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Collection Number: 00101

Collection Title: Bullock and Hamilton Family Papers, 1757-1971

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 742 items)
Abstract Bullock, Hamilton, Coleman, Tarry, and Watkins families of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., Mecklenburg County, Va., and Lowndes County, Miss. Bullock family material consists of correspondence regarding finances, household expenses, and plantation management, with some letters on family matters and social events; financial and legal papers, including the 1854 will of Sally Fain, a "woman of colour," who owned slaves. Genealogical information; and printed material; as well as five manuscript volumes of general store and blacksmithing accounts and some diary entries for Bullocks of Williamsboro, Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., especially William Bullock (1776-1829) and his son John Bullock (1799-1866). Materials of members of the Hamilton and related families relate chiefly to Charles Eaton Hamilton (1816-1855), planter of Granville County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss. And the families of his wives, Jane Coleman (died 1850) and Sally Tarry, both of Mecklenburg County, Va., and consist primarily of personal correspondence giving family and neighborhood news, documenting courtship and discussing child raising and the role of women as wives and mothers; the management of the family's plantations, including references to the use of Native Americans to pick cotton in Mississippi; crop and land sales; Episcopal Church matters. The purchase and treatment of slaves and cases of fugitive slaves; the Civil War; and descriptions of life in Mobile, Ala., after the Civil War. There are also a few financial and legal papers of the Hamilton family, a record book detailing plantation expenses in Mississippi, and miscellaneous financial and legal documents belonging to unknown individuals.
Creator Bullock family.



Hamilton family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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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 Bullock and Hamilton Family Papers #101, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Walter and John Bullock of Granville County, N.C., before 1940; from Dr. Lewis T. Bullock of Los Angeles, Ca., in 1971; and from Mrs. Archibald Henderson of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1973.
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 Bullock and Hamilton families, merchants and farmers of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C. William ("Billy") Bullock (1776-1829), a merchant in Williamsboro, married his first cousin, Lucy Martin Bullock (1775-1842). Their son John Bullock (1799-1866) ran the family store with his father. In 1824, he married Susan M. Cobb (1803-1875). Their son Walter Bullock married Judith Christian Watkins, who was the daughter of Sally Tarry Watkins Hamilton, second wife of Charles Eaton Hamilton.

Charles Eaton Hamilton (1816-1855), the son of merchant Patrick Hamilton (died 1851) of Williamsboro, managed the Hamilton family plantations in Granville County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss., dividing his time between the two states, and traveling to Mobile, Ala., and other cities to oversee sales of cotton and other crops. In 1840, he married Jane Coleman (died 1850) of Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Va., and they had at least three children, Patrick, Henrietta, and Henry. After Jane Coleman Hamilton's death, Charles Eaton Hamilton married Sally Tarry Watkins of Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, Va., widow of Joel T. Watkins.

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Papers and manuscript volumes of the Bullock, Hamilton, Coleman, Tarry, and Watkins families of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., Mecklenburg County, Va., and Lowndes County, Miss. Bullock family material consists of correspondence, financial and legal papers, genealogical information, and printed material, as well as five manuscript volumes of general store accounts and some diary entries for the Bullock family of Granville County, N.C., especially William Bullock and his son John Bullock. Materials of members of the Hamilton and related families relate chiefly to Charles Eaton Hamilton, planter of Granville County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss., and the families of his wives, Jane Coleman and Sally Tarry, both of Mecklenburg County, Va., and consist primarily of personal correspondence, with a few financial and legal papers. There are also miscellaneous financial and legal documents belonging to unknown individuals. The collection is arranged as follows:

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers of the Bullock Family, 1801-1971.

133 items.

Correspondence, financial and legal papers, genealogical information, and some printed material, as well as five manuscript volumes of account books and a diary, belonging to members of the Bullock family of Williamsboro, Granville (now Vance) County, N.C.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Correspondence, 1836-1866 and undated.

67 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Bullock family correspondence consists primarily of business letters to John Bullock regarding financial matters, household expenditures, the management of his plantation, his tobacco crop and sales, the settlement of estates, and a dispute with his overseer. There are a number of letters from N. Martin, an agricultural dealer in Petersburg, Va. There is also personal correspondence from relatives and friends detailing neighborhood activities and news, religious views, local diseases and illnesses, and descriptions of school life. Items of interest include a letter from an acquaintance in Washington, D.C., seeking to leave the ministry to open a girl's school and giving his thoughts on slavery and living in the South, and the ruminations of friends and relatives on aging.

Folder 1

1836-1841 #00101, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1836-1866 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1842-1847 #00101, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1836-1866 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1851-1853 #00101, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1836-1866 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1865-1866 and undated #00101, Subseries: "1.1. Correspondence, 1836-1866 and undated." Folder 4

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1801-1861, 1883.

