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Collection Number: 00112

Collection Title: Burwell Family Papers (#112) 1745-1997

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Size 6.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3,000 items)
Abstract Burwell family of Warren, Vance, and Granville counties, N.C., and Mecklenburg County, Va., and the Williams family of Warren County, N.C. Prominent Burwell family members were Armistead (d. 1819), Lewis (fl. 1792-1848), and Spotswood (1785-1855), all tobacco and cotton farmers in Mecklenburg County, Va.; Spotwood's children, William Armistead (1809-1887), tobacco and cotton farmer of North Carolina, Lewis D. (1813-1874), Blair (1815-1848), Armistead Ravenscroft (1820-1867), George Washington (1823-1873), Robert Randolph (1829-1892), and Mary Anne Spotswood (1825-1874), who married Dr. Otis Frederick Manson.; and William Armistead's son William Henry (1835-1917), also a tobacco and cotton farmer in North Carolina and Virginia. Personal, business, financial, and legal papers of the Burwell family, including items concerning growing and selling tobacco, cotton, and other crops; slave purchases, sales, and births; runaway slaves; plantation management by Lucy Crawley Burwell in the 1820s; gold-mining in Burke County, N.C.; horse breeding; civilian conditions during the Civil War and William Henry Burwell's purchase of a substitute to take his place in the Confederate army; taxes, farm, and household expenses; William Armistead Burwell's tenure as chairman of the Board of Superintendents of the Common Schools of Vance County, N.C.; estate settlements; the genealogy of the Burwell family; and records relating to the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church and to a black school in Vance County, N.C., in the 1880s. Also included is an album of photographs taken and developed by Fannie Brodie Burwell, a young woman in Wilson, N.C., before her marriage in 1907. Papers of the Williams family include letters regarding the establishment of local academies in North Carolina and letters from students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1810s and 1830s. There are also two letters from Patrick Henry (1736-1799) about selling beef and slaves.
Creator Burwell 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.
Provenance
Received from Mrs. William N. Boyd, Warrenton, N.C., before January 1940; Mary Guy Boyd in April 1996 (Acc. 96033); Robert A. Parker in January 1998 (Acc. 98014); and Walter B. Burwell in January 1998 (Acc. 98015).
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 Burwell family was prominent in Mecklenburg County, Va., and Vance, Warren, and Granville counties, N.C., in the 18th and 19th centuries. Colonel Lewis Burwell, son of Armistead and Christina Blair Burwell, was born 26 September 1745, in Williamsburg. He moved to Mecklenburg County, Va., fought in the American Revolution, and served in the Virginia Assembly. With his first wife, Anne Spotswood Burwell, he had twelve children, including Armistead (d. 1819), Lewis (fl. 1792-1848), and Spotswood (1785-1855), all farmers in Mecklenburg County.

Spotswood Burwell married Mary ("Polly") Green Marshall (1792-1856), and had nine children, including William Armistead (1809-1887), Lewis D. (1813-1874), Blair (1815-1848), Armistead Ravenscroft (1820-1867), George Washington (1823-1873), Robert Randolph (1829-1892), and Mary Anne Spotswood (1825-1874), who married Dr. Otis Frederick Manson. Spotswood Burwell lived in both Granville County, N.C., and Mecklenburg County, Va.

Spotswood's son William Armistead Burwell moved to Burke County, N.C., in the 1830s to attempt a gold-mining venture, and later returned to Granville County to continue farming. He married Mary Graves Williams (1810-1896) and had one child, William Henry (1835-1917). William Henry attended the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, graduating in 1856, and then returned to Warren County, where his father had settled, to work on the farm. He was drafted into the Confederate army in 1861, but left the army upon purchasing a substitute in 1862, and moved to Alabama to marry Laura T. Pettway (1841-1871). He stayed in Alabama until the end of the war, when he returned to Warren County to resume farming. In later years, he continued to grow tobacco, cotton, and other crops, living at various times in Warren, Vance, and Granville counties in North Carolina and at his Berry Hill plantation in Mecklenburg County, Va. He married three times and had sixteen children.

