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Three brothers, Charles A., Ray, and Stuart Simpson, came to Florida in the early 1900s and established the Simpson Nursery in Monticello, Florida. Richard H. Simpson, son of Charles A., graduated from the University of Florida and married Dorothy Beall Conrad. Richard Simpson served as mayor of Monticello and in the Florida House of Representatives.
The bulk of the collection consists of personal papers, photographs, and business records relating to the Simpson family of Monticello, Florida. It also contains papers of the Conrad, Perkins, Palmer, and Finlayson families. The Simpson family correspondence includes: letters of Charles A. Simpson during the war with Spain, 1898-1899; love letters of Richard Simpson and Dorothy Conrad, 1924-1928; and letters from Richard Simpson's constituents, 1951. The business records include: Simpson Nursery, 1906-1963; Conrad family of Volusia County, 1870-1949; and DeLand Development Corporation, 1921-1955.
The papers, 1825-1935, of the Perkins, Palmer, and Finlayson families were acquired by the Simpsons when they bought the old Palmer house in Monticello. These papers include: deeds, land patents, and plats of public land sales in Jefferson and Leon counties, 1825-1883; store ledgers for John H. Perkins' general store and cotton trade, 1887-1920; and patents for a new type of wagon axle, 1907, and a model of it.
The collection also contains miscellaneous books and papers collected by the Simpson family. Included are: railroad pension application papers of Dabney Palmer; an autograph book, late 1800s; slave records, 1842-1858; and a transcript of the parish book of the Presbyterian Church in Monticello, 1864-1879. There are six volumes, 1875-1877 and 1904-1934, listing coffin sales by a Jefferson County undertaker. Some entries include the name, age, and race of the deceased; the cause of death, if known; and cost of the coffin.
Folder listing available.
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Donor is a surviving relative of Richard H. Simpson.
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Subject Access Fields:
Spanish-American War, 1898 Florida Legislators Florida General stores Florida Presbyterians Florida Nurseries (Horticulture) Florida Undertakers and undertaking Florida Registers of births, etc. Florida --Jefferson County Cotton trade Florida Real estate business Florida Public land sales Florida Church records and registers Florida --Jefferson County African Americans History To 1863. Florida Slave bills of sale Florida Slavery Florida Women History 20th century Florida Presbyterian church records.
Deeds. aat Plats. aat Land surveys. aat Burial records. aat Business records. aat Church records. aat
Jefferson County (Fla.) Monticello (Fla.) Leon County (Fla.) Volusia County (Fla.) Florida Surveys
Simpson, Charles A., b. 1876
Simpson, Richard H., 1905-1968
Simpson, Dorothy Conrad, d. 1990
Perkins, J.H. (John H.)
Simpson Nursery Company (Monticello, Fla.)
First Presbyterian Church (Monticello, Fla.)
Deland Development Corporation.
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