41 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Financial and legal papers of the Bullock family, primarily those of William Bullock and his son, John Bullock. From 1801 to 1830, the papers consist of a land survey, indentures, receipts, and the will of William Bullock. From 1830 to 1861, the papers are those of John Bullock, and include receipts, a land survey, a list of property owners in the Nutbush District of Granville County, miscellaneous accounts, items relating to the collection of notes, records of household and plantation expenses, an order to build a bridge in Nutbush District, and the will of Sally Fain, "a woman of colour." There are also a few receipts and the will of John Bullock's mother, Lucy Martin Bullock Bullock.

Folder 5

1801-1833 #00101, Subseries: "1.2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1801-1861, 1883." Folder 5

Folder 6

1834-1861, 1883. #00101, Subseries: "1.2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1801-1861, 1883." Folder 6

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3. Genealogical and Biographical Material, 1971.

16 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Genealogical information on the Bullock, Carr, and Cheek families; family group records of the Bullock family; and abstracts of the Bullock family papers, all compiled by Lewis T. Bullock, M.D., of Los Angeles, Ca.

Folder 7

#00101, Subseries: "1.3. Genealogical and Biographical Material, 1971." Folder 7

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.4. Printed Material, 1850-1854.

4 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Two circulars from 1840 and 1853 addressed to John Bullock as the Superintendent of Granville County Schools; minutes from an 1855 meeting of the Southern Central Agricultural Association; and a 1853 circular on the tobacco harvest and prices from N. M. Martin & Co., in Petersburg, Va.

Folder 8

#00101, Subseries: "1.4. Printed Material, 1850-1854." Folder 8

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.5. Manuscript Volumes, 1800-1869.

5 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Manuscript volumes consist of four account books for William and John Bullock's general store in Williamsboro, and one account book containing diary entries of John Bullock's wife, Susan (Cobb) Bullock.

Folder 9

Volume S-1: December 1800-June 1801, pages 305-436. General store account book, listing customer names and items purchased by date. #00101, Subseries: "1.5. Manuscript Volumes, 1800-1869." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 2: January 1805-December 1805, 156 pages W. B. Ledger and Blacksmith Book, 1805, listing customer names, work performed, dates, and balances. #00101, Subseries: "1.5. Manuscript Volumes, 1800-1869." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 3: July 1918-August 1819, pages 97-150. B. Bullock Day Book, probably belonging to William ("Billy") Bullock, listing by date customer names, items purchased, and balances. The volume has some torn pages and is in very fragile condition. #00101, Subseries: "1.5. Manuscript Volumes, 1800-1869." Folder 11

Folder 12

Volume 4: 1866-1867, 139 pages. Book of sales listed by customer, giving date, items purchased and cost, with an index to customer names sewn in the front of the volume. Entries are by John Bullock and his successor. #00101, Subseries: "1.5. Manuscript Volumes, 1800-1869." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 5: Account book, 1833-1869; diary, January 1857-1869. Includes customer accounts and lists of purchases; medicinal cures and dye recipes; lists of horses; planting and harvest notes; and diary entries, which include some loose pages, by Susan Cobb Bullock, wife of John Bullock, consisting of weather and planting notes, records of family and household activities, and personal sentiments. There is a list of expenses for 1837 in the back of the volume. #00101, Subseries: "1.5. Manuscript Volumes, 1800-1869." Folder 13

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Papers of the Hamilton, Coleman, Tarry, and Watkins Families, 1827-1882 and undated.

537 items.

Papers of the Hamilton family of Williamsboro, Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., primarily of Charles Eaton Hamilton, including family correspondence and other papers related to his management of the Hamilton family's Lowndes County, Miss., plantation, as well as correspondence of the families of his two wives, Jane Coleman of Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Va., and Sally Tarry of Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, Va.

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536 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Loose papers are primarily those of Charles Eaton Hamilton and his two wives, Jane Coleman and Sally Tarry, including a few items belonging to Joel Watkins, Sally Tarry's first husband. In the 1830s, the papers chiefly consist of correspondence, giving news of family and neighborhood activities, illnesses and marriages; student life at Hampden-Sidney College; descriptions of a fire in Petersburg, Va., and the burning of the Bowery Theater in New York City in 1836; and impressions of an 1838 visit to the U.S. Congress and of individual members, including John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, and Daniel Webster. There are many letters from Charles Eaton Hamilton's father and brothers, as well as other individuals, regarding the management of the family plantation in Lowndes County, Miss., farming and business matters, slave purchases and rentals, land sales in the Arkansas Territory, and cotton and tobacco sales. In 1838, Patrick Hamilton was involved in a lawsuit involving a shipment of goods to his store in Williamsboro. There are legal documents, including a sworn deposition from Charles Eaton Hamilton, and correspondence relating to the charges, which were eventually dropped.

