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Collection Number: 03484

Collection Title: David A. Barnes Papers, 1806-1892

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract David Alexander Barnes graduated from the University of North Carolina with an A.B. in 1840. He lived at Jackson (Northampton County), N.C., and was a member of the state House of Commons in 1844, 1846, 1850, and of the Convention of 1861. He was a superior court judge from 1865 to 1868 and a university trustee in 1868. In 1873, he married Bettie Vaughan. The collection includes personal and business correspondence, chiefly 1850-1890; bills and receipts; bills of sale; wills; deeds; indentures; and other legal papers of David A. Barnes. The papers concerning legal matters handled by Barnes are largely relate to members of the Burgwyn and McRae families. They include letters concerning Alveston, the Burgwyn plantation in Occoneechie Neck, Northampton County, N.C.; George Pollock Burgwyn's bankruptcy case; and the affairs of T. Pollock Burgwyn and his sister Emily. There are scattered items relating to Barnes's service as aide-de-camp to North Carolina governor Zebulan B. Vance during the Civil War and to his postwar railroad interests as a director and attorney of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad. Postwar political correspondence includes letters to and from Jonathan Worth, William C. Bagley, and others. Personal correspondence includes letters between Bettie Vaughan Barnes, the Vaughan family, and her husband and children, especially son David Collin Barnes while he was a student at Horner Academy, Oxford, N.C. Volumes include Collin William Barnes's ledger for provisions, shoe shop, and labor, 1820-1832; an account book and ledger for whiskey and bacon, 1833; Boons Mill day books, 1836-1839; other account books; proceedings of the Jackson Lyceum Society, Jackson, N.C., 1838-1839; and the 1840 diary Barnes kept while he was a student at the University of North Carolina.
Creator Barnes, David A. (David Alexander), 1819-1892.
Language English
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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 David A. Barnes Papers #3484, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of the Barnes family and David Collin Barnes Jr.
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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David Alexander Barnes was born in 1819 in Northampton County, N.C. He was the son of Collin William Barnes (1783-1855) and his second wife Louisa (1795-1866), daughter of Bailey and Mary Barnes. His father was a planter and mill owner and member of the state Senate, 1829-1830. Collin William Barnes and his first wife Dorcas Stephenso had one son, William Henry, who married Eliza Ann Clifton. Collin William Barnes and Louisa Barnes had David Alexander; George B.; Joseph; Eliza Ann, who married Jesse Moore in 1838; Maria L., who married William H. Faison in 1847; and Caroline (1832-1892) (Carrie), who married William H. Drewry, a merchant of Petersburg, Va.

David A. Barnes graduated from the University of North Carolina with an A.B. in 1840; he later received an A.M. from UNC. He lived at Jackson and later Murfreesboro, N.C., and was a member of the state House of Commons in 1844, 1846, and 1850, and of the Convention of 1861. He was a superior court judge from 1865 to 1868 and a UNC trustee in 1868.

In 1873, he married Bettie Vaughan (1850-1918), daughter of Uriah Vaughan (1813-1890) and Sarah Jenkins Vaughan of Murfreesboro. They had four children: Elizabeth Vaughan (b. 1874), David Collin (b. 1875), Sarah Louisa (b 1878), and Annie Rosa Caroline. Barnes died in 1892.

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The collection includes personal and business correspondence, chiefly 1850-1890; bills and receipts; bills of sale; wills; deeds; indentures; and other legal papers of David A. Barnes. The papers concerning legal matters handled by Barnes are largely relate to members of the Burgwyn and McRae families. They include letters concerning Alveston, the Burgwyn plantation in Occoneechie Neck, Northampton County, N.C.; George Pollock Burgwyn's bankruptcy case; and the affairs of T. Pollock Burgwyn and his sister Emily. There are scattered items relating to Barnes's service as aide-de-camp to North Carolina governor Zebulan B. Vance during the Civil War and to his postwar railroad interests as a director and attorney of the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad. Postwar political correspondence includes letters to and from Jonathan Worth, William C. Bagley, and others. Personal correspondence includes letters between Bettie Vaughan Barnes, the Vaughan family, and her husband and children, especially son David Collin Barnes while he was a student at Horner Academy, Oxford, N.C. Volumes include Collin William Barnes's ledger for provisions, shoe shop, and labor, 1820-1832; an account book and ledger for whiskey and bacon, 1833; Boons Mill day books, 1836-1839; other account books; proceedings of the Jackson Lyceum Society, Jackson, N.C., 1838-1839; and the 1840 diary Barnes kept while he was a student at the University of North Carolina.

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Contents list

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About 350 items.

Indentures, wills, deeds, bills, and receipts aer present throughout the collection.

Folder 1

Papers, 1806-1839 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 1

Notes by David Collin Barnes Jr., identifying persons and places in the papers and giving related family data.

