William Belvidere Meares papers, 1851-1948.

Creator: Meares, William Belvidere, 1826-1896.
Collection number: 2058-z
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Abstract: William Belvidere Meares was a physician and planter of Davidson County, N.C. Includes letters of William Belvidere Meares, his wife Mary Thomas Exum Meares, their children, and other family members; genealogical and biographical information; clippings; writings; certificates and other miscellaneous papers; and photographs. Included are letters, 1850s, from Adelaide Savage Meares, sister of William Belvidere Meares who later married Moses John De Rosset, to Mary Thomas Exum Meares about family and social life in eastern North Carolina, and letters, 1863 and 1966, from Martha Exum Ransom (Mrs. Matt W. Ransom) to her sister, Mary Thomas Exum Meares, about social life and hard times in North CarolinaThere are also letters, 1870s, from his parents and others to Frederick P. Meares, containing family news, advice on the importance of education and on behavior relating to “the Negro cadet” at his school, and news of his father’s attempt to sell his plantation because of the difficulty of hiring labor and the dullness of plantation life. Also included are a labor contract, 1867, between four laborers and William Belvidere Meares; photographs of Meares family members; and other items.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Letter from Meares in Folder 1 discusses behavior relating to An African American student at his school.