East Tennessee State University
Archives of Appalachia
Box 70295
Johnson City, Tennessee 37614

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Nat T. Winston Collection

Collection Number:

Accession No. 178

Physical Description:

0.5 linear feet, 1 Hollinger Box


Nat T. Winston


Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University



Provenance: The Nat T. Winston Collection was originally donated to the B. Carroll Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University in 1968 by Dr. Nat T. Winston, Jr., Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health. The papers were subsequently transferred to the Archives of Appalachia on August 25, 1983.

Access: The collection is open for research.

Processing Information: Alice Cunningham and Becky Tuthil completed processing, and opened for research on February 14, 1990.


Nat T. (Nathaniel Taylor) Winston (June 21, 1895 - June 18, 1961) was a native of Bristol, Tennessee, a prominent East Tennessee businessman and a strong proponent of Tennessee conservation. Born to John Hastings and Mary Wingfield Taylor Winston, Nat T. Winston was raised in north-eastern Tennessee and attended Bristol Tennessee High School. Upon graduation he enrolled in Bethany Institute, Pennsylvania(1) and later continued his secondary education at King College, Bristol, Tennessee, and Milligan College, Milligan College, Tennessee, sometime between 1910 and 1920. In 1923 he moved to Johnson City, Tennessee, and two years later married Naomi Frances Coblentz.

In 1925 Nat T. Winston formed the Johnson City Home Federal Savings and Loan Association and became its president. He remained the Johnson City bank's president for twenty-five years and was instrumental in the opening of branch offices in both Kingsport and Greeneville, Tennessee. During his tenure as bank president, Winston served as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1960 was appointed to the Federal Savings and Loan League Committee.

Outside of his professional activities, Nathaniel Winston was a great lover of the outdoors. He traveled extensively throughout North America, hunting and fishing from the Arctic Circle to Mexico, but he preferred the mountains of East Tennessee. He wrote a book entitled, Hit Haint the Fish, and several articles on his experiences as an outdoorsman and the need for better conservation of Tennessee's natural resources. He organized the Unaka Rod and Gun Club and served as its president. For his continuous conservation activities the state of Tennessee awarded him the Cartter PattenAward. He also served as president of the Johnson City Rotary Club and in 1952 as the president of the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce. He also was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City.

1. It is quite likely the Bethany Institute listed in the Nat T. Winston obituary, Johnson City Press Chronical June 9, 1961, is in acuality Bethany College, Bethany, West Virginia. The town is located on the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border north of Wheeling, West Virginia; and is quite possible someone thought the institute was located in Pennsylvania.


The Nathaniel Taylor Winston Collection contains personal correspondence, land deeds, diploma, bonds, summons, South Carolina State Tax Notice and memorabilia documenting the activities of Nathaniel T. Winston between 1900 and 1961. Business and personal activities of both the Winston and Taylor families between 1781 and 1967 also are included. The papers also contain a collection of historical documents, including a letter from John Sevier, correspondence from Taylor, Taylor and Pepper Attorneys at Law, legal documents pertaining to the Nathaniel M. Taylor estate settlement, and a hand-written copy of General Robert E. Lee's last order to the Army of Northern Virginia (1864). The collection is divided into two series: Series I, Correspondence and Memorabilia, 1781-1967 and Series II: personal Family Effects, 1796-1903. A subject index follows the Box and Folder list.

Important subjects covered in the collection include:

Carter County (Tenn.)
Education--Tennessee, East
Jonesborough Female College and Graded School
Sevier, John, 1745-1815
Taxation--South Carolina
Taylor, George
Taylor, Nathaniel M.--Estate
Taylor, W. C.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Winston, John H.
Winston, Nat T. (Nat Taylor), 1895-1961




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Series I contains correspondence and memorabilia documenting the activities of Nathaniel Taylor Winston between 1900 and 1961 and the activities of the Winston and Taylor families and business relationships with A. W. Taylor, Frank Winston, Joseph Clipper, W. C. Taylor, and Taylor, Taylor & Pepper Attorneys at Law. These documents also highlight the settlement of the Nathaniel M. Taylor Estate. A folder of photocopies of most of the correspondence and a folder containing memorabilia are included in this series. The correspondence is arranged chronologically by the first date of a date span listed on each folder followed by the folder of photocopies and memorabilia.

