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Collection Number: 02205

Collection Title: Stephen Moore Papers, 1767-1867.

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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 100 items
Abstract The collection includes accounts and business papers of Stephen Moore of New York, who moved to North Carolina during the Revolution, and of his son, PHillips (b. 1771), and grandsons Stephen and William, merchants in Hillsborough, N.C. Included are occasional letters from Stephen (1734-1799) to his father, Phillips, a New York City merchant, documenting their business affairs. Volumes include one shipping account book, New York City, 1767-1770; eighteen account books, 1781-1827, for farming operations, sales, and miscellany, at Mount Tirzah plantation in Person County, N.C.; thirteen account books, 1831-1867, of a general merchant at Hillsborough; and letters from William Moore to his father.
Creator Moore, Stephen, 1734-1799.
Language English
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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 Stephen Moore papers, #2205, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Edward Moore, Person County N.C., in 1940, and from Mrs. James Blank, Greenville, S.C., in 1944.
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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The collection includes accounts and business papers of Stephen Moore of New York, who moved to North Carolina during the Revolution, and of his son, PHillips (b. 1771), and grandsons Stephen and William, merchants in Hillsborough, N.C. Included are occasional letters from Stephen (1734-1799) to his father, Phillips, a New York City merchant, documenting their business affairs. Volumes include one shipping account book, New York City, 1767-1770; eighteen account books, 1781-1827, for farming operations, sales, and miscellany, at Mount Tirzah plantation in Person County, N.C.; thirteen account books, 1831-1867, of a general merchant at Hillsborough; and letters from William Moore to his father.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1805-1851 and undated.

25 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Almost all letters to Phillips Moore (b. 1771) from his sons Stephen (b. circa 1801) and William in Hillsborough, N.C., and from other relatives. Most letters concern family property or finances, and several give news of the health and whereabouts of family members. There is one letter, 1806, from Richard Stanford (1767-1816), husband of Phillips Moore's sister, Mary, about congressional activities in Washington and family matters. Two letters, 1828 and 1829, from Green County, Ala., mention North Carolinians who had moved there, and one of these discusses religious experiences of family members in Alabama. An 1829 letter discusses how best to sell a runaway slave who recently had been captured. An undated letter from Judge William Norwood (1767-1842) discusses the legality of purchasing property from an estate.

Folder 1

1805-1829 #02205, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1805-1851 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1830-1851 and undated #02205, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1805-1851 and undated." Folder 2

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Financial and Legal Items, 1769-1869 and undated.

About 85 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly miscellaneous bills and receipts, tax assessments and receipts (some including slave lists), records of accounts, and survey maps of Phillips Moore of Person County and of Stephen Moore of Orange County. Exceptional items include an indenture, 1769, from Orange County (Thomas Gibson to William Tapp); a document, 1790, offering a rationale for the purchase of Stephen Moore's West Point, N.Y., property by the U.S. Government; three lists, 1782-1792, of tobacco transactions, mostly in North Carolina and Virginia; a permit, 1809, for a slave to sell cotton; maps and other records of land in the estate of William Cocke, presumably of Person County; and a contract and accounts, 1819-1820, between Phillips Moore and two overseers, including records of work performance.

Folder 3A

1769-1794 #02205, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1769-1869 and undated." Folder 3A

Folder 3B

1800-1819 #02205, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1769-1869 and undated." Folder 3B

Folder 3C

1820-1829 #02205, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1769-1869 and undated." Folder 3C

Folder 3D

1830-1869 #02205, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1769-1869 and undated." Folder 3D

Folder 4

Undated #02205, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1769-1869 and undated." Folder 4

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7 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Miscellaneous items including a brief, unascribed address, probably 1797, calling for changes in the federal and/or state constitution; a one-page report of the meeting of the " Virginia Conference of Methodist Preachers" at Raleigh, N.C., March 1828; two lists of voters and results, 1835, from the Bumpass Precinct, presumably in Person County; a recipe for sunflower oil; and instructions for cultivating mangel-wurzel.

Folder 5

Other Loose Papers #02205, Series: "3. Other Loose Papers, 1797, 1828, 1835, and undated." Folder 5

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32 volumes, some with enclosures.

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19 volumes, some with enclosures.

Chiefly farm and household account books of Phillips Moore and other members of the Moore family at Mt. Tirzah Plantation in Person County, N.C. Also included is a ledger from Quebec (City), presumably kept by Stephen Moore (1734-1799), personal accounts of this Stephen Moore and his estate, a small volume of Warrenton, N.C., general merchandise accounts, a volume of shipping accounts from Chestertown, Md., and notes about the construction of grist mills.

