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Collection Number: 02226

Collection Title: Brownrigg Family Papers, 1736-1986

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract The Brownrigg family of Wicklow County, Ireland; Chowan, Pasquotank, and Hertford counties, N.C.; and Mississippi included Richard Brownrigg (d. 1771) of Ireland; brothers John and Thomas Brownrigg; Thomas's wife, Ruth; their son, Gen. Richard Thomas Brownrigg (b. 1793); and their daughter, Elizabeth Brownrigg, who married the Hon. John L. Bailey. The collection includes correspondence and other papers, mainly 1771-1861, of the Brownrigg family of Chowan County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss. Included are deeds, contracts, bills and receipts; copies of family data and wills, including the wills of Richard Brownrigg (1735-1771) and his son Thomas Brownrigg (1767-1826); personal letters concerning health, education in North Carolina, fisheries, travels, and property in Chowan and Pasquotank counties, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss.; typed transcriptions of John Brownrigg's letters, 1784-1794, written in Ireland and Jamaica; letters, 1807-1811, from Richard Thomas Brownrigg at the University of North Carolina; letters, 1835, written on a wagon caravan journey from North Carolina to Mississippi; journals, 1835 and 1836, written by Richard Thomas Brownrigg on trips from North Carolina to Mississippi; personal account books, 1835-1858, of Richard T. Brownrigg and his son John Brownrigg; and a few letters, 1944, of Richard Thomas Brownrigg (b. 1865).
Creator Brownrigg 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 Brownrigg Family Papers #2226, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Richard Thomas Brownrigg of Saint Louis, Mo., in 1940, and from Henry Brownrigg of London, England, in April 2000 (Acc. 98606).
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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Richard Brownrigg (1735-1771) was born in Wicklow County, Ireland, and emigrated to America some time before 1760. He settled in Bertie County, N.C., and married Sarah Campbell, daughter of Captain John Campbell. His son John Brownrigg (fl. 1784-1894) spent many years in Dublin, Ireland, with the uncle for whom he had been named; he was the heir to his uncle's estates in Ireland and Jamaica.

Thomas Brownrigg (1767-1826), a younger son of Richard Brownrigg, lived in Pasquotank County, N.C., until the death of his brother John. At that time he moved to the family estate of Wingfield in Chowan County.

General Richard Thomas Brownrigg (1793-1847), oldest son of Thomas Brownrigg, lived at Wingfield until 1836, when he moved to Lowndes County, Miss. He settled near Columbus, as did his sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and William Sparkman. General Brownrigg and his wife, Mary Winifred Hoskins Brownrigg, had seven children. Their oldest son, John Brownrigg (fl. 1835-1865), was a physician in the Columbus area and a surgeon in the Confederate Army.

Richard Thomas Brownrigg (b. 1865), only son of John Brownrigg, was a lawyer in Saint Louis, Mo.

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The collection includes correspondence and other papers, mainly 1771-1861, of the Brownrigg family of Chowan County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss. Included are deeds, contracts, bills and receipts; copies of family data and wills, including the wills of Richard Brownrigg (1735-1771) and his son Thomas Brownrigg (1767-1826); personal letters concerning health, education in North Carolina, fisheries, travels, and property in Chowan County and Pasquotank County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss.; typed transcriptions of John Brownrigg's letters, 1784-1794, written in Ireland and Jamaica; letters, 1807-1811, from Richard Thomas Brownrigg at the University of North Carolina; letters, 1835, written on a wagon caravan journey from North Carolina to Mississippi; journals, 1835 and 1836, written by Richard Thomas Brownrigg on trips from North Carolina to Mississippi; personal account books, 1835-1858, of Richard T. Brownrigg and his son John Brownrigg; and a few letters, 1944, of Richard Thomas Brownrigg (b. 1865).

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1779-1882, 1944.

About 75 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal letters of various members of the Brownrigg family. Included are typed transcriptions of a letterbook, 1784-1794, of John Brownrigg. These letters are from Brownrigg in Ireland and Jamaica, to various relatives in America and Ireland, including his stepfather David Meredith, his mother Sarah Campbell Brownrigg Meredith, his sister Mary Brownrigg Blackstock, his brother Thomas, and his brother-in-law John Hunter. They discuss John Brownrigg's business affairs in North Carolina, the administration of his uncle's estates in Jamaica, the education of his brother Thomas, and other family matters. The transcriptions were made by Richard T. Brownrigg of St. Louis, Mo.; the original book has apparently been lost.

Also included are a few letters, 1807-1811, from Richard Thomas Brownrigg to his father Thomas Brownrigg, written while Richard T. Brownrigg was a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, chiefly concerning his activities at the University; letters of introduction, 1835, for Richard T. Brownrigg from James Iredell of Raleigh to various persons in Alabama and Mississippi; and letters, 1835-1836, to Richard T. Brownrigg from his sister Sarah Brownrigg Sparkman and his brothers-in-law William Sparkman and R. T. Hoskins, describing in detail their families' move by wagon from North Carolina to Mississippi and early experiences in Lowndes County, Miss. There are also a few letters from Richard Thomas Brownrigg of St. Louis, Mo., to his cousin Elizabeth Brownrigg Henderson Cotten, pertaining mostly to genealogical inquiries and the papers he donated to the Southern Historical Collection.

