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Collection Number: 00549

Collection Title: Norfleet Family Papers, 1722-1929.

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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 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 350 items)
Abstract Norfleet family of Bertie County, N.C. Correspondence, legal documents, land records, account books, plantation journals, and other records of the Norfleet family. Six of the volumes are diaries or account books of Stephen Andrews Norfleet (1822-1910), proprietor of several plantations in Bertie County. Accounts, 1844-1895, relate to slaves, debts, receipts, and expenditures. In his journals, 1856-1860 and 1870-1871, Stephen A. Norfleet recorded daily agricultural activities and the health of his slaves. He also kept notes on navigation on the Roanoke River. Two volumes are the diary, 1891-1892, of Ernest Norfleet (1851-1901), a U.S. Navy surgeon, on a voyage to China and Japan, including descriptions of travel and social life in the Far East and references to Norfleet's interest in Eastern art. Also included are family correspondence, 1820s-1900s and legal and business papers, early 1700s-early 1900s, of the plantations and of various family members.
Creator Norfleet family.
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 Norfleet Family Papers #549, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is also available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Thomas S. Norfleet of Roxobel, N.C., through transfer from the North Carolina Collection in 1951 and of Gardner Gidley and Margaret Norfleet Gidley of Clemmons, N.C., in March 1997 (Acc. 97044).
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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In the 1820s, Thomas F. Norfleet (d. 1855) served as guardian for Antoinette and John A. Norfleet, following the death of their father, John Norfleet.

Stephen Andrews Norfleet (1822-1910) was the proprietor of several plantations in Bertie County, N.C., including Woodbourne, Indian Woods, Norfleet's Ferry, and Kelford.

Ernest Norfleet (1851-1901) was a United States Navy surgeon who served in China and Japan in 1891 and 1892.

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Correspondence, legal documents, land records, account books, plantation journals, and other records of the Norfleet family. Six of the volumes are diaries or account books of Stephen Andrews Norfleet (1822-1910), proprietor of several plantations in Bertie County. Accounts, 1844-1895, relate to slaves, debts, receipts, and expenditures. In his journals, 1856-1860 and 1870-1871, Stephen A. Norfleet recorded daily agricultural activities and the health of his slaves. He also kept notes on navigation on the Roanoke River. Two volumes are the diary, 1891-1892, of Ernest Norfleet (1851-1901), a U.S. Navy surgeon, on a voyage to China and Japan, including descriptions of travel and social life in the Far East and references to Norfleet's interest in Eastern art. Also included are family correspondence, 1820s-1900s and legal and business papers, early 1700s-early 1900s, of the plantations and of various family members.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Loose Papers, 1784-1865 and undated.

About 40 items.

Bills, receipts, accounts, indentures, and other financial and legal items pertaining to members of the Norfleet family. Most items relate to the affairs of Thomas F. Norfleet as guardian for the children of John Norfleet, Antoinette and John. Other papers include a bill of sale, 1784, for a slave sold to Marmaduke Norfleet; a deed of gift, 1787, between Reuben Norfleet and his son James; and bills and accounts, 1856-1865, of Stephen A. Norfleet. Also included is part of a letter that appears to have been written by Jasper Charlton regarding a will made by William Perry.

Folder 1

1784-1795 #00549, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1784-1865 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1806-1821 #00549, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1784-1865 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1824-1827 #00549, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1784-1865 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1829-1865 #00549, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1784-1865 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated #00549, Series: "1. Loose Papers, 1784-1865 and undated." Folder 5

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6 volumes.

Plantation journals and account books of Stephen A. Norfleet. Account books include lists of the names and ages of slaves belonging to various members of the Norfleet family; Stephen A. Norfleet's accounts with his wife, Frances H. Norfleet, and with himself; family expenses; and receipts and expenditures pertaining to Woodbourne, Indian Woods, and Norfleet's Ferry plantations.

The plantation journals give details of daily farming activities, such as preparing ground, planting, cultivating, and harvesting crops. There are numerous notes about the weather, the health of the slaves, and navigation on the Roanoke River.

