Kenan family papers, 1748-1996.

Creator: Kenan family.
Collection number: 4225
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Abstract: Kenan family, chiefly of Duplin County, N.C., and Dallas County, Ala., and the related Graham family of Duplin County. Correspondence among various members of the Kenan and Graham families, relating to activities of relatives in North Carolina, Alabama, Maryland, and other southern states. Letters document the political, domestic, and economic interests of well-to-do Southerners between 1810 and 1900. In their letters, the Kenans and Grahams discussed contemporary concerns, such as slavery and plantation life; the activities of Confederate congressman Owen Rand Kenan (1804-1887); educational opportunities for young men and women; religion; agricultural problems in the old and new South; turn-of-the-century experiences of young scholars and other members of the Kenan family; and the role of William R. Kenan, Jr. (1872-1965), in publicizing the discovery of calcium carbide. In addition to the letters, there are financial and legal papers that pertain to the political, business, and military activities of various Kenans and Grahams. Also included are account books, bills and receipts, printed material, and miscellaneous papers illustrating the wide-ranging interests of members of these two families: Thomas S. Kenan’s Civil War service in the 43rd N.C. Regiment; medicine; the University of North Carolina, especially in the 1890s; women’s work; the Democratic Party; and the restoration of Liberty Hall, the Kenan homestead in Kenansville, Duplin County, N.C. Also included are a few recipe books; a brief travel diary from trips to Canada in 1895 and 1897; and photographs of various family members and their acquaintances, including Graham Kenan (1883-1920) and friends during their undergraduate days at the University of North Carolina, ca. 1904. Union Carbide materials include two letterpress books documenting the early history of the Union Carbide Company and its predecessor companies and Union Carbide Corporation: A Brief Look at Historical Highlights (1991) by M. A. Hill, which traces the formation of the company and the growth of chemicals and plastics production and technical facilities in the United States. The Addition of 2007 co

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: The collection contains a list of slave births, receipts for sales of slaves, and references to slave riots and rebellions (1809- 1860). See Series 2 and 3.

Series 4 (Printed Material) also contains regulations for slave patrols.

Folder 49 contains various lists, including inventories of enslaved people.


One Reply to “Kenan family papers, 1748-1996.”

  1. Good Afternoon – I have recently discovered the following text, copies below, and wish to discover it’s source. Would this by change be from the KENAN FAMILY PAPERS? If so, please reply and let me know.

    Gilbert Johnstone, b. c. 1700 d) 1775 m) Caroline Johnstone in 1724. She was the granddaughter of George Johnstone of Woodpark, Kilmore and Lockabar. They were married in Armagh, Northern Ireland, at the home of Caroline’s grandfather. Gilbert Johnstone, as was his father, was a Jacobite, in support of the Stuart Royal family reclaiming the British throne. He participated in the 1715 uprising in Scotland and in the English border country.
    After an indecisive battle at Sheriffmuir, the Jacobite forces surrendered at Preston and Stuart returned to exile in France.

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