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Collection Number: 02871-z

Collection Title: Theodore Washington Brevard Papers, 1821-1892.

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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 74 items
Abstract Theodore Washington Brevard (died 1877) was a lawyer and politician of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. The papers, though scattered, cover a long span of years relating to T. W. Brevard's early life at Mt. Tirza Forge, Lincoln County, N.C.; his career and marriage to Caroline E. Mays at Columbia, S.C.; his life in Alabama in the 1830s and 1840s; and his career in Florida in the 1850s. Also included are papers relating to members of Brevard's immediate family. The papers consist of family letters; official commissions and appointments chiefly to government positions; a few items relating to the education and Confederate military service of Brevard's sons, Ephraim A. (died 1871), a physician, Theodore W. Junior, and Mays (died 1864); and some clippings. Brevard was a lawyer, Alabama state legislator, Macon County, Ala., judge, register of the land office at Tallahassee, Fla., and Comptroller of Public Accounts for the state of Florida, and these activities are reflected in the papers. Also included in the collection is a small diary, 1828, of a trip on horseback and foot through Indian country. The route covered seems to have been from Macon County, N.C., through northern Georgia by Tokoa Falls, and into South Carolina.
Creator Brevard, Theodore Washington, d. 1877.
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 Theodore Washington Brevard Papers, #2871-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Diary available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Baxter Moore of Saluda, N.C., November 1952.
Received from David Chalmers Davidson of Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., October 1963.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Theodore Washington Brevard (died 1877) was a lawyer, judge, state legislator and public official of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Among many professional positions held by Brevard, he was Alabama state legislator, Macon County, Ala.; judge; register of the land office at Tallahassee, Fla.; and Comptroller of Public Accounts for the state of Florida.

Brevard was the son of Alexander Brevard of Mt. Tizra Forge, Lincoln County, N.C. He was married to Caroline E. Mays and they had four sons, Theodore Washington, Junior; Ephraim A. (died 1871), a physician; Mays (died 1864); and Robert.

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The papers, though scattered, cover a long span of years relating to Theodore Washington Brevard's early life at Mt. Tirza Forge, Lincoln County, N.C.; his career and marriage to Caroline E. Mays at Columbia, S.C.; his life in Alabama in the 1830s and 1840s; and his career in Florida in the 1850s. Also included are papers relating to members of Brevard's immediate family. The papers consist of personal and family letters; official commissions and appointments chiefly to government positions; military passes, orders, and other documents related to the Confederate service of Brevard's sons; and some miscellaneous notes and clippings. The letters from friends and relatives are chiefly concerned with family news, particularly reporting on well-being of Brevard's sons during their military service. Also included in the collection is a small diary, 1828, of a trip on horseback and foot through Indian country. The route covered seems to have been from Macon County, N.C., through northern Georgia by Tokoa Falls, and into South Carolina.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 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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