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Collection Number: 03653

Collection Title: James W. Cox Papers, 1741-1889

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 225 items)
Abstract Scattered papers, chiefly 1830s-1870s, of Cox, businessman, local official at Kinston, N.C., and mayor of Goldsboro, N.C. These papers include accounts and receipts of Cox, his father, and other relatives; financial records of Cox as board chairman of the Lenoir County, N.C., common schools, 1852-1861; general merchandise accounts, 1865-1867; accounts with labor and domestic help, 1884-1889; accounts, receipts, and vouchers of Cox as an agent of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, 1868-1869; letters, 1860, from Cox's son, James G. Cox, a student at the University of Virginia, 1860, and notes, presumably made by James G. Cox, from law lectures given by Professor John Barbee Minor at the University of Virginia, 1860; two items, 1863, relating to hiring slaves, signed by Washington Duke (1820-1905); and various other personal, public, and business papers.
Creator Cox, James W.
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 James W. Cox Papers #3653, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Talbot F. Parker, Jr., of Goldsboro, N.C., in August 1963.
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 papers, chiefly 1830s-1870s, of Cox, businessman, local official at Kinston, N.C., and mayor of Goldsboro, N.C. These papers include accounts and receipts of Cox, his father, and other relatives; financial records of Cox as board chairman of the Lenoir County, N.C., common schools, 1852-1861; general merchandise accounts, 1865-1867; accounts with labor and domestic help, 1884-1889; accounts, receipts, and vouchers of Cox as an agent of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad, 1868-1869; letters, 1860, from Cox's son, James G. Cox, a student at the University of Virginia, 1860, and notes, presumably made by James G. Cox, from law lectures given by Professor John Barbee Minor at the University of Virginia, 1860; two items, 1863, relating to hiring slaves, signed by Washington Duke (1820-1905); and various other personal, public, and business papers.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1741-1874.

217 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Papers before 1829 are chiefly deeds and accounts of James Cox of Kinston, N.C., and include seven marriage licenses, 1820-1828, Lenoir County; a letter, 1800, from John Davis of Harpeth, Tenn., to Arthur Crawford of Wayne County, N.C., about lands belonging to the heirs of Robert Hooks; a report on forming a committee at Kinston to care for the welfare of dependents of volunteer soldiers; and a copy of Ephraim Daniel's will, 1822.

Papers, 1829-1860, are mostly accounts, receipts, and property matters of James W. Cox. They include also papers relating to the property of Gabriel and John Sherard and their Rogers and Daniel relatives. Scattered items suggest Cox's activities relating to schools, 1829; railroads, 1850s; and his children's education at St. Mary's School, Raleigh, 1857, and at the University of Virginia, 1860. Also included is a letter, 1832, from Jesse Speight of Greene County, N.C., about politics; a report card from Goldsborough Female College, 1855, for Eliza Cox; and a letter from James G. Cox at school in Oxford, N.C., 1859.

Among the papers, 1861-1865, are several Confederate tax-in-kind returns; common-school teachers' certificates signed by James W. Cox for the committee on examination; school accounts; two brief letters from Calvin H. Wiley, 1862; and miscellaneous receipts and communications relating to the hiring of slaves, including two 1863 items signed by Washington Duke. Papers, 1868-1869, consist of monthly accounts rendered by James W. Cox as agent at Goldsboro for the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad with a batch of receipts, vouchers, and other items attached to each monthly account.

Materials, 1870-1874, include accounts for Elizabeth Sherard and her estate, 1873, for which Cox was guardian and estate administrator, and two communications from James W. Cox, mayor of Goldsboro, to the police, 1874. There are also two undated subscription pledge lists for the Kinston Female Institute.

Folder 1

1741-1829 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 1

Folder 2

1830-1839 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 2

Folder 3

1840-1862 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 3

Folder 4

1863-1867 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 4

Folder 5

January-September 1868 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 5

Folder 6

October-December 1868 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 6

Folder 7

1869 #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 7

Folder 8

1870-1874 and undated #03653, Series: "1. Papers, 1741-1874." Folder 8

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6 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily record books of James W. Cox. The last volume contains a story by Willie Becton Fort, a student at Wake Forest, 1858-1859, and the University of North Carolina, 1859-1861, about Civil War spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow.

Folder 9

Volume 1: 1832-1838 #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." Folder 9

Eight court dockets, probably from Wayne or Lenoir County, N.C. 34 pp.

Folder 10

Folder number not used #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." Folder 10

Oversize Volume SV-3653/2

Volume S-2: 1852-1861 and 1884-1889 #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." SV-3653/2

Entries relating to school districts, written by R. W. King until about 1856 when James W. Cox became chair of the board for common schools. This volume was later used for accounts with laborers, washwomen, and others, with lists of time worked, provisions, and pay. 50 pp.

Folder 11

Volume 3: 1856-1864 #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." Folder 11

Record book of James W. Cox as chair of the board for common schools. Included are receipts for amounts paid to teachers. 250 pp.

Folder 12

Folder number not used #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." Folder 12

Oversize Volume SV-3653/4

Volume S-4: 1860, 1863, 1865 #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." SV-3653/4

Notes, presumably of James G. Cox, on the analysis of law of real and personal property under Professor Minor at the University of Virginia. There are also copies of 1863 and 1865 letters written by James W. Cox at Chapel Hill. 50 pp.

Folder 13

Volume 5: 1865-1867 #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." Folder 13

Account book of James W. Cox, merchant, including a record of wholesale purchases and retail sales of dry-goods, provisions, and hardware. Part of this volume is ledger, part is a journal. 45 pp.

Folder 14

Volume 6: Undated #03653, Series: "2. Volumes, 1832-1889." Folder 14

Typescript story, "Spies of the Confederacy: The Story of Rose O'Neal Greenhow and Her sources of information at Washington--Her arrest and imprisonment--Before Fort Fisher" by Willie Becton Fort, Pikesville, N.C. 17 pp.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

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

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