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Collection Number: 02471

Collection Title: Perrin Family Papers, 1803-1880.

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 330 items)
Abstract Bills, receipts, estate Papers, legal Papers, slave Records, and other business Papers, relating to the plantations of Thomas C., James M., and Lewis W. Perrin of Abbeville District, S.C., chiefly 1830-1862; and manuscript speeches, mostly religious lectures.
Creator Perrin 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 Perrin Family Papers #2471, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Robert Perrin of Columbia, S.C., in July 1946.
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 following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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Almost entirely business papers of Thomas C. Perrin, James M. Perrin, and Lewis W. Perrin, centering on cotton planting, the settling of estates, legal matters, and commercial activities. Papers consist of bills, receipts, notes, bonds, indentures, contracts, subpoenas, tax returns, a few business letters, accounts, slave Records, lists of cotton raised by each slave, births and deaths of slaves, shoes and blankets given to slaves, accounts, and bills of sale.

Throughout the collection, there are estate papers relating to Alexander McDowall, Patrick McDowall, Joel Smith & Co., R. Campbell, Sanders Williams, and other, 1825-1839; Patrick McDowall, 1849, and William Chiles, 1849-1850; John McClinton, 1860-1863; and Joel Smith, 1862. Other papers include merchant and doctor bills of Patrick McDowall, 1840-1849; papers of Thomas C. Perrin, planter and president of the Greenville and Columbia Railroad, 1850-1856; Perrin's correspondence with David Rush and James W. Lyon, 1856; slave accounts and itemized bills from a shopping trip North with a list of household furnishing, clothes, linens, silver, curtains, china, etc., 1860-1863; an order, 1861, from Captain James M. Perrin to Private Lewis W. Perrin to report to Summerville; and accounts of Lewis W. Perrin with White Brothers, general merchants in Abbeville, S.C.

There are vouchers and receipts for estate accounts in bundles in Folder 7 for Patrick McDowall, John Rush, Johnetta F. Byrd, Alexander Gray, and Joel Smith & CO., and indentures, mortgages and decrees for Wardlaw, Cheatham, Richey and White. Documents concerning the affairs of James Lyon and David Rush, 1838-1864, are in Folder 8. Folder 9 consists of speeches and articles made on religious topics. Folder 10 contains three slight volumes of notes of Perrin & McGowan planation Records, 1840-1857, Perrin & Wardlaw plantation Records, 1839-1859, and irregular notes and accounts of Thomas C. Perrin.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, September 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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