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Collection Number: 05110-z

Collection Title: Beaman and Robinson Family Papers, 1811-1883 (bulk 1833-1869)

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Size About 40 items
Abstract John Robert Beaman (1813-1892) spent his life in Sampson County, N.C. He married Elizabeth Robinson (1817-1895) in 1837 and built a house in Clinton, N.C. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Robinson (1792-1851), who was involved with a hotel. Both men were involved in the sale and hiring out of slaves, as well as the use of indentured servants. The Beaman and Robinson family papers consist of documentation of legal and financial transactions entered into by John Robert Beaman, John Robinson, or Robinson's agent, John Carroll. Included are indentures; bills of sale for slaves; notices of debts owed or paid; deeds of gift; wills; assessments of property; informal accounting lists; a survey of the Clinton Academy property; and correspondence of a financial nature. There is also a small number of the items relating to individuals with unspecified or unknown connections to either Beaman or Robinson, chiefly I. B. Cox and Charles Harrison.
Creator Beaman family.



Robinson family.
Language English.
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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 Beaman and Robinson Family Papers #5110-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Susan Kerr Searle of Aiken, S.C., in October 2002 (Acc. 99381).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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John Robert Beaman, born in 1813 to John Beaman and Colen Carraway of Sampson County, N.C., was raised by his bedridden "Uncle Carraway" on Carraway's plantation. Beaman eventually inherited this property, but lost it and several other fortunes over the course of his lifetime. Beaman also was the guardian or trustee of several individuals.

Beaman married Elizabeth Robinson in 1837 and built a house in Clinton, N.C., that same year. Elizabeth, born in 1817, was the daughter of John Robinson (1792-1851). Robinson was involved with a hotel, which survived until the early 20th century.

Although early Beaman family members were Quakers, John Robert was not and was instead involved with the sale and hiring out of slaves. He was also involved with indentured servants, at least one of whom worked as an apprentice in Robinson's hotel.

Beaman died on 27 January 1892, with Elizabeth following in 1895.

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The Beaman and Robinson family papers consist of documentation of legal and financial transactions entered into by John Robert Beaman of Clinton, N.C., and his father-in-law, John Robinson. These papers, primarily produced during the middle of the 19th century in Sampson County, N.C., include indentures; bills of sale for slaves, either handwritten or on preprinted forms; notices of debts owed or paid; deeds of gift; wills; assessments of property; informal accounting lists; a survey of the Clinton Academy property; and correspondence of a financial nature. Robinson's agent, John Carroll, represented him in a number of the transactions. There is also a small number of the items relating to individuals with unspecified or unknown connections to either Beaman or Robinson. It is possible, but not certain, that these papers were stored in the same safe as the Beaman and Robinson papers and were, at some point, comingled with them. The most frequently encountered names on these papers are I. B. Cox and Charles Harrison.

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About 40 items.

The Beaman and Robinson family papers consist of documentation of legal and financial transactions entered into by John Robert Beaman of Clinton, N.C., and his father-in-law, John Robinson. These papers, primarily produced during the middle of the 19th century in Sampson County, N.C., include indentures; bills of sale for slaves, either handwritten or on preprinted forms; notices of debts owed or paid; deeds of gift; wills; assessments of property; informal accounting lists; a survey of the Clinton Academy property; and correspondence of a financial nature. Robinson's agent, John Carroll, represented him in a number of the transactions. There is also a small number of the items relating to individuals with unspecified or unknown connections to either Beaman or Robinson. It is possible, but not certain, that these papers were stored in the same safe as the Beaman and Robinson papers and were, at some point, comingled with them. The most frequently encountered names on these papers are I. B. Cox and Charles Harrison.

Folder 1

Financial and Legal Materials, 1811-1849 #05110-z, Series: "Papers, 1811-1883 (bulk 1833-1869)." Folder 1

Folder 2

Financial and Legal Materials, 1850-1883 #05110-z, Series: "Papers, 1811-1883 (bulk 1833-1869)." Folder 2

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