Guide to the Maunsell-White Family Papers

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Guide to the Maunsell-White Family Papers

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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
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:

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Conditions Governing Use:

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Conditions Governing Access:

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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

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.



Box 1, Folder 1


Box 1, Folder 2

Anderson, Jonathan G. 1862

Box 1, Folder 3

Anderson, Sallie P. 1861

Box 1, Folder 4

Anderson, Major General Samuel Read 1862

Box 1, Folder 5

Betsy, Miss. [no last name] [n.d.]

Box 1, Folder 6

Brown, E. 1806

Box 1, Folder 7

Brewster, Anne M. H. [n.d.]

Box 1, Folder 8

Caldwell, N. 1850

Box 1, Folder 9

Cleburne, Patrick Ronayne 1862

Box 1, Folder 10

Colquhoun, George W. 1844

Box 1, Folder 11

Davis, Miss 1838

Box 1, Folder 12

Evans, Nathaniel [n.d.]

Box 1, Folder 13

Fannie [no last name] [n.d.]

Box 1, Folder 14

Flora [no last name] [n.d.]

Box 1, Folder 15

Forrest, General Nathaniel Bedford 1862

Box 1, Folder 16

French, Brigadier General Samuel Gibbs 1862

Box 1, Folder 17

Gunter, Major W. T. 1862

Box 1, Folder 18

Heath, Jesse H. 1850, 1854, 1867

Box 1, Folder 19

Heffernan, Edmond 1818

Box 1, Folder 20

Helm, Mrs. Ann 1862

Box 1, Folder 21

Holmes, Major General Theophilus Hunter 1862

Box 1, Folder 22

Hughes, Charles 1818

Box 1, Folder 23

Jackson, Andrew 1832, 1837

Box 1, Folder 24

Ligget, Mrs. S. 1849

Box 1, Folder 25

Marcy, William L. 1848

Box 1, Folder 26

Martin, Dwight 1847

Box 1, Folder 27

Mathew, Theobald 1851

Box 1, Folder 28

Matie [?] [no last name] [n.d.]

Box 1, Folder 29

Maunsell, Clara 1855

Box 1, Folder 30

Maunsell, Robert 1844

Box 1, Folder 31

Maunsell, Reverend William 1845, 1846, 1848, 1850

Box 1, Folder 32

Miles, Anna 1856

Box 1, Folder 33

Miles, Mamma Nannie 1890

Box 1, Folder 34

Milne, Richard 1806

Box 1, Folder 35

Negley, Brigadier General James S. 1862

Box 1, Folder 36

Ryan, Clotilde 1854, 1855, 1859

Box 1, Folder 37

Ryan, C. W. 1854

Box 1, Folder 38

Smith, Lt. A. 1861

Box 1, Folder 39

Thaw, Robert 1843

Box 1, Folder 40

Taylor, Zachary 1846

Box 1, Folder 41

Walden, W. I. 1807

Box 1, Folder 42

Walker, Brigadier General John G. 1862

Box 1, Folder 43

Weson, W. B. 1862

Box 1, Folder 44

White, Bettie B. 1869

Box 1, Folder 45

White, Clara 1849

Box 1, Folder 46

White, Henry 1834

Box 1, Folder 47

White, Maunsell, Sr. 1842-1849

Box 1, Folder 48

White, Maunsell, Sr. 1850-1858

Box 1, Folder 49

White, Maunsell, Sr. 1860-1862

Box 1, Folder 50

Wilson, J. 1824

Box 1, Folder 51

Correspondence, illegible and fragments of communications 1832

Box 1, Folder 52

Davis, Jefferson 1866


Miscellaneous Papers

Box 2, Folder 1

Confederate currency

Box 2, Folder 2

Envelopes addressed to various persons

Box 2, Folder 3

Various checks payable to Elliot, Bernap & Babcock

Box 2, Folder 4

Twenty-nine calling cards of visitors to Miss Bettie Bradford

Box 2, Folder 5

Jonathan G. Anderson - certificate of membership in Odd Fellow Lodge

Box 2, Folder 6

Decorated floral designs of letters "C" and "E"

Box 2, Folder 7

Report of progress of Civil War from Confederate side

Box 2, Folder 8

Land deed 1874

Box 2, Folder 9

Journal of Maunsell White Jr. 1849, 1851

Box 2, Folder 10

Account book, probably Maunsell White Jr. 1871-1888

Box 2, Folder 11

"Album of Pearls" common place book of Anna B. Miles 1866-1882



Box 3, Folder 1

Photographs (2) of Artemis Smith "Mammy" to Maunsell White Jr's children

Box 3, Folder 2

Confederate commanders

Box 3, Folder 3

Engraving from a daguerreotype of Maunsell White

Box 3, Folder 4

Jefferson Davis

Box 3, Folder 5

Bettie Porter Bradford White (2), wife of Maunsell White Jr

Box 3, Folder 6

David Bradford White

Box 3, Folder 7

Photo and biographical sketch of Mrs. Eliza Bradford Challor

Box 3, Folder 8

Amanda Davis Bradford

Box 3, Folder 9

Lu M. White, daughter of Maunsell White Jr. and Bettie Bradford

Box 3, Folder 10

Man in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape M W3

Box 3, Folder 11

Woman in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape

Box 3, Folder 12

Man in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape M W4

Box 3, Folder 13

Woman in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape M W5

Box 3, Folder 14

Man in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape M W6

Box 3, Folder 15

Woman in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape M W9

Box 3, Folder 16

Woman in locket case (unidentified) yellow tape M W10

Box 3, Folder 17

Three men (unidentified)

Box 3, Folder 18

Various women (unidentified)