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Collection Number: 04136

Collection Title: Britton and Moore Family Papers, 1782-1890

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 825 items)
Abstract The collection contains financial and legal papers, and family correspondence (chiefly 1850-1889) of the Blodgett, Britton, and Moore families of Philadelphia, Pa., Northampton County, N.C., and New Orleans, La. Included are correspondence and legal items relating to land transactions in Philadelphia, the "Blodgett Claim" to land in central Washington, D.C., and various family estates; letters about life in New Orleans and rice production in Louisiana, 1845-1860; letters regarding community affairs in Philadelphia and in Warrenton, Va., 1871-1890, and J. Blodgett Britton's work as an industrial chemist in the late nineteenth century; and account books of Cornelius Godwin Cotten Moore (died 1888), physician of Northampton County.
Creator Britton family.



Moore family.
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 Britton and Moore Family Papers, #4136, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Partial microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1977; 1987
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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The collection contains financial and legal papers, and family correspondence (chiefly 1850-1889) of the Blodgett, Britton, and Moore families of Philadelphia, Pa., Northampton County, N.C., and New Orleans, La. Included are correspondence and legal items relating to land transactions in Philadelphia, the "Blodgett Claim" to land in central Washington, D.C., and various family estates; letters about life in New Orleans and rice production in Louisiana, 1845-1860; letters regarding community affairs in Philadelphia and in Warrenton, Va., 1871-1890, and J. Blodgett Britton's work as an industrial chemist in the late nineteenth century; and account books of Cornelius Godwin Cotten Moore (died 1888), physician of Northampton County.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1798-1890 and undated.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Bills and Receipts, 1815-1889 and undated.

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8 items.
Folder 16

Volume 1: Autograph album, Elinor Matilda Britton, 1833 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 16

Folder 17

Volume 2: Autograph album, Isabella Britton, 1840 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 3: "Miscellaneous Receipts [Recipes]," Ellen Moore, 1841 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 18

Also includes instructions for knitting socks and making cologne, dyes, whitewash, and medicines.

Folder 19

Volume 4: "List of Properties Belonging to Julia A. Britton. Made by J. B. Britton," 1 December 1858 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 19

Individual entries for property owned, showing acquisition, rental and/or sale, and mortgage owed, if any.

Folder 20

Volume 5: Journal of expenses and income (C. G. C. Moore?), 1863-1864; 1874-1875 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 20

Includes money and crops received from tenants and supplies advanced.

Folder 21

Volume 6: Journal of work done and paid for, crops harvested or received, and items purchased (C. G. C. Moore?), 1882-1892 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 21

The obverse is a journal of transactions with tenants, 1887-1892, including money and supplies advanced, crops and other payments received, and the terms of each lease.

Folder 22

Volume 7: Journal of medical accounts, 1864-1872 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 22

Entries by date show name of patient, treatment, and cost, usually marked to show date of payment.

Folder 23

Volume 8: Journal of medical accounts, 1872-1888 #04136, Series: "4. Volumes, 1833-1892." Folder 23

Also includes long reflections, probably written by Ellen Britton Moore, about her marriage and her sense of loss following the death of her husband.

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About 90 items.

Includes correspondence, legal documents, newspaper articles, and other items relating to the "Blodget Claim," regarding land in central Washington, D.C.

Folder 24-28

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

Correspondence, legal documents, newspaper articles, and other items #04136, Series: "Addition of December 1987 (Acc. 88022)" Folder 24-28

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010

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