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Snow family papers

Identifier: MS-2005-12
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Scope and Contents

Contents of the collection include correspondence, financial records, promissory notes, bills of sale, deeds, receipts, and other business records dating from 1826 to 1873, with the bulk of these records pertaining to the transactions of William H. Mein, Francis H. Ederington, and Precious Ederington. Includes a patrol warrant and original transaction records for the sale of enslaved African Americans.


  • Created: 1826 - 1873


Conditions Governing Use

None.  The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright.  Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at more information.

Biographical or Historical Information

Born in March of 1824 in South Carolina, Colonel Francis H. Ederington relocated to Hernando County, Florida in 1851, with his wife, Precious Ederington, their nine children, and eleven enslaved African Americans. The Ederingtons purchased the manor home located on the property known today as Chinsegut Hill, built in 1842 by Colonel Byrd Pearson after acquiring the land under the Armed Occupation Act of 1842.

Francis Ederington died in 1866; Precious Ederington died three years later. The property was inherited by their daughter, who married a South Carolina physician named J.R. Snow. The plantation became known as Snow Hill, and it remained with the Snow family until it was sold to Raymond Robins in 1905 and renamed "Chinsegut Hill."


0.83 Linear Feet

2 boxes

Language of Materials



The Snow Family papers include personal and business records created by members of the Ederington and Snow families of Hernando County, FL.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged chronologically by the date in which they were produced.

Physical Access Requirements

Original documents are fragile and should be handled with care.

Source of Acquisition

Robert Snow

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Processing Information

Complete. Collection has been processed at the item level, with original documents filed individually by date. To facilitate accessibility of handwritten script, all documents are accompanied by typed reproductions of the text.

Snow family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

4202 East Fowler Ave.
Tampa FL 33620-5400 US