Lot 77: Lones Archive of Letters & Ephemera
October 22, 2016
Knoxville , TN, USALive Auction
Description: Letters and ephemera archive of Jacob Kimberlin Lonas (earlier spelling Lones), Lones' No. 1 Soldier's Certificate voter's registration dated June 12th, 1867 and signed by Charles Morrow, Commissioner of Registration for Knox County is included. The certificate documents that Lones was a Captain, that he served in the First Regiment of the Tennessee Cavalry Volunteers, and that he was honorably discharged. A brief affidavit addressed to James B. Claff of Lincoln, IL, refers to a surgeon who was attending a wounded soldier before leaving Tennessee to go to Illinois in 1869, is included. A summons for Lones to attend a call Meeting of Masters Lodge, No. 244, at 7 o'clock on April 18, 1871, by order of the W. M. C. C. Nelson is included. Also included are two letters to Pauline Sharp, dated prior to her marriage to Lones on January 31, 1871. One is from Lones, dated October 16, 1869, stating that he will be coming to see her tomorrow as he "[has] something particular to say...". The letter also includes two stanzas of poetry that he evidently wrote for her. The other is from her cousin Branch M. Zachary, a student at Walnut Grove Academy in Knoxville, TN, dated April 21, 1870, asking her to "com [sic] to the debate on the 6 of May for you have got a ticket...", envelope addressed to Pauline with three cent stamp included. The program for a Caducean Literary Society Debate for the Walnut Grove Academy, dated December 23, 1870, is also included. Zachary's name is listed under the "Negative" category with the inscription "Compliments of Branch M. Zachary to Mif[s]s Pauline Sharp" inside the program. Includes twenty-one small chromolithograph card stock advertisements that read "Vote for J. K. Lones, For Sheriff - Election, August 2 1888". The images on the cards include ships, lighthouses, children fishing or boating, butterflies, flowers, and kittens. An "Official Vote of Knox County" card for an election that occurred on September 29th, 1887, compliments of J. K. Lones, Sheriff, is also included. Other ephemera includes a chromolithograph on card stock advertisement for Fleischmann & Co.'s Compressed Yeast, a card stock advertisement for Peter Kern, Confectioner, 1 & 3 Market Square, Knoxville, TN, a card stock invitation for the "Ye Olde Folkes Concerte at ye Firste Baptiste Church" dated July 20, 1894, and a card stock dinner place card for Lones. Also included are three envelopes, one addressed to Mif[s]s Pauline Sharp from Knoxville, TN, dated February 23, with a three cent stamp, one unclaimed addressed to Mif[s]s Pauline Sharp from Graveston, TN, dated November 26, 1870, and one addressed to Capt. J .K. Lones Knoxville, TN, with no return address or stamp. Biography: Sergeant/Captain, 4th TN Infantry which later became the 1st TN Cavalry. He was born on July 18, 1842 to Charles and Rebecca Lones, the first of nine children. The Lones' were a prominent Knoxville family that originally moved to the area in the 1770's. Military biography (courtesy: Record Group 94 and Dyer, pp 1636-1637): Lones enlisted in the Union Army on April 1, 1862 at the age of 19. Commissioned Captain by the Governor of Tennessee on February 1, 1864, Lones saw action during the Tullahoma Campaign, Chickamauga, Sparta, East Tennessee Campaign, New Hope Church, Allatoona Hills, Kenesaw Mountain, the Siege of Atlanta, the Raid on Atlanta and West Point Railroad, Franklin, Nashville, Pursuit of Hood, and the expedition into Mississippi. Jacob died on February 7, 1929 and is buried in Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery. Provenance: Knoxville, Tennessee collection. (Additional high-resolution photos are available at www.caseantiques.com)
Condition Report: Paper documents and ephemera exhibit wear and damage to be expected from age. The voter registration certificate exhibits discoloration of paper, especially at folds, 1 1/2" tear at left fold.