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Collection Number: 04479-z

Collection Title: Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman Diary, 1851-1856

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Abstract Penelope Alderman was the wife of the Rev. Amariah Biggs Alderman (1819-1889), a Baptist minister who organized and pastored churches in Sampson County, N.C. Diary of Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman of Sampson County, N.C., covering the period January 1851 through August 1856. Starting with her marriage day and continuing through 18 August 1856, Penelope Alderman made entries documenting her daily life in Sampson County, N.C., and the birth of three of her twelve children (Penelope Ann, 1851; John Thomas, 1853; J. Palmer, 1855). Initially, the entries, made two or three times a week, are quite brief. By February 1854, however, she was making almost daily entries, many of them detailing not only her own life, but her husband's activities and those of her neighbors, family, and friends.
Creator Alderman, Penelope Eliza Howard, 1834-1893.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman Diary #4479, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Robert W. Severance of Chapel Hill, N.C., in March 1987.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Penelope Alderman was the wife of the Rev. Amariah Biggs Alderman (1819-1889), a Baptist minister who organized and pastored churches in Sampson County, N.C.

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Diary of Penelope Eliza Howard Alderman of Sampson County, N.C., covering the period January 1851 through August 1856. Starting with her marriage day and continuing through 18 August 1856, Penelope Alderman made entries documenting her daily life in Sampson County, N.C., and the birth of three of her twelve children (Penelope Ann, 1851; John Thomas, 1853; J. Palmer, 1855). Initially, the entries, made two or three times a week, are quite brief. By February 1854, however, she was making almost daily entries, many of them detailing not only her own life, but her husband's activities and those of her neighbors, family, and friends.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, April 1987; Revised by Carolyn Hamby and Suzanne Ruffing February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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