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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Maunsell-White Family Papers
    Dates: 1800-1888
    Identification: M000003
    Physical Description: 1.50
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Sutro Library, California State Library
    1630 Holloway Avenue
    5th floor
    San Francisco, CA, 94132-4030
    URL: http://www.library.ca.gov/about/sutro_main.html
    Email: sutro@library.ca.gov
    Phone: 415-469-6100

    Administrative History:

    The Maunsell-White family can be traced back to the era of Oliver Cromwell in Ireland in the seventeenth century. Mausell White Sr. was born near Clonwell, Tipperary county, about 1776. His mother and father died when he was quite young and left for the United States shortly after.
    When he was 13 years old, he settled in New Orleans.  He later married Celeste de la Ronde, who was of French descent. Celeste did not live very long and after her death, Maunsell White married her sister, Heloise.  With his first wife, Celeste, he had one child, a daughter Eliza. With his second wife, Heloise, he had three more children: Anne, Maunsell Jr., and Clara (Mrs. Carl Kohn).
    Maunsell White Sr. was actively engaged in commerce in New Orleans and eventually accumulated an estate of about two million dollars. He owned a large sugar plantation about 10 miles south of New Orleans with as many as two hundred slaves. Towards the end of his life, White suffered severe financial losses which diminished his holdings considerable. At the battle of New Orleans, Maunsell White Sr. was made an aid-de-camp to General Andrew Jackson and thereafter was known as Colonel Maunsell White. He died in 1863.
    Maunsell White Jr. attended Mandeville College in Mandeville, Louisiana  and the University of Virginia.  He married Bettie Parker Bradford in 1855. They had six children and one of their sons, Maunsell White III, earned a distinguished reputation as a metallurgist in the iron and steel industry in the late nineteenth century.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Geographic Name:

    Deer Range Plantation (Plaquemines Parish, La.)

    Personal Name:

    Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
    Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
    Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850.

    Topical Term:

    Agriculture--Louisiana--History--19th century.
    Plantation owners--Louisiana.
    United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Processed by Sutro Library staff

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please email sutro@library.ca.gov.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research. Please page materials three business days in advance of your visit by email: sutro@library.ca.gov

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Maunsell-White Family Papers,1800-1888, M0003, Sutro Library, California State Library, San Francisco, Calif.

    Related Materials:

    Maunsell White Collection #2234, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
    Information about related materials is available at http://finding-aids.lib.unc.edu/02234/

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Correspondence in box 1 is arranged alphabetically. Box 2 contains misc. family records and box 3 contains photographs.

    Scope and Contents

    This collections contains materials pertaining to Maunsell White Sr. and his family up until 1888. Contents include business letters and records, personal letters, photographs, miscellaous legal documents, and Civil War memorabilia. Highlights include a handwritten note and hair from Confederate President Jefferson Davis and handwritten letters from United States Presidents Zachery Taylor and Andrew Jackson.