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William Winans family papers

Identifier: SC-Cent. Misc. Mss. 105

Scope and Contents

The William Winans family papers consist of photocopy facsimiles of documents. A letter dated 1836 from William Winans to his wife Martha concerns his trip to Ohio for the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. A letter dated 1845 from Wesley P. Winans to his mother Martha includes Wesley’s report card from Centenary College (Brandon Springs, Miss.), comments on the newly-formed Methodist Episcopal Church South, and mentions the possible move of Centenary to Jackson, Louisiana. The collection also includes a newspaper clipping of Mary Susanna Winans Wall’s obituary (1897) and William Winans biography from the dedication of a pulpit in Centerville Methodist Church (Centerville, Miss.).


  • 1836 - 1897


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

William Winans (1788-1857) was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Ohio. In 1808, Winans became a preacher in the Western Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1810, he was appointed to serve Attakapas in the Mississippi District. For the remainder of his life, he served churches in Mississippi.

In 1845, Winans was part of the committee that established a plan of separation for the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Around 1842, Winans joined the board of trustees for Centenary College (Brandon Springs, Miss.). He continued to serve as a trustee for Centenary College of Louisiana (Jackson, La.) until 1855. He served as chairman of these boards from approximately 1845 until 1855.

In 1814, Winans married Martha Louise Dubose (1797-1862). Their children are Mary Susannah Winans Wall (1816-1897), Wesley Lane Winans (1819-1819), Margaret Louise Clairborne Winans Dickson (1822-1853), Wesley Parker Winans (1825-1863), and Ann Eliza Winans Dickson (1828-1899).


1 Folders

Language of Materials



Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated by Josie O’Brien in November 1976.

Finding Aid to the William Winans family papers
Chris Brown
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Repository Details

Part of the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections Repository

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