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Collection Number: 03514

Collection Title: Isaac Jarratt Papers, 1832-1979

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 165 items)
Abstract Isaac Jarratt was a soldier in the War of 1812, landholder, merchant, and slave trader in Montgomery, Ala., and Huntsville, N.C. His son, Isaac Augustus Jarratt (1841-1890), of Huntsville, Conrads, and Fayetteville, N.C., was a planter, merchant, and distiller. The younger Jarratt received an A.B. from the University of North Carolina in 1861 and served as a captain in Company C, 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, during the Civil War. The collection consists chiefly of family and business letters, 1832 to 1890, and a few financial, legal, and military documents pertaining to the Isaac Jarratt family of Surry (now Yadkin) County, N.C., and Montgomery, Ala. Early items primarily concern personal news of family and friends and a variety of business transactions, including land and slave purchases, debt settlements, and the purchase of a carriage in New York City. Two 1835 letters to the elder Jarratt from cousins discuss one's resettlement in McNairy County, Tenn., and the other's travels through the Choctaw and Cherokee nations. Civil War era material consists of two 1864 military enrollment orders addressed to Captain Isaac A. Jarratt of the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Other items include an 1875 exchange of letters between the elder Jarratt and the federal pension office concerning his application for a pension as a veteran of the War of 1812; photocopies of birth and death records for slaves and former slaves of the Jarratt family from their Bible; photocopies of family records pertaining primarily to the Clingman family; a photocopy of a 1978 class paper about the "White House" of Yadkin County, N.C.; and a photocopy of a 1979 history of the Clingman, Puryear, and Jarratt families. The Addition of March 2007 consists of one small account book belonging to Isaac Jarratt listing transactions for goods bought, clothing and cloth, taxes, and traveling expenses. The Addition of June 2007 includes business and personal correspondence relating to the Jarratt family, 1864-1929, as well as bills, receipts, orders and order forms, and a small book, The Death of Abel, inscribed to Hal Jarrett from "Auntie," 22 June 1891.
Creator Jarratt, Isaac, fl. 1812-1875
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 Isaac Jarratt Papers #3514, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Some materials available on microfilm.
  • Reels 1-2
Additional microfilm available from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Raynor Hubbell of Griffin, Ga. in November 1960; purchased from Rita Trotz of The Printed Page of Savannah Ga., in July 1973; photocopies of originals lent by J. Bruce Jarratt of East Bend, N.C., in August 1979 (Acc. 79300); purchased from the Jarratt Estate auction in Yadkin County, N.C., July 1996 (Acc. 96100); purchased from Charles Apfelbaum in March 2007 (Acc. 100614); purchased from Rinda Estes, June 2007 (Acc. 100693).
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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Isaac Jarratt (fl. 1812-1875) was a soldier in the War of 1812, landholder, merchant, and partner with Tyre Glen (d. 1875) in the slave trade between Alabama and North Carolina from 1830 to 1835. During this period, he apparently lived in Montgomery, Ala., where he was apparently established in various businesses, but his primary residence was in Huntsville, N.C. His son, Isaac Augustus Jarratt (1841-1890), of Huntsville, Conrads, and Fayetteville, N.C., was a planter, merchant, and distiller. The younger Jarratt received an A.B. from the University of North Carolina in 1861 and served as a captain in Company C, 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment of the Confederate Army, during the Civil War.

