TRULOCK FAMILY PAPERS
Manuscript Collection MC 1160
James Hines Trulock, the son of Sutton and Jane Powell Trulock,
was born September 22, 1799 in Darlington District, South
Carolina. When he was three years old, his family moved to
Pulaski, Georgia. Trulock married Amanda Beardsley, the oldest
daughter of Nichols and Polly Burton Beardsley on October 4, 1837
in Bridgeport, Connecticut. They settled at "Magnolia Place",
Trulock's plantation, located near Blakley in Early County,
Georgia. In early 1845 Trulock moved with his family to Jefferson
County, Arkansas, settling on Victoria plantation (later called
the "Prairie Place") at Victoria landing on the Arkansas River
near Pine Bluff, Arkansas. James Hines Trulock died on December
18, 1849. Amanda Beardsley Trulock became the administrator of
her late husband's estate. She took charge of the operation of
the plantation until the Civil War brought an end to the Trulock
farming in 1864. Amanda Trulock returned to Bridgeport,
Connecticut in 1867. "Prairie Place" remained in the possession
of the Trulock family until about 1915, when it was sold.
James W. Leslie of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, donated the Trulock
Family Papers to Special Collections on June 26, 1989.
The papers contain the photocopies of the original letters of
Amanda Beardsley Trulock, James Hines Trulock, and Victoria B.
Trulock (Davis), 1837-1869.
Processed by Vera Ekechukwu, March 1996. Special Collections
Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville,
The correspondence contains the letters of Amanda Beardsley
Trulock written from "Magnolia Place" in Blakely, Georgia (1937-
1844), from Jefferson County "Prairie Place" (near Pine Bluff),
Arkansas, and from a few other locations during trips, addressed
mainly to Bridgeport, Connecticut, relatives (parents and
siblings, and later to her children.); the letters of James Hines
Trulock written from his plantations and surrounding towns mainly
to his in-laws, Amanda's mother, Polly Burton (1783-1870), her
father, Nichols Beardsley (1785-1872), her sister, Marcia (1822-1912), and her brother, Bronson (1817-1898); and the letters of
Victoria B.Trulock (Davis) (1839-1869), daughter of Amanda
Beardsley and James Hines Trulock, written from her parents'
plantation, "Prairie Place" in Jefferson County, Arkansas; New
Rochelle, New York; and Hartford, Connecticut, to relatives in
Bridgeport, Connecticut. A few were written from Bridgeport to
relatives in Arkansas.
- Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1837-1839.
- Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1840-1849.
- Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1850-1859.
- Amanda Beardsley Trulock Correspondence, 1860-1869.
- James Hines Trulock Correspondence, 1839-1848.
- Victoria B. Trulock (Davis) Correspondence, 1850-1866.
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