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Collection Number: 05370-z

Collection Title: Harrison Family Plantation Ledger, 1846-1883

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Abstract Plantation owner James Harrison of Craven and Jones counties, N.C., died circa 1846. He was apparently survived by his ward Cassandra Harrison, his wife, and several other family members. The collection consists of a 48-page ledger book that documents the Harrison family plantation both as a part of the estate of James Harrison and after the estate was settled. Included is a page with the heading "A Statement of the Lotts of Negroes Belonging to the Heir of James Harrison. Died. Divided 5 January 1846." This page lists the names and values of 24 slaves and the family members to whom they were willed. There are also scattered pages documenting activities at the plantation, 1840s-1850s and early 1880s, including income, expenditures, and supplies; the amount of cotton picked by several named workers; records of tobacco planting and harvesting; accounts of members of the Harrison family and others; and a recipe for cotton compost.
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 Harrison Family Plantation Ledger #5370, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in November 2007 (Acc. 100818).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Plantation owner James Harrison of Craven and Jones counties, N.C., died circa 1846. He was apparently survived by his ward Cassandra Harrison, his wife, and several other family members.

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The collection consists of a 48-page ledger book that documents the Harrison family plantation both as a part of the estate of James Harrison of Craven County, N.C., and Jones County, N.C., and after the estate was settled. Included is a page with the heading "A Statement of the Lotts of Negroes Belonging to the Heir of James Harrison. Died. Divided 5 January 1846." This page lists the names and values of 24 slaves and the family members to whom they were willed. There are also scattered pages documenting activities at the plantation, 1840s-1850s and early 1880s, including income, expenditures, and supplies; the amount of cotton picked by several named workers; records of tobacco planting and harvesting; accounts of members of the Harrison family and others; and a recipe for cotton compost.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jennifer Thompson, October 2008

Encoded by: Jennifer Thompson, October 2008

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