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Collection Number: 04172

Collection Title: Davis and Walker Family Papers, 1755-1962

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Size 2.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 750 items)
Abstract The Davis and Walker families were residents of Wilmington, N.C. Prominent family members included George Davis (1820-1896), lawyer, attorney-general of the Confederacy, and well-known orator; and his son, Junius (1845-1916), who practiced law with his father and shared his interests in local and family history. Junius married Mary Orme Walker, daughter of Thomas Davis Walker (1822-1865), president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad during the Civil War, and Mary Vance (Dickinson) Walker (1821-1900). Also represented is Platt Dickinson Walker, son of Thomas D. Walker and Mary V. D. Walker, associate justice of the North Carolina supreme court, 1903-1923. The Davis family series consists primarily of scattered family correspondence, 1864-1891; addresses and essays; and biographical, genealogical, and local history material relating to the Lower Cape Fear River region. Correspondence of George Davis includes three letters written from federal captivity. In addition, there are a few documents relating to his work with state-owned railroads and some political and financial items. There are three Civil War letters from Junius Davis and three copies of twentieth-century letters by him, one of which, 1916, contains reminiscences about Civil War-era songs. The bulk of the correspondence is letters to Junius from family and friends. Other items of interest include a contemporary set of caricatures of locally prominent Revolutionary War-era figures; and letters by Emily and Rebecca Evaline Polk reflecting the social conditions in south-central Tennessee and central Louisiana during Reconstruction. The Walker family series is primarily family correspondence between Thomas Davis Walker and Mary Vance (Dickinson) Walker and their family, July-December 1862 and December 1864-February 1865, while Mary was refugeeing in Raleigh, N.C., and her husband was in federally-occupied Wilmington. Topics include the yellow fever epidemic in 1862 and family and social life in Raleigh. Walker's letters describe his efforts to manage the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad under Union occupation. Among other family letters are several from daughter Mary Orme Walker attending the Nash-Kollock School in Hillsborough, N.C., and son Platt Dickinson Walker at James H. Horner's school in Oxford, N.C., and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There is also a letter, 1862, written from one family slave to another, and some Walker family slave lists.
Creator Davis family.



Walker family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
Members of the family wish to be informed and given the opportunity to acquire copies of any significant research and publication based largely on the papers. This is not for the purpose of censorship but simply because of family interest. The staff of the Southern Historical Collection asks persons using the papers to assume the responsibility for informing a member of the SHC staff or a member of the Davis family when their research has been completed or published and how copies may be obtained.
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 Davis and Walker Family Papers, #4172, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid 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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The Davis and Walker families were residents of Wilmington, N.C. Prominent family members included George Davis (1820-1896), lawyer, attorney-general of the Confederacy, and well-known orator; and his son, Junius (1845-1916), who practiced law with his father and shared his interests in local and family history. Junius married Mary Orme Walker, daughter of Thomas Davis Walker (1822-1865), president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad during the Civil War, and Mary Vance (Dickinson) Walker (1821-1900). Also represented is Platt Dickinson Walker, son of Thomas D. Walker and Mary V. D. Walker, associate justice of the North Carolina supreme court, 1903-1923.

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The Davis family series consists primarily of scattered family correspondence, 1864-1891; addresses and essays; and biographical, genealogical, and local history material relating to the Lower Cape Fear River region. Correspondence of George Davis includes three letters written from federal captivity. In addition, there are a few documents relating to his work with state-owned railroads and some political and financial items. There are three Civil War letters from Junius Davis and three copies of twentieth-century letters by him, one of which, 1916, contains reminiscences about Civil War-era songs. The bulk of the correspondence is letters to Junius from family and friends. Other items of interest include a contemporary set of caricatures of locally prominent Revolutionary War-era figures; and letters by Emily and Rebecca Evaline Polk reflecting the social conditions in south-central Tennessee and central Louisiana during Reconstruction. The Walker family series is primarily family correspondence between Thomas Davis Walker and Mary Vance (Dickinson) Walker and their family, July-December 1862 and December 1864-February 1865, while Mary was refugeeing in Raleigh, N.C., and her husband was in federally-occupied Wilmington. Topics include the yellow fever epidemic in 1862 and family and social life in Raleigh. Walker's letters describe his efforts to manage the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad under Union occupation. Among other family letters are several from daughter Mary Orme Walker attending the Nash-Kollock School in Hillsborough, N.C., and son Platt Dickinson Walker at James H. Horner's school in Oxford, N.C., and at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. There is also a letter, 1862, written from one family slave to another, and some Walker family slave lists.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Davis Family Papers, 1755-1962 and undated.

About 500 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily scattered family correspondence, with a few business-related items.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1755-circa 1776 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1833, 1837-1842, 1854 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1861-1865 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1866 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1867-1868, 1872-1876 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1877-1879 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1880-1887 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1888-1893 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-February 1896 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

March 1896, 1901-1902, 1906-1907 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

1909, 1914 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

1915-1918, 1929, 1939-1940 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1943, 1946-1948, 1958-1962 #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." Folder 14

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-4172/1

Miscellaneous oversize Davis family papers #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." OPF-4172/1

Image Folder PF-4172/1

Davis family photographs #04172, Subseries: "1.1. Davis Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1755-1962 and undated." PF-4172/1

Mostly portraits of various family members, including several of George Davis. Also included is a photograph of a certificate, dated 4 January 1864 and signed by Jefferson Davis, appointing George Davis attorney general of the Confederate States of America.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials.

About 250 items.

Arrangement: by subject.

Contains biographical materials relating to members of the Davis family and related families. Also included are local and family history materials.

Folder 24-27

Folder 24

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

George Davis #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 24-27

Folder 28

Junius Davis #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 28

Folder 29

Thomas Walker Davis #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 29

Folder 30-33

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

Davis family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 30-33

Folder 34

Devane family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 34

Folder 35

Eagles family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 35

Folder 36

Hall family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 36

Folder 37

Harvey family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 37

Folder 38

Hooper family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 38

Folder 39

Jones family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 39

Folder 40

Lillington family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 40

Folder 41-43

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

Moore family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 41-43

Folder 44

Poisson family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 44

Folder 45

Polk family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 45

Folder 46

Quince family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 46

Folder 47

Rowan family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 47

Folder 48

Smith family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 48

Folder 49

Yeamans family #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 49

Folder 50

Miscellaneous families #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 50

Folder 51

County court minutes, 1736-1778 #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 51

Folder 52

County court minutes, 1779-1805 #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 52

Folder 53

Superior court minutes #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 53

Folder 54-55

Folder 54

Folder 55

Lower Cape Fear #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 54-55

Folder 56

Davis family clippings #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 56

Folder 57

Folder number not used #04172, Subseries: "1.3. Biographical and Historical Materials." Folder 57

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Walker Family Papers, 1819-1900 and undated.

About 250 items.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated.

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Some correspondence between family members, as well as letters from Walker family friends and extended family members. Also includes financial papers and a few miscellaneous other items.

Folder 58

1819, 1825-1826, 1833-1839 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

1845-1846, 1850-1856 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

1857-1860 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

1861-July 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

August 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

1-20 September 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

21-31 September 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

1-8 October 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

9-17 October 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

18-30 October 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

1-10 November 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

11 November-31 December 1862 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

1863 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

1864 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

January 1865 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

February-March 1865 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

April-July 1865 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

August-December 1865 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

1866-1868 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

1869-1872 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

1876-1880, 1895, 1900 #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

Undated #04172, Subseries: "2.1. Walker Family Correspondence and Related Material, 1819-1900 and undated." Folder 79

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, September 2010

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