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Alonzo B. Noyes Papers

Identifier: MS 241

Scope and Content

The bulk of the collection is composed of receipts, vouchers, freight lists, registers, abstracts of duties, accounts, and expenditure lists for the lighthouse and port in St. Marks, Florida. These papers are in nine folders, and are arranged chronologically. The remainder of the collection consists of correspondence addressed to Noyes. The majority of the letters concern receipts of items, duties, and day-to-day business of the lighthouse and port. Other subjects mentioned are smuggling, freight handling, travelling time for ships, and the Union blockade on southern shipping during the Civil War. The bulk of the material dates between 1861 and 1866.

The letters are arranged in six folders. Five of these folders are arranged by sender. These letters include: several sent by Christopher Gustavus Memminger, the Confederate Secretary of Treasury, and letters from Ebenezer Farrand, Augustus Steele, and T.S. Winn. The last folder of correspondence is arranged chronologically and contains miscellaneous authors. Although most of this correspondence is routine, it includes the thoughts and feelings of a Southerner after the Civil War. There is also a letter from Memminger to Noyes regarding the budget cuts needed in the South and a letter from T.S. Winn to Memminger about smuggling in Florida.


  • Creation: 1859-1867



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Alonzo Brown Noyes was born October 4, 1813 in Essex, Massachusetts to Thomas and Mary Brown Noyes. For the years prior to and during the start of the American Civil War, he served as a Customs Collector and the Superintendent of Lights at St. Mark's, Florida. He also served as a major in the Confederate Army. He died December 2, 1876 in Fernandina, Florida.


0.4 Linear feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



Receipts, vouchers, freight lists, and correspondence addressed to Alonzo B. Noyes, a Collector of Customs and a Superintendent of Lights during the American Civil War.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Related Material

The University of Florida also holds papers relating to other members of the Noyes family. The University of North Carolina holds correspondence, government forms, and bulletins of Alonzo B. Noyes.

Processing Notes

This collection incorporates letters to/from Noyes that were previously stored separately from the Alonzo Noyes Papers in the P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History.

A Guide to the Alonzo B. Noyes Papers
Finding aid created by Katrina Fields
April 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America