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Collection Number: 02754-z

Collection Title: Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers, 1806-1923

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 239 items
Abstract Heyward and Ferguson family members included Nathaniel Heyward (1766-1851) of South Carolina, whose estate included 45,000 acres of Low Country plantations and over 2,000 slaves; his sons, Nathaniel J. and William H. Heyward; his grandson, James Barnwell Heyward (1817-1886); Confederate brigadier general Samuel Wragg Ferguson (1834-1917); and others. The collection includes family correspondence, plantation records and other materials of Nathaniel Heyward; of his sons, Nathaniel J. and William H. Heyward; his grandson, James Barnwell Heyward; and other relations. Letters concern many topics including the sons' education at Princeton and Harvard; lands and slaves; travels in Europe; emigration from South Carolina to the old Southwest; northern interference with slavery; post Civil War conditions; relations with freedmen and tenants; and family and social life. Volumes include J. B. Heyward's records of four South Carolina plantations, including Copenhagen, Hamburgh, Myrtle Grove, and Rotterdam, 1845-1868. Miscellaneous papers include the recollections (typed transcription, 134 p.) of Samuel Wragg Ferguson as a child in Charleston, S.C., a cadet at West Point, a soldier with the U.S. Army Mormon expedition, 1857- 1858, and a Confederate brigadier general.
Creator Heyward family.



Ferguson 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 Heyward and Ferguson Family Papers #2754-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Lent for filming and copying by Marie Heyward of Charleston, S.C., in March 1944 and April 1945.
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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Heyward and Ferguson family members included Nathaniel Heyward (1766-1851) of South Carolina, whose estate included 45,000 acres of Low Country plantations and over 2,000 slaves; his sons, Nathaniel J. and William H. Heyward; his grandson, James Barnwell Heyward (1817-1886); Confederate brigadier general Samuel Wragg Ferguson (1834-1917); and others.

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The collection includes family correspondence, plantation records and other materials of Nathaniel Heyward; of his sons, Nathaniel J. Heyward and William H. Heyward; his grandson, James Barnwell Heyward; and other relations. Letters concern many topics including the sons' education at Princeton and Harvard; lands and slaves; travels in Europe; emigration from South Carolina to the old Southwest; northern interference with slavery; post Civil War conditions; relations with freedmen and tenants; and family and social life. Volumes include J. B. Heyward's records of four South Carolina plantations, including Copenhagen, Hamburgh, Myrtle Grove, and Rotterdam, 1845-1868. Miscellaneous papers include the recollections (typed transcription, 134 p.) of Samuel Wragg Ferguson as a child in Charleston, S.C., a cadet at West Point, a soldier with the U.S. Army Mormon expedition, 1857- 1858, and a Confederate brigadier general.

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Contents list

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12 items.

Six letters, five miscellaneous papers, and one volume all in typescript copy. Included are two personal letters (both also on microfilm), one from Nathaniel Heyward to his mother from Princeton, 1806, and one from William Heyward to his father describing White Sulphur Springs, Va.; three Civil War letters, one from Frank (?) to his mother about marching to Morris Island and the war, one announcing the death of Nathaniel Heyward, and one about the delay in the removal of Nathaniel's body servant, John: and one genealogical letter, 1923. Miscellaneous items include a legal description of Dr. Simmons's losses in the Seminole War with detailed accounts; a printed pamphlet of a letter from Thomas Pinckney, Charleston, S.C., 12 December 1810, to John Champneys, president of the Agricultural Society of South Carolina, about a new method of cultivating rice; a large sheet containing names and ages of Dockon slaves, 1840; 14 pages from a book of slave lists; and a list of the names and owners of Cooper River plantations. The volume is Samuel Wragg Ferguson's memoirs, written in 1900, about his ancestry and early life in South Carolina and at West Point, 1852-1857; in the U.S. Army in Kansas and Utah, 1857-1861; and in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865.

Folder 1

Letters, 1806-1923 #02754-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1806-1923 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Miscellaneous papers #02754-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1806-1923 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Recollection of Samuel Wragg Ferguson #02754-z, Series: "1. Papers, 1806-1923 and undated." Folder 3

See also: Samuel W. Ferguson, "With Albuel Sidney Johnston's Expedition to Utah, 1857," in Collections of the Kansas State Historical Society, 1911-1912, volume XII, pages 303-312.

