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Collection Number: 05200-z

Collection Title: John J. McCulloch Journal, 1837-1885

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Abstract John J. McCulloch, farmer and teacher, was born in the early 1800s in South Carolina. As a young man, he moved to Jefferson, Ga., in Jackson County. McCulloch married Mary Lowrey, 9 February 1825. Known to have worked as both a farmer and a teacher during his life, he also kept records of people receiving war pensions from the United States government in the 1840s and served as an assistant marshal during the 1850 United States Census. The collection consists of McCulloch's journal and its enclosures. McCulloch used this journal to keep accounts related to his work during the 1850 United States Census and as an agent for military pension claimants from around 1844 to 1851. The journal includes financial information on the estate of James Tait of Jackson County, Ga., possibly after Tait's death sometime in 1836 or 1837. Birth dates of slaves, presumably McCulloch's, were recorded for 1821-1855. McCulloch kept a list of residents who were not native to Jackson County, Ga., while he took the 1850 United States Census, including how long they had lived in the county. From around 1844 to 1851, McCulloch helped prove claims for military pensions, mostly for widows or other family members of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War, and most of the journal entries are declarations relating to these claimants, including names and dates of military service. Enclosures include newspaper clippings from 1863 relating to the Civil War and financial matters; "Abstract of Georgia Cases," which contains information about pension claimants; hand-drawn maps of property belonging to Charles Shackleford, Thomas Shackleford and Mary Shackleford; a list of names and counties; and a supplement from The Mechanical News, 15 March 1883, showing drawings of a lumber mill and its inner workings. The back of the supplement is signed by McCulloch in a very shaky hand and dated 8 July 1885 or 1888.
Creator McCulloch, John J., fl. 1825-1885.
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 John J. McCulloch Journal #5200-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Donna Kemp of Farmville, N.C., in March 2005 (Acc. 100026).
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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Clerk John J. McCulloch was born in the early 1800s in South Carolina. As a young man, he moved to Jefferson, Ga., in Jackson County. McCulloch married Mary Lowrey on 9 February 1825. Known to have worked as both a farmer and a teacher during his life, he also kept records of people receiving war pensions from the United States government in 1844 and served as an assistant marshal during the 1850 census.

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The collection consists of the journal of John J. McCulloch of Jackson County, Ga., its enclosures. McCulloch used this journal to keep accounts related to his work during the 1850 United States Census and as an agent for military pension claimants from around 1844 to 1851. The journal includes financial information on the estate of James Tait of Jackson County, possibly after Tait's death sometime in 1836 or 1837. Birth dates of slaves, presumably McCulloch's, were recorded for 1821-1855. McCulloch kept a list of residents who were not native to Jackson County, Ga., while he took the 1850 United States Census, including how long they had lived in the county. From around 1844 to 1851, McCulloch helped prove claims for military pensions, mostly for widows or other family members of soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary War, and most of the journal entries are declarations relating to these claimants, including names and dates of military service. Enclosures include newspaper clippings from 1863 relating to the Civil War and financial matters; "Abstract of Georgia Cases," which contains information about pension claimants; hand-drawn maps of property belonging to Charles Shackleford, Thomas Shackleford and Mary Shackleford; a list of names and counties; and a supplement from The Mechanical News, 15 March 1883, showing drawings of a lumber mill and its inner workings. The back of the supplement is signed by McCulloch in a very shaky hand and dated 8 July 1885 or 1888.

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Contents list

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Journal, circa 1837-1885, bulk 1944-1851.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nathalie Wheaton, April 2005

Encoded by: Nathalie Wheaton, April 2005

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