” transcription of the diary. Dr. John Butler Rutledge, a bibliographer and Department head at UNC-Chapel Hill Library, performed the transcriptions. Dates 1899-1904.

 

 

Correspondence

Letters written by or to Louisa Daniel Rutledge, along with transcriptions by James Thomas Rutledge. Dates 1899-1923.

 

 

Miscellaneous Family Papers

Includes Louisa Daniel Rutledge's obituary, copies of Sam Rutledge’s will and Jack Daniel’s will, some financial information for Mrs. Rutledge and her children, and other miscellaneous documents. The copy of the obituary was provided by James Thomas Rutledge. Dates 1883-1921