Bennehan Cameron papers, 1866-1962.

Creator: Cameron, Bennehan, 1854-1925.
Collection number: 3623
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Abstract: Bennehan Cameron, planter, railroad executive, industrialist, and promoter of good roads, of Fairntosh and Stagville plantations, Durham County, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C. Correspondence, diaries, financial papers, farm account books, breeding records, family history materials, and other items relating to Bennehan Cameron’s many interests and activities. Documented are his involvement in agricultural organizations, farming and dairying operations, the North Carolina National Guard, railroads, the “Good Roads” movement in North Carolina and elsewhere in the South, the North Carolina legislatures of 1915-1921, the construction of Revolutionary and Confederate monuments, horse breeding and racing, the Society of the Cincinnati, and Anglo-American amity organizations.Included is extensive correspondence reflecting the activities of the Cameron family of Hillsborough, N.C., and the family of Bennehan Cameron’s wife Sallie Mayo Cameron of Richmond, Va.; genealogical materials relating to the Bland, Broadnax, Cameron, Mayo, Nash, Roane, and Ruffin families; and broadsides opposing women’s suffrage.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Correspondence  in Subseries 1.2  discusses the race riots in Wilmington (November 1898). Subseries 2.2 contains account books for Farintosh Farms and the dairy at Stagville, including accounts for laborers.