Furman Family Exhibit
Drawings and Creative Works

Copyright held by the Pearce Civil War Collection, Navarro College Archives.
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The Furman Family Papers contain a wealth of material documenting the pre- and post-Civil War life of a South Carolina plantation family. This exhibit is designed to showcase examples of the Furman children's creativity and artistic talents.

Some images have been cropped, resized, and/or sharpened for easier on-line viewing.

Click on the signature of each creator for samples of his or her work.



Catherine Eliza Furman, called "Kate" or "Sister" by her family, was born January 29, 1858 to John Howard and Susan Miller Furman. She attended boarding school in Salem, North Carolina from 1870 to 1872, then returned to the Furman family's Cornhill Plantation near Sumter, South Carolina. Kate was still living with her family in 1882.




Richard Baker Furman, Kate's youngest brother, was born in 1865 or 1866 at Cornhill Plantation, South Carolina. He attended Greenville Military Institute, as his older brother Donald did before him. In 1905 he married a woman named Katherine Lide. Richard died in 1958.




Elizabeth "Bessie" Furman was Kate's and Richard's niece, the daughter of their older half-brother Farish Carter Furman and his wife, Emma LeConte Furman. She was born May 11, 1874.