Folder 1

1779-1791 #02226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1779-1882, 1944." Folder 1

Folder 2

1791-1794 #02226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1779-1882, 1944." Folder 2

Folder 3

1807-1835 #02226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1779-1882, 1944." Folder 3

Digital version: Letter from Richard T. Brownrigg to Thomas Brownrigg, 5 March 1811

Documenting the American South

Folder 4

1836, 1846, 1882, and 19th century undated #02226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1779-1882, 1944." Folder 4

Folder 5

1944 #02226, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1779-1882, 1944." Folder 5

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About 210 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Wills, indentures, bills, receipts, promissory notes, and other financial and legal items pertaining to the affairs of various members of the Brownrigg family. Included are the will of Richard Brownrigg, 1771, and typed transcriptions of the wills of Richard Brownrigg's father-in-law, John Campbell, 1777; of David Meredith, stepfather of John and Thomas Brownrigg, 1791; and of Thomas Brownrigg, 1825. Also included are inventories of the estates of Richard Brownrigg and his son John; indentures, bills, and receipts concerning Thomas Brownrigg, including a contract of partnership with Joseph Parker, accounts of Parker and Company, and many items concerning the buying and selling of slaves; items pertaining to Richard T. Brownrigg's brothers-in-law William Sparkman and Charles W. Hoskins; bills and receipts of Mary W. Brownrigg, the widow of Richard T. Brownrigg; and bills and receipts of Dr. John Brownrigg.

Folder 6

1736-1796 #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1800-1818 #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1821-1836 #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1840-1850 #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1851-1853 #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1854-1857 #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1858-1862 and undated #02226, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Materials, 1736-1862 and undated." Folder 12

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3 items.

Typed transcription of a genealogical essay, 1886, by Elizabeth Brownrigg Waddell, daughter of General Richard T. Brownrigg; a pamphlet entitled The Genealogy of the "Latham-Hill-Montfort-Littlejohn-McCulloch-Campbell and Brownrigg Families" by W. H. Bailey, a grandson of Thomas Brownrigg; a family tree of the Brownriggs of Wicklow County, Ireland; and "The Brownrigg Family in Cumberland (1550-1800)" by Henry Brownrigg.

Folder 13a

Genealogical materials #02226, Subseries: "3.1. Genealogical Materials, 1886-1889." Folder 13a

Folder 13b

Genealogical materials #02226, Subseries: "3.1. Genealogical Materials, 1886-1889." Folder 13b

Oversize Paper OP-2226/1-10

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Oversize genealogical charts #02226, Subseries: "3.1. Genealogical Materials, 1886-1889." OP-2226/1-10

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About 10 items.

Various papers pertaining to members of the Brownrigg family, including diplomas from the Philanthropic Society, University of North Carolina, 1813, awarded to Richard T. Brownrigg; pages from the diary of an unidentified person, describing a trip to Virginia on legal business and later a trip to Washington, D.C., where the writer was entertained by President and Mrs. Tyler; an essay on Wingfield, the estate of Richard Brownrigg, possibly written by Elizabeth Brownrigg Henderson Cotten; and several obituaries of various members of the Brownrigg family, copied in the handwriting of Archibald Henderson, including the obituaries of Major Richard Thomas Brownrigg, d. 1863, and his brother Dr. John Brownrigg, fl. 1835-1865.

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Miscellaneous items #02226, Subseries: "3.2. Miscellaneous Items, 1800-1863 and undated." Folder 14-15

Oversize Paper OP-2226/11

Surveyor's plan of land in Chowan County, N.C., 14 July 1810 #02226, Subseries: "3.2. Miscellaneous Items, 1800-1863 and undated." OP-2226/11

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4 items.
Folder 16

Volumes 1 and 2 #02226, Subseries: "3.3. Volumes, 1835-1858." Folder 16

Volume 1: 12 May-11 July 1835 #02226, Subseries 3. Other Papers. 3.3. Volumes, 1835-1858., Folder 16

Travel diary of Richard T. Brownrigg and account of expenses, describing a trip from North Carolina to Columbus, Miss.

Volume 2: 25 May-22 July 1836 #02226, Subseries 3. Other Papers. 3.3. Volumes, 1835-1858., Folder 16

Travel diary and account of expenses, describing a trip from North Carolina to Mississippi.

Folder 17

Volumes 3 and 4 #02226, Subseries: "3.3. Volumes, 1835-1858." Folder 17

Volume 3: 1848-1852 #02226, Subseries 3. Other Papers. 3.3. Volumes, 1835-1858., Folder 17

Account book, mostly pertaining to the estate of General Richard T. Brownrigg. Also included are some accounts of Mary W. Brownrigg.

Volume 4: 1853-1858 #02226, Subseries 3. Other Papers. 3.3. Volumes, 1835-1858., Folder 17

Account book, consisting mostly of personal accounts of Dr. John Brownrigg.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009 and November 2010

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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