Polly Mira Avery Summey papers, 1830-1856.

Creator: Summey, Polly Mira Avery, 1779-1857.
Collection number: 4083
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Abstract: Scattered personal letters written and received by Summey of Hendersonville, N.C., and her granddaughter, Delia Annie Spann (d. 1910), in New York, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas, concerning news of family and friends, community events, crops, weather, and personal experiences. Included are letters describing Delia’s travels from the South to New York in 1852 and from North Carolina to Mississippi in 1853.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: In a letter dated 12 December 1843, Polly Summey discusses having to make “Negro clothes” for enslaved individuals. In another letter, Delia (28 Sept 1853) sends he regards to the enslaved African Americans on her grandmother’s property, and another letter from 26 December 1854 relates the purchase of a plantation and enslaved individuals.