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This collection consists of correspondence, financial, legal, business, and personal papers of the Burwell family of Mecklenburg County, Va., and Granville, Vance, and Warren counties, N.C., and of the Williams family of Warren County, N.C. Topics include family activities; tobacco and cotton farming; slave sales and purchases; family estates; a gold-mining venture in Burke County, N.C.; and the purchase of a substitute during the Civil War. Financial and legal papers include receipts for taxes, household, and farm expenditures; tobacco and cotton sales; insurance papers; papers of the superintendents of the common schools of Vance and Warren counties, N.C.; and letters from agricultural agents in Virginia and North Carolina. Other material includes advertising circulars; report cards of the Burwell children; genealogical material; and 39 volumes of church, school, and farm records and account books.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1764-1967.

About 800 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Correspondence of the Burwell family of Mecklenburg County, Va., and Granville County and Warren counties, N.C., and of the Williams family; of Warren County, N.C.

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Chiefly personal and business correspondence of Armistead Burwell, his brothers Lewis Burwell and Spotswood Burwell, and Spotswood's son William Armistead Burwell of Mecklenburg County, Va., as well as some correspondence of the Williams family of Warren County, N.C.

From 1792 to 1819, the correspondence of Lewis Burwell and Armistead Burwell includes items concerning tobacco farming and sales, horses, slave purchases, agriculture, and the disposition of the estate of their father, Col. Lewis Burwell, including two letters to Armistead from Patrick Henry (1736-1799) concerning beef and slave sales.

After Armistead's death in 1819, his wife Lucy Crawley Burwell assumed the running of their plantation. The papers for 1820-1831 include correspondence on the settlement of Armistead Burwell's estate, tobacco and cotton, relations with Lucy Burwell's tenants, and Spotswood Burwell's land grants in Tennessee. Correspondence for the Williams family in this period includes items describing family news and finances, the War of 1812, tobacco farming, and hiring of slaves. There are also letters regarding the establishment of local academies in North Carolina, and letters from the 1830s of a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, describing his everyday life and his friends.

From 1832 to 1835, Spotswood Burwell and his son William Armistead Burwell corresponded about the latter's attempts to establish a gold-mining concern in Burke County, N.C. Other subjects include growing corn and tobacco, hiring and selling slaves, the family's problems with a runaway slave named Tom, and the bloodlines of Spotswood's horses. There are also letters from agents and businesses regarding the sale of tobacco and other agricultural products, and letters to William Armistead Burwell from various friends and family members, including several discussing the Nullification Crisis in South Carolina and the building of a manufacturing mill on the Catawba River in that state.

In 1836, William Armistead Burwell abandoned the mining project in Burke County and returned to Granville County to resume farming. The letters of Spotswood Burwell and his sons Blair Burwell and William Armistead Burwell include business correspondence relating to tobacco weights and sales, cotton farming and household expenses, and personal correspondence describing family and neighborhood activities.

Sometime in the 1850s, William Armistead Burwell relocated to Warren County, N.C., where he grew tobacco. His correspondence includes a description of his escape from a steamboat explosion on the Mississippi River in 1848, letters from his brother Lewis Burwell in Rome, Ga., a letter concerning the state common school system, letters regarding his son William Henry Burwell's school performance, and papers relating to the settling of Spotswood Burwell's estate, including the division of slaves and a survey of his property. There are also many business letters about tobacco and corn crops, household purchases, and the purchase and use of guano as fertilizer. There are several letters in 1856 to Laura Pettway, future wife of William Henry Burwell, in Camden, Ala., from family and friends relating social news.

Folder 1

1764-1799 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 1

Folder 2

1800-1802 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 2

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1803-1806 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 3

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1807-1813 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 4

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1814-1815 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 5

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1816-1819 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 6

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1820-1824 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 7

Folder 8

1825-1829 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 8

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1830-1831 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 9

Folder 10

January-July 1832 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 10

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August-December 1832 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 11

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January-June 1833 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 12

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July-December 1833 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 13

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1834-1835 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 14

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1836-1837 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 15

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1838-1839 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 16

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1840-1841 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 17

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1842-1843 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 18

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1844-1845 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 19

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1848 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 20

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1849-1850 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 21

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1851-1852 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 22

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1853 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 23

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1854 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 24

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1855 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 25

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January-May 1856 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 26

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June-December 1856 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 27

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1857-1858 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 28

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1859 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 29

Folder 30

1860 #00112, Subseries: "1.1. 1764-1860." Folder 30

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Chiefly personal and business correspondence of William Armistead Burwell and his son, William Henry Burwell, of Warren, Granville, and Vance counties, N.C., and Mecklenburg County, Va.

