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Collection Number: 00493

Collection Title: William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884.

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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 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1,900 items)
Abstract William Francis Martin was a lawyer and Confederate Army officer from Elizabeth City, N.C. The collection includes correspondence and business papers, including 21 volumes, chiefly of Martin and his brother, James G. Martin, adjutant general of North Carolina and Confederate brigadier general. Much of the collection consists of legal papers, law account books, and other papers of W. F. Martin's law practice in northeastern North Carolina before and after the Civil War. Also included are Civil War papers of his agent, Gilbert Elliott (born 1843), who was involved in the construction of Confederate gunboats on the North Carolina coast; students' notebooks; volumes of accounts of or with the United States customs house for the Camden District, 1837-1843; journal of the schooner Bancroft mapping North Carolina coastal waters, 1852-1853; general merchandise accounts, 1855-1856 and 1865-1870, at Plymouth, N.C., and 1860-1861 at Elizabeth City; record of local and state taxes, [Pasquotank County?, N.C.], 1860; merchandise accounts with ships, 1860-1862 and 1865-1867; order book and journal of a United States revenue sloop off the North Carolina coast, 1872-1875 and 1877-1879; letter book of the United States Life Saving Service at Elizabeth City and Manteo, N.C., 1878-1881; and other items.
Creator Martin, William Francis, 1821-1880.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 William Francis Martin Papers, #493, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Martin family, 1940.
Additions and volumes received from Bessie Stewart and Mrs. Will Foreman of Elizabeth City, N.C.; Mrs. George Folk of Raleigh, N.C., and Sophie Wood and John Wood of Edenton, N.C.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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William Francis Martin (1821-1880) was a lawyer and Confederate Army officer from Elizabeth City, N.C. He attended the University of North Carolina; practiced law in Elizabeth City; joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and commanded the 17th Regiment, North Carolina Volunteers; and was a prisoner of war at Fort Warren, Boston, Mass. He was a civic leader in Elizabeth City and in the Albemarle, N.C., section and was a vestryman at Christ (Episcopal) Church. Martin married Elizabeth McMorine, 1849, and their children were William John, Robert Bruce, Sophie, Charles, Helen, Martha McMorine, Elizabeth McMorine, and Edward.

Martin was also the brother of James G. (James Green) Martin (1819-1878), adjutant general of North Carolina and Confederate brigadier general.

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The collection includes correspondence and business papers, including 21 volumes, chiefly of William Francis Martin and his brother, James G. Martin. Much of the collection consists of legal papers, including deeds, indentures, bonds, wills, law account books, and other papers of W. F. Martin's law practice in northeastern North Carolina before and after the Civil War. Also included are Civil War papers of his agent, Gilbert Elliott (born 1843), who was involved in the construction of Confederate gunboats on the North Carolina coast; students' notebooks; volumes of accounts of or with the United States customs house for the Camden District, 1837-1843; journal of the schooner Bancroft mapping North Carolina coastal waters, 1852-1853; general merchandise accounts, 1855-1856 and 1865-1870, at Plymouth, N.C., and 1860-1861 at Elizabeth City; record of local and state taxes, [Pasquotank County?, N.C.], 1860; merchandise accounts with ships, 1860-1862 and 1865-1867; order book and journal of a United States revenue sloop off the North Carolina coast, 1872-1875 and 1877-1879; letter book of the United States Life Saving Service at Elizabeth City and Manteo, N.C., 1878-1881; and other items.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1787-1820 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1821-1830 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1831-1837 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1838-1842 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1843-1845 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1846 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1847 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1848 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

1849 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

1850 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

1851 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

1852 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 13-14

Folder 15-16

Folder 15

Folder 16

1853 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 15-16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

1854 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 17-18

Folder 19-21

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

1855 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 19-21

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

1856 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 22-23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

1857 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 24-25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

1858 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 26-27

Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29

1859 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 28-29

Folder 30-32

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

1860 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 30-32

Folder 33-36

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

1861 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 33-36

Folder 37-39

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

1862 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 37-39

Folder 40

1863 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

1864-1865 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

1866-1868 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

1869 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44-45

Folder 44

Folder 45

1870 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 44-45

Folder 46

1871-1872 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

1873-1875 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

1876-1879 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

1880-1884 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50-52

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Undated #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 50-52

Folder 53

Clippings and printed material #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

Fragments #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 1: Record book, Customs House, District of Camden, N.C., 1837-1843 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 2: Commonplace book, Mrs. Marion McMorine, 1849 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 56

Includes attorney's accounts, 1861-1861.

Folder 57

Volume 3: Cash book, W. F. Martin, 1850-1851 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

Volume 4: Account book, W. F. Martin with servants, 1850-1857 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 5: Chemistry notebook, Robert Bruce Martin, 1851-1852 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Volume 6: Journal, schooner Bancroft, survey of North Carolina coastal waters, 1852-1853 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

Volume 7: Ledger, Dashiell, Tatum and Company, 1855-1870 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

Volume 8: Account book, W. F. Martin with clients, 1856-1858 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

Volume 9: Daybook, W. F. Martin, 1859-1866 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

Volume 10: Diary and memoranda book, business transactions, 1860-1861 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

Volume 11: Tax record book, [Pasquotank County?, N.C.], 1860 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

Oversize Volume SV-493/12

Volume 12: Ledger, schooners and merchants, 1860-1861 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 66, Ovolume SV-493/12

Folder 67

Oversize Volume SV-493/13

Volume 13: Daybook, general merchandise, 1860-1861 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 67, Ovolume SV-493/13

Folder 38

Volume 14: Freight account book, schooner Ella, 1865-1867 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Volume 15: Order book, United States Revenue Sloop Saville, 1872-1875 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

Volume 16: Chemistry notebook, Robert Bruce Martin, 1876 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Volume 17: Letterpress copybook, W. F. Martin, 1877 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Volume 18: Law student's notebook, Charles Finley McKesson, 1870s #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Oversize Volume SV-493/19

Volume 19: Journal, United States Revenue Sloop Saville, 1877-1879 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 43, Ovolume SV-493/19

Folder 44

Volume 20: Letterbook, United States Life Saving Service, 1878-1881 #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

Volume 21: Accountbook, undated #00493, Series: "William Francis Martin Papers, 1787-1884 and undated." Folder 45

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009

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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