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Papers of the Coker and Stout Families, 1785-1919
One and one-quarter linear feet, 1785-1919, of manuscripts, miscellaneous printed items, and photographs document the connection between the Cokers of South Carolina and the Stouts of Alabama through the marriage of James Lide Coker (1837-1918) and Susan Armstrong Stout (1837-1904) in 1860.

Letters, speeches, historical and biographical accounts, business and estate papers (deeds, indentures, promissory notes, and receipts) chronicle their lives and times and constitute a substantial addition to the Library's already rich and extensive holdings on the Coker family of Hartsville and Society Hill (Darlington County, S.C.). Of special interest is material reflecting the life and work of Susan's brother, the Rev. John Stout (1842-1894), a Furman graduate and Baptist minister who served churches in Cheraw, Newberry, Society Hill (Welsh Neck Church, 1874-1892) and Darlington.

The collection also includes items relating to the Hartsville School Association (1891), the Pee Dee Historical Association, Coker College, the Hartsville Railroad Company, and the New Providence Baptist Church. Among individual items of note are such papers and accounts as "Sketch of Methodist Church Hartsville SC," "Tribute to Dr. Thomas E. Hart" (1892), "Maj. J.L. Coker's Opinions...on Slavery" (13 Aug. 1912), "Short Sketch of the Ancestors and the Family of Caleb Coker of Society Hill" (by James Lide Coker), and "A Return of Votes for Congress, Senate Representatives & Tax Collector in Darlington District 14 & 15 Oct. 1844."

Other family names represented in the collection are Chambers, Edwards, Hart, Holloway, Kolb, Lide, McClellan, McIver, Waller, Westfield, and Woodruff. Found here, furthermore, are biographical accounts of the black servants associated with the Coker family.

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