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Collection Number: 00312

Collection Title: Harnett County (N.C.) Papers, 1763-1909.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 640 items)
Abstract The collection includes papers of the Turner and McNeill families of Cumberland and Harnett counties, N.C., chiefly deeds, plats, promissory notes, bills, accounts, and receipts. Family letters, chiefly 1843-1879, are those of Henry Marshall Turner (1800-1871), Alabama physician who moved to Cumberland County, N.C., and his wife Caroline McNeill Turner. These include letters from Martha and Julia Turner while they were enrolled in Floral College, near Fayetteville; letters from friends and relatives in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas; and a few Civil War letters from members of the family in the Confederate Army in Tennessee and Virginia. Also included are physicians' accounts and records, 1822-1829 and 1848-1858, of Daniel McPhaul and, 1854-1858, of H. Turner; and merchants' daybooks, 1854-1860.
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 Harnett County (N.C.) Papers #312, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of Southern women and their families in the 19th century, Series A.
Acquisitions Information
Received from and Paul Green of Chapel Hill, N.C., before 1940 and in 1967, and from James H. Withers of Broadway, N.C., in 1967.
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 collection includes papers of the Turner and McNeill families of Cumberland and Harnett counties, N.C., chiefly deeds, plats, promissory notes, bills, accounts, and receipts. Family letters, chiefly 1843-1879, are those of Henry Marshall Turner (1800-1871), Alabama physician who moved to Cumberland County, N.C., and his wife Caroline McNeill Turner. These include letters from Martha and Julia Turner while they were enrolled in Floral College, near Fayetteville; letters from friends and relatives in Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas; and a few Civil War letters from members of the family in the Confederate Army in Tennessee and Virginia. Also included are physicians' accounts and records, 1822-1829 and 1848-1858, of Daniel McPhaul and, 1854-1858, of H. Turner; and merchants' daybooks, 1854-1860.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909.

About 635 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Many early papers are legal documents having to do with agreements or obligations concerning land and other property, money, debts, and estates. Many of these relate to John, Archibald, Neill, and other members of the McNeill family. In the 1830s, many of the papers relate to Archibald Stewart McNeill, Henry Marshall Turner, and members of the related Covington and Ferguson families. There are also family letters, dated chiefly 1843-1879, to Henry Marshall Turner and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth McNeill Turner, from their daughters Martha and Julia at Floral College, Robeson County, N.C., in the mid-1840s and from friends and relatives in Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia. There are also a few Civil War letters from members of the family serving with Confederate forces in Tennessee and Virginia. There are also items relating to the Turners' son-in-law, physician William Murchison McNeill, and to other members of the McNeill and McDougald families of Harnett County.

Folder 1

1763-1805 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 1

Folder 2

1807-1828 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 2

Folder 3

1830-1839 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 3

Folder 4

1842-1845 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 4

Folder 5

1846 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 5

Folder 6

1847 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 6

Folder 7

1848-1849 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 7

Folder 8

1850-1859 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 8

Folder 9

1860-1863 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 9

Folder 10

1864-1869 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 10

Folder 11

1870-1877 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 11

Folder 12

1879-1909 #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated Letters #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 13

Folder 14

Undated Other items #00312, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1763-1909." Folder 14

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, December 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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