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Collection Number: 04028

Collection Title: Leigh and Winslow Family Papers, 1752-1976

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 900 items)
Abstract Leigh and Winslow family members included planters James Leigh (1781-1854) and his son, Edward Augustus Leigh (1825-1901) of Land's End plantation, Perquimans County, N.C., and Julian Emmitt Winslow (1897-1975), great grandson of James Leigh, an oil jobber and fertilizer manufacturer. Julian Emmitt Winslow was also a flight instructor during World War I and served in the North Carolina Senate in 1949, 1951, 1959, 1961, and 1965. The collection includes letters to Edward Augustus Leigh and other family members, 1877-1938, chiefly discussing routine business, financial, and personal matters. There are also receipts and account books, 1752-1902, relating to the purchase of agricultural and other items and to farm maintenance, including a few mentioning slaves and several pertaining to the confinement of Edward's brother, James Leigh, Jr., in an insane asylum, 1855-1856. Biographical and probate records, 1767-1976, are largely wills and estate papers, many of them relating to James Leigh's estate, and other items of genealogical interest. Julian Emmitt Winslow papers include Winslow's correspondence during his 1959 and 1961 North Carolina Senate terms. Also included is some personal correspondence and material about his World War I military service. There are also many photographs and postcards dating from around World War I. These include pictures of aircraft and pilots, plane crashes, a flood, and aerial views of various locations, including Houston and Galveston, Tex.
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 Leigh and Winslow Family Papers #4028, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Lucille Winslow (Mrs. Julian Emmitt) of Hertford, N.C., in July 1978.
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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Gilbert Leigh (1729-1792) was a carpenter in Chowan and Perquimans Counties, N.C. His son, James Leigh (1781-1854) owned a plantation in Perquimans County, where he also served as a deputy sheriff, officer in the militia, and representative to the House of Commons. He eventually became one of the wealthiest men in the county.

In 1802, James Leigh married Mary Barclift, who died in 1823. In 1825, he married Susan Banks. He died in 1854, survived by six of his twelve children, including Edward Augustus Leigh (1825-1901), who inherited the family plantation. At the time of his father's death, Edward Augustus Leigh also was named guardian of his brother James Leigh, Jr., whom he placed in an insane asylum in Pennsylvania. In 1860, Edward Augustus Leigh's tax payments provided about 3% of Perquimans County's revenue. He lost much of his wealth following the Civil War.

Edward Augustus Leigh married Margaret Stevenson Jacocks in 1846; she died in 1850. In 1857, he married her half-sister, Grizzell Emily Jacocks (1838-1903). One of his children, Martha (Mattie) Gordon Leigh (b. 1868), married Charles Cook Winslow (1861-1909).

Among Martha Gordon Leigh and Charles Cook Winslow's six children was Julian Emmitt Winslow (1897-1975), an oil jobber and manufacturer of liquid fertilizers. He also was a flight instructor in the Army Air Corps during World War I. From 1932 to 1946, he served as sheriff of Perquimans County. An active member of the Democratic Party, he was elected to the State Senate in 1949, 1951, 1959, 1961, and 1965. From 1953 to 1957, he was a member of the State Highway Commission.

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The collection includes letters to Edward Augustus Leigh and other family members, 1877-1938, chiefly discussing routine business, financial, and personal matters. There are also receipts and account books, 1752-1902, relating to the purchase of agricultural and other items and to farm maintenance, including a few mentioning slaves and several pertaining to the confinement of Edward's brother, James Leigh, Jr., in an insane asylum, 1855-1856. Biographical and probate records, 1767-1976, are largely wills and estate papers, many of them relating to James Leigh's estate, and other items of genealogical interest. Julian Emmitt Winslow papers include Winslow's correspondence during his 1959 and 1961 North Carolina Senate terms. Also included is some personal correspondence and material about his World War I military service. There are also many photographs and postcards dating from around World War I. These include pictures of aircraft and pilots, plane crashes, a flood, and aerial views of various locations, including Houston and Galveston, Tex.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1877-1938.

About 10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters to Edward Augustus Leigh, 1877-1882; Grizzell Emily Jacocks Leigh, 1875-1903; and Mattie Winslow, 1913-1938, chiefly discussing routine business, financial, and personal matters. Included is letter to Mattie Winslow describing the Confederate Army service of relatives.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 1877-1938 #04028, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1877-1938. " Folder 1

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About 180 items.

