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Collection Number: 00532

Collection Title: Murdock and Wright Family Papers, 1749-1898.

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Size 3.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2400 items)
Abstract Julius Walker Wright (1838-1878), lawyer and Confederate soldier, was the son of Joshua G. and Mary Ann Wright of Wilmington, N.C. Julius married Mollie Murdock in 1868 and moved to Kansas City, Mo. Family correspondence and business papers, chiefly 1840-1871, of members of the Wright family of Wilmington, N.C., and elsewhere, including Julius Walker Wright, his wife, Mollie (Murdock) Wright, his father, Joshua G. Wright, and mother, Mary Ann Wright. The papers, 1820-1860, consist of correspondence of Mary Ann Wright, mainly with her sister, Emma Smith Walker; of Harriett and Ann Murdock and their family, of Philadelphia, Pa.; of Arthur Ritchie and his wife, Mary; and of Robert Bridges Murdock, of Golumbus, Ga. From 1860 to 1878, the papers are those of Julius W. Wright, Confederate soldier and lawyer of Wilmington, pertaining mostly to Reconstruction conditions and the practice of law in Wilmington; and from 1876-1879, there are a few letters pertaining to life at the University of the South. Prior to 1820, there are wills, business accounts, and a few scattered letters. Also, abstracts of sermons, poems, and articles written by J. W. Wright. Volumes consists of receipt books of Miss Mary Bridges, law notes of Joshua G. Wright, account books, scrapbooks, and the diary, 1859 and 1862, of Julius W. Wright.
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 Murdock and Wright Family Papers #532, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Elliot Spear Waddell.
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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Family correspondence and business papers, chiefly 1840-1871, of members of the Wright family of Wilmington, N.C., and elsewhere, including Julius Walker Wright, his wife, Mollie (Murdock) Wright, his father, Joshua G. Wright, and mother, Mary Ann Wright. The papers, 1820-1860, consist of correspondence of Mary Ann Wright, mainly with her sister, Emma Smith Walker; of Harriett and Ann Murdock and their family, of Philadelphia, Pa.; of Arthur Ritchie and his wife, Mary; and of Robert Bridges Murdock, of Golumbus, Ga. From 1860 to 1878, the papers are those of Julius W. Wright, Confederate soldier and lawyer of Wilmington, pertaining mostly to Reconstruction conditions and the practice of law in Wilmington; and from 1876-1879, there are a few letters pertaining to life at the University of the South. Prior to 1820, there are wills, business accounts, and a few scattered letters. Also, abstracts of sermons, poems, and articles written by J. W. Wright. Volumes consists of receipt books of Miss Mary Bridges, law notes of Joshua G. Wright, account books, scrapbooks, and the diary, 1859 and 1862, of Julius W. Wright.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1749-1898.

About 1200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence, bills, and related Papers of members of the Murdock and Wright families.

Folder 1

1749-1797 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 1

Folder 2

1800-1818 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 2

Folder 3

1820-1839 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 3

Folder 4

1840 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 4

Folder 5

1841 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 5

Folder 6

1842-1843 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 6

Folder 7

1844 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 7

Folder 8

1845 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 8

Folder 9

1846 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 9

Folder 10

1847-1849 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 10

Folder 11

1850 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 11

Folder 12

1851 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 12

Folder 13

1852-1853 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 13

Folder 14

1854-1855 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 14

Folder 15

1856-1857 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 15

Folder 16

1858-1859 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 16

Folder 17

1860-1862 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 17

Folder 18

1863-1867 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 18

Folder 19

1868 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 19

Folder 20

1869 January-April #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 20

Folder 21

1869 May-December #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 21

Folder 22

1870 January-February #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 22

Folder 23

1870 March-June #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 23

Folder 24

1870 July-September #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 24

Folder 25

1870 October-December #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 25

Folder 26

1871 January-August #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 26

Folder 27

1871 September-December #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 27

Folder 28

1872-1873 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 28

Folder 29

1874-1875 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 29

Folder 30

1876-1877 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 30

Folder 31

1878-1879 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 31

Folder 32

1880-1884; 1890; 1898 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 32

Folder 33-41

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

Folder 37

Folder 38

Folder 39

Folder 40

Folder 41

Undated #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 33-41

Folder 42

Newspaper clippings #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 42

Folder 43

Bills and receipts, 1850-1859 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 43

Folder 44a

Bills and receipts, 1860-1869 #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 44a

Folder 44b

Miscellaneous bills and receipts #00532, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1749-1898." Folder 44b

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15 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Account books, diaries, commonplace books of members of the Bridges, Murdock, and Wright families.

Folder 45

Volume 1: 1791-1804, 19 pp. Commonplace book of Nathan Green. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 45

Folder 46

Volume 2: 1804-1819, 58 pp. Receipt book of Edward and Jemina Bridges for purchases and accounts settled. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 46

Folder 47

Volume 3: 1825-1829, 20 pp. Receipt book of Mary Bridges. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 47

Folder 48

Volume 4: 1829-1841, 50 pp. Receipt book of Mary Bridges. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 48

Folder 49

Volume 5: 1839-1844, 26 pp. Receipt book of Miss H. B. Murdock with record of sewing done by various persons for sewing society. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 49

Folder 50

Volume 6: 1847-1863, 63 pp. Cash accounts and accounts of attorney's fees of Joshua G. Wright. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 50

Folder 51

Volume 7: Undated, 83 pp. Law notes of Joshua G. Wright. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 51

Folder 52

Volume 8: Undated, 35 pp. Commonplace book of Joshua G. Wright. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 52

Folder 53

Volume 9: 1857-1858, 76 pp. Autograph book of classmates of Julius Walker Wright, Class of 1858 at University of North Carolina. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 53

Folder 54

Volume 10: 1859 and 1862, 150 pp. Diary of Julius Walker Wright. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 54

Folder 55

Volume 11: 1869-1872, 146 pp. Personal account book. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 55

Folder 56

Volume 12: 1870-1874, 22 pp. Mrs. R. B. Murdock's personal and household account book. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 56

Folder 57

Volume 13: 1857-1862, 126 pp. Scrapbook. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 57

Folder 58

Volume 14: 1870-1877, 80 pp. Scrapbook. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 58

Folder 59

Volume 15: 1871-1877, 200 pp. Notary public book of Robert B. Murdock containing notices of demand and non-payment of nates from 1847-1848 and converted into a scrapbook. #00532, Series: "2. Volumes, 1791-1877." Folder 59

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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