Ferebee, Gregory, and McPherson family papers, 1816-1913.

Creator: Ferebee, Gregory, and McPherson family.
Collection number: 3374
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Abstract: Family members included Francis Roger Gregory, merchant in Petersburg, Va.; medical student at the University of Pennsylvania; physician and planter in Mecklenburg County, Va., and Granville County, N.C. In the 1830s, he married Nancy Alexander, and they had at least three children: William H.; Francis Roger, Jr., who a surgeon with the 12th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, and Martha, who married Nelson McPherson Ferebee of Oxford, N.C., a physician in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Indiana and the U.S. Flagship New York during the Spanish-American War. Family correspondence, business papers, and genealogical information of the Ferebee, Gregory, Howard, and McPherson families of southside Virginia and Granville County, N.C. The early papers are those of Francis Roger Gregory of Mecklenburg County, Va. Mingled with the Gregory papers is correspondence of the McPherson family of Camden County, N.C., including letters to Elizabeth McPherson Proctor during her school days in Brunswick County, Va., and at Georgetown, D.C. Postwar papers include those of George Howard of Tarboro, N.C., especially concerning the collection of pre-war debts owed by Northern creditors. The relationship of George Howard, a Tarboro lawyer, to the Gregory, McPherson, or Ferebee family is unclear. From 1872 through 1892, there are scattered papers of Nelson McPherson Ferebee (1849-1917) and of his wife, Martha Gregory Ferebee, including letters written from Hong Kong and Uruguay while Ferebee was ship’s surgeon aboard the U.S.S. Indiana, and copies of bulletins and log abstracts for several ships in the Caribbean during the War of 1898. Miscellaneous items include scattered Civil War letters from women describing life on the Confederate home front; an account of a student rebellion, 1886, at the University of North Carolina; letters relating to theater in eastern U.S. cities; letters relating to antebellum sexual mores; and genealogical information.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Some letters (dated 3 February and 2 March 1837) discuss the sale of slaves (See Folder 7).

In the “Antebellum Undated” folder, (Folder 10) there is a discussion by Lucy Gregory of making clothes for “town negroes”.

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