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Collection Number: 03607

Collection Title: William Attmore Papers, 1769-1946.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,135 items)
Abstract William Attmore (1750-1800) was a merchant and shipper of Philadelphia, Pa., and New Bern, N.C., who married Sarah Sitgreaves (1771-1843) of New Bern in 1790. They had four children including a son, George Sitgreaves Attmore. The collection includes business papers and family correspondence of William Attmore; of his wife, Sarah (Sitgreaves) Attmore; of their son, George Sitgreaves Attmore; and of their relatives in New Bern and in Philadelphia, Pa. Business papers to 1800 relate to William Attmore's merchandising and shipping activities at Philadelphia and New Bern; there are numerous bills and accounts, especially 1800-1817, from New Bern merchants, and Craven County, N.C., deeds for real estate. Personal and family letters are addressed chiefly to Sarah from her female relatives in New Bern, 1790-1793, and in Philadelphia, 1801-1843, with occasional ones from other North Carolina towns and from South Carolina. Papers after 1843 are less numerous and are mainly deeds and business papers of William Hollister Oliver (1829-1908), son-in-law of G. S. Attmore. Also included is a series of apparently unrelated letters of Henry H. Villard, a North Carolina schoolteacher of French parentage. Later items are Attmore family genealogical charts.
Creator Attmore, William, d. 1800.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 William Attmore Papers, #3607, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Caroline P. Constable of Charlotte, N.C., December 1962 and January 1967.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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William Attmore (1750-1800) was a merchant and shipper of Philadelphia, Pa., and New Bern, N.C., who married Sarah Sitgreaves (1771-1843) of New Bern in 1790. They had four children including a son, George Sitgreaves Attmore.

George Sitgreaves Attmore (1794-1859) was a lawyer of New Bern, N.C., who married Mary Taylor (1806-1852), daughter of Isaac and Hannah Taylor. They had seven children.

Among the children of George S. and Mary Taylor Attmore were: Hannah T. (1829-1881), who married William Hollister Oliver (1829-1908); Sarah, who married Robert S. Primrose; and Dr. George S. Attmore who married Kate Lane.

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The collection includes correspondence and business and personal papers of the Attmore family of Philadelphia, Pa., and New Bern, N.C., and other related persons. Papers, 1769-1800, are chiefly business papers of William Attmore and of Kaighn and Attmore, and consist of bills, accounts, receipts, and other items relating to trade in tea, rum, fine cloth, and other merchandise. There are also papers, financial and legal, concerning the acquisition of New Bern, N.C., real estate, military bounties for land in Tennessee, judgements and collections of debts due the merchants, and related business. The collection also includes papers, beginning in 1825, of George S. Attmore, concerning his law practice and his acquisition of property in New Bern, and papers, 1850-1859, of William H. Oliver also related to real estate in New Bern and Craven County, N.C. Throughout the collection are letters to Sarah Sitgreaves Attmore, chiefly from female relatives in New Bern, but also from her husband and other family members. Also included is a series of apparently unrelated letters of Henry H. Villard, a North Carolina schoolteacher of French parentage.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

Genealogical Charts #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 1

1769-1779 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1780-1789 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1790 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1791 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1792-1793 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Undated letters to Mrs. William Attmore, [1790-1793] #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1794 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1795 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1796-1799 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1800-1802 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1803-1804 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1805-1806 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1807-1809 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1810-1813 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1814-1815 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1816-1819 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1820-1824 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1825-1829 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1830-1835 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1836-1839 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1840-1849 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1850-1859 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1860-1869 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1870-1875 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1876-1879 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1880-1889 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1890-1899 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1900-1946 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

Undated Letters #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

Undated Papers #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 30-31

Folder 32

Pictures and clippings #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 1: Commonplace book, Mary Robinson Attmore, 1809-1819 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 2: Insurance policy records, William H. Oliver, 1901 #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 3: Scrapbook, undated #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." Folder 35

Extra Oversize Paper Folder X-OPF-3607/1

Oversize papers #03607, Series: "1. Papers, 1769-1946 and undated." X-OPF-3607/1

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Oversize papers (X-OPF-3607/1).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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