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Collection Number: 00985

Collection Title: James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913).

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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 163 items)
Abstract Mrs. Perrin Quarles was the mother of Lieutenant James Perrin Quarles Jr. (1919-1944) of Charlotte, N.C., who was killed in World War II. The collection was created by Mrs. Perrin Quarles as a memorial and includes papers, collected by Mrs. Perrin Quarles, on varied subjects and from varied locations, chiefly legal and personal correspondence, 1869-1913, of Houston S. Gilleylen (1852-1913), lawyer of Aberdeen, Monroe County, Miss., and his father-in-law, William Frank Dowd (1832-1910), lawyer and Confederate colonel. Also included are papers relating to lands ceded by the Chickasaw Indians; two letters from Jefferson Davis, 1849 and 1857; and a variety of scattered papers relating to antebellum North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Creator Quarles, Perrin, Mrs.
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 James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, #985, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Perrin Quarles of Charlotte, N.C.
Received from Annie Laurie Ramsey (Mrs. T. M.) Hines of Charlotte, N.C.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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Lieutenant James Perrin Quarles Jr. (1919-1944) of Charlotte, N.C., was killed in World War II. The collection was created by his mother, Mrs. Perrin Quarles, as a memorial.

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The collection includes papers, collected by Mrs. Perrin Quarles, on varied subjects and from varied locations, chiefly legal and personal correspondence, 1869-1913, of Houston S. Gilleylen (1852-1913), lawyer of Aberdeen, Monroe County, Miss., and his father-in-law, William Frank Dowd (1832-1910), lawyer and Confederate colonel. Also included are papers relating to lands ceded by the Chickasaw Indians; two letters from Jefferson Davis, 1849 and 1857; and a variety of scattered papers relating to antebellum North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 1a

Folder 1

McClelland