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Collection Number: 05481

Collection Title: Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 30 items)
Abstract Members of the Ogden family, headed by James and Mary Odgen, lived in Manchester, England. Their children Thomas Ogden (d. 1787), Titus Ogden (d. 1793), and Isaac Ogden (d. 1785) emigrated from Manchester to North America circa 1770, where they settled in New Bern, N.C., and became successful landowners and merchants. Titus Odgen later moved to Philadelphia, Pa., and then to Tennessee, where he died in 1793. Titus Ogden was a paymaster to the troops and of Native American annuities; he was present at the 1791 signing of the Treaty of Holston with the Cherokees in Philadelphia. The collection contains letters, legal documents, and other papers related to the Ogden family of Manchester, England, and New Bern, N.C. Included are six letters, 1773-1783, written by brothers Thomas, Titus, and Isaac Ogden to their parents James and Mary Ogden following the brothers' emigration from Manchester to New Bern. Topics include trade operations, the brothers' acclimation to North America and North Carolina, and the political unrest leading to and the impacts of the Revolutionary War. Also included are several 19th-century documents, among them wills, certificates, and other agreements concerning members of the Ogden family, as well as two folders of genealogical materials.
Creator Ogden family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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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 Ogden Family Papers #5481, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Dominic Winter Book Auctions, Glouchestershire, U.K., September 2010 (Acc. 101375).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Members of the Ogden family, headed by James and Mary Odgen, lived in Manchester, England. Their children Thomas Ogden (d. 1787), Titus Ogden (d. 1793), and Isaac Ogden (d. 1785) emigrated from Manchester to North America circa 1770, where they settled in New Bern, N.C., and became successful landowners and merchants. Titus Odgen later moved to Philadelphia, Pa., where he married a Miss Duncan who soon died leaving him a son who he named Thomas. Titus Ogden then moved to Tennessee, where he died in 1793. Titus Ogden was a paymaster to the troops and of the Native American annuities to the Creeks, Cherokees, Chickasaws, and Choctaws; he was present at the 1791 signing of the Treaty of Holston, which was made with the Cherokees and signed at Philadelphia. Two other sons of James and Mary Ogden, James and William, remained in Manchester.

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The collection consists of letters, legal documents, and other papers related to the Ogden family of Manchester, England, and New Bern, N.C. Included are six letters, 1773-1783, written by brothers Thomas, Titus, and Isaac Ogden to their parents James and Mary Ogden following the brothers' emigration from Manchester to New Bern. Topics include trade operations, the brothers' acclimation to North America and North Carolina, and the political unrest leading to and the impact of the Revolutionary War. Also included are several 19th-century documents, among them wills, certificates, and other agreements concerning members of the Ogden family, as well as two folders of genealogical materials, including charts, family trees, notes, and articles.

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Contents list

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About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Folder 1

Letter from Thomas and Titus Ogden to James and Mary Ogden, 31 January 1773 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." Folder 1

Thomas Ogden wrote from New Bern, N.C., to his parents James and Mary Ogden in Manchester, England, about his and his brother Titus Ogden's recent emigration to and arrival in North Carolina. Thomas Ogden also described his lodgings, recently gained employment, new acquaintances, and plans to purchase a ship and begin trade operations between North Carolina, England, and the West Indies. Thomas described and praised North Carolina's location and resources and stated his belief that North Carolina would become a very wealthy and important province.

Folder 2

Letter from Thomas Ogden to James Ogden, 1 March 1773 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." Folder 2

Thomas Ogden wrote from New Bern, N.C., to his parents James and Mary Ogden in Manchester, England, regarding a new acquaintance and potential trading partner named Mr. Emery. Part of the letter is in French.

Folder 3

Letter from Titus Ogden to James and Mary Ogden, 20 January 1774 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." Folder 3

Titus Ogden wrote from New Bern, N.C., to his parents James and Mary Ogden in Manchester, England, discussing his trading business and prospects.

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Letter from Titus Ogden to James and Mary Ogden, 19 June 1774 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." OP-5481/1

Titus Ogden wrote from New Bern, N.C., to his parents James and Mary Ogden in Manchester, England, describing his new position and his brother Thomas Ogden's imminent return from the West Indies. Titus Ogden also discussed his reactions to the Boston Tea Party incident and the opinions he and other southerners and fellow emigrants from England, Scotland, and Ireland held of the events and the underlying attitudes that caused them. He also expressed his views on the potential economic impact of the proposed trade embargo with Great Britain and the West Indies.

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Letter from Thomas Ogden to Mary Ogden, 1 August 1776 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." OP-5481/2

Thomas Ogden wrote from Cape Francois, Santo Domingo, to his mother Mary Ogden in Manchester, England. Thomas Ogden discussed the impact that a recent Parliamentary act excluding American boats from entering a port in any British territory had had on trade, travel, and correspondence, noting that he had stopped at a French port and the boat continued to England via France. He recounted that Titus was taken prisoner while sailing to Philadelphia, Pa., but was later released. He used emotional language to describe the destruction and turmoil caused by the Revolutionary War and his fear and distress at being insulted and threatened for being a Loyalist. Thomas Ogden wrote that he wished to leave America and return to England, but felt that it would be very difficult, and feared that he would not be able to go without forfeiting all of his assets.

Folder 4

Letter from Isaac Ogden to James and Mary Ogden, 18 September 1783 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." Folder 4

Isaac Ogden wrote from New Bern, N.C., to his parents James and Mary Ogden in Manchester, England. Isaac Ogden wrote that he and his brothers Thomas and Titus all hoped to visit England in the near future. He also said that Titus had been married in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1782 to a wealthy lady named Miss Duncan, who had since died and left him with a son who Isaac named Thomas after his brother.

Folder 5

Legal documents, 1805-1891 #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." Folder 5

Will, baptismal certificate, probate agreement, and promissory notes relating to members of the Ogden family of Manchester, England.

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Folder 6

Folder 7

Ogden family genealogical materials #05481, Series: "Ogden Family Papers, 1773-1891." Folder 6-7

Charts, family trees, notes, and an article relating to the Ogden family.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Anna Kephart, December 2010

Encoded by: Anna Kephart, December 2010

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