William Johnson papers, 1760-1888 (bulk 1783-1849).

Creator: Johnson, William, ca. 1805-ca. 1850.
Collection number: 380
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Abstract: The collection includes business and family letters, chiefly 1783-1849, of the family of William Johnson, a Franklin County, N.C., planter, including correspondence concerning such matters as the Philanthropic Society at the University of North Carolina, 1812, the hiring out of slaves, conditions in Alabama in 1838, and life on the home front during the Civil War; financial and legal papers, chiefly 1840-1854, of John H. Hawkins and various members of the Johnson family; and an undated manuscript by Simon Blank of the 6th New York Cavalry Regiment, “Anecdotes of a Soldier who Fought in the War of Rebellion under Generals Grant and Sheridan.” Correspondents include William Johnson’s brother, George W. Johnson, merchant of Milton, N.C.; sisters Elizabeth (“Betsy”), Sally Adams, Rebecca (d. 1838), and Emily C. C. Johnson; and Robert A. Jones.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included are letters discussing the hiring out of slaves primarily between 1825-1860 (Folders 4-10) and slave bills of sale between 1760-1813 (Folders 11).