Folder 6A

Volume 1. 1767-1770. Shipping and general merchandise ledger, Quebec City, Canada, probably from an enterprise of Stephen Moore. 153 pages with index. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 6A

Folder 6B

Index to Volume 1. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 6B

Folder 6C

Enclosures from Volume 1, 1767-1771 and undated. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 6C

Folder 7

Volume 2. 1781-1782. Farm journal recording tasks performed by particular laborers, probably at Mt. Tirzah. [This volume was discovered to be missing in summer 1972.] #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 7

Folder 8A

Volume 3A. 1782-1791. Lists of money and notes owed and paid, presumably by Stephen Moore, labelled "Warren County,". 13 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 8A

Folder 8B

Volume 3B. February-May 1784. General merchandise accounts, Warrenton, N. C., presumably relating to the Moore family. 15 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 8B

Folder 9

Volume 4. 1785, 1807-1809. Shipping and other accounts, Chestertown, Md. 42 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 5. October 1785-September 1796, 1819. Memoranda book, presumably kept by members of the Moore family, with short entries concerning building, farming, trade by cash and barter in produce and other merchandise, short trips, and a school. 34 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 6. 1788-1796. Records of Phillips Moore for sales of liquor and farm produce. 88 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 11

Folder 12A

Volume 7. 1785-1811. Accounts of Stephen Moore and his estate, including records, 1786-1790, relating to Moore's property at West Point, N.Y. 134 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 12A

Folder 12B

Enclosures from Volume 7, 1792-1812 and undated. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 12B

Folder 13

Volume 8. 1792-1793. Memorandum book, Mt. Tirzah, with short daily entries noting farm work and expenses, family expenses, liquor and farm produce sales, etc. 134 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 13

Folder 14

Volume 9. 1792-1811. Miscellaneous accounts and surveyor's notes, presumably of Phillips Moore. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 14

Folder 15

Volume 10. 1794-1811. Miscellaneous Moore family accounts, with some accounts of the estate of Stephen Moore (1734-1799). Labelled "Waste Book." 218 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 15

Folder 16A

Volume 11. 1796-1802. Personal and farm accounts of Phillips Moore, and some accounts of the estate of Stephen Moore (1734 1799). Labeled "Waste Book." 144 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 16A

Folder 16B

Enclosures from Volume 11, 1784, 1790, 1811, 1816, and undated. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 16B

Folder 17

Volume 12. 1796-1815. Notes, presumably by Phillips Moore, about land surveyed in Person and Orange counties, and records of personal expenses. 38 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 17

Folder 18

Volume 13. 1797-1809. List of balances of accounts of Phillips Moore with various individuals. 13 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 14. 1800-1807. Miscellaneous accounts, Mt. Tirzah. [This volume was discovered to be missing in summer 1972.] #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 19

Folder 20

Volume 15. 1804-1807. Personal and farm finances, Mt. Tirzah. 60 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 20

Folder 21A

Volume 16. 1808-1810. Personal and farm finances, including records of the hiring of slaves, Mt. Tirzah (probably Phillips Moore). 49 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 21A

Folder 21B

Enclosures from Volume 16, 1801, 1805, and undated. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 21B

Folder 22

Volume 17. 1809-1816. Moore family farm and personal accounts. 64 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 22

Folder 23

Volume 18. 1827. Handwritten copies of documents concerning a deed of trust from John J. Carrington to Samuel Yarbrough and Phillips Moore, Orange, County, N.C. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 23

Folder 24

Volume 19. Undated, early nineteenth-century. "Rules for judging good grinding," and other notes about the construction and operation of grist mills. 16 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.1. Volumes, 1767-1827." Folder 24

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13 volumes, some with enclosures.

Ledgers and daybooks of S. #38; W. Moore, a general store in Hillsborough, N.C., operated by Stephen Moore (b. 1801), with his uncle, William Cain, or his brother, William, until 1836 and on his own afterward, and of a "shoe shop," also operated by Stephen Moore in Hillsborough.

Folder 25

Volume 20. Ledger, 1831-1834, presumably of S. & W. Moore, general merchants of Hillsborough, N.C., 412 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 25

Folder 26A

Volume 21. Daybook, 1832-1834, presumably of S. & W. Moore, general merchants of Hillsborough, N.C., with pages numbered 37-411 and some pages missing wholly or partly. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 26A

Folder 26B

Enclosures from Volume 21, 1834-1836 and undated. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 26B

Folder 27

Volume 22. Ledger, 1833-1838, presumably of Stephen Moore, with accounts for general merchandise and for a shoe shop, 133 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 27

Folder 28

Volume 23. Daybook, 1834, presumably of S. & W. Moore, general merchants of Hillsborough, N.C. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 28

Folder 29

Volume 24. Ledger, 1834-1836, William and/or Stephen Moore, for general merchandise, 63 pp with index (first 8 pp missing). #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 29

Folder 30

Volume 25. Daybook, 1835-1836, partly S. & W. Moore, partly Stephen Moore, some pages labelled "Hillsborough, general merchandise". #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 30

Folder 31

Volume 26. Ledger, 1835-1840, S. & W. Moore, general merchants of Hillsborough, N.C. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 31

Folder 32

Volume 27. Daybook, 1835-1840, S. & W. Moore, general merchants of Hillsborough, N.C. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 32

Folder 33

Volume 28. Ledger, 1835-1843, Stephen Moore, general merchandise, 58 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 29. Ledger, 1840-1844, Stephen Moore, general merchandise, 225 pp. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 34

Folder 35

Volume 30. Ledger, 1845-1848, presumably Stephen Moore, general merchandise. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 31. Ledger, 1845-1852, presumably Stephen Moore, general merchandise. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 32. Ledger, 1845-1867, presumably Stephen Moore, general merchandise. #02205, Subseries: "4.2. Volumes, 1831-1867." Folder 37

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Processing Information

Processed by: Tim West, August 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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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