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The collection consists chiefly of family and business letters, 1832 to 1890, and a few financial, legal, and military documents pertaining to the Isaac Jarratt family of Surry County, N.C. (now Yadkin County, N.C.), and Montgomery, Ala. Early items primarily concern personal news of family and friends and a variety of business transactions, including land and slave purchases, debt settlements, and the purchase of a carriage in New York City. Two 1835 letters to the elder Jarratt from cousins discuss one's resettlement in McNairy County, Tenn., and the other's travels through the Choctaw and Cherokee nations. Civil War era material consists of two 1864 military enrollment orders addressed to Captain Isaac A. Jarratt of the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Other items include an 1875 exchange of letters between the elder Jarratt and the federal pension office concerning his application for a pension as a veteran of the War of 1812; photocopies of birth and death records for slaves and former slaves of the Jarratt family from their Bible; photocopies of family records pertaining primarily to the Clingman family; a photocopy of a 1978 class paper about the "White House" of Yadkin County, N.C.; and a photocopy of a 1979 history of the Clingman, Puryear, and Jarratt families. The Addition of March 2007 consists of one small account book belonging to Isaac Jarratt listing transactions for goods bought, clothing and cloth, taxes, and traveling expenses. The Addition of June 2007 includes business and personal correspondence relating to the Jarratt family from between 1864 and 1929, as well as bills, receipts, orders and order forms, and a small book, The Death of Abel, inscribed to Hal Jarrett from "Auntie," 22 June 1891.

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Contents list

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: by type of material, then chronological.

Folder 1

Letters from relatives and business associates to Isaac Jarratt, 1832-1849 #03514, Series: "Papers, 1832-1979 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

Military, financial, and legal documents belonging to Isaac Augustus Jarratt, 1864-1890 #03514, Series: "Papers, 1832-1979 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Papers, 1831-1979 and undated #03514, Series: "Papers, 1832-1979 and undated." Folder 3

Included are photocopies of birth and death records for slaves and former slaves of the Jarratt family from their Bible, 1831-1939; photocopies of birth, death and marriage records pertaining to the Clingman family, 1853-1977; photocopy of a class paper titled "The Mysteries of the White House," of Yadkin County, N.C., by William K. Seabrook, 1978; photocopy of a history of the Clingman, Puryear, and Jarratt families, by A. H. Jarratt, Sr., 1979; a travel memorandum, listing mileage and expenses for a trip between Montgomery, Ala., and Quincy, Fla., undated; a list of slaves and their prices, undated; and a letter to Harriet Ann Jarratt (wife of Isaac Jarratt) of Huntsville, N.C., from her homesick son, L. B. Cash, in Castleton, Vt., between school terms.

Folder 4

Slave sale lists and related receipts, 1832-1834 #03514, Series: "Papers, 1832-1979 and undated." Folder 4

Contains two log sheets listing seventy-eight slaves sold by Jarratt. The slaves are listed by name with the price Jarratt originally paid, their estimated value, their subsequent selling price, and Jarratt's profit margin.

Folder 5

Slave receipts with the Cash family, 1830, 1833 and 1846 #03514, Series: "Papers, 1832-1979 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Miscellaneous receipts, 1811-1858 #03514, Series: "Papers, 1832-1979 and undated." Folder 6

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1 item.

One small account book belonging to Isaac Jarratt listing transactions for goods bought, clothing and cloth, taxes, and traveling expenses.

Folder 7

Account book, 1839-1851 #03514, Series: "Addition of March 2007, 1839-1851." Folder 7

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About 65 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Business and personal correspondence relating to the Jarratt family, dated 1864 to 1929. Correspondents include Isaac Augustus Jarratt, J. A. Jarratt, Mary J. Pickett, J. J. Pickett, Harriet Jarratt, and E. L. Gaither. Also included are business receipts, bills, orders and order forms, a Louisiana state lottery form, and a small book, The Death of Abel, inscribed to Hal Jarrett from "Auntie," 22 June 1891.

Folder 8

Correspondence, 1864-1882 #03514, Series: "Addition of June 2007, 1864-1929 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Correspondence, 1883 #03514, Series: "Addition of June 2007, 1864-1929 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Correspondence, 1884 #03514, Series: "Addition of June 2007, 1864-1929 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Correspondence, 1890s-1929 #03514, Series: "Addition of June 2007, 1864-1929 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Correspondence, undated #03514, Series: "Addition of June 2007, 1864-1929 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Small book, The Death of Abel, inscribed to Hal Jarrett from "Auntie," 22 June 1891 #03514, Series: "Addition of June 2007, 1864-1929 and undated." Folder 13

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Processing Information

Processed by: Manuscripts Dept. Staff; Margaret Dickson, July 2007

Encoded by: Margaret Dickson, July 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, February 2010

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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