Creator: Credle, Mary Farrow, 1881-1946.
Collection number: 1853
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Abstract: Chiefly business papers (deeds, accounts, receipts, contracts, letters), but also personal correspondence preserved by Mary Farrow (Mrs. Walter) Credle from preceding generations of the Credle, Farrow, and Respess families in Beaufort and Hyde counties, N.C. Members of the families were engaged in coastwise shipping, maintaining ships, buying and selling lands and slaves, farming and other businesses. Included are papers of Isaiah Respess, merchant and trader, who was imprisoned alternately by the Confederate and Federal authorities during the Civil War;the Rev. Joseph B. Hinton (1788-1872), antebellum state legislator, of Beaufort County and Raleigh, N.C.; Wilson T. Farrow (1837-1916) of Ocracoke Island and Washington, N.C.; and their kin. Earlier papers are Beaufort and Hyde county deeds; material after 1894 is sparse. The Civil War items document Isaiah Respess’s mercantile activities in New Bern and Beaufort, N.C., while under Union occupation, trading with New York firms.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: There are deeds of sale for slaves in 1827, and 1843 – 1846. In an addition to the collection, there are two papers related to an enslaved woman, Happy, and her children, dated September 1864 (Folder 10)