Series II, PERSONAL FAMILY EFFECTS, 1796-1903, Box 1.

Series II contains an article of agreement, bonds, bank drafts, receipts, legal documents, diplomas, summons, copy of General Robert E. Lee's last order to the Army of Northern Virginia, and a catalog of officers and pupils of the Jonesborough Female College and Grade School, items documenting the general activities and collecting interests of the Winston and Taylor families between 1796 and 1903. In addition to these documents there is an undated estate settlement for the Nathaniel M. Taylor Estate. The records are arranged alphabetically by document type.


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Box 1

1. Correspondence: John Sevier, 1781.
2. Correspondence: A. W. Taylor, 1825-1854.
3. Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1842-1861.
4. Correspondence: Frank Winston, 1845-1861.
5. Correspondence: Joseph Clipper, 1870.
6. Correspondence: George Taylor, December 26, 1883.
7. Correspondence: W. C. Taylor, September 1884.
8. Correspondence: George Taylor, Taylor & Pepper Attorneys at Law, November 1895.
9. Correspondence: Alfred W. Taylor, February 1919.
10. Correspondence: Zane Ragsdale, March 31, 1966.
11. Correspondence: Nathaniel Winston, 1967.
12. Correspondence: Photocopies, 1825-1919.
13. Memorabilia: Grover Cleveland Democratic Election Ticket, ND.

Series II, PERSONAL FAMILY EFFECTS, 1796-1903, Box 1.

Box 1

14. Article of Agreement: W. C. H. George D. Taylor & A. G. Shell Company, May 1895.
15. Bonds and Bank drafts, 1849-1903.
16. Catalog of Officers and Pupils: Jonesborough Female College and Grade School, August 1869-June 1870.
17. Diplomas of John H. Winston: University of Virginia, July 1845-June 1846.
18. Estate Settlement: Nathaniel M. Taylor, ND.
19. General Orders: General Robert E. Lee's last order to the Army of Northern Virginia (handwritten copy), 1864.
20. Land Deed and Ownership Certificates, 1796-1823.
21. Receipts: United States Internal Revenue, 1868.
22. South Carolina Tax Notice: Josiah Harrison, 1869.
23. Summons: State of Tennessee, First Judicial Circuit to the Sheriff of Carter County, ND.

The following have been removed from the collection and placed in oversize storage according to accession number:

Oversize Folder:

1. Diploma of John H. Winston, Louisa County, Virginia, from the University of Virginia (date not legible).
2. John H. Winston's Certificate of Proficiency in the Class of Political Economy of the University of Virginia, June 29, 1846.
3. Certificate to John H. Winston (in Latin).

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*The notation following the listed subject indicates the box and folder numbers for the collection items.

A. G. Shell & Company: 1-14.
Civil War-Lee's Surrender of Northern Virginia Army: 1-19.
Clipper, Joseph: 1-5.
East Tennessee Education: 1-17.
Harrison, Josiah: 1-23.

Jonesborough Female College, Jonesborough, Tennessee: 1-16.
Lee, General Robert E.: 1-19.
Nathaniel M. Taylor Estate: 1-18.
Ragsdale, Zane: 1-11.
Sevier, John: 1-1.

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Shields, L. H.: 1-6.
Shipley, E. A.: 1-7.
Smith, John C.: 1-5.
South Carolina, State Tax: 1-23.
Taylor, Alfred Winston: 1-2, 1-10.

Taylor, George: 1-6, 1-8, 1-14.
Taylor & Pepper Attorneys at Law: 1-8.
Winston, Frank: 1-4.
Winston, John H.: 1-17.
Winston, Nathaniel T.: 1-11, 1-12.


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