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Collection Number: 00116

Collection Title: Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 (bulk 1830s-1890s).

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 5.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,100 items)
Abstract Ralph Potts Buxton was a Fayetteville, N.C., lawyer, judge, Republican Party leader, member of the state convention of 1875, and candidate for governor, 1880. The collection includes legal, political, and personal papers of Buxton and of his family, chiefly 1830s through 1890s. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, record books, and legal papers related to law practice. Political correspondence is chiefly after 1865, with a small amount discussing sectional issues before that. A variety of business papers is included: household accounts, papers concerning banking and textile investments, and other items. The collection also contains many letters from and papers of Buxton's brother, Jarvis Buxton (1820-1903), Episcopal minister of Asheville, N.C.; volumes containing published and unpublished manuscript poetry of his wife, Rebecca (Bledsoe) Buxton, and her scattered memoranda, 1858-1869; and a bank account book of the Cumberland County, N.C., public debt, 1897.
Creator Buxton, Ralph Potts, 1826-1900.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, #116, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Ernest Gains, prior to 1940.
Transferred from University Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, January 1963.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection 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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Ralph Potts Buxton (1826-1900) was a Fayetteville, N.C., lawyer, judge, Republican Party leader, member of the state convention of 1875, and candidate for governor, 1880. Buxton was married to Rebecca Bledsoe of Raleigh, N.C., in December 1860.

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The collection includes legal, political, and personal papers of Ralph Potts Buxton and of his family, chiefly 1830s through 1890s. The bulk of the collection consists of correspondence, record books, and legal papers related to law practice including discussions of cases and court decisions. Political correspondence is chiefly after 1865, focusing on the 1880 gubernatorial race, with a small amount discussing sectional issues before that. A variety of business papers is included: household accounts, papers concerning banking and textile investments, and other items. The earliest papers are indentures, deeds, wills, and other items related to the settlement of various estates. The collection also contains many letters from and papers of Buxton's brother, Jarvis (1820-1903), Episcopal minister of Asheville, N.C.; volumes containing published and unpublished manuscript poetry of his wife, Rebecca (Bledsoe) Buxton, and her scattered memoranda, 1858-1869; and a bank account book of the Cumberland County, N.C., public debt, 1897.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 1a

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Folder 11

Folder 12

Undated #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 1-12

Folder 13

Clippings #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1735-1799 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1803 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1804-1819 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17a

1821-1829 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 17a

Folder 17b

1830-1839 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 17b

Folder 18a

1840-1846 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 18a

Folder 18b

1847-1849 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 18b

Folder 19

1850-1851 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1852-1853 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1854 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1855 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1856 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1857 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

1858 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1859 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 26

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Folder 28

1860 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 27-28

Folder 29

1861-1865 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

1866-1867 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1868 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1869 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1870 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1871 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1872-1873 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

1874-1875 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

1876-1877 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

1878-1879 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 38

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Folder 40

1880 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 39-40

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1881 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 41-42

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1882 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 43-44

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Folder 45

1883 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 45-46b

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Folder 49

1884 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 47-49

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1885 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 50-53

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1886 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 54-59

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1887 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 60-68

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1888 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 69-77

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1889 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 78-83

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Folder 93

1890 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 84-93

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Folder 100

1891 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 94-100

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1892 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 101-105

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1893 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 106-113

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1894 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 114-119

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1895 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 120-125

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1896 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 126-134

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Folder 144

1897 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 135-144

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Folder 153

1898 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 145-153

Folder 154-156b

Folder 154

1899 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 154-156b

Folder 157

1890s undated #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 157

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Folder 161

1900 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 158-161

Folder 162

1901-1906 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 162

Folder 163

1910-1916 and undated #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 163

Folder 164

Volume 1: Account book, 1868 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 164

Folder 165

Volume 2: Index to trial docket, 1876 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 165

Folder 166

Volume 3: Cash receipts, 1882-1890 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 166

Folder 167

Volume 4: Grocery book, 1893-1895 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 167

Folder 168

Volume 5: Fee book, 1890-1900 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 168

Folder 169

Volume 6: Account book, 1897 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 169

Folder 170

Volume 7: "Flowers from the Forest, or the Poetical Effusions of Rebecca H. Bledsoe," circa 1859 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 170

Folder 171

Volume 8: Diary, Rebecca Bledsoe, 1858-1864 #00116, Series: "Ralph Potts Buxton Papers, 1735-1916 and undated." Folder 171

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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