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, including Raleigh, Littleton, Fayetteville, and Wilson. His daughter was Frances DeBerniere Hooper Whitaker, wife of Spier Whitaker. Papers of John DeBerniere Hooper consist of correspondence with his father-in-law, William Hooper, professor at the University of North Carolina, Furman University, South Carolina College, and president of Wake Forest University, and with other Hooper, Jones, and DeBerniere family members in North Carolina and South Carolina. Topics include politics, teaching, the University of North Carolina, and family news. Early papers, 1778-1798, provide information on the Forceput Plantation, located on the Cape Fear River outside of Wilmington, N.C. There are also letters, 1829-1830, from students at a female academy in Chatham County, N.C. Civil War era materials are sparse, but there are some documents that critique Civil War politics and an 1861 letter from a slave named Jerry, who had been hired out to serve students at the University of North Carolina. Later materials relate primarily to Hooper family history compiled by Frances DeBerniere Hooper Whitaker.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Collection contains a letter concerning a threatened slave insurrection near Wilmington, North Carolina in 1831 and near Montgomery, Alabama in 1860 (See Folder 15 ).

There is also a letter from an enslaved man named Jerry in 1861, who had been hired out to serve the students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Folder 15). This letter has been digitized and is part of UNC’s Civil War Day by Day blog: