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James Clawson Bristow papers , 1908-1910

MS 726

Collection Summary

Creator: Bristow, James Clawson
Collection Name:James Clawson Bristow papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1908-1910
Physical Description: 0.25 Linear Feet
Abstract:Papers written by farmer-preacher James Clawson Bristow between 1908 and 1910, as well as photocopies and transcripts of those writings. His writings cover family histories, travels to Arizona, and interactions with Baptist preachers.
Collection Number:MS 726
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

James Clawson Bristow, born February 5, 1835 in Beford County, Indiana, was a Baptist preacher. In 1845, his family moved to St. Claire County in Missouri. In 1856, James met Luranda Caroline Smith and married her and later fought as a Unionist during the Civil War. On April 26, 1875, James and several neighbors decided to settle in Arizona, drawn by accounts of agricultural opportunity there. They reached Middle Verde, Arizona on August 18. James rented land at first, but later acquired his own farm. In 1882, James Clawson Bristow was ordained in the Middle Verde Baptist Church, and served there until 1905. James died January 30, 1921 and is buried in the Middle Verde Cemetery with his wife. He had ten children, six girls and four boys.

Scope and Content Note

Six handwritten manuscripts by farmer-preacher James Clawson Bristow, detailing his life and observations, written between 1908 and 1910. Also included in this collection are photocopies of the handwritten writings and typed transcripts, all of which are undated. Bristow wrote about his family history, his wife's, family history, and his travels from Missouri to Arizona. He also wrote about his time in Arizona, his observations on family resemblance, and his experiences with Baptist preachers. Folder titles have been copied directly from Bristow's writings, including his spelling mistakes.


This collection is organized chronologically.



There are no restrictions on this collection.


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Access Terms

Frontier and pioneer life -- Arizona
Pioneers -- Arizona

Administrative Information

Credit Line

James Clawson Bristow papers (MS 726). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries

Processing History

Processed by Emma Luthi in 2020.

Container List

11 "The history of Grandpap Bristow," Original, 1908
12 "The history of Grandpap Bristow," Copy and Transcript, undated
13 "Ancestorial History of the Smith Family," Original, 1908
14 "Ancestorial History of the Smith Family," Copy and Transcript, undated
15 "A Sketch of History of my Travelings...", Original, 1909
16 "A Sketch of History of my Travelings...", Copy and Transcript, undated
17 "Thirty-Five years in Pore Arizona," Original, 1910
18 "Thirty-Five years in Pore Arizona," Copy and Transcript, undated
19 "The Likeness of the Children to their Parents," Original, approximately 1910
110 "The Likeness of the Children to their Parents," Copy and Transcript, undated
111 "A Sketch of History of my Experiences with Baptist...", Original, approximately 1910
112 "A Sketch of History of my Experiences with Baptist...", Copy and Transcript, undated