Category Archives: Slave Correspondence

Bedford Brown Papers, 1779-1906.

Creator: Brown, Bedford, 1795-1870.
Collection number: 92-z
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Abstract: Bedford Brown was a state legislator and United States senator from Caswell County, N.C. The collection includes scattered papers of the family of Bedford Brown and of his son, Livingston Brown, whose wife was a daughter of John Bullock Clark (1802-1885), United States and Confederate congressman of Fayette, Mo. Papers include Brown and Clark family letters, beginning in 1836; political correspondence of Bedford Brown only in 1860, and of Livingston Brown, 1866-1876; and Caswell County deeds and miscellaneous papers.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folder 3 contains a 12 May 1860 letter from an enslaved man in Arkansas (name unknown) to his Uncle Ned on another plantation. There is also a bill of sale dated 31 August 1863 for an enslaved woman named Lucy.

George W. Burwell papers, 1786, 1800-1884.

Creator: Burwell, George W., d. 1873.
Collection number: 4291
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Abstract: George W. Burwell was a physician, planter, and businessman of Mecklenburg County, Va. He had family and business connections to Henderson, Granville County, N.C., and other locations along the North Carolina-Virginia border, Continue reading George W. Burwell papers, 1786, 1800-1884.

Hayes collection, 1694-1874.

Creator: Hayes Plantation (Edenton, N.C.).
Collection number: 324
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Abstract: Johnston family of Edenton, N.C., including Gabriel Johnston (1699-1752), colonial governor; his brother, Samuel Johnston, Sr., merchant; Samuel Johnston, Jr. (1733-1816), Continue reading Hayes collection, 1694-1874.

Cameron family papers, 1757-1978 (bulk 1770-1894).

Creator: Cameron family.
Collection number: 133
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Abstract: Cameron family of Orange and Durham counties and Raleigh, N.C. Among antebellum North Carolina’s largest landholders and slave holders, the Camerons also owned substantial plantations in Alabama and Mississippi. Prominent family Continue reading Cameron family papers, 1757-1978 (bulk 1770-1894).

John S. Henderson papers, 1755-1945, 1962.

Creator: Henderson, John S. (John Steele), 1846-1916.
Collection number: 327
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Abstract: John Steele Henderson, member of the North Carolina General Assembly, United States congressman, lawyer, and a founder of rural free delivery of the mail, was born 6 January Continue reading John S. Henderson papers, 1755-1945, 1962.

DeRosset family papers, 1671-1940 (bulk 1821-1877).

Creator: DeRosset family.
Collection number: 214
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Abstract: The DeRosset family descended from French Huguenot Armand John DeRosset, who immigrated to the American colonies in the 1730s and settled in Wilmington, N.C., where four generations of DeRossets worked as physicians and Continue reading DeRosset family papers, 1671-1940 (bulk 1821-1877).

John DeBerniere Hooper papers, 1778-1911.

Creator: Hooper, John DeBerniere, 1811-1886.
Collection number: 835
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Abstract: John DeBerniere Hooper was a student, tutor, and professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., and a teacher in schools in several other North Carolina locations, Continue reading John DeBerniere Hooper papers, 1778-1911.

Henry Alderson Ellison papers, 1848-1882.

Creator: Ellison, Henry Alderson, d. 1862.
Collection number: 1432-z
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Abstract: The collection includes slave records and other papers relating to Henry Alderson Ellison, planter of Baldwin County, Ala., and his family, including a notebook (16 p.), containing Continue reading Henry Alderson Ellison papers, 1848-1882.

Jane Gurley papers, 1830-1841.

Creator: Gurley, Jane, fl. 1830-1841.
Collection number: 1783-z
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Abstract: Jane Gurley lived in Windsor, N.C., in the mid-19th century. Chiefly letters to Jane Gurley of Windsor, N.C., from friends and relatives in La Grange, Tenn., and Louisburg, N.C., concerning family, church, and community affairs. Also included Continue reading Jane Gurley papers, 1830-1841.