In 1861, William Henry Burwell was drafted into the Confederate army's 12th North Carolina Regiment, Warren Rifles. There are several letters to and from family and friends while he was stationed at Camp Carolina in Norfolk, Va. In 1862, there are documents relating to his purchase of a substitute and permission to travel to Wilcox County, Ala., where he married Laura Pettway and where he was to settle for the rest of the war. Other correspondence of the war years includes letters to William Armistead Burwell and his wife on the progress of the war in North Carolina, a request for food aid to the 8th North Carolina Regiment, and business correspondence. There is also a letter from a relative, a prisoner-of-war at Johnson's Island, Ohio, asking for food, and other letters from relatives, including William Armistead Burwell's sister Mary Burwell Manson in Richmond, Va., describing the progress of the war and the fates of family and friends.

In 1866, William Henry Burwell returned to Warren County, N.C. From 1866 to 1923, the correspondence of William Armistead Burwell and William Henry Burwell primarily consists of business letters on the subject of tobacco, cotton, and other cash crops, promissory notes, the hiring of field hands, and farming and livestock. Personal correspondence includes letters from the Pettway family in Alabama and the Burwell family in Virginia and North Carolina regarding family matters, letters relating to the settlement of William Armistead Burwell's estate and other family members' estates, and William Henry Burwell's children's school performance. There are also several letters to members of the Cole family, relatives of William Henry Burwell's second wife, Lucy Cole Burwell.

Folder 31

1861 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 31

Folder 32

1862 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 32

Folder 33

1863 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 33

Folder 34

1864-1865 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 34

Folder 35

1866 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 35

Folder 36

January-September 1867 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 36

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October-December 1867 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 37

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January-May 1868 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 38

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June-December 1868 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 39

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January-May 1869 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 40

Folder 41

June-December 1869 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 41

Folder 42

1870 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 42

Folder 43

1871 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 43

Folder 44

1872 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 44

Folder 45

1873 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 45

Folder 46

1874 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 46

Folder 47

1875 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 47

Folder 48

1876-1877 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 48

Folder 49

1878-1880 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 49

Folder 50

1881-1883 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 50

Folder 51

1884-1886 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 51

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1887-1893 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 52

Folder 53

1895-1918, 1923, 1967 #00112, Subseries: "1.2. 1861-1964." Folder 53

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Financial and Legal Material, 1745-1923.

About 2200 items.

Arrangement: loosely chronological.

Financial and legal papers of the Burwell family of Mecklenburg County, Va., and Warren, Vance, and Granville counties, N.C., and the Williams family of Warren County, N.C.

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Chiefly financial and legal papers of Armistead Burwell, Lewis Burwell, and Spotswood Burwell of Mecklenburg County, Va., and of William Armistead Burwell of Granville, Vance, and Warren counties, N.C., as well as some papers of the Williams family of Warren County, N.C.

For the period from 1750 to 1830, financial and legal papers include receipts for legal services, state and local taxes, household and farm expenses, farming equipment and supplies, and subscriptions; horse-breeding records; records of tobacco and other farm products sales; and documents relating to the settlement of the estates of Col. Lewis Burwell and Armistead Burwell.

From 1830 to 1845, documents include a horse pedigree, William Armistead Burwell's records of expenses for his gold-mining venture; records of slaves hired and purchased; doctor's bills; receipts for household and farm expenditures and sales; letters of agreement; and indentures.

There is a great deal of material for 1845-1860, including marriage licenses; tuition receipts; receipts for taxes, household, and farm expenses; sales records for tobacco, corn, and other crops; railway stock shares; drafts of various family members' wills; William Armistead Burwell's records of payments of teacher's salaries in his capacity as chairman of the Board of the Superintendents of Common Schools of Vance and Warren counties; records of slave sales and bequests; plans for the building of Dodson's Bridge over Nut Bush Creek in Warren County; and documents relating to the settlement of the estate of Spotswood Burwell. There are also several legal documents of the Pettway family and Williams family for this period.

