Manly family papers, 1782-1936 (bulk 1847-1870).

Creator: Manly family.
Collection number: 4409
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Abstract: Members of the Manly family of Wake County, N.C., and other locations included Charles Manly, governor of North Carolina, 1849-1851; his son, Basil Charles Manly, a lawyer who served as mayor of Raleigh, N.C.; and son-in-law George Badger Singeltary, lawyer of Greenville, N.C. Correspondence, financial and legal items, military papers, estate papers, account books, genealogical material, and other items relating to the family of Charles Manly. Materials pertain to the daily lives and financial and legal interests of the Manly family, chiefly 1847-1870, with some material concerning military careers during the Mexican and Civil wars. Topics include Charles Manly’s personal business and law practice; lives of students at the University of North Carolina in the 1850s, including seven student essays by William Henry Manly and one letter concerning the closing of the University in 1868; the lives of women on a plantation in Wake County, especially in the 1850s, including their relations with slaves; George Badger Singeltary’s dishonorable discharge during the Mexican War and other aspects of Singeltary’s life; activities of the 9th and 44th North Carolina regiments in the Civil War; and the estates of William H. Haywood Sr., James C. S. McDowell, and others.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Personal correspondence describe the plantation mistress’s relations with slaves, primarily between 1850-1860 (Folders 2-28). Financial items from 1854-1868 document the sale of several Haywood family slaves, the value of slaves, and terms and costs of hiring freedmen after Emancipation particularly in 1865 (Folders 73-81 ).