MsC 84

C ollection Dates: 1880 - 1924
.25 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries

Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Several members of the Guinn family moved to Iowa Township, Benton County, Iowa from Tennessee, beginning with Hyrcanus Guinn who came first in March 1846. He was followed by his brother John. They set up farming about two miles south of what is now Belle Plaine. In 1850 or 1851, John Guinn relocated and with two other households, created the town of Guinnville which was platted November 8, 1856. A post office was established in Guinnville in February 1856. Eventually brothers William and Andrew Guinn and a brother-in-law, Frank Greenlee also moved to Iowa from Tennessee. Julia Fidelia Benson married into the Guinn family. Belle Plaine eventually subsumed Guinnville and the post office was moved to Belle Plaine August 6, 1862.

Scope and Contents

This small collection consists of legal documents and some correspondence, much of it having to do with the Benson family. Included are two versions of a history of Guinnville and a ledger book containing the possessions in the estate of H. Guinn, which provides a thorough record of the materials required to operate a farm in Iowa in the late nineteenth century.

Photographs: Box 1

Acquisition and Processing Information

These papers were collected for the University of Iowa Libraries by George Sheets in the late 1950s.

Guide posted to Internet: November 2005

Box Contents List


Early histories of Guinnville and Belle Plaine, Iowa

Last will and testament, W. W. Benson (father to Julia Fidelia (Benson) Guinn), and additional estate papers

Miscellaneous including tax receipts and land sale records

Newspaper clipping concerning sale of property, estate of W. W. Benson

Photograph, Tom Lawrence, pioneer dry goods merchant

Record book of H. Guinn, 1890 -- 1891

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