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UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Rebecca Allen Turner Collection, 1840-1895
0.5 Linear feet1 document box
Scope and Content
This collection chiefly consists of antebellum correspondence from William H. Allen to his sister Rebecca Jane (Allen) Turner, discussing William's steamboat travels along the Mississippi, Arkansas, and Ohio Rivers. Letters describe boat travel in detail as well as the natural scenery and people William encountered. Letters mention family news and health, poetry and literature, Rebecca's schooling at Steubenville Female Seminary in Ohio, and William's encounters with Native and African Americans. The collection also includes items concerning Rebecca's husband, the Unionist judge Jesse Turner, and Reconstruction era and railroad politics.
For a related collection, see the Turner Family Papers, UALR.MS.0031.
This collection was originally numbered H-31 and is part of the J. N. Heiskell Historical Collection, courtesy of the Arkansas Gazette Foundation.
William H. Allen (1821-1857) was a clerk on various steamships in the mid-nineteenth century. Rebecca Jane (Allen) Turner (1823-1917) attended boarding school in Ohio. Later, she married Jesse Turner (1805-1894), a judge from Van Buren, Arkansas. Turner was involved in the building of the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad, served as a member of the Arkansas legislature in 1838, and took part in the 1836 and 1861 Constitutional Conventions. He was also a district attorney of the United States for western Arkansas.
Allen, William Hervey, 1821-1857
Arkansas Gazette Foundation. (donor)
Arkansas River--Description and travel--19th century
Arkansas--Politics and government--1865-1900
Heiskell, John Netherland, 1872-1972, collector
Mississippi River--Description and travel--19th century
This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.
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Rebecca Allen Turner Collection, 1840-1895, UALR.MS.0174. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.
Footnote or Endnote Information:
Description of item, location of item in the collection, Rebecca Allen Turner Collection, 1840-1895, UALR.MS.0174.