Edenton (N.C.) papers, 1717-1937.

Creator: Edenton (N.C.) papers.
Collection number: 1910
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Abstract: Miscellaneous papers, chiefly bills, receipts, deeds, court proceedings, wills, estate settlements (including the division of slaves), and other legal and business papers of Edenton and Chowan County, N.C., citizens, mainly before 1820. There are few letters. Several items concern the awarding of prizes by the Admiralty Court during the Revolution. Persons represented in the collection include: Nathaniel Allen, William Badham, John Barefield, Thomas Barker, Nehemiah Bateman, John Beasley, Thomas Benbury, William Blair, Charles Blount, Joseph Blount, William Branch, Stephen Cabarrus, William Cathcart, Josiah Collins, James Craven, Samuel Dickinson, Charles Eden, Henry Eelbeck, Montfort Eelbeck, William Eelbeck, William Hill, John Hodgson, Samuel Hodgson, Thomas Holland, Arthur Johnston, Samuel Johnston, Peter Malbone, Jeremiah Michener, Elisha Norfleet, Samuel Pagett, John Palin, Thomas Parris, and Thomas Pollock.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: There are several references to divisions of enslaved African Americans in 1751, 1752, 1753,1807, and in as well as the hire of 1816. (See Folders 2, 7, and 8).

There are two deeds, one for an enslaved African American man and another for an enslaved African American girl, from 1768 and 1789.(See Folders 3 and 5).

There is also a letter, dated 18 November 1839, from William Snowden to his brother, discussing various topics including how enslaved people are treated (See Folder 12).

Oversize papers contain an 13 April 1752 account of the division of enslaved African Americans on the estate of John Hodgson.

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