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Collection Number: 04855-z

Collection Title: Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897

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Size 43 items
Abstract Materials include land records, receipts, correspondence, and other papers pertaining to the Alston family of Chatham County, N.C. Most of the land records and all of the receipts are photocopies of original materials. The land records cover the period 1770-1831 and document transactions involving Joseph John Alston, William Alston, Gideon Alston, and others. Receipts primarily document the sale of clothing by Junius A. Alston, 1857-1897. Correspondence, 1851-1877, written by women and exchanged with relatives, contains news of family, literary pursuits, and bereavement. Other papers include a freedmen₂s contract and a proposal to open a school.
Creator Alston family.
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 Alston Family Papers #4855-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Maria Alston Young, 10 December 1996 (Acc. 96196) for duplication; original owned by Wade Barber, Pittsboro, N.C. Received from Steve Brooks in 2001 (Acc. 98865).
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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Materials include land records, receipts, correspondence, and other papers pertaining to the Alston family of Chatham County, N.C. Most of the land records and all of the receipts are photocopies of original materials. The land records cover the period 1770-1831 and document transactions involving Joseph John Alston, William Alston, Gideon Alston, and others. Receipts primarily document the sale of clothing by Junius A. Alston, 1857-1897. Correspondence, 1851-1877, written by women and exchanged with relatives, contains news of family, literary pursuits, and bereavement. Other papers include a freedmen₂s contract and a proposal to open a school.

NOTE: Most documents in folder 1 are photocopies of originals. All documents in folder 2 are photocopies. Documents in folder 3 are all originals.

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Folder 1

Land Records, 1770-1831, 16 items. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 4 November 1770, Charles Landrun and Joshua Hadley, Orange County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, February 1779, Joseph John Alston, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 9 November 1779, Joseph John Alston, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 4 January 1781, William Alston, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Patent with survey, 9 October 1783, Mathew Jones, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 14 May 1787, William Alston, Wilkes County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Patent with survey, 8 August 1787, Joshua Hadley, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Survey with plat, 21 September 1787, Lewis Conner. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 2 May 1791, Samuel Guthrie, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 6 December 1793, Joshua Hadley, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 6 September 1797, William DuVal, Virginia #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 12 May 1801, James Bowels, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 31 May 1802. William Duffy, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed with survey, 13 February 1831, Gideon Alston, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 6 September 1847, Joab Temple and A. Gaston Headen, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Deed, 6 November 1890, B.E. Webster, S.A. Webster and Margaret E. Brooks, Chatham County. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 1

Folder 2

Receipts, 1857-1897, 10 items. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1857, 15 June: Paschal to Alston (clothing) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1859, January-July: Waddell to Junius Alston (clothing) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1859, July: Ramsey to Junius Alston (clothing) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1860, November: Court notice to Junius Alston #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1881, August 21: IRS notice to Junius Alston #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1882, 15 February: J.A. Alston (general goods) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1885, 9 March: J.A. Alston (groceries) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1887, 16 March: Junius Alston (accounts for wheat, etc.) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1888: Wadell to Alston (clothing) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

1897, 4 December: J.A. Alston (general goods) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 2

Folder 3

Correspondence and other papers, 1851-1877, 17 items. #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1851, November 8: Mary M. Alston, Spring Place, Ga., to My Dear Sister Lizzie #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1852, January?: Mary Chamberlaine, St. Louis, to John B. Clark #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1852, 20 March: Mary Chamberlaine, St. Louis, to John B. Clark #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1852, 13 May: Mary Chamberlaine, St. Louis, to John B. Clark #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1852, 12 November: Mary Chamberlaine, St. Louis, to John B. Clark #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1853, 11 January: Mary Chamberlaine, St. Louis, to John B. Clark? #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

circa 1852-1853: Mary Chamberlaine to John B. Clark? #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1858?, 23 May: John and Mary Alston, Spring Place, Ga., to My Dear Aunt Ann #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1864, 6 August: ?, Greensboro, N.C., to "Dear Mrs. Alston" (fragment) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1866, 8 December: Clara to Mollie A. Alston #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1867, 1 April: Freedmen agreement between Samuel Leach family and John J. Alston #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1873, 29 March: Mary M. Alston to Mollie A. Alston? #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1873, 30 November: Clara, Prince George, Va., to Lizzie Bryan? #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1875, 29 March: ? to Mollie A. Alston #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

Undated (before 1877): Mary M. Alston's proposal to open a school; side two is a copy of a poem #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

Undated (before 1877): Mary Alston? to Rue Alston (fragment) #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

1877, 8 December: Aunt Sarah, Prince George, Va., to Mollie A. Alston #04855-z, Series: "Alston Family Papers, 1770-1897." Folder 3

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