Brownrigg family papers, 1736-1986.

Creator: Brownrigg family.
Collection number: 2226
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Abstract: Brownrigg family of Wicklow County, Ireland; Chowan, Pasquotank, and Hertford counties, N.C.; and Mississippi. Included are Richard Brownrigg (d. 1771) of Ireland; brothers John and Thomas Brownrigg; Thomas’s wife, Ruth; their son, Gen. Richard Thomas Brownrigg (b. 1793); and their daughter, Elizabeth Brownrigg, who married the Hon. John L. Bailey. Correspondence and other papers, mainly 1771-1861, of the Brownrigg family of Chowan County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss. Included are deeds, contracts, bills and receipts; copies of family data and wills, including the wills of Richard Brownrigg (1735-1771) and his son Thomas Brownrigg (1767-1826); personal letters concerning health, education in North Carolina, fisheries, travels, and property in Chowan and Pasquotank counties, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss. Typed transcriptions of John Brownrigg’s letters, 1784-1794, written in Ireland and Jamaica; letters, 1807-1811, from Richard Thomas Brownrigg at the University of North Carolina; letters, 1835, written on a wagon caravan journey from North Carolina to Mississippi; journals, 1835 and 1836, written by Richard Thomas Brownrigg on trips from North Carolina to Mississippi; personal account books, 1835-1858, of Richard T. Brownrigg and his son John Brownrigg; and a few letters, 1944, of Richard Thomas Brownrigg (b. 1865).

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Financial and legal materials contain many items concerning the buying and selling of slaves (1736-1862). Personal correspondence includes comments on the disposition of slaves (1885); the prayer of slave “old Dick” (1835); messages sent home from slaves traveling with their owners (1835); and an observation of the “kindly affectionate relations” between slaves and masters in southwest Virginia (1835). Microfilm available.