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Collection Number: 04251-z

Collection Title: Nathaniel Chesley Daniel Papers, 1836; 1851-1899

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

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 35 items)
Abstract Correspondence, financial and legal material, account books, and other material of Nathaniel Chesley Daniel and Anne H. Bullock Daniel (1804-1883), and of other Daniel family members from Tranquility Plantation, Granville County, N.C. Two photographs of three former slaves of the Daniel and Bullock families are included.
Creator Daniel, Nathaniel Chesley, 1797-1853.
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 Nathaniel Chesley Daniel Papers #4251-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Nat V. Daniel of Elmira, New York, in November 1980.
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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Nathaniel Chesley Daniel, son of James Chesley and Ann Venable Daniel, was born 20 July 1797 and died 9 May 1853. On 24 January 1828, he married Anne H. Bullock, daughter of James Bullock of Warren County, N.C. Anne was born 29 September 1804 and died 25 March 1833. The Daniels had eleven children, of whom the eldest was Nathaniel Beverly Daniel, born 1842.

The Daniels lived at "Tranquility" in Granville County, N.C., a plantation of several hundred acres. From 1830 to 1837, Daniel and his brother, James B. Daniel, Jr., owned general stores in Waterloo, N.C., and Clarkesville, Va.

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Chiefly correspondence among members of the Daniel family. Many of the letters are from or to Anne H. Bullock Daniel and her children. Others are to or from brothers and cousins. None of the letters were written by Nathaniel C. Daniel. Most letters are about daily events in the lives of family members. Of interest is an 1856 letter informing Anne that she had inherited a slave. Only one letter is from the Civil War period

Also included are legal and financial papers, writings, and biographical information. The legal and financial material consists of a legal brief regarding a suit by James B. Daniel, Jr., 1860; an 1864 tax statement of account; a copy of the 1876 will of James Daniel; a 1753 land indenture from Granville County, N.C. (OP-4251/1); and tax receipts. The writings include a history of Holland Mill Chapel near Gastonia, N.C., and material relating to Daniel family history.

There are also two volumes, an account book, 1848-1856, of Nathaniel C. Daniel (14 pp.) and an account book, 1854-1862, of Anne H. Daniel (107 pp.), with records of purchases made by the family. Also included are two copies of a photograph (P-4251/1-2) of three former Daniel and Bullock family slaves--Jim, Rose, and Lawson.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Faye Phillips, June 1981, Suzanne Ruffing, August 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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