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Collection Number: 00870

Collection Title: Gregorie and Elliott Family Papers, 1742-1918 and undated

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 430 items)
Abstract The Gregorie family, rice and cotton planters of Beaufort County, S.C., descended from James Gregorie (1740-1807) who came to America in 1750 and married Ann Ross. Their son, Alexander Frazier Gregorie (d. 1849), married Esther Hutson in 1798 and then Sarah McCarthy in 1813. James Gregorie (1798-1874), a son of Alexander Frazier Gregorie, married Martha McPherson in 1823. Their daughter Elizabeth (b. 1829) married William Waight Elliott (1831-1884) of Port Royal, S.C., in 1854. The collection consists of business and personal papers, 1742-1918, of the Gregorie and Elliott families in Beaufort County, S.C. Included are the papers of Alexander Frazier Gregorie, mainly concerning estate settlements and South Carolina and Georgia land, and extensive business correspondence relating to rice and cotton sales, 1844-1874, of James Gregorie, especially with his cousin John Colcock, a factor in Charleston, S.C. There are a few slave records, including bills of sale of slaves from the 1850s and 1860s, and a letter reporting on the condition of Gregorie's slaves and plantation affairs in Mississippi and South Carolina. Papers from the Civil War period concern business. Postwar correspondence with businessmen in Charleston and with northern mortgage-holders reflects the economic uncertainties and political turbulence of the times. There is some personal correspondence throughout, and many business letters include personal information. Also included are business and genealogical papers of Elizabeth Gregorie Elliott and William Waight Elliott. Family history materials relate chiefly to the Gregorie, McPherson, Woodward, De Treville, and Elliott families.
Creator Elliott family.



Gregorie family.
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 Gregorie and Elliott Family Papers #870, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Deposited by William W. Elliott of Beaufort, S.C. in July 1944. Additions received from Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Gregorie, Jr., of Macon, Ga., in April 1970 and March 1974.
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 Gregorie family of Beaufort County, S.C., descended from James Gregorie (1740-1807) who came to America in 1750 and married Ann Ross. Their son, Alexander Frazier Gregorie (d. 1849), married Esther Hutson in 1798 and then Sarah McCarthy in 1813. James Gregorie (1798-1874), a son of Alexander Frazier Gregorie, was a rice and cotton planter. He married Martha McPherson in 1823. Their daughter Elizabeth (b. 1829) married William Waight Elliott (1831-1884) of Port Royal, S.C., in 1854.

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The collection consists chiefly of business papers relating to the Gregorie and Elliott families of Beaufort County, S.C., which merged in 1854 with the marriage of Elizabeth M. Gregorie and William Waight Elliott. Throughout the collection, there are letters, deeds, bonds, accounts, and other business papers. There is also some personal correspondence, and many of the business letters are somewhat personal as the writers were ususally relatives or personal friends.

Papers, 1742-1799, are chiefly deeds and land grants relating to Gregorie and Graves family properties in Georgia and South Carolina. Included is a copy of Joshua McPherson's 1774 will.

Papers, 1800-1837, concern Alexander Frazier Gregorie (1768-1849) of Beaufort, S.C. Correspondence and other papers relate to education and property, but the bulk of materials pertain to the complicated estate settlement of William Graves (or Greaves). Other correspondents interested in this case include Nathaniel Russell, a Mrs. Harabrowski, Seaborn Jones, Reuben Wilkinson, David McCredie, Richard Habersham, James Palmer, Judge R. R. Read, Crawford & Cumming, James Nicholson, William C. Micou, and Eben Starnes. Also included is an account book, 1820s-1840s, documenting financial accounts of Charles Gregorie, Alexander Frazier Gregorie, and Thomas Hutson Gregorie.

Papers, 1844-1874, relate chiefly to the financial and legal concerns of James Gregorie (1798-1874) of Pocotagligo, S.C. and Yemassee, S.C. Included are materials relating to the estates of Charles Gregorie and Alexander Frazier Gregorie, miscellaneous bonds, contribution receipts from the Stoney Creek Independent Prebyterian Church, the wills and estate settlements of James McPherson and Elizabeth McPherson, and the marriage settlement of James's daughter Elizabeth. There are a few slave records, including bills of sale of slaves from the 1850s and 1860s, and a letter reporting on the condition of Gregorie's slaves and plantation affairs in Mississippi and South Carolina. Beginning in the late 1850s and continuing into the late 1860s, there are letters from John Colcock, a factor and commission merchant in Charleston, S.C., concerning Gregorie's cotton and rice accounts and other business matters. In the postwar period, the letters follow the family's business interests--planting, selling, and storing cotton; taxes; purchasing; comments on profit and loss; pests; and weather. In addition to giving advice and reporting on transactions, Colcock, a cousin, also mentioned family and personal events and gave news of himself and friends. Included are some copies of Gregorie's letters to Colcock. When John Colcock died, Thomas H. Colcock carried on the business, later renaming it from John Colcock Co. to Colcock & Heyward.

