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Richmond Mumford Pearson papers, 1796-1877.

October 12, 2009

Creator: Pearson, Richmond Mumford, 1805-1878.
Collection number: 584
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Abstract: Pearson, who lived successively in Rowan, Davie, and Surry (later Yadkin) counties, N.C., was a lawyer, legislator, Superior and Supreme Court judge, chief justice of North Carolina, 1858-1878, a noted teacher of law, a unionist Whig, and, after the Civil War, a Republican. This small collection of Pearson’s papers includes correspondence with physicians and others about the mental illness of his first wife; with his brothers, sisters, and children about family and plantation life; with his second wife, Mary (McDowell) Bynum Pearson; and with his son-in-law, Daniel Gould Fowle, lawyer of Raleigh, N.C., later governor of North Carolina. Also, scattered papers related to personal finances, property, and estate settlements, and a few items pertaining to judicial and political affairs, several of them during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included are two agreements for slave hire (1852, 1856).

Folder 5 contains a 23 January 1856 letter from Jonathan Worth discussing the will John McNeil, and “some 60 negroes” that he owns. There is also a copy of the will of Charles McLowell, also discussing selling his slaves after his death.

Folder 8 contains a bond for a 18 October 1859 purchase price for an enslaved boy, Henry, for $920.

Categories: North Carolina, Slavery, State