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Ames and Hogan families papers

Identifier: MSS-2

Scope and Contents

The Ames and Hogan families papers document the history of the family from 1816-1910. The papers consist of correspondence, legal documents, speeches and essays, business receipts, an autograph album, and other items. Among the business receipts are those relating to Hogan’s business with James Nealley, documenting their trips from Ditto’s Landing to New Orleans, along with their cargo and business partners.


  • 1816 - 1910


Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Information

Elijah Hogan was born on May 16, 1794, to William Hogan (1750-1827) and Sarah Elizabeth Grant (1760-1816). From 1817-1827, Hogan and his partner, James Nealley, hauled cotton, hides, tobacco, and other goods on flatboats from Ditto’s Landing, Alabama, down the Tennessee River to New Orleans. Hogan married Mary “Polly” Lampkin (1800-1882) on May 26, 1818. Polly was the sister of Robert Allison Lampkin (1809-1885), one of Hogan’s later business associates. The Hogans eventually settled in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, where Elijah established himself as a merchant and tavern owner. He also served as the president of the Board of Police. Eventually his son-in-law, Madison Fisk Ames, became his business partner. Hogan died on June 28, 1841, in Starkville.

Madison Fisk Ames was born in Tennessee on August 9, 1830, to schoolteacher David Ames (1788-1870) and Sophronia Oella Fisk (1804-1884). He married Minerva Rosanna Hogan (1828-1899), daughter of Elijah Hogan and Polly Lampkin, on April 5, 1861, and worked in Starkville with his father-in-law. He died on June 19, 1907, in Starkville. The family papers contain correspondence by and to his brother, Albion Ames (1828-1905), and his daughters, Maria Ames and Groselia “Grossie” Ames Saunders (1864-1957), wife of Dero Saunders.


0.66 Cubic Feet (:2 ms. boxes, 1 SMO folder, 1 OS folder)

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The collection is arranged by series.


Ames and Hogan Family Papers
DeeDee Baldwin
July 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts Repository