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Collection Number: 00314

Collection Title: Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890

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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 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 85 items)
Abstract Henry William Harrington (1748-1809) was a brigadier general in the American Revolution, a legislator in both North Carolina and South Carolina, and a planter. His son, Henry William Harrington Jr. (1793-1868) was a successful planter, businessman, and landowner of Richmond County, N.C., who served in the United States Navy during the War of 1812 and as a representative in the North Carolina House of Commons and to Constitutional Convention. The collection is chiefly political, military, and family correspondence of Revolutionary General Henry William Harrington and Henry William Harrington Jr. Early papers concern military actions of the Revolution in the Carolinas and political and legal affairs in its aftermath. Correspondents include John Auld, Horatio Gates, Charles W. Goldsborough, William Barry Grove, Paul Hamilton, John Henry, A. M. Hopper, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Benjamin W. Williams, among others. Later items include correspondence and other papers of Henry William Harrington Jr. and his mother, Rosanna Auld Harrington. The collection also includes a nine volume diary (portions transcribed), 1826, 1833-1834, and 1849-1864, of Henry William Harrington Jr., and an 1855 inventory of taxable property in the Wolf Pit District, Richmond County, N.C. Diary entries focus on daily business and financial transactions, plantation and social activities, travel, hunting expeditions, and other leisure pursuits. Transcribed excerpts include some entries not appearing in the original diary, including a description of a trip through the South, 1833-1834. The Addition of April 2010 consists of a diary by Rosanna Auld Harrington with entries dated 1794 to 1812. Entries in the diary include a letter addressed to her daughter, Harriet Harrington Strong, before Harriet's departure for school in November 1806; religious writings; and a 1794 reflection on the deaths of her children that includes a list of her children with their dates of birth and death. The diary also contains writings, including a speech dated 4 July 1812 and poetry from 1807 by Bela William Strong, Harriet Harrington Strong's husband. The Addition of June 2011 consists of three account books, 1833-1834, 1844-1847, and 1847-1851, kept by Henry William Harrington Jr., listing his expenses. The account book dated 1833-1834 also contains diary entries describing Harrington's travels across the South with companion Claudius Pegues. There is also an 1890 account book kept by James Auld Harrington of Richmond County, N.C., that lists accounts paid and received and contains diary entries describing his travels through western North Carolina during the summer of 1890.
Creator Harrington, Henry William, 1748-1809.
Language English
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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 Henry William Harrington Papers, #314, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the North Carolina Historical Society, 1935. Additional material transferred from the North Carolina Collection, June 1952; and received from Joseph Russell Cross Jr. of Cross, S.C., December 1958 and July 2008 (Acc. 100983). The Addition of April 2010 was received from Weldon and Mary Lynn Jordan of Fayetteville, N.C, in April 2010 (Acc. 101272). The Addition of June 2011 was received from John I. Rogers III in June 2011 (Acc. 101452)
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Henry William Harrington (1748-1809) was a brigadier general in the American Revolution, a legislator in both North and South Carolina, and a land owner. Harrington was born in London, England, and emigrated first to Jamaica and later to South Carolina near the Pee Dee River. Harrington was married to Rosanna Auld in 1776.

Henry William Harrington Jr. was a successful planter, businessman, and landowner of Richmond County, N.C. He served for a short time in the United States Navy during the War of 1812 and represented Richmond County in the North Carolina House of Commons and in the Constitutional Convention of 1835.

Rosanna Auld Harrington (1754-1828) was born in Anson County, N.C. She married Henry William Harrington in July 1776. They had five children who reached adulthood, including Henry William Harrington Jr. (1793-1868) and Harriet Harrington Strong (1795-1829).

Bela William Strong (1786-1815) was a lawyer from Fayetteville, N.C., who was educated and trained in Oneida County, N.Y. He married Harriet Harrington in February 1815. Strong was killed in a duel in May 1815.

