Paul Quattlebaum Papers, 1834-1904
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Forty-one manuscripts, 1839-1904, and four manuscript volumes, 1834-1889, reveal something of the remarkable life and work of Paul Quattlebaum (1812-1890), a public official, gunsmith, and entrepreneur of Lexington District, S.C. | Manuscripts Gifts 2008 | Previous Issues | Endowments | Friends of the Library |
A resident of Pinarea plantation near Lightwood Creek, Paul Quattlebaum was the son of John and Metee Burkett Quattlebaum and husband of Sarah Caroline Jones Prothro, widow of Samuel Prothro. During a long and distinguished militia career, he served as captain, First Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, during the second Seminole War; captain in the Lexington Guard and colonel in the Fifteenth Regiment, 1839-1843; and brigadier general, Third Brigade, ca. 1843-1853. He was the proprietor of a lumber business, flour mill, and rifle works; served in the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1840-1843, and the South Carolina Senate, 1848-1851; was a signer of the Ordinance of Secession; and held other positions of public trust, including terms as commissioner of free schools for Lexington District and director of the Columbia and Augusta Railroad. Paul Quattlebaum’s daughter Claudia Josephine married Thomas Furman Brodie, senior member of the firms of T.F. Brodie & Company, lumber manufacturers and dealers, and Brodie & Company, cotton factors, Charleston.
Included among the papers are a pocket size manuscript volume, 1839-1845, containing accounts for sales of lumber with the names Paul Quattlebaum and Balaam Gunter and an 1841 “Beef List” with distribution record for meat butchered; an account of day labor on Lightwood Creek, 1845, with the names of hands and account for days worked; an undated broadside advertisement for T.B. Aughtry & Co., 162 Main Street (Columbia, S.C.), T.B. Aughtry and W.F. Jones, proprietors; and bills from the following mercantile establishments: Scott & Player (Columbia, S.C.); S.N. Hart, Simons Brothers, and Alfred B. Mulligan of Charleston, S.C.; J.P. Brodie of Leesville, S.C.; and U.X. Gunter, L.D. Cullum & Co., and Meritt & Plunkett of Batesburg, S.C.
There are also accounts with Adalena, widow of Eldridge Quattlebaum, and crop liens and bills of sale executed between William Westmoreland and tenant farmers on Paul Quattlebaum’s land.
A letter of 12 January 1880 from M. Gregg, Charleston, refers to necklaces, earrings, and watch guards woven of human hair and tells of a whale captured in Charleston harbor, the skeleton of which was to be placed in the museum. Another, 26 September 1888, from South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture A.P. Butler concerns Quattlebaum’s shipment of five gallons of wine and encloses a “Free For Exposition” shipping tag. Still others include 18 September 88, written by W[illiam] Westmoreland from Samaria and giving results from the Aiken convention in polling between Tillman, Aldrich, and Henderson; 23 August 1888, from A.P. Butler to Paul Quattlebaum, noting that the Department of Agriculture would be exhibiting products of the state at the Augusta Exposition in October and soliciting “any specimens of fruit that you can conveniently contribute for the purpose named”; and correspondence, 1889, of D.J. Griffith, Lewiedale, concerning sales of guano and other agricultural products.
A printed circular letter, 15 October 1889, signed by J.M. Rusk, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., asks postmasters to distribute a circular requesting statistical information re acreage and agricultural products - corn, wheat, oats, potatoes, tobacco, hay, and cotton.
Bound volumes include an account book, 1834-1862, with records for the hire of African American slaves, sales of rifle barrels and other gun parts, construction of rafts on which to transport lumber down river, materials and labor used in constructing a house, hogs butchered, accounts of Paul Quattlebaum as guardian of Samuel M. Prothro, “No. of Slaves owned 1st Oct. 1849,” and “Births of Negroes,” 1830-1857 and 1859-1864.
An order book, 1873, constitutes a record of lumber sales for Paul Quattlebaum & Co. An account book, 1870-1889, labeled on the front cover “Brodie & Co’s Blotter No. 2...,” contains personal and agricultural accounts and records of Paul Quattlebaum, 1878-1889, including a record of wine sold and saw mill production and sales and brief notations on constructing and stocking a fish pond. Records, 1 April-30 September 1870, are in a different hand.
A separate volume, 1867-1874, with accounts taken from Thomas Furman Brodie & Co.’s books also includes a copy of the Court of Common Pleas of Charleston County case Olive Hudgins v. Paul Quattlebaum as administrator of the estate of Thomas F. Brodie, deceased, and R.R. Hudgins and H.C. Hudgins. Pasted into the volume are examples of the letterhead of Paul Quattlebaum & Co., Charleston, lumber manufacturers, successors to R.R. Hudgins & Co., and Brodie & Co., Charleston, cotton factors and commission merchants, T.F. Brodie, R.R. Hudgins, and H.C. Hudgins, proprietors.