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Collection Number: 03264

Collection Title: Norton, Chilton, and Dameron Family Papers, 1760-1926, 1995

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 520 items)
Abstract Members of the Norton, Chilton, and Dameron families were planters of Louisiana and Mississippi. The collection includes chiefly letters, 1815-1910, relating to members of the Norton, Chilton, and Dameron families. Topics include farming, activities of relatives and friends, business matters, and household routine. Antebellum letters are chiefly between Norton family members in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans, and Mississippi, especially in Vicksburg, about farming and family matters. Letters written during the Civil War are chiefly from William H. Dameron at the Confederate Commissary Department at Meridian, Miss., to his wife, Courtenay Norton Dameron, in New Orleans, mostly about family matters, but with references to commissary work. While most post-Civil War letters are about family matters, a few discuss the 1875 race riots relating to elections in Clinton, Miss., and some discuss spiritualism, especially Sarah Norton Chilton's attempts in the mid-1870s to contact dead relatives and friends. Other papers include financial and legal documents, including a few records of slave sales in Mississippi; clippings; cures and remedies; genealogical data, including information about the Cusachs family as well as the Norton, Chilton, and Dameron families; notebooks; and family pictures.
Creator Norton family.

Chilton family.

Dameron 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 Norton, Chilton, and Dameron Family Papers #3264, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is 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
Received from Charles E. Dameron of Asheville, N.C., in February 1957 and Margot Baldwin of New York, N.Y., in May 1999 (Acc. 98371).
Received from Margot Baldwin of New York, N.Y.
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 chiefly letters, 1815-1910, relating to members of the Norton, Chilton, and Dameron families. Topics include farming, activities of relatives and friends, business matters, and household routine. Antebellum letters are chiefly between Norton family members in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans, and Mississippi, especially in Vicksburg, about farming and family matters. Letters written during the Civil War are chiefly from William H. Dameron at the Confederate Commissary Department at Meridian, Miss., to his wife, Courtenay Norton Dameron, in New Orleans, mostly about family matters, but with references to commissary work. While most post-Civil War letters are about family matters, a few discuss the 1875 race riots relating to elections in Clinton, Miss., and some discuss spiritualism, especially Sarah Norton Chilton's attempts in the mid-1870s to contact dead relatives and friends. Other papers include financial and legal documents, including a few records of slave sales in Mississippi; clippings; cures and remedies; genealogical data, including information about the Cusachs family as well as the Norton, Chilton, and Dameron families; notebooks; and family pictures.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1773-1923.

About 225 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Early letters are chiefly from Norton family members in Louisiana to relatives in Mississippi about farming and family matters. In the 1820s, correspondences revolves around Charles Mynn Norton, who lived in Natchez, Mississippi, and who seems to have been active in political and civic affairs. After Charles Mynn Norton's death in 1824, his widow, Mary Pointer (Terrell) Norton, moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and there are many letters, chiefly dealing with family matters, to and from her there. In the late 1820s and into the 1830s, there are letters relating to John H. Norton, a merchant in Monticello, Mississippi, and infrequent letters from Norton relatives in Ontario, New York.

In the 1840s, there are many letters among Mary Pointer Norton and her two daughters, Sarah Norton Chilton and Louisa Norton Brown, both of whom lived in New Orleans. In the late 1850s, letters to and from Sarah's son, Charles Norton Chilton, begin.

Most of the Civil War period letters are from William H. Dameron to his wife, Courtenay Mynn Norton, also known as Lah, in New Orleans. Dameron was employed at the Confederate Commissary Department in Meridian, Mississippi. His letters, while chiefly dealing with family news, also mention caring for wounded friends and the workings of the commissary.

After the war, letters center on Charles Norton Chilton, who was in dry goods in Clinton, Mississippi. His correspondence with his aunt, Louisa Norton Brown, is particularly heavy. At some point, Charles's mother, Sarah Norton Chilton, moved to Clinton. From there, she wrote many letters to Louisa, who remained in New Orleans. Of particular interest are letters from Sarah to Louisa in 1875 that describe Charles's death in the midst of race riots relating to the 1876 local elections. After Charles's death, there are many letters from Sarah to Louisa in which Sarah described her new life as a spiritual medium and documented the messages she received from Charles and other dead relatives. Letters in the 1880s through the 1910s show that various family members were becoming interested in genealogy. Most of the letters from this period are genealogical inquiries or deal with routine family matters.

Folder 1

1773-1818 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 1

Folder 2

1823-1824 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 2

Folder 3

1825-1829 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 3

Folder 4

1834-1839 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 4

Folder 5

1840-1849 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 5

Folder 6

1850-1855 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 6

Folder 7

1856-1859 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 7

Folder 8

1862-1865 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 8

Folder 9

1866-1869 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 9

Folder 10

1870-1874 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 10

Folder 11

1875 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 11

Folder 12

1876-1889 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 12

Folder 13

1890-1923 #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

Undated and fragments #03264, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1773-1923." Folder 14-15

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926.

About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Wills, deeds, household accounts, receipts, bills, and other items relating to members of the Norton, Chilton, Dameron, and related families. From 1842 through 1854, there are a few bills of sale for slaves, apparently traded in Clinton, Mississippi.

