Edmonia Cabell Wilkins papers, 1782-1949.

Creator: Wilkins, Edmonia Cabell, 1865-1949.
Collection number: 2364
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Abstract: Edmonia Cabell Wilkins was a genealogist. Members of her family included Edmonia’s greatgrandfather, planter William Wyche Wilkins (1768-1840); William’s twin brother, planter and lawyer John Limbrey Wilkins (1768-1850); and William’s son, planter and lawyer Edmund Wilkins (1796-1867) The family lived chiefly in Greensville and Brunswick counties, Va., and Northampton County, N.C. Personal and business correspondence, financial and legal papers, genealogical materials, and other papers of several generations of the Wilkins family. Most of the letters are financial in nature. Financial and legal materials, 1782-1909, include bills and receipts concerning property, plantation affairs, and investments in several Virginia and North Carolina railroads; a few documents relating to the purchase and upkeep of slaves. Lawyers’ accounts and trial dockets from Halifax and Northampton counties, N.C.; and other legal and business papers. Plantation papers relate chiefly to the Belmont and Meadows plantations in Northampton County. Also included are account books for a shoemaker, a blacksmith, and the Gaston Hotel in Gaston, N.C. Other papers include notebooks of law students at the Litchfield Law Academy, Litchfield, Conn., ca. 1817-1819, and of a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, 1851-1860. About half the collection consists of items relating to the genealogical activities of Edmonia C. Wilkins, 1920-1949. There is little information on the Civil War or sectional tensions of the time.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Financial and legal materials make up the bulk of the collection, and contain documents concerning property, plantation affairs, and the purchase and upkeep of slaves. Volume 13 contains inventories of enslaved individuals between 1824-1841 (Folder 30 ) and a correspondence from Elijah Wilkins, a slave, on the condition of the Wilkins’ plantation in 1851 (Folders 5-7).