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The collection is chiefly political, military, and family correspondence of Revolutionary General Henry William Harrington; his wife, Rosanna Auld Harrington; and their son, Henry William Harrington Jr. Early papers concern military actions of the Revolution in the Carolinas and political and legal affairs in its aftermath. Revolutionary items, many with accompanying transcriptions, concern military stores and supplies, troop movements and strategy, and arrangements to secure safe passage of Harrington's family from Cheraw, S.C., to Salisbury, N.C. Correspondents include John Auld, Horatio Gates, Charles W. Goldsborough, William Barry Grove, Paul Hamilton, John Henry, A. M. Hopper, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Benjamin W. Williams among others. Later items include correspondence of Henry W. Harrington Jr. and Rosanna Harrington, chiefly related to the former's service in the United States Navy and subsequent return to North Carolina. Some later papers allude to Henry William Harrington Jr.'s involvement in the North Carolina General Assembly. The collection also includes a nine volume diary (portions transcribed), 1826, 1833-1834, and 1849-1864, of Henry William Harrington Jr., and an 1855 inventory of taxable property in the Wolf Pit District, Richmond County, N.C. Diary entries focus on daily business and financial transactions, plantation and social activities, travel, hunting expeditions, and other leisure pursuits. During the Civil War diary entries are chiefly financial, but do contain some references to the organization of local militia companies. Transcribed excerpts include some entries not appearing in the original diary, including a description of a trip through the South, 1833-1834.

The Addition of April 2010 consists of a diary by Rosanna Auld Harrington, 1794-1812. Entries in the diary include a letter addressed to her daughter, Harriet Harrington Strong, before Harriet's departure for school in November 1806; religious writings; a 1794 reflection on the deaths of her children that includes a list of her children with their dates of birth and death. The diary also contains writings, including a speech dated 4 July 1812 and poetry from 1807 by Bela William Strong, Harriet Harrington Strong's husband.

The Addition of June 2011 consists of three account books, 1833-1834, 1844-1847, and 1847-1851, kept by Henry William Harrington Jr., listing his expenses. The account book dated 1833-1834 also contains diary entries describing Harrington's travels across the South with companion Claudius Pegues; a transcription of these entries can be found in the original deposit, folder 11. There is also an 1890 account book kept by James Auld Harrington of Richmond County, N.C., that lists accounts paid and received and contains diary entries describing his travels through western North Carolina during the summer of 1890.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1776-1780 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1781-1789 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1791-1803 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1811-1812 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1813-1846 and undated #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Diary: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1826 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Diary: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1849, 1851 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Diary: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1852 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Diary: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1856-1857 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Diary: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1861-1864 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Diary transcriptions #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Richmond County, N.C., tax inventory, 1855 #00314, Series: "Henry William Harrington Papers, 1775-1890 and undated." Folder 12

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The Addition of April 2010 consists of a diary by Rosanna Auld Harrington, 1794-1812. Entries in the diary include a letter addressed to her daughter, Harriet Harrington, before Harriet's departure for school in November 1806; religious writings; a 1794 reflection on the deaths of her children that includes a list of her children with their dates of birth and death. The diary also contains writings, including a speech dated 4 July 1812 and poetry from 1807 by Bela William Strong, Harriet Harrington's husband. The diary appears to be constructed of two separate diaries stitched together.

Folder 13

Diary: Rosanna Auld Harrington, 1794-1812 #00314, Series: "Addition of April 2010: Rosanna Auld Harrington Diary, 1794-1812." Folder 13

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4 items.

The Addition of June 2011 consists of three account books, 1833-1834, 1844-1847, and 1847-1851, kept by Henry William Harrington Jr., listing his expenses. The account book dated 1833-1834 also contains diary entries describing Harrington's travels across the South with companion Claudius Pegues. A transcription of these entries can be found in the original deposit, folder 11. There is also an 1890 account book kept by James Auld Harrington of Richmond County, N.C., that lists accounts paid and received and contains diary entries describing his travels through western North Carolina during the summer of 1890.

Folder 14

Account book: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1833-1834 #00314, Series: "Addition of June 2011: William Henry Harrington Jr. and James Auld Harrington Account Books, 1833-1890." Folder 14

Contains diary entries describing Harrington's travels across the South with companion Claudius Pegues. A transcription of these entries can be found in the original deposit, folder 11.

Folder 15

Account book: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1844-1847 #00314, Series: "Addition of June 2011: William Henry Harrington Jr. and James Auld Harrington Account Books, 1833-1890." Folder 15

Folder 16

Account book: Henry William Harrington Jr., 1847-1851 #00314, Series: "Addition of June 2011: William Henry Harrington Jr. and James Auld Harrington Account Books, 1833-1890." Folder 16

Folder 17

Account book: James Auld Harrington, 1890 #00314, Series: "Addition of June 2011: William Henry Harrington Jr. and James Auld Harrington Account Books, 1833-1890." Folder 17

Contains diary entries describing his travels through western North Carolina during the summer of 1890.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff, Kate Stratton 2010

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 2010

Updated by: Allison Moore, November 2010 because of addition

Updated by: Matt Dailey, January 2012 because of addition

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.

Additions received after 2010 have not been integrated into the original deposits. Researchers should always check additions to be sure they have identified all files of interest to them.

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