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Collection Number: 00039

Collection Title: John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1000 items)
Abstract John Lancaster Bailey was a resident of Pasquotank County, N.C., then Hillsborough, and, finally, Asheville, N.C. He was a superior court judge, served in the state legislature, 1827-1830, and was a delegate to the state convention of 1835. Bailey married Priscilla Brownrigg of Edenton, N.C., in 1821. Their daughter was Sarah Jane Bailey Cain (1828-1927), wife of William Cain (d. 1855) of Orange County. Among their grandchildren were Elizabeth B. Cain (1850-1929), who married John Steele Henderson in 1874, and William Cain (1847-1930), engineer and professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina. The collection is chiefly family correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Bailey, his wife Priscilla Brownrigg Bailey, and other family members. Papers concerning Bailey's public interests and career are sparse. The correspondence among family members and the letters received by them from numerous relatives and friends provide descriptions of the activities and interests of many planter families in Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Orange, and Buncombe counties, N.C.; in southeastern Virignia; and around Columbus and Aberdeen, Miss. There are also letters from family and friends in Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina. Letters from civilians in Federal-occupied eastern North Carolina are included as are letters from William Cain serving as drillmaster in Confederate army camps at age 13. Postwar letters include those from William while surveying railroad lines in North and South Carolina. Among the families represented in the collectin are the Bailey, Brownrigg, Brown, Sawyer, Scott, Cross, Granberry, Johnson, and Dillard inthe coastal area; Cain, Ruffin, and Caldwell in Orange and Burke counties, N.C.; and Brownrigg and Sparkman in Mississippi. Also included are deeds of gift, 1840s and 1850s bills of sale for slaves, drawings, Sarah Cain's scrapbooks and reminiscences, and a detailed map of Hillsborough, N.C., circa 1839, and related items.
Creator Bailey, John Lancaster, 1795-1877.
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 John Lancaster Bailey Papers #39, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of Southern women and their families in the 19th century, Series A.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Lyman Cotten and Mary F. Henderson of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1935-1938 and 1965, in March 1973 from the Archibald Henderson estate, and in August 1973 from Mrs. Alfred G. Engstrom of Chapel Hill.
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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John Lancaster Bailey was a resident of Pasquotank County, N.C., then Hillsborough, and, finally, Asheville, N.C. He was a superior court judge, served in the state legislature, 1827-1830, and was a delegate to the state convention of 1835. Bailey married Priscilla Brownrigg of Edenton, N.C., in 1821. Their daughter was Sarah Jane Bailey Cain (1828-1927), wife of William Cain (d. 1855) of Orange County. Among their grandchildren were Elizabeth B. Cain (1850-1929), who married John Steele Henderson in 1874, and William Cain (1847-1930), engineer and professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina.

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The collection is chiefly family correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Bailey, his wife Priscilla Brownrigg Bailey, and other family members. Papers concerning Bailey's public interests and career are sparse. The correspondence among family members and the letters received by them from numerous relatives and friends provide descriptions of the activities and interests of many planter families in Pasquotank, Perquimans, Chowan, Orange, and Buncombe counties, N.C.; in southeastern Virignia; and around Columbus and Aberdeen, Miss. There are also letters from family and friends in Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina. Letters from civilians in Federal-occupied eastern North Carolina are included as are letters from William Cain serving as drillmaster in Confederate army camps at age 13. Postwar letters include those from William while surveying railroad lines in North and South Carolina. Among the families represented in the collectin are the Bailey, Brownrigg, Brown, Sawyer, Scott, Cross, Granberry, Johnson, and Dillard inthe coastal area; Cain, Ruffin, and Caldwell in Orange and Burke counties, N.C.; and Brownrigg and Sparkman in Mississippi. Also included are deeds of gift, 1840s and 1850s bills of sale for slaves, drawings, Sarah Cain's scrapbooks and reminiscences, and a detailed map of Hillsborough, N.C., circa 1839, and related items.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1785; 1806-1820 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 1

Folder 2

1821-1825 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 2

Folder 3

1827-1829 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 3

Folder 4

1830-1833 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 4

Folder 5

1834-1836 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 5

Folder 6

1837-1839 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 6

Folder 7

1840-1849 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 7

Folder 8

1850-1855 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 8

Folder 9

1856-1857 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 9

Folder 10

1858-1859 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 10

Folder 11

1860 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 11

Folder 12

1861 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 12

Folder 13

1862-1863 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 13

Folder 14

1864 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 14

Folder 15

1865 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 15

Folder 16

1866 January-April #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 16

Folder 17

1866 May-December #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 17

Folder 18

1867 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 18

Folder 19

1868 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 19

Folder 20

1869 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 20

Folder 21

1870 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 21

Folder 22

1871 January-March #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 22

Folder 23

1871 April-December #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 23

Folder 24

1872 January-August #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 24

Folder 25

1872 September-December #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 25

Folder 26

1873 January-May #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 26

Folder 27

1873 June-December #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 27

Folder 28

Undated and fragments #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 28

Folder 29

Miscellaneous: Map of Hillsborough and related materials #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 29

Folder 30

Miscellaneous: Cain family drawings #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 30

Folder 31

Miscellaneous: Clippings #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 1 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 2 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 3 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 4 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 35

Oversize Volume SV-39/5

Volume 5 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." SV-39/5

Folder 37

Volume 6 #00039, Series: "John Lancaster Bailey Papers, 1785-1874." Folder 37

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Processing Information

Processed by: Brooke Allan, December 1969; Roslyn Holdzkom, December 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This inventory is built on an inventory compiled by Brooke Allan in 1969 and Carolyn Wallace in 1973. Items from the original accessions are described on pages 5-9, those from the 1973 Archibald Henderson addition are described on pages 10-14, and those from the Engstrom addition are described on page 15. The 1973 Henderson items have been merged into materials from the original accession and items from the 1973 Engstrom addition are in folder 19.

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