Folder 55

1745, 1750-1797 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 55

Folder 56

1798-1799 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 56

Folder 57

1800 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 57

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1801 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 58

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1802 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 60

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1803 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 61

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1804 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 62

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1805-1806 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 63

Folder 64

1807-1808 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 64

Folder 65

1809-1810 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 65

Folder 66

1811-1812 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 66

Folder 67

1813 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 67

Folder 68

1814 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 68

Folder 69

1815 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 69

Folder 70

1816 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 70

Folder 71

1817 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 71

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1818-1819 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 72

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1820-1821 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 73

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1822 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 74

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1823 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 75

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1824 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 76

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1825 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 77

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1826 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 78

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1827 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 79

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1828 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 80

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1829 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 81

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1830 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 82

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1831 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 83

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1832 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 84

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1833 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 85

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1834 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 86

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1835 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 87

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1836 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 88

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1837 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 89

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1838 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 90

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1839 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 91

Folder 92

1840 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 92

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1841 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 93

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1842 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 94

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1843 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 95

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1844 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 96

Folder 97

1845 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 97

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1846 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 98

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1847 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 99

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1848 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 100-101

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1849 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 102-103

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1850 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 104-105

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1851 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 106-107

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1852 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 108-109

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Folder 111

1853 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 110-111

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1854 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 112-114

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1855 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 115-116

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Folder 118

1856 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 117-118

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Folder 119

Folder 120

1857 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 119-120

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1858 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 121

Folder 122-123

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Folder 123

1859 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 122-123

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1860 #00112, Subseries: "2.1. 1745-1860." Folder 124

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Chiefly financial and legal papers of William Armistead Burwell, and his son William Henry Burwell of Mecklenburg County, Va., and Warren, Granville, and Vance counties, N.C.

Financial materials for 1861-1873 consist of receipts for household and farm expenses; records of agricultural sales; permits for William Henry Burwell to travel throughout the Confederate States of America and documents relating to his exemption from military service; promissory notes; and Confederate bonds and tax-in-kind forms. After 1866, there are receipts for farming expenses; letters of agreement between freedmen and William Henry Burwell for labor on his farm; tobacco and cotton sales records; subscriptions; bank and mortgage statements; insurance forms; and tax forms. After 1870, the papers consist of receipts; North Carolina and Virginia tax receipts; hand-drawn boundary survey maps; promissory notes; subscription notices; records of household and farm expenses and of tobacco and cotton sales; letters from agricultural agents in Virginia and North Carolina; and insurance forms.

Folder 125

1861 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 125

Folder 126

1862 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 126

Folder 127

1863 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 127

Folder 128

1864 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 128

Folder 129

1865 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 129

Folder 130

1866 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 130

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1867 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 131-132

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1868 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 133-134

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Folder 136

1869 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 135-136

Folder 137-139

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Folder 139

1870 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 137-139

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1871 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 140-141

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1872 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 142-143

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1873 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 144-145

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1874 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 146-147

Folder 148-149

Folder 148

Folder 149

1875 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 148-149

Folder 150

1876 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 150

Folder 151

1877 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 151

Folder 152

1878 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 152

Folder 153

1879 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 153

Folder 154

1880 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 154

Folder 155

1881 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 155

Folder 156

1882 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 156

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Folder 158

1883 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 157-158

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1884 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 159-161

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1885 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 162

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1886 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 163-164

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Folder 166

1887 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 165-166

Folder 167

1888 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 167

Folder 168

1889 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 168

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1890 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 169

Folder 170

1891 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 170

Folder 171

1892 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 171

Folder 172

1893 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 172

Folder 173

1894 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 173

Folder 174

1895 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 174

Folder 175

1896 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 175

Folder 176

1897 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 176

Folder 177

1898-1899 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 177

Folder 178

1900 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 178

Folder 179

1901 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 179

Folder 180

1902-1903 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 180

Folder 181

1904-1910 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 181

Folder 182

1911-1915 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 182

Folder 183

1916-1923 #00112, Subseries: "2.2. 1861-1923." Folder 183

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Folder 184-188

Folder 184

Folder 185

Folder 186

Folder 187

Folder 188

#00112, Subseries: "2.3. Undated and Fragments." Folder 184-188

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About 20 items.

Arrangement: Chronological.

Items from 1816-1817 written by Robert Williams, and undated papers probably written by William Henry Burwell, consisting of love letters, school compositions, poems, and essays.

Folder 198-199

Folder 198

Folder 199

#00112, Series: "3. Writings, 1816-about 1862." Folder 198-199

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About 200 items.

Arrangement: by type of material.

