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Collection Number: 00906-z

Collection Title: Perry Family Papers, 1788-1911 (bulk 1831-1891).

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 88 items
Abstract David Bradley Perry was a planter of Beaufort County, N.C. His relatives included David Miller Carter and other members of the Perry family. The collection is scattered family and business correspondence, chiefly 1831-1891, of David Bradley Perry and his sons-in-law, Rufus W. Wharton and David M. Carter, lawyers and Confederate officers. The letters relate to a variety of family concerns, including news from Perry relatives in Connecticut in the 1840s, and include Civil War items relating to the 4th, 21st, and 67th North Carolina regiments, and letters from Sarah Lindsay Carter in Europe, 1889-1891.
Creator Perry family.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Perry Family Papers, #906-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received From Mrs. John H. Small of Washington, N.C., August 1944.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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David Bradley Perry (fl. 1831-1891) was the son of Isabella Burroughs Perry and David Perry, who came to North Carolina from Connecticut sometime prior to his marriage in 1799 and lived in Williamston. David Bradley Perry was a planter of Beaufort County, N.C. He had one son, Thomas, and three daughters, Elizabeth, who married John Gray Blount; Isabella, who married David Miller Carter; and Mary, who married Rufus W. Wharton. Wharton of Salem, N.C., was a lawyer, officer in the 21st North Carolina Regiment, the 1st Battalion of Sharpshooters, and the 67th North Carolina Regiment during the Civil War.

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The collection contains scattered family and business correspondence, chiefly 1831-1891, of David Bradley Perry and his sons-in-law, Rufus W. Wharton and David M. Carter. The letters relate to a variety of family concerns, including news from Perry relatives in Connecticut in the 1840s, the settlement of estates, and Civil War events. There are also military papers, 1862-1865, of Wharton relating to the 4th, 21st, and 67th North Carolina regiments including orders, reports, commissions and Wharton's parole and oath of allegiance. Later items include a few accounts of David M. Carter, 1875-1879; genealogical correspondence, 1881-1882; and letters from Sarah Lindsay Carter in Europe, 1889-1891. There are also a few legal documents including two deeds, to land in Beaufort County, N.C., 1788 and 1819; the result of a court action, 1831; and other items.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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