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Sat, Oct 7, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 560

Col. Andrew Hynes Archive incl. Nashville Land Sales, KY/AL interest

Estimate: $400 - $500

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Archive related to the Andrew Hynes of Tennessee, including several land indentures relating to property in downtown Nashville. Andrew Hynes (1786-1849) was born into the prominent Hynes family of Bardstown, Kentucky. (His uncle, also Col. Andrew Hynes [1750-1800] founded the city of Elizabethtown.) Young Andrew Hynes was appointed Deputy Postmaster of Bardstown at the age of 19. In 1809 he moved to Nashville and began amassing a sizeable amount of property. He was an aide de camp and secretary to Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812, and was later promoted to Adjutant General for the state militia of Tennessee. He was known for his keen memory, powerful connections, and, as his obituary in the Nashville Whig noted, his "restless thirst for the accumulation of an inordinate fortune". This archive includes 8 letters including an 1817 personal letter from Tennessee governor Willie Blount asking Hynes to take in a needy young man, "the son of Dr. Roulhac" (sic?), along with several letters to Hynes from his brother William R. Hynes back in Kentucky (1 referencing slaves), Louisiana planter Jean Etienne Bore, future U.S. Congressman Edward Gay (his son in law), and a threatening letter from a G.W. Gordon, written to Hynes in 1804 before he left Bardstown. The 7 land-related documents, dating 1813-1830, include an 1829 agreement for Luther Taylor to "lay 300,000 good bricks for Andrew Hynes" in Nashville in exchange for land including "lot no. 3" along Water Street; others include Nashville references to "lot 23 in the town of Nashville, being the said lot which adjoins College Street & the Public Square," Lot #31 at College and Jackson Streets; Lot #34 along College Street; Cherry Street, Gay Street, a carpentry shop presently occupied by Joseph Gingry, Market Street, and more. There are also 2 indentures for land in Alabama, 1 for Russellville Kentucky (the old Bank House now in the occupancy of WG Pillow as a printing office," and 1 possibly unrelated partial inventory of household items. Signatures on land documents include those of Andrew Hynes Jr., Francis May, William Nichol, Thomas Fletcher, John Erwin, David McGavock, Henry Bateman, William and Thomas Ament, Joseph Gibson, Richard Story, Joseph Gingry, Luther Taylor, Thomas Powell, James Finley, Mary Robeson.


Scattered foxing, toning, minor staining and a few minor scattered losses, overall good condition, all encapsulated (not laminated) in protective plastic coverings. 1 Alabama-related document is missing the lower half.

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