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Norfleet family papers, 1722-1929.

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Creator: Norfleet family.
Collection number: 549
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Abstract: Norfleet family of Bertie County, N.C. Correspondence, legal documents, land records, account books, plantation journals, and other records of the Norfleet family. Six of the volumes are diaries or account books of Stephen Andrews Norfleet (1822-1910), proprietor of several plantations in Bertie County. Accounts, 1844-1895, relate to slaves, debts, receipts, and expenditures. In his journals, 1856-1860 and 1870-1871, Stephen A. Norfleet recorded daily agricultural activities and the health of his slaves. He also kept notes on navigation on the Roanoke River. Two volumes are the diary, 1891-1892, of Ernest Norfleet (1851-1901), a U.S. Navy surgeon, on a voyage to China and Japan, including descriptions of travel and social life in the Far East and references to Norfleet’s interest in Eastern art. Also included are family correspondence, 1820s-1900s and legal and business papers, early 1700s-early 1900s, of the plantations and of various family members.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights:  Account books contain lists of the names and ages of slaves and former slaves of the Norfleet family between 1844-1895 (Folder 6-7 ). Folders 8-10 contain plantation journals that make frequent mention of the health of the slaves (1856-1857, 1858- 1860). Also included is a slave bill of sale from 1784 (Folder 1).

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