In the 1840s, there is correspondence between Charles Eaton Hamilton and his father, brothers, and business associates, relating to plantation management, crop and land sales, the purchase and treatment of slaves, and cases of runaway slaves, as well as references to Charles Eaton Hamilton's use of Indians to pick cotton on the Lowndes County, Miss., plantation.

Personal letters from family and friends of Charles Eaton Hamilton, Jane Coleman, and Sally Tarry give details of family life, social events, and neighborhood activities and disputes; religious beliefs and conversions and the high-church movement in the Episcopal Church; temperance movements and societies; and opinions on national and local politics. Many letters chronicle Charles Eaton Hamilton's courtship of Jane Coleman, their marriage in 1840, and the birth of their children Patrick, Henrietta, and Henry, with Jane's family giving her advice on child raising and her role as a wife and mother. Items of interest include a lengthy description of a spa, a mock tournament and ball held there, and the relations of Northerners and Southerners at the spa; a description of burial customs of Roman Catholics in New Bern, N.C.; and references to the Mexican War, the North's view of the treatment of slaves, the relocation of freed slaves to the North, and the Irish potato famine.

After 1846, the papers are predominantly concerned with business matters--slaves, tobacco, cotton, and farming. In 1850, Jane Coleman Hamilton died, and, in 1851, Patrick Hamilton, Charles Eaton Hamilton's father died. In addition to business correspondence, there are a few bereavement letters from relatives, personal correspondence regarding Hamilton's eventual marriage to Sally Tarry Watkins in 1853, a letter from the daughter of a veteran of the War of 1812, seeking pension information, and a letter from a freedman in New Orleans attempting to purchase his sisters from Hamilton.

After Charles Eaton Hamilton's death in 1855, the papers consist of letters to Sally Tarry Watkins Hamilton from her family and Hamilton relatives, giving social and household news. Letters during and following the Civil War include two from a soldier in the Army of Tennessee describing the aftermath of the Battle of Chickamauga; a discussion of the behavior of former slaves after the Civil War; the state of the South during Reconstruction and the effects of emancipation; daily life in Mobile, Ala., including riots and elections in 1867; and high-church practices and other "romish abuses" in the Episcopal Church.

Undated items include letters to Sally Tarry Watkins, Jane Coleman, and Charles Eaton Hamilton regarding family and social news and events; illnesses, romances, and marriages; a letter to Charles Eaton Hamilton regarding a runaway slave, a police constable seeking to entrap him with "negro spies," and the runaway's chances of escaping to the North; a list of medicinal cures; and a letter describing a visit to a gypsy fortune teller.

Folder 14

1827-1835 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1836-1837 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1838 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1839 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

January-April 1840 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

May-December 1840 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1841 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1842 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1843 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1844 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1845 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1846 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1847-1848 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

1849 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

1850 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

1851 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1852-1853 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1854-1859 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1860-1865 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1866-1882 #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Undated #00101, Subseries: "2.1. Loose Papers, 1827-1882 and undated." Folder 34

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1 item.

This volume consists of agricultural records and expenses for the Hamilton family's Peachland Prairie Plantation in Lowndes County, Miss., including a land survey, miscellaneous accounts, lists of deposits, inventories and lists of articles and livestock on the plantation, and Charles Eaton Hamilton's travel expenses between Mississippi and North Carolina.

Folder 35

Volume 6 #00101, Subseries: "2.2. Record Book of Charles Eaton Hamilton, 1837-1838." Folder 35

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Miscellaneous Financial and Legal Papers, 1757-1858 and undated.

72 items.

Financial and legal papers belonging to numerous individuals, with no clear connection to the Bullock and Hamilton families, including indentures, land surveys, receipts, lists of accounts, bills of sale for household items and agricultural supplies, legal summonses, business correspondence regarding missionary funds for the Presbyterian Church, and sheets with lists of figures, crop sales, and miscellaneous notes.

Folder 36

1757-1837 #00101, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Financial and Legal Papers, 1757-1858 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

1840-1845 #00101, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Financial and Legal Papers, 1757-1858 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

1851-1852 #00101, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Financial and Legal Papers, 1757-1858 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

1853-1858 #00101, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Financial and Legal Papers, 1757-1858 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Undated #00101, Series: "3. Miscellaneous Financial and Legal Papers, 1757-1858 and undated." Folder 40

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Pauk, August 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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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