Creator: Harrington, Pinckney Cotesworth, fl. 1853-1893.
Collection number: 1705
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Abstract: Pinckney Cotesworth Harrington and his father, James Harrington (d. 1866), were cotton planters in Franklin County, Miss. The collection is chiefly papers relating to the Harringtons’ cotton plantations. There are numerous deeds and indentures for land sold to James Harrington between 1829 and 1849. Also documented is Pinckney’s attendance at the University of North Carolina, 1854-1857, including some correspondence from Elisha Mitchell (1793-1857), bursar at the University, who kept Pinckney’s financial accounts. During the Civil War, Pinckney apparently served as a 2nd lieutenant in the Franklin Rifles of the Army of Mississippi. There are a few Civil War era papers, including a list of slaves apparently belonging to James Harrington. After the war, James appears to have continued to plant cotton; he made numerous sharecropping agreements with freedmen. Also included are papers relating to his estate and a letter from the daughters of one of Pinckney’s former slaves, who were trying to obtain proof of their parents’ marriage.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The collection contains a list of slaves (around the Civil War), accounts with free blacks, and details of sharecropping agreements made with former slaves. Also included is a postwar letter from the daughters of one of Pinckney’s slaves, who were trying to obtain documented proof of their parents’ marriage. Microfilm available.