Thomas W. Burton papers, 1809-1921.
Creator: Burton, Thomas W.
Collection number: 4217
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Abstract: Thomas W. Burton and his wife Nancy lived in Yanceyville, Caswell County, N.C., from about 1850 to 1908. Correspondence between Burton and family members in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama; the correspondents report to one another on the health of members of their families, the weather, the price of crops, the price of slaves, and the progress of the Civil War. The remainder of the papers are financial and legal documents that trace family crop sales and farm puchases; these documents end with a 1908 listing of Burton’s personal property.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The collection contains correspondence from family members that discusses the prices of slaves in Mississippi, Georgia, and Alabama. Included is one letter of inquiry concerning the purchase of a female slave and her child.