Folder 6

Volume 1. Accounts, 1844-1895 #00549, Series: "2. Stephen A. Norfleet Volumes, 1844-1895." Folder 6

Folder 7

Volume 2. Accounts, 1852-1873 #00549, Series: "2. Stephen A. Norfleet Volumes, 1844-1895." Folder 7

Folder 8

Volume 3. Plantation journal, 1856-1857 #00549, Series: "2. Stephen A. Norfleet Volumes, 1844-1895." Folder 8

Folder 9

Volume 4. Plantation journal, 1858-1859 #00549, Series: "2. Stephen A. Norfleet Volumes, 1844-1895." Folder 9

Folder 10

Volume 5. Plantation journal, 1860 #00549, Series: "2. Stephen A. Norfleet Volumes, 1844-1895." Folder 10

Folder 11

Volume 6. Cash accounts, 1870-1871 #00549, Series: "2. Stephen A. Norfleet Volumes, 1844-1895." Folder 11

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2 volumes.

Diary of Ernest Norfleet, United States Navy surgeon, kept on a voyage to China and Japan. Entries give details of social life in the Far East, list what Norfleet was reading, and frequently mention his interest in Eastern art. The second volume also includes lists of his books and curios.

Folder 12

Volume 7. 1 January - 19 December 1891 #00549, Series: "3. Ernest Norfleet Diaries, 1891-1892." Folder 12

Folder 13

Volume 8. 20 December 1891 - May 1892 #00549, Series: "3. Ernest Norfleet Diaries, 1891-1892." Folder 13

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About 300 items.

Correspondence, legal documents, land deeds, genealogy, and account information and ledgers of the Norfleet family.

Correspondence in the 1860s-1880 is primarily between Stephen Norfleet and North Carolina attorney P. H. Winston. Most of these letters concern a property dispute Norfleet had with William Slade Pugh of Louisiana. These letters also mention various other concerns such as money allocation, inheritances, and funds owed to the U.S. Internal Revenue. The letters from the 1880s-1900s were written by various family members to Stephen Norfleet requesting genealogical information and recounting family matters.

The legal documents are primarily wills and indenture contracts written by the Norfleet family beginning with Marmaduke Norfleet (the grandfather of Stephen) and Reubin Norfleet (the father of Stephen). There are also wills written by John, Thomas, and Stephen Norfleet.

The land deeds beginning in 1722 are of Marmaduke Norfleet and his descendants for land in Bertie County, N.C.

The account information and receipts are generally for dry goods, food, wages, slave purchases, duty taxes and luxury items such as carriages.

Folder 14

Correspondence, 1820s-1850s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 14

Folder 15

Correspondence, 1860s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 15

Folder 16

Correspondence, 1870s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 16

Folder 17

Correspondence, 1880s-1890s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 17

Folder 18

Correspondence, 1900s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 18

Folder 19

Correspondence, undated #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 19

Folder 20

Legal Documents, 1739-1750s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 20

Folder 21

Legal Documents, 1760s-1790s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 21

Folder 22

Legal Documents, 1800s-1830s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 22

Folder 23

Legal Documents, 1840s-1850s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 23

Folder 24

Legal Documents, 1860s-1890s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 24

Folder 25

Legal Documents, 1900s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 25

Folder 26

Land Deeds, 1722-1750s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 26

Folder 27

Land Deeds, 1760s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 27

Folder 28

Land Deeds, 1770s-1780s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 28

Folder 29

Land Deeds, 1790s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 29

Folder 30

Land Deeds, 1800s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 30

Folder 31

Land Deeds, 1810s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 31

Folder 32

Land Deeds, 1820s-1830s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 32

Folder 33

Land Deeds, 1840s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 33

Folder 34

Land Deeds, 1850s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 34

Folder 35

Account Information, 1800s-1850s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 35

Folder 36

Account Information, 1860s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 36

Folder 37

Account Information, 1870s-1890s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 37

Folder 38

Account Information, 1900s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 38

Folder 39

Account Information, undated #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 39

Folder 40

Receipts, 1700s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 40

Folder 41

Receipts, 1800s-1820s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 41

Folder 42

Receipts, 1830s-1840s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 42

Folder 43

Receipts, 1850s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 43

Folder 44

Receipts, 1860s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 44

Folder 45

Receipts, 1870s-1880s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 45

Folder 46

Receipts, 1890s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 46

Folder 47

Receipts, 1900-1904 #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 47

Folder 48

Receipts, 1905-1909 #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 48

Folder 49

Checks, 1920s #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 49

Folder 50

Ledgers #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 50

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Folder 51

Folder 52

Account Books #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 51-52

Folder 53

Clippings #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 53

Folder 54

Genealogy #00549, Series: "Addition of March 1997 (Acc.97044), 1722-1929. " Folder 54

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Processing Information

Processed by: Rebecca Hollingsworth, May 1992; Adera Scheinker, September 1997

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Part of 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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