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This collection includes correspondence between Fielder family members, a photograph from a Fielder family reunion circa 1914, and genealogical research on the Fielder family. In much of the correspondence, the Fielder family members who had moved to Texas were asking Ragus Fielder to move there, as well. One of the letters also discusses the beginning of the Civil War. Another contains a lock of human hair.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Fielder family were among the earliest settlers in Dallas County, Arkansas, arriving circa 1845. Most of the correspondence in this collection is addressed to James Ragus Fielder (1820-1888), his wife, Martha Ann Jones Fielder, and his sister, Julia Fielder McMurry (1829-1898). James and Julia stayed in Dallas County, Arkansas, while their siblings moved out of state. James Ragus Fielder was a farmer who enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private in Company A, 10th Arkansas Cavalry at Camden, Arkansas, on September 10, 1863. On October 25, 1865, he was wounded and captured at Mine Creek, Kansas. He was imprisoned at U.S. Military Prison, Camp Morton, Indiana, until he was released on oath of allegiance on May 20, 1865. James and Martha had eleven children. Julia Fielder McMurry had four children. Fielder, Jr. later married Tennessee Tucker. He had eleven children. Richmond R. Fielder (1819-1884) and his wife, Rutha Elizabeth Vaughn (1831-1910), wrote from Texas, as well. They had four children. Other correspondents include: Martha Fielder's parents, James and Juliet Jones, and Thomas Franklin Scroggin (1828-1888) and Tempa Ruth Fielder Scroggin (1832-1860). The Scroggins had five children.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Dallas County (Ark.); Texas





Resource Type



Fielder family papers, MS.001055


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Fielder family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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