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Collection Number: 01610

Collection Title: William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 660 items)
Abstract Bills, receipts, deeds, legal agreements, promissory notes, and some other papers of William M. Gordon, James M. Wiggins, and Robert L. Hunt, of Granville County, N.C., as administrators, guardians, and business agents, chiefly 1840s, 1850s, and 1870s. Also included are receipts for the Oxford Colored Baptist Church and a series of letters from Wiggins describing life at Rusk, Tex., 1855-1858.
Creator Gordon, William M., fl. 1840-1870.
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 William M. Gordon Papers #1610, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. A. B. Clement of Oxford, N.C., in June 1949.
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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Bills, receipts, promissory notes, accounts, indentures, and some business correspondence of William M. Gordon, major in the Confederate States army, James M. Wiggins, and Robert L. Hunt of Granville County, N.C., in their capacities as administrators, guardians, and business agents. The papers, now arranged chronologically, originally were grouped under the following subject headings: accounts, receipts, bills, and notes of Wiggins as the guardian of Lucy F. Jenkins, in the 1840s; papers of Wiggins as agent for R. T. Pelham, 1850-1854; papers of Wiggins, executor of the estate of Augustine Harris, early 1850s; miscellaneous papers of Wiggins of Granville County, N.C., and Texas and power of attorney to Hunt, 1854; letters from Wiggins in Rusk, Tex., to Hunt in Oxford, N.C., 1855-1858; papers of Hunt in the 1850s and 1860s including indentures, deeds, accounts, receipts, letters, apprentice papers for freedmen, 1865-1866, and from Robert L. Hunt & Brothers, Oxford, N.C.; receipts, vouchers, and explanations of Wiggins, administrator of the estates of Thomas Wiggins, Celia Wiggins, and Nancy Wiggins, chiefly 1840s; bonds due James Ellis, chiefly 1840s; receipts, vouchers, accounts, inventories, and bond of administrator of Wiggins, administrator and guardian of the estate of L. C. Higgs and guardianship of Leonard C. Higgs, 1850-1854; receipt of Hunt as treasurer of the trustees of the Oxford Colored Baptist Church, N.C.; papers from Hunt & Wiggins (store?) of Lexington, N.C., early 1850s; receipts of Hunt as executor of the estate of Ransom Strowd; Confederate items of Gordon including letters of recommendation from the Virginia Military Institute, and his commission as Major and superintendent of the Hillsboro Military Academy, 1862; and Gordon's certificate of confirmation. The last folder consists of engineer's sketches and blueprints for railroad improvements.

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Contents list

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Folder 1

1820, 1826-1842 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 1

Folder 2

1843-1849 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 2

Folder 3

January-July 1850 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 3

Folder 4

August-December 1850 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 4

Folder 5

January-July 1851 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 5

Folder 6

August-December and undated 1851 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 6

Folder 7

1852 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 7

Folder 8

1853 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 8

Folder 9

January-September 1854 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 9

Folder 10

October-December and undated 1854 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 10

Folder 11

January-July 1855 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 11

Folder 12

August-December 1855 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 12

Folder 13

1856 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 13

Folder 14

1857-1858 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 14

Folder 15

1859-1870 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 15

Folder 16

1871-1875 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 16

Folder 17

1876-1879 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 17

Folder 18

1880-1881 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 18

Folder 19

1882 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 19

Folder 20

1883-1888, 1904 #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 20

Folder 21

Undated #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 21

Folder 22

Engineer's sketches and blueprints #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." Folder 22

Extra Oversize Paper X-OP-1610/1-3

X-OP-1610/1

X-OP-1610/2

X-OP-1610/3

Oversize engineer's sketches and blueprints #01610, Series: "William M. Gordon Papers, 1820-1904." X-OP-1610/1-3

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

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

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