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Guide to the John William Draughon Family Papers, RG 162


Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: November 2003

Date Span:
1865-1952

Size:
7.0 cubic feet; 17,800 items.

Number of Boxes:
7 record center boxes.

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
John William Draughon was born in Newton, Dale County, Alabama on September 24, 1867 to James William and Mary (Fulton) Draughon. He attended Troy State Normal College in the late 1880's and began working as a teacher in Dale County in 1890. He relocated to Geneva County in 1892 where he continued teach. In 1895 he changed professions and began working as a bookkeeper with the Beal & Travis Log & Mill Company. Two years later he and his brother-in-law began a mercantile business in Hartford, Alabama. From 1898 to 1904 he served as city councilman and from 1904 to January of 1923, he served as Geneva County's Clerk of Circuit Court. During the First World War, Draughon was a member of the Selective Draft Board of Geneva County. In 1923 he was appointed Register in Chancery for the county. He married Vassie L. Roney on January 14, 1897. They had seven children: Wells Roney, Ralph Brown, Lucille, John, James E., Mary, Henry Pierce. Their son, Ralph Brown, would become president of Alabama Polytechnic Institute (presently Auburn University) from 1948 to 1965.

Scope and Content:
John W. Draughon Papers (1898-1931) include personal correspondence, business correspondence relating to Clerk of the Circuit Court and Register in Chancery at Geneva County, Alabama, financial records, postcards, telegrams, and miscellanious cards. Also included are religious and social organizational material, such as records from the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, local Baptist Church, Masonic and Knights of Pythias lodges; Circuit Court records, newspaper clippings and state and local political material. The Vassie L. Toney Draughon Papers contain personal correspondence, including letters, postcards, thank you notes, telegrams, poems, pictures, newspaper clippings and Baptist Church material.


Description of Collection:
John William Draughon

Item list:
Vassie L. (Roney) Draughon


Item List:
Box 1
CORRESPONDENCE Box 2 Box 3 Box 4 Box 5 Box 6 COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES POLITICS CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS Box 7 VASSIE RONEY DRAUGHON PAPERS

PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE

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