Folder 2

Papers, 1840-1849 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 2

Includes will of Julia T. Burgwyn, wife of the Reverend Cameron McRae; letter, T. Pollock Burgwyn to David A. Barnes

Folder 3-4

Folder 3

Folder 4

Papers, 1850-1855 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 3-4

Includes correspondence and legal papers related to settlement of the estate of Exum Liles and the debts and claims of his son and executor Joseph T. Liles of Polk County, Tex.; similar materials related to the estate of Collin William Barnes for whom David A. Barnes was executor; slight scattered family correspondence of Bettie Vaughn Barnes; business letters from T. Pollock Burgwyn and his sister Emily in Europe

Folder 5-7

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Papers, 1860-1868 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 5-7

Correspondence and legal papers dealing with the Burgwyns' financial difficulties, including letters, 1860, from Emily Burgwyn in England concerned with her brother's illness and her own lack of funds, and a letter from Emily's attorney Thomas Bragg, 19 December 1860, written from Washington and commenting on national affairs. During the Civil War, letters received by Bettie Vaughn Barnes and her sisters from friends and relatives in Petersburg, Va., and Raleigh, N.C., and from Confederate camps in Goldsboro, N.C., Fredericksburg, Va., and elsewhere. Scattered letters concerning both the civilian and the military situation received by David A. Barnes as aid-de-camp to North Carolina governor Zebulon B. Vance. Letters on post-war political and social conditions, railroad affairs, and the addministration of justice from William H. Bagley, Thomas Atkinson, S. A. Norfleet, Jonathan Worth, and others, including a 9-page exposition by Worth, 22 August 1866, on civilian-military relations in the state and the courts, and Worth's reaction, 7 August 1867, to the resignation of Judge A. S. Merrimon. On 1 October 1866, Barnes's charge to the Wayne County Superior Court. In 1867, a draft letter by Barnes expressing appreciation to Governor Worth for upholding Barnes's sentencing in a case concerning the beating of an African American. In January 1867, a letter wherein Barnes defended his actions during Reconstruction

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

Papers, 1870-1879 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 8-9

Family correspondence, primarily letters written and received by Bettie Vaughn Barnes, including letters to her from David A. Barnes while away on business and letters from her to her sisters

Folder 10

Papers, 1880-1889 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 10

Legal and business papers, including letters, 13 February 1885, from Walter Clark about exchanging railroad passes, and, 14 October 1885, from R. Vann of Vanndale, Ark., reporting on the children of Barnes's deceased half-brother, who had earlier emigrated to Arkansas

Folder 11

Papers, 1890-1899 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 11

Family correspondence, including letters to David Collin Barnes at Horner School, Oxford, N.C., from his parents and others. Will of David A. Barnes, obituary, and letters of condolence to Bettie Vaughn Barnes

Folder 12

Papers, 1932, 1956, 1963, 1966, and undated #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 12

Family and business correspondence, including a letter from B. B. Winborne on the expenses of operating the Murfreesboro railroad. Drafts of speeches and briefs. Photograph, Sarah Vaughn, sister of Bettie Vaughn Barnes

Folder 13

Printed items, 1851, 1866-1867, and undated #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 13

Speech, 1851, by David A. Barnes on slavery. Report, 1866, of the committee on the stay law. Brief, undated, filed by Barnes as attorney for the Seaboard and Roanoke Railroad. Weekly Southerner , Tarboro, N.C., 7 March 1867, containing Barnes's decision invalidating the stay law

Folder 14

V-3438/1: Collin William Barnes ledger, 1820-1832, 287 pages #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 14

Collin William Barnes's ledger for provisions, miscellaneous services, shoe shop, and labor

V-3484/2: Account book, 1833 and December 1866 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 14

Slight account book containing ledger, 1833, for whiskey and bacon, and accounts, 1866, of sale of perishable estate of Howell Francis by David A. Barnes, administrator

V-3483/S-3: Boons Mill day book, 2 September 1836-9 May 1837, 232 pages #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 14

Day-by-day entries showing name of purchaser (including Collin William Barnes), commodity sold, and price for provisions (whiskey, cloth, general merchandise)

V-3484/S-4: Boon Mill day book, 26 July 1838-7 February 1839, 259 pages #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 14

As above

Folder 15

V-3483/5: Jackson Lycaeum Society proceedings, October 1838-May 1839 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 15

Proceedings of the Jackson Lycaeum Society's weekly meetings and its constitution and bylaws

Folder 16

V-3484/6: David A. Barnes diary, 1840, with other entries from the early 1840s #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 16

Diary of David A. Barnes, 8-15 February 1840, as a student at the University of North Carolina (8 pages); a speech delivered by him in his senior year; and numerous notes on bible study, history, Blackstone, philosophy, essays, poems, etc. Also some financial memoranda, personal and for the March Court in 1842; legal forms; and miscellaneous memoranda, early 1840s

Digital version: Excerpts from the diary of David A. Barnes, 10 and 15 February 1840

Documenting the American South

Folder 17

V-3484/7: Futrell and Askew accounts, 1843-1858 and some through 1875 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 17

Accounts of Futrell and Askew estates and other accounts of Charles Futrell

Folder 18

V-3484/8: David A. Barnes accounts, 1855-1874 #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 18

Accounts of David Alexander Barnes, mainly late 1850s and early 1860s, as executor of estate of Collin William Barnes and as agent, guardian, and executor for many other clients, including William T. Walke and Howell Francis

Folder 19

V-3484/9: David A. Barnes accounts, 1868-1877, 153 pages #03484, Series: "Papers, 1806-1892 and undated." Folder 19

Accounts of David A. Barnes showing legal fees charged and cotton and other accounts. Also cash receipts day-by-day, 1868-1875. Index in front of volume

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Items separated include oversize volumes (V-3484/S-3, S-4).

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Processing Information

Processed by: Manuscripts Department Staff, October 1975

Encoded by: Mara Dabrishus, October 2004

Funding from the State Library of North Carolina supported the encoding of this finding aid.

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