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Collection Number: 00943

Collection Title: John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)

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This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 475 items)
Abstract John Nisbet, a Revolutionary patriot and merchant, moved with his parents and five siblings to Iredell County, N.C., from New Jersey, circa 1750. The collection contains business papers of three generations of the Nisbet family. Papers to 1830, which constitute more than half of the collection, are bills, invoices, receipts, accounts, and correspondence of John Nisbet and his son Alexander, with Philadelphia, Charleston, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Petersburg dealers, including two ledgers, 1771-1773 and 1787-1792. Later items are papers of Alexander's son, James King Nisbet, a physician, mostly accounts of family and professional purchases. Also included are a few letters of relatives who moved to Alabama, Missouri, and Louisiana.
Creator Nisbet, John, 1738-1817.
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 Nisbet Papers, #943, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
One ledger volume, 1771-1773, available on microfilm.
Acquisitions Information
Gifts 1945
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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John Nisbet, a Revolutionary patriot and merchant, moved with his parents and five siblings to Iredell County, N.C., from New Jersey, circa 1750.

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The collection contains business papers of three generations of the Nisbet family. Papers to 1830, which constitute more than half of the collection, are bills, invoices, receipts, accounts, and correspondence of John Nisbet and his son Alexander, with Philadelphia, Charleston, Fayetteville, Wilmington, and Petersburg dealers, including two ledgers, 1771-1773 and 1787-1792. Later items are papers of Alexander's son, James King Nisbet, a physician, mostly accounts of family and professional purchases. Also included are a few letters of relatives who moved to Alabama, Missouri, and Louisiana.

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Contents list

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About 475 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1770-1784 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 1

Folder 2

1785-1789 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 2

Folder 3

1790-1795 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 3

Folder 4

1796-1799 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 4

Folder 5

1800 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 5

Folder 6

1801 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 6

Folder 7

1802 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 7

Folder 8

1803-1829 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 8

Folder 9

1830-1839 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 9

Folder 10

1840-1845 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 10

Folder 11

1846-1849 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 11

Folder 12

1850-1854 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 12

Folder 13

1855-1859 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 13

Folder 14

1860-1869 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 14

Folder 15

1870-1945 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 16

Folder 17

Folder number not used #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 17

Oversize Volume SV-943/1

Volume 1: Ledger, 1771-1773 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." SV-943/1

Folder 18

Volume 2: Ledger, 1787-1792 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 18

Folder 19

Volume 3: Notebook, 1819-1840 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 19

Contains accounts, 1819-1930, and irregular farm journal entries, 1840.

Folder 20

Volume 4: Notebook, 1847-1867 #00943, Series: "John Nisbet Papers, 1770-1887 (bulk 1770-1830)." Folder 20

Contains accounts, farm journal entries, and miscellaneous notes.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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