Folder 16

1760, 1805-1828 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 16

Folder 17

1830-1837 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 17

Folder 18

1842-1859 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 18

Folder 19

1861-1862 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 19

Folder 20

1863-1865 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 20

Oversize Paper OP-3264/1

Presidential pardon of William H. Dameron, 18 September 1865 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." OP-3264/1

Signed by Andrew Johnson. Dameron was pardoned for "taking part in the rebellion against the Government of the United States."

Folder 21

1867-1888 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 21

Oversize Paper OP-3264/2

"Conveyance of real estate legacy" from Sarah Norton Chilton and Sidney Norton Harrison to Courtenay Norton Dameron, 6 January 1888 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." OP-3264/2

Folder 22

1892-1896, 1926 #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 22

Folder 23

Undated #03264, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Papers, 1760, 1805-1926." Folder 23

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About 150 items.

Clippings are chiefly about the activities of family members and friends, but also include an account of the 1875 race riot in Clinton, Mississippi. Cures and remedies are both printed and handwritten and relate to treatments for complaints from scrapes to cancers. Genealogical materials consist of notes and charts relating to family history; floor plans relate to an unidentified house; and miscellaneous items include instructions for making "Ladies' Girdles" and two tickets that were chances in a lottery on a house and lot in Natchez, Mississippi, probably dating from the 1910s.

Folder 24

Clippings #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " Folder 24

Folder 25

Confederate bonds and currency (Item discovered to be missing as of 6 January 2010) #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " Folder 25

Folder 26

Cures and remedies #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " Folder 26

Folder 27

Genealogical materials #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " Folder 27

Folder 28

Floor plan, undated #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " Folder 28

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-3264/3

Map of New Orleans, 1857 #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " XOP-3264/3

Oversize Paper OP-3264/4-7

OP-3264/4

OP-3264/5

OP-3264/6

OP-3264/7

State maps published by J. H. Colton, 1859-1863 #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " OP-3264/4-7

Includes maps of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama.

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-3264/8

Railroad map of Texas,undated #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " XOP-3264/8

Oversize Paper OP-3264/9

Plat showing characteristics of surveyed land, 8 September 1893 #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " OP-3264/9

Extra Oversize Paper XOP-3264/10-11

XOP-3264/10

XOP-3264/11

Floor plans for a house, undated #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " XOP-3264/10-11

Folder 29

Miscellaneous #03264, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1840s-1910s. " Folder 29

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About 15 items.
Folder 30

Volume 1, 1804-1805 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 30

Notebook containing slight accounts. Owner unknown.

Folder 31

Enclosures from Volume 1 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 31

Enclosures include fragments of loose leaves relating to the illness and death of Shepherd Brown.

Folder 32

Volume 2, 1820-1832 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 32

Notebook containing entries relating to planting and to household purchases. Also included are a few references to slaves. Owner unknown.

Folder 33

Enclosures from Volume 2 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 33

Folder 34

Volume 3 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 34

Volumes 3, 4, and 5 are notebooks containing entries, 1856-1865, relating to births and deaths of Norton family members and friends, travel, supplies purchased, letters received, and the occupation of New Orleans by federal forces.

Folder 35

Volume 4 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 35

Folder 36

Volume 5 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 36

Folder 37

Volume 6 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 37

Small volume presented to Courtenay Norton Dameron on the occasion of the death of her husband, William H. Dameron in 1872. Contains newspaper clippings relating to William H. Dameron's life.

Folder 38

Volume 7 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 38

Volumes 7 and 8 are notebooks, probably from the 1880s, containing notes on historical English personages, a list of items seen at the Exhibition of 1885, home remedies, and a building plan for an unidentified house.

Folder 39

Volume 8 #03264, Series: "4. Volumes, 1805-1885." Folder 39

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14 items.

Reminiscences, pictures, and other materials about the history of the Cusachs and related families. Included is "Vignettes: An Informal History of the Cusachs Family of New Orleans," written in 1936 by Inez Cusachs Crenshaw and re-typed and edited in 1995 by Crenshaw's niece, Margot Desiree Kelley Baldwin. Most of the other family history material is in French.

Folder 41

"Vignettes: An Informal History of the Cusachs Family" #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Family history #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." Folder 42

Image P-3264/28

Marguerite Desiree Cusachs Almirall as an infant with her nanny, Desiree ("La Reine") #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/28

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/29

Marguerite Desiree Cusachs Almirall #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/29

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/30

Ines Cusachs Crenshaw with Louise Celeste Allain Cusachs ("La Doyenne") #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/30

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/31

William Graves Crenshaw, III #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/31

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/32

Jeanne Allain Cusachs #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/32

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/33

Louise Celeste Allain Cusachs ("La Doyenne") #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/33

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/34

Pierre Leon Cusachs #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/34

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/35

Cusachs family of New Orleans: Pierre Leon Cusachs, Armantine Pitot Allain, Celeste Allain Cusachs ("La Doyenne") and children #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/35

Copy of photograph.

Image P-3264/36

Valerien Allain (1775-1844) #03264, Series: "Addition of May 1999 (Acc. 98371), 1995 and undated." P-3264/36

Photograph of portrait.

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Processed by: David Stickney, Roslyn Holdzkom, February 1991 with subsequent addtions

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

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