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Collection Number: 05471-z

Collection Title: James M. Paul Diary, 1883

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Abstract James M. Paul was a farmer and widower who lived near the city of Waynesboro in Augusta County, Va. The collection consists of a diary kept by James M. Paul with detailed daily entries recording his errands, purchases, sales, visitors, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and farming activities. He wrote about cultivating several types of grain and hay crops and keeping livestock and fruit orchards; described chores he assigned to his live-in hired hand and other employees; wrote about his relationships with neighbors and others from the surrounding area; and noted significant events, including a June 1883 account of a duel and the May 1883 funeral and burial an employee's daughter.
Creator Paul, James M., 1818?-1891.
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 James M. Paul Diary #5471-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Michael Brown Rare Books, Philadelphia, Pa., in August 2010 (Acc. 101329).
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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James M. Paul (1818?-1891) was a farmer who lived near the city of Waynesboro in Augusta County, Va. Paul became a widower in 1880 when his wife Susan Paul died. He had five children: Lamartine H. Paul, Louisa S. McComb, Virginia V. Mosby, James W. Paul, and John H. Paul.

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The collection consists of a diary kept by James M. Paul with detailed daily entries recording his errands, purchases, sales, visitors, incoming and outgoing correspondence, and farming activities. He wrote about cultivating several types of grain and hay crops and keeping livestock and fruit orchards; described chores he assigned to his live-in hired hand Jesse and other employees, including a Mr. Hughes and several male and female members of the neighboring Davies family; wrote about his relationships with neighbors and others from the surrounding area; and noted significant events, including a 30 June 1883 account of a duel and, in entries dated 1-2 May 1883, the funeral and burial an employee's daughter.

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Processed by: Anna Kephart, November 2010

Encoded by: Anna Kephart, November 2010

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