Miscellaneous papers of the Burwell family. Genealogical information about the Burwell family includes a history of the family from Burwell, Spotswood, Dandridge, West and Allied Family Histories (Lawrence, 1943); Blair Burwell's family tree; a copy of the tombstone inscription of Lewis Burwell; and two memorial pamphlets about William Henry Burwell. There are also school records, 1874-1893, for William Henry Burwell's children from Randolph-Macon College, Greensboro Female College, and Peace College; lists of subscribers to a building fund for the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church and a list of children in the Fishing Creek School District; and valentines dating from the 1850s belonging to William Henry Burwell and his soon-to-be wife, Laura Pettway.

Printed items include advertising circulars for tobacco and agricultural dealers; cut-out pictures of horses and other farm animals; advertisements for medicinal cures, household items, insurance, and other products; price current newsletters; and clippings of the series "Pen and Ink Sketches of the University of North Carolina, As It Has Been," from the Weekly Sentinel, 1869. Miscellaneous items include business cards; a playbill for 1819 performances of Wanted a Wife! and Ella Rosenberg at the Philadelphia Theatre; a medicinal recipe; cards; drawings; and party invitations.

Folder 190

Genealogical information #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 190

Folder 191

School records, 1874-1893 #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 191

Folder 192

Lists, 1837-1847 and undated #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 192

Folder 193

Valentines, 1850s #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 193

Folder 194

Miscellaneous #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 194

Folder 195-197

Folder 195

Folder 196

Folder 197

Circular letters #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 195-197

Folder 198-199

Folder 198

Folder 199

Prices current, 1854-1871 #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 198-199

Folder 200

Clippings #00112, Series: "4. Other Papers, 1837-1893." Folder 200

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39 volumes.

Arrangement: chronological.

Manuscript volumes belonging to Armistead Burwell and his wife Lucy Crawley Burwell, Spotswood Burwell, William Armistead Burwell, and William Henry Burwell of Mecklenburg County, Va., and Warren, Granville, and Vance counties, N.C.; and some volumes of the Williams family of Warren County, N.C.

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Account books, farm journals, and church books of Armistead Burwell, Lucy Crawley Burwell, Spotswood Burwell, William Armistead Burwell, and members of the Williams family, including a ""Horse Book"" listing horse breeding records for 1805; the birthdates and names of slaves and horses belonging to the Burwell family for various years; slave purchases and sales; records of household and farm expenses; settlement of estates of the Burwell and Williams family; records of payments and visits of doctors and midwives; weather and farm work notes; a blacksmith shop book dated 1837; lists of both black and white members of the Tabernacle Society of the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church for the 1830s through the 1850s; and an expense book of William Henry Burwell's travels to Alabama in the 1850s.

Folder 201

Volume 1 (1805-1811). Account book and horsebook. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 201

Folder 202

Volume 2 (1800-1853). Acount book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 202

Folder 203

Volume 3 (1820-1828, 1841-1868). Physician's account book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 203

Folder 204

Volume 4 (1825-1829). Accountand estate book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 204

Folder 205

Volume 5 (1830-1834). Account and estate book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 205

Folder 206

Volume 6 (1832-1849). Gold-mining and travel account book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 206

Folder 207

Volume 7 (1837). Blacksmith shop book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 207

Folder 208

Volume 8 (1832-1850). Tabernacle Society book. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 208

Folder 209

Volumes 9 (1853-1856), 10 (1855-1866), and S-11 (1855-1871). Account, travel, and estate books. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 209

Folder 210

Volumes 12 (1858-1859) and 13 (1857-1859). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 210

Folder 211

Volume 14 (1859-1861). Tobacco and travel account book.Volume 15 (1862-1868 and ca. 1856). Tobacco account book, slave lists, and school notes. #00112, Subseries: "5.1. 1805-1860." Folder 211

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Account books, farm journals, and school record books of William Armistead Burwell and his son William Henry Burwell, including records of tobacco weights and sales; poetry; lists of slaves; membership lists of the Tabernacle Methodist Episcopal Church; farm records for tobacco, cotton, and other crops; and a school register for a black school in Vance County, N.C., in the 1880s.