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227 items on 1 reel of microfilm.
Reel M-2754/1

Materials, 1806-1923 and undated #02754-z, Series: "2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated." Reel M-2754/1

Letters, slave lists, pamphlets and volumes primarily from the Heyward family. Letters include descriptions of William and Nathaniel Heyward Jr.'s college days; William H. Heyward's description of life in Charleston, 1810; Nathaniel Heyward Jr.'s trip to New York and description of the manufacturing of woolen cloth in New Haven, Conn.; accounts from Nathaniel Jr. and William Heyward in Europe, describing social life, dancing, art treasures, gambling, and travel conditions, 1810-1812; letters to Mrs. Barnwell from her daughter, Hetty Barnwell Heyward, and Nathaniel H. Jr about deaths in the family and children, 1814-1818; a letter from Nathaniel Heyward Sr. to James B. Heyward at Harvard about his allowance and travel, 1834; a letter in which Nathaniel Heyward Sr. discusses the migration of both whites and blacks to Alabama and Texas to the detriment of South Carolina; a letter from Daniel to James Heyward offering a plantation for sale; a letter from William H. Heyward, Columbia, S.C., to James Heyward discussing the South Carolina legislature and Northern interference in slave affairs; the settlement of Nathaniel Heyward's estate, with slave bills of sale and lists of slaves on the plantation, 1854; a letter from Charles Heyward to James B. Heyward about the Kansas Emigration Society, 1856; letters, 1861, protesting against drafting overseers into the Confederate Army, about moving slaves for safe keeping, and describing fires in Charleston; a physician's bill for attending slaves, 1862; letters about Nathaniel Jr.'s death, 1862; a letter from James B. Heyward to his wife about removing items from the plantation against danger from the enemy, 1864; a claim by James B. Heyward for the return of crops taken by United States forces, 1865; a letter from F. M. Montell to Lieutenant James Hann asking for military aid in handling freed slaves and quarantining smallpox on the Ferguson plantation, 1865; a blank agreement form for freedmen and women as sharecroppers with correspondence and contracts relating to sharecropping, 1865; and letters, 1866, on South Carolina politics, general conditions after the war, William Heyward's saw mill, and the Freedman's Bureau; undated slave lists; and general family and personal correspondence. There are also two pamphlets: "How to Kill Three Birds with One Stone," 1852; articles printed in the Charleston (S.C.) Courier on the improvement of the Santee Canal; and an address delivered at the 17th anniversary of the Black Oak Agricultural Society, 27 April 1858, by Samuel DuBose, president of the Society. There are also ten volumes:

Volume 1: Plantation book of James B. Heyward, 1845, 1868 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 2: Planation Book of James B. Heyward with cloth lists for Copenhagen, Hamburgh, and Rotterdam plantations, 1851 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 3: Plantation book of James B. Heyward with list of slaves for Rotterdam, Copenhagen, and Hamburgh plantations, 1851-1857 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 4: Plantation book of James B. Heyward with list of slaves for Rotterdam, Copenhagen, and Hamburgh plantations, 1852-1858 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 5: Plantation book of James B. Heyward with field lists for Hamburgh, Rotterdam, Myrtle Grove, and Copenhagen, 1854-1856 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 6: Plantation book of James B. Heyward with crops and stock for Hamburgh, Copenhagen, and Myrtle Grove, 1857-1860 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 7: "In Memorium": Barker and Ferguson obituary record, 1858-1889 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 8: Plantation book of James B. Heyward with field lists for Rotterdam, Myrtle Grove, Copenhagen, and Hamburgh, February 1859 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 9: Plantation book of James B. Heyward for Rotterdam, Copenhagen, and Hamburgh, 1859-1861 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
Volume 10: Plantation book of James B. Heyward with overseers' agreements, 1859-1862 #02754-z, Series 2. Microfilm, 1806-1923 and undated., Reel M-2754/1
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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 2006

his collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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