Burgwyn family papers, 1787-1987.

Creator: Burgwyn family.
Collection number: 1687
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Abstract: The Burgwyn family of Northampton County, N.C. included such prominent family members as Henry King Burgwyn (1813-1877), planter, and his sons Henry King Burgwyn, Jr. (1841-1863), a graduate of the University of North Carolina and a colonel in the 26th North Carolina Regiment, C.S.A.; William Hyslop Sumner Burgwyn (1845-1913), who served in the 35th North Carolina Regiment, was a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Harvard Law School, and a lawyer in Baltimore, Md., and Henderson, N.C., where he also ran a bank; and John Alveston Burgwyn (1850-1898), planter, merchant, and government official of Northampton County; and Thomas Williams Mason Long, husband of Maria Greenough Burgwyn Long and North Carolina state senator and physician who was active in the field of public health. Miscellaneous papers of the Burgwyn family of Northampton County, N.C. The bulk of the papers, other than the volumes, are those of William Hyslop Sumner Burgwyn of Henderson, N.C., chiefly in the 1880s, and consist of deeds, family letters, and papers pertaining to Henderson Female College. Volumes include a plantation diary, 1885-1889, and account books, 1880-1907, of John Alveston Burgwyn, and a record of cotton pickers’ wages, 1919. Other items include copies of six colonial family letters from Wilmington, N.C.; a plantation account book and letters to his overseer from Henry King Burgwyn in Europe in 1851; letters from and diaries of Henry King Burgwyn, Jr., as a Confederate officer, and a few of his other papers; and Maria Greenough Burgwyn Long’s records of the Episcopal women’s auxiliary at Roanoke Rapids, N.C., 1915-1917.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Volumes include plantation accounts, a personal diary, deeds and family letters. Financial and legal materials contain receipts of slave sales and slave lists (1830-1861), and correspondence of Henry King Brown discusses the handling of slaves (1843). Microfilm available.