John Fletcher Comer was a cotton planter of Barbour County, Ala., where he also ran a sawmill and corn mill. J.F. Comer was the father of Braxton Bragg Comer, who, in 1906, became governor of Alabama. The collection is a journal kept by John Fletcher Comer containing various kinds of records relating to agricultural activities on his Barbour County, Ala., plantation and to his lumber and corn mills. Included are records of cotton and corn planted, picked, and stored, and of hogs slaughtered. There are also records of specific orders for lumber cut to varying sizes and of numbers of bushels of corn milled for various customers. Miscellaneous purchases of knives, clothing, cloth, and tobacco are also documented. For 1845 through 1847, there are short journal entries, most of which list weather conditions and planting and milling activities. A few entries, however, contain slight references to the health and activities of family and friends.
Pages 1-5: Records of cotton planted and picked and of hogs slaughtered, 1844-1845.
Pages 6-92: Records of activity at Comer's sawmill, including specific orders for lumber cut to varying sizes and numbers of bushels of corn milled for various customers, 1844-1847.
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