Arrangement: by document type and chronological.

Receipts for agricultural and other items including property maintenance, agricultural products, horses, clothing and related items, personal items such as tooth brushes and umbrellas, farm equipment and tools, and slaves; bills of sale; and related financial records from the 1850s, 1870s, and 1890s through 1903. Included are several books, a few indentures, a court order from the 1700s, and miscellaneous financial records from the 1830s. Folder 4 contains receipts relating to James Leigh, Jr.'s confinement in an insane asylum, 1855-1856. Information concerning slaves can be found in folders 3, 5, 11, 12, and 13.

Folder 2

Loose papers Financial records, 1752-1788 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 2

Folder 3

Loose papers Financial records, 1836-1855 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 3

Folder 4

Loose papers Vouchers against James Leigh, 1855-1856 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 4

Folder 5

Loose papers Financial and related records, 1856 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 5

Folder 6

Loose papers Financial and related records, 1857-1861 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 6

Folder 7

Loose papers Leigh family financial records, 1867-1886 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 7

Folder 8

Loose papers Financial and related records, 1896-1903 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 8

Folder 9

Loose papers Receipts for house rent, 1901 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 9

Folder 10

Loose papers Receipts for house rent, 1902 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 10

Folder 11

Bound items Account book, 1834-1837 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 11

Folder 12

Bound items Ledger of James Leigh's accounts, 1840s (Volume 4028/S-1) #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 12

Folder 13

Bound items F. E. and C. J. Winslow commercial account book, 1847-1864 (Volume 4028/S-2) #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 13

Folder 14

Bound items Account book, 1895-1898 #04028, Series: "2. Financial and Related Records, 1752-1903." Folder 14

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About 600 items.

Arrangement: by document type and chronological.

Correspondence of Julian Emmitt Winslow during his terms in the North Carolina State Senate in 1959 and 1961. 1959 material is organized by subject; 1961 material is arranged chronologically. Also included is personal correspondence, 1918-1921; material concerning his military service during World War I; and material concerning a trip he took to Cuba in 1959. A Cuban newspaper (in Spanish), dated 1 January 1959, describing the overthrow of the Batista government and Fidel Castro's assuming power is filed in folder 43.

Folder 21-23

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Personal correspondence and related materials Correspondence, 1918-1961 #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 21-23

Folder 24

Personal correspondence and related materials Military service, 1918-1919 #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

Personal correspondence and related materials Newspaper clippings #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

Political correspondence and related materials Highway Commission--Oregon Inlet Ferry petitions, 1955 #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

Political correspondence and related materials Speech notes #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Appropriations #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29-31

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Bills #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 29-31

Folder 32

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Courts #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Currituck County #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Crown tax #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Dog track bill #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Firemen's pension fund #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Invitations, etc. #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 37

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Minimum wage law #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 39

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Nurses and welfare #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Spruill, Joe (parole) #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41-43

Folder 41

Folder 42

Folder 43

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 State employees/teachers #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 41-43

Folder 44-48

Folder 44

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Folder 48

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Wildlife Committee #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 44-48

Folder 49-51

Folder 49

Folder 50

Folder 51

State Senate correspondence and related material 1959 Miscellaneous #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 49-51

Folder 52-55

Folder 52

Folder 53

Folder 54

Folder 55

1961 #04028, Series: "4. Julian Emmitt Winslow Papers, 1918-1961 and undated." Folder 52-55

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About 125 items.

Photographs and postcards, mostly of World War I era aircraft and pilots. Includes photos of plane crashes, photos of a flood, and aerial photos of various locations, including Houston and Galveston, Tex., during this period. Also included is a photograph of an unidentified house, which may be the Leigh farm house.

Image Folder P-4028/Folders 1-4

World War I photographs #04028, Series: "5. Pictures, 1918? and undated." P-4028/Folders 1-4

Image Folder P-4028/Folder 5

Unidentified house #04028, Series: "5. Pictures, 1918? and undated." P-4028/Folder 5

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Processing Information

Processed by: Andy Hempe, February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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