Other correspondence during the late 1860s describes the uncertainties and economic and political troubles of Reconstruction. William Heyward of Charleston, S.C., gave gloomy, detailed accounts of the situation of the ex-slaves, labor problems, northern speculators, broken bridges, cotton crops, taxes, and politics. There is also correspondence between Gregorie and Charles M. Rose of New York, who advanced capital for Gregorie's plantation and had a lien on the crops until 1874. Other financial papers include hardware bills and accounts with Saml. H. Wilson & Bro., a Charleston grocer.

Papers, 1874-1918, relate to William Waight Elliott and Elizabeth Gregorie Elliott. Included are real estate titles, bonds, mortgages, and other papers chiefly concerning family history and genealogy of the Gregorie, McPherson, Woodward, De Treville, and Elliott families. Other materials include pamphlets, genealogical charts, and newspaper clippings. In addition, there are four notebooks with family history data collected by Elizabeth M. Elliott.

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Contents list

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About 430 items.

Folder 1a

Gregorie genealogy #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

1774-1799 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

1800-1824 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1825-1830 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1831-1837 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1842-1849 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1850-1855 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1856-1859 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1860-1865 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1866-1867 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1868: January-October #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

November 1868-1869 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 11

Includes records of James Gregorie in account with John Colcock & Co., 1866-1869

Folder 12

1870-1871 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

1872 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1873-1874 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1879-1918 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated papers #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

Genealogy notes of Gregorie, McPherson, Woodward, DeTreville, Elliott, and other families #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 17

Rolled Item R-870/1

Genealogical charts #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." R-870/1

Folder 18

Clippings and pamphlets #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

Deeds, grants, and indentures, 1742-1800 #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 19

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-870/1

Various indentures and deeds #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." OPF-870/1

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-870/2

Various indentures and deeds #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." OPF-870/2

Folder 20

Envelopes #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

Wax seals #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

Gregorie family crest, General G. T. Beauregard memorial souvenir #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 1: Account book, 1820s-1840s #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 2: Family history notebook #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Volume 3: Family history notebook and enclosures #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Volume 4: Family history notebook and enclosures #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Volume 5: Family history notebook and enclosures #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." Folder 27

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J. L. Gregorie (probably James Ladson Gregorie), at about age 18, circa 1864-1866. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Weaver Brothers (Chicago). #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/1

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James Ladson Gregorie, at about age 35, circa 1875-1880. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: E. L. Brand & Co., Chicago. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/2

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May Gregorie (or Mary Gregorie), circa 1870-1875. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: E. L. Brand & Co., Chicago. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/3

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Henry Gregorie, circa 1860-1870. Carte-de-visite. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/4

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J. W. Coffin, circa 1860-1870. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/5

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Juan Tragan(?), circa 1865-1870. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: O. F. Weaver, Chicago. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/6

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J. McPherson Washington(?), circa 1860-1870. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/7

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B(ess?) Washington (?), circa 1860-1870. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/8

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Bess Washington(?), circa 1870-1880. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: G. N. Barnard, Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/9

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T. J. McPherson, circa 1860-1870. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/10

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Unidentified young woman, circa 1860-1870. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: Quinby & Co., Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/11

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Unidentified young man, at about age 20, 1885. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: J. A. Nowell, Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/12

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Unidentified little boy, at about age 8, circa 1880-1885. Carte-de-visite. Photographer: J. A. Nowell, Charleston, S.C. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/13

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"Scotch Church," Meeting Street (probably Charleston, S.C.), circa 1890-1910. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/14

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"Tablet on south wall of Scotch Church to James Gregorie, one of its Elders," (probably Charleston, S.C.), circa 1890-1910. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." P-870/15

Special Format Image SF-P-870/16

Elena Basset, circa 1860-1880. Tintype. #00870, Series: "Papers, 1742-1918 and undated." SF-P-870/16

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Processing Information

Processed by: Brooke Allan, 1960; Carolyn Wallace, 1971; Laura O'Keefe, 1983

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, July 2005

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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