David Alexander Barnes papers, 1806-1892 (bulk 1850-1890).

Creator: Barnes, David Alexander, 1819-1892.
Collection number: 3484
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Abstract: David Alexander Barnes graduated from the University of North Carolina with an A.B. in 1840. He lived at Jackson (Northampton County), N.C., and was a member of the state House of Commons in 1844, 1846, 1850, and of the Convention of 1861. He was a superior court judge from 1865 to 1868 and a university trustee in 1868. In 1873, he married Bettie Vaughan. Personal and business correspondence, chiefly 1850-1890; bills and receipts; bills of sale; wills; deeds; indentures; and other legal papers of David Anderson Barnes. The papers concerning legal matters handled by Barnes are largely relate to members of the Burgwyn and McRae families. They include letters concerning Alveston, the Burgwyn plantation in Occoneechie Neck, Northampton County, N.C.; George Pollock Burgwyn’s bankruptcy case; and the affairs of T. Pollock Burgwyn and his sister Emily. There are scattered items relating to Barnes’s service as aide-de-camp to North Carolina governor Zebulan B. Vance during the Civil War and to his postwar railroad interests as a director and attorney of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad. Postwar political correspondence includes letters to and from Jonathan Worth, William C. Bagley, and others. Personal correspondence includes letters between Bettie Vaughan Barnes, the Vaughan family, and her husband and children, especially son David Collin Barnes while he was a student at Horner Academy, Oxford, N.C. Volumes include Collin William Barnes’s ledger for provisions, shoe shop, and labor, 1820-1832; an account book and ledger for whiskey and bacon, 1833; Boons Mill day books, 1836-1839; other account books; proceedings of the Jackson Lyceum Society, Jackson, N.C., 1838-1839; and the 1840 diary Barnes kept while he was a student at the University of North Carolina.

Collection Highlights: In Folder 13, there is an 1851 speech given by David Barnes on the subject of slavery. Also,┬áIn 1867, there is a draft letter by Barnes expressing appreciation to Governor Worth for upholding Barnes’s sentencing in a case concerning the beating of an African American.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection