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Collection Number: 03062

Collection Title: John Gluyas Papers, 1789-1911.

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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 125 items
Abstract John Gluyas, a Welsh mining engineer, immigrated to the United States and in 1835 settled in Mecklenburg County, N.C., where he worked on various mining projects, ran a gristmill on the Catawba River, and became a large landowner. The collection includes business correspondence, chiefly before 1851, concerning mining and milling in Wales and North Carolina, especially the Mecklenburg Gold Mining Company and the McCulloch Mine, which Gluyas operated in partnership with William Treloar. Also included are a handwritten book of mathematical tables; a record of work on mining machinery, 1818-1822; memoranda concerning property titles, 1789-1825; a history (4 pages) of the Gluyas family, 1834-1909, written in 1911; and a few letters to Gluyas's wife Mary and to their sons.
Creator Gluyas, John, 1796-1858.
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 John Gluyas Papers, #3062, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by Lucy Gluyas of Charlotte, N.C., April 1961.
Received from Alice Gluyas Whaley of Annapolis, Md., September 1990 (Acc. 91006) and August 1994 (Acc. 94114).
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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John Gluyas (1796-1858), an English-born mining engineer who worked in Wales, immigrated to the United States and in 1835 settled in Mecklenburg County, N.C., where he worked on various mining projects, ran a gristmill on the Catawba River, and became a large landowner. He was involved particularly with the Mecklenburg Gold Mining Company and the McCulloch Mine. Gluyas was married to Mary Bennetts, 1824, with whom he had three children who survived infancy: John Bennetts (born 1825), Thomas (born 1826), and William (born 1832).

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The collection includes business correspondence of John Gluyas, chiefly before 1851, concerning mining and milling in Wales and North Carolina, especially the Mecklenburg Gold Mining Company and the McCulloch Mine, which Gluyas operated in partnership with William Treloar. There are also some scattered family letters, letters of introduction and reference, and three letters to Gluyas from North Carolina Governor John Morehead. Also included are a handwritten book of mathematical tables; a record of work on mining machinery, 1818-1822; memoranda concerning property titles, 1789-1825; a history (4 pages) of the Gluyas family, 1834-1909, written in 1911; other genealogical materials; and a few letters to Gluyas's wife Mary and to their sons.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse John Gluyas Papers, 1789-1915 and undated.

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8 items

Photocopies of materials relating to Gluyas family history.

Folder 13

Genealogical materials #03062, Subseries: "Addition of September 1990 (Acc. 91006)" Folder 13

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5 items

Photocopies of materials relating to Gluyas family history.

Folder 14

Genealogical materials #03062, Subseries: "Addition of August 1994 (Acc. 94114)" Folder 14

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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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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