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Benjamin Farar papers

Identifier: LaRC-65

Scope and Contents

The collection consists correspondence to and from Benjamin Farar. Many of the letters are from New Orleans, from Farar's wife, Mary Ellis, and her sister Jane Ellis Rapalje, and his daughters Mary Farar and Anna Farar Mercer, wife of Dr. William N. Mercer. The letters contain information on family matters, comments on local news, relations of balls, races, theatre and other amusements. The letters from Farar are for the most part written from Laurel Hill plantation, near Natchez, and contain descriptions of plantation life, planting crops and social activities in Natchez. Other letters are from friends and business associates and deal with both personal and business matters. Among the correspondents are Abner L. Duncan, William Kenner. John Dick, Thomas Butler. Also included are Patent Letters for land in Adams County, Miss., issued to Thomas Hutchins, and a Spanish land grant signed by Miro to Benjamin Farar.


  • 1773-1826


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Farar owned Laurel Hill Plantation in southern Mississippi. He was married to Mary Ellis Farar; they had two daughters, Mary and Anna. His business associates included Thomas Butler, John Dick, Abner L. Duncan, and William Kenner.


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Pierce Butler, Jr. Date acquired: 07/06/1958.

Processing Information

Collection finding aid created by intern Ariel St. Etienne. Subjects and authority files added by Andrew Mullins, III in 2018.

Ariel St.Etienne
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US