Mercer family papers, 1854-1950 (bulk 1854-1865).

Creator: Mercer family.
Collection number: 2990
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Abstract: Papers of a Brunswick County, N.C., family, including correspondence of John Mercer (1812-1863), relating chiefly to business issues. Included are letters from J. Prioleau of J. Prioleau & Co., Smithville, N.C., a firm specializing in naval stores, concerning poor financial conditions; letters, 1860-1861, from John’s brother, Christopher Columbus Mercer, who operated a turpentine business at Sampit, Georgetown County, S.C., concerning his business difficulties and the approaching war; and letters from several Wilmington, N.C., merchants about credit and commercial matters. Also available, on microfilm, are typed transcript copies of additional materials, including letters, 1861-1864, to and from Oliver E. Mercer (1842-1863), of Supply, N.C., while he was serving with the Confederate Army in North Carolina and Virginia; diary, 1863-1864, of Oliver’s sister, Sarah E. Mercer, at Supply, N.C., chiefly discussing her brother; and a biographical sketch of John Mercer and his wife, Anna Jane Evans Mercer (1822-1912), written in 1950, including a description of the house and household at Supply.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection