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Collection Number: 00908

Collection Title: Nicholas Bryar Massenburg Papers, 1823-1908

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 95 items)
Abstract Nicholas Bryar Massenburg was a planter of Franklin County, N.C. The collection includes records, 1834-1846 and 1847-1851, kept by N. B. Massenburg concerning agricultural and family activities, slaves, and accounts for Woodleaf and Egypt, his Franklin County, N.C., plantations. Also included is correspondence of Massenburg's daughter, Lucy C. Massenburg, including letters from her sister and mother and other relatives and friends. In addition, there are a journal, owner unknown, with brief daily entries, 1903-1908, relating to cutting and hauling lumber, and a scrapbook, chiefly containing clippings on agricultural and other topics.
Creator Massenburg, Nicholas Bryar, d. 1867.
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 Nicholas Bryar Massenburg Papers #908, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Typed transcripts of plantation records, 1834-1846, is available.
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Volume 1 was given by Mrs. J. Boyd Massenburg of Warrenton, N.C., on behalf of her son W. B. Massenburg, Springfield, Mass., in September 1944. Volume 2 was given by Nicholas M. Perry of Louisburg, N.C., in February 1945. Volume 3 was lent for filming by Mrs. Will Norwood James of Norwood, N.C., in January 1950. Other papers were given by George P. Hammerly of Leesburg, Va., in October 1973 and by Johnsye Massenburg Elliott and Ruby M. Hinson in April 1986. The original of volume 3 and volumes 4 and 5 were given by Mrs. Sam Arrington in October 1991 (Acc. 91149).
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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Nicholas Bryar Massenburg, planter of Franklin County, N.C., who owned Woodleaf and Egypt plantations. Massenburg married Lucy Henry Davis in December 1831 and they had nine children who lived to maturity, among them, Lucy Cargill Massenburg.

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Records, 1834-1846 (also typed transcriptions) and 1847-1851 (also on microfilm), kept by Nicholas Bryar Massenburg concerning agricultural and family activities, slaves, and accounts for Woodleaf and Egypt, his Franklin County, N.C., plantations. Also included is correspondence of Massenburg's daughter, Lucy C. Massenburg, including letters from her sister and mother and other relatives and friends. In addition, there are a journal, 1903-1908, owner unknown, with brief entries relating to cutting and hauling lumber, and a scrapbook, chiefly containing clippings on agricultural and other topics.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1823-1895.

76 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

There are only four items dated earlier than 1866; these are family letters written 1823, 1854, 1861, and 1863. The letter of 12 January 1863 was written by Archibald Cargill Massenburg to his sister Mollie, while he was stationed at Richmond, Va. In it, he told of having been ordered to Hanover Junction and other places, his material needs, the high prices in Richmond, and getting supplies for his regiment.

The 30 items dated 1866-1884 are family and personal letters mainly to Lucy C. Massenburg, Louisburg, N.C. Others are addressed to her mother Mrs. Lucy Massenburg, who seems to have been spending part of the time with daughter Lucy and other times with daughter Mariam S. Massenburg Norwood. There are also a few letters addressed to other members of the family.

Most letters are concerned with routine family matters: illnesses; visits; news of neighbors; marriages; births; farm work, crops, and weather; church attendance and visiting preachers; and other such events. The letters were written by Mariam S. Massenburg Norwood and the Norwood children in Warrenton, N.C.; Mrs. Lucy Massenburg; Miss Lucy's brother, W. P. Massenburg at Macon Depot; and her cousins, Nannie and Lucy, and other cousins and friends at Enfield and several other places in North Carolina. The letters mention many relatives by their first names only, making their identity unclear. The first letter to Miss Lucy C. Massenburg is dated 1866; the latest letter addressed to Mrs. Lucy Massenburg is dated 1881. The 1895 letter is form a niece Lucy to "dear precious Aunt."

Folder 1

1823, 1854, 1861, 1863, 1866-1867 #00908, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1895." Folder 1

Folder 2

1868-1870 #00908, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1895." Folder 2

Folder 3

1871-1875 #00908, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1895." Folder 3

Folder 4

1877-1879, 1870s #00908, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1895." Folder 4

Folder 5

1880-1884, 1895, and undated #00908, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1823-1895." Folder 5

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3 items.

Other material includes A. C. Massenburg's religious composition for Professor Stuart, an invitation for a tournament and coronation party, and a fragment from a diary.

Folder 6

Other material #00908, Series: "2. Other Material, 1852, 1866-1867." Folder 6

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5 manuscript volumes, enclosures, and 1 reel of microfilm.

The volumes include detailed daily records of family and agricultural activities, slave lists, plantation accounts, and miscellaneous notes. Typed copies of the first two volumes are available. The third volume is available on microfilm. Volume 4 is a journal, owner unknown, with entries, 1903-1908, mostly having to do with cutting and hauling lumber. Volume 5 is a scrapbook containing a few accounts and many clippings, 1870s-1890s, on agriculture and other topics.

Folder 7

Volume 1. 1834-1839 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." Folder 7

Transcription Volume TV-908/1

Transcription Volume 1. 1834-1839 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." TV-908/1

Folder 8

Volume 2. 1840-1846 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." Folder 8

Transcription Volume TV-908/2

Transcription Volume 2. 1840-1843 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." TV-908/2

Transcription Volume TV-908/3

Transcription Volume 3. 1843-1846 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." TV-908/3

Folder 9

Volume 3. 1847-1851 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 4 and enclosures, 1903-1908 #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." Folder 10

Folder 11

Folder number not used #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." Folder 11

Oversize Volume SV-908/5

Volume S-5: Scrapbook, 1870s-1890s #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." SV-908/5

Folder 12

Volume S-5 enclosures #00908, Series: "3. Volumes, 1834-1851." Folder 12

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Processing Information

Processed by: Rebecca McCoy, June 1984; Connie Cartledge, May 1986; Roslyn Holdzkom, June 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

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