Folder 212

Volumes 16 (1863-1865) and 17 (1866). Cotton and travel account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 212

Folder 213

Volumes 18 (1861-1862), 19 (1862-1866), and 20 (1866-1871). Tabernacle Society and tobacco account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 213

Folder 214

Volumes 21 (1870) and 22 (1870-1878). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 214

Folder 215

Volume 23 (1873-1875). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 215

Folder 216

Volumes 24 (1874) and 25 (1874-1875). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 216

Folder 217

Volumes 26 (1875-1878) and 27 (1877). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 217

Folder 218

Volumes 28 (1878), 29 (1878), and 30 (1872-1882). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 218

Folder 219

Volume 31 (1879). Account book. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 219

Folder 220

Volume 32 (1879). Account and estate book. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 220

Folder 220a

Volume 32a (1881-1882). W. H. Burwell, Jr.'s notes from University of North Carolina lectures in physiology (Dr. Harris, 1881) and chemistry (Dr. Venable, 1882). #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 220a

Folder 221

Volume 33 (1881-1887). Black school register. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 221

Folder 222

Volume 34 (1884). Account book. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 222

Folder 223

Volume 35 (1882-1902). Account book. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 223

Folder 224

Volume 36 (1886-1889). Account book. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 224

Folder 225

Volumes 37 (1888-1896) and 38 (1888-1896). Account books. #00112, Subseries: "5.2. 1861-1910." Folder 225

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904.

About 90 items.

Arrangement: by type of material, then chronological.

Correspondence, financial and legal papers, genealogical notes and charts, and pictures of member of the Burwell and related families. These are primarily the papers of Spotswood Burwell's sons Blair Burwell, Lewis Burwell, and Robert Burwell, and of the forebears of Fannie Brodie Burwell.

Letters, 1834-1838, are addressed to Blair Burwell, who was in Raleigh working for Ruffin Tucker, from his father, his brother Lewis, and from others. The 1833 letter is from Nathaniel Harrison to his daughter, Frances Ann Harrison, who later married D. A. T. Ricks and who was the grandmother of Fannie Brodie Burwell.

Two letters, 1841 and 1844, from D. A. T. Ricks to Frances Harrison, are love letters. The second was written from Pickens County, Ala., and told Frances that Ricks planned to return to North Carolina to stay. Letters, 1845-1846, from Ricks to Frances after they were married describe his trip from Nash County, N.C., through South Carolina and Georgia to Pickens County, Ala., where he was settling his business, selling his land and some of his slaves, and bringing back the remaining slaves.

Letters from the 1850s and 1860s are nearly all addressed to Robert Randolph Burwell, who was living in Granville County, N.C. They include family letters from his brothers, his sister, or his brother-in-law, as well as business letters mostly from N. M. Martin Bro. & Co. of Petersburg, Va., about tobacco sales. Letters from Mary Manson in 1863 and 1865 describe conditions in Richmond, Va., during and immediately after the Civil War.

Financial and legal papers include wills and deeds of members of the Ricks and Harrison families of Nash County, N.C.; tax receipts of members of the Thorp family; and accounts and contracts of Robert Burwell. Included among Burwell's papers are items relating to his purchase of a substitute to serve in the Confederate Army and to supply beef rather than slaves to the Confederate Army.

Other papers include recipes and genealogical notes and charts. The two genealogical charts are oversized charts of the descendants of Timothy Thorp (ca. 1695-1750) and his wife Mary of Southampton County, Va., through their son Timothy Jr. (17??-1763) and of John and Elizabeth Gregory of Rappahannock through their son Richard (ca. 1644-1700).

Two pictures are included--one of Frances Ann Harrison, wife of D. A. T. Ricks and grandmother of Fannie Brodie Burwell; and one of a family, with the notation "Mr. A. H. Ricks, Rocky Mount" on the back.

Also included are two photograph albums. One of them contains photographs taken and developed by Fannie Brodie Burwell before her marriage in 1907. Most of them were taken at her home in Wilson, N.C. The other album contains picture of people and places in Wilson and Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1904.

Folder 227

Correspondence, 1833-1838 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 227

Folder 228

Correspondence, 1841-1846 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 228

Folder 229

Correspondence, 1850, 1855 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 229

Folder 230

Correspondence, 1856-1858 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 230

Folder 231

Correspondence, 1859-1865 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 231

Folder 232

Correspondence, 1866-1899 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 232

Folder 233

Financial and Legal Papers, 1844-1864 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 233

Folder 234

Financial and Legal Papers, 1866-1887 #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 234

Folder 235

Other Papers #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 235

Folder 1/P-112

Pictures #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " Folder 1/P-112

Photograph Album PA-112/1-2

PA-112/1

PA-112/2

Photograph albums #00112, Subseries: "Addition of January 1998 (Acc. 98015), 1833-1904. " PA-112/1-2

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Items separated: OP-112, P-112, PA-112.

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Processing Information

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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