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Collection Number: 02494-z

Collection Title: Bryan and Minor Family Papers, 1807-1918; circa 1930s

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 28 items
Abstract Bryan and Minor families of Georgia and Virginia, descendants of Jonathan Bryan. Scattered family letters, 1807-1918, of the Bryan and Minor families; Bryan family Bible records; reminiscences of John Randolph Bryan's experiences in balloon reconnaissance for the Confederate Army during the siege of Yorktown in 1862; and thirteen volumes of Bryan and Minor family Records, chiefly consisting of typed transcriptions of biographies, autobiographies, and letters, including reminiscences of a former slave and servant, and relating to religion, education, household affairs, slavery, freedmen, plantation economy, and other aspects of 19th- century Virginia life.
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 Bryan and Minor Family Papers #2494-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Partial microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Isabel Bryan Bullitt in January 1942; Mrs. E. C. Williston of Northampton, Mass., in June 1946; and Margaret Bullitt Cardwell of Cambridge, Mass., in July 1969.
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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Scattered family letters, 1807-1918, of the Bryan and Minor families; Bryan family Bible records; reminiscences of John Randolph Bryan's experiences in balloon reconnaissance for the Confederate Army during the siege of Yorktown in 1862; and thirteen volumes of Bryan and Minor family Records, chiefly consisting of typed transcriptions of biographies, autobiographies, and letters, including reminiscences of a former slave and servant, and relating to religion, education, household affairs, slavery, freedmen, plantation economy, and other aspects of 19th- century Virginia life.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Family Bible Papers, Undated.

12 items.

Ten copies of pages from the family Bible of the Bryan Family and two pages of accounts of the Bible written by Mrs. E. C. Williston.

Folder 1

Family Bible Papers #02494-z, Series: "1. Family Bible Papers, Undated." Folder 1

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14 items.

One letter, 1807, from John Randolph (1773-1833) to Dr. Richard E. Meade about personal matters; two letters to John Randolph Bryan, one from his son at the University of Virginia, 1851, and one from his wife, 1855; two letters, 1885 and 1904, from John Randolph Bryan; and six letters, 1913-1918, written by William Wardlaw Minor, Jr. (1840-1927) to his brother Richmond T. Minor.

Folder 2

Correspondence #02494-z, Series: "2. Correspondence, 1807-1918." Folder 2

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13 items on 1 reel of microfilm.

Thirteen volumes chiefly of typed copies of letters, memoirs and reminiscences, family genealogy, and photographs.

Volume 1

Ancestral charts of the Bryan and Minor families compiled by E. C. Williston. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 1

Volume 2

Photographs and sketches of old family homes compiled by E. C. Williston. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 2

Volume 3

"Old Times at Gale Hill" told by Margaret Randolph Bryan. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 3

Volume 4

"Buck's Story" by Dr. William Minor Bryan. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 4

Volume 5

"Kate's Story: The Generations of Gale Hill," Book 1 by Kate Coles. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 5

Volume 6

"Kate's Story: The Generations of Gale Hill," Book 2 by Kate Coles. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 6

Volume 7

Day Book, Key West, 1897. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 7

Volume 8

"Memories of My Mother" by Mary Waters Bryan Hitchcock. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 8

Volume 9

Sketch of John Randolph Bryan by himself and a sketch by C. B. Bryan. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 9

Volume 10

Recollections by "Buck" William Minor Bryan and copies of family papers. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 10

Volume 11

Bryan family records and letters from John Randolph of Roanoke copied by E. C. Williston. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 11

Volume 12

Minor family Records, letters, literary curiosities, etc., copied by E. C. Williston. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 12

Volume 13

Miscellaneous sketches and photographs of the Minor and Bryan families by E. C. Williston. #02494-z, Series: "3. Microfilm, 1897 and undated." 13

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, July 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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