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Collection Number: 01681

Collection Title: Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 (bulk 1846-1879)

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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 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 650 items)
Abstract Gray family members include George Gray, merchant of Windsor, Bertie County, N.C.; John Gray, William Gray, Stevens Gray, and William Lee Gray, lawyers and merchants in eastern North Carolina; and John McKenzie, son of Janet (Gray) McKenzie. The collection is primarily business and personal correspondence, bills, and accounts, 1846-1879, of George Gray, mainly concerning shingle shipments, his cotton plantation near Marianna, Fla., Albemarle Sound fisheries (chiefly 1870s), and the education of his children at the Bingham School, Wesleyan Female College, and elsewhere. Correspondents include William Rhodes Capehart, Joseph B. Roulhac, William B. Boykin, Henry A. Gilliam, and John Roulhac. Also included are legal papers and business letters, 1722-1846, of John Gray, William Gray, Stevens Gray, George Gray, and William Lee Gray. Volumes include personal and merchants' accounts, 1816-1819, 1837-1847, and 1854-1857, and also notes and accounts by John McKenzie for a trip from North Carolina to Boston, 1765-1766.
Creator Gray family.
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 Gray Family Papers, #1681, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Mrs. Moses B. Gillam of Windsor, N.C., February 1950 and October 1956.
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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Gray family members include George Gray, merchant of Windsor, Bertie County, N.C.; John Gray, William Gray, Stevens Gray, and William Lee Gray, lawyers and merchants in eastern North Carolina; and John McKenzie, son of Janet (Gray) McKenzie.

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The collection is primarily business and personal correspondence, bills, and accounts, 1846-1879, of George Gray, mainly concerning shingle shipments, his cotton plantation near Marianna, Fla., Albemarle Sound fisheries (chiefly 1870s), and the education of his children at the Bingham School, Wesleyan Female College, and elsewhere. Correspondents include William Rhodes Capehart, Joseph B. Roulhac, William B. Boykin, Henry A. Gilliam, and John Roulhac. Also included are legal papers and business letters, 1722-1846, of John Gray, William Gray, Stevens Gray, George Gray, and William Lee Gray. Volumes include personal and merchants' accounts, 1816-1819, 1837-1847, and 1854-1857, and also notes and accounts by John McKenzie for a trip from North Carolina to Boston, 1765-1766. There are also some early maps of the town of Windsor, N.C.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1722-1784 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1785-1786 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1787-1790 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1791-1792 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1793-1794 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1795-1799 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1802-1805 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1806 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 8

Digital version: Map of the Town of Windsor, 1806

North Carolina Maps

Folder 9

1807-1830 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1831-1832 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 10-11

Folder 12

1834-1845 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1846 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1847-1850 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1851 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1852-1855 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

1857-1864 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

1868-1874 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19-24

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

1875 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 19-24

Folder 24

1876 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

1877 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 25-26

Folder 27-33

Folder 27

Folder 28

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

Folder 33

1878 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 27-33

Folder 33

1879 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Undated #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 1: Notebook, John McKenzie, 1765-1766 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 2: Ledger, William Lee Gray, 1816-1819, 1822 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 3: Account book, 1837-1847 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Volume 4: Account book, George Gray, 1854-1857 #01681, Series: "Gray Family Papers, 1722-1879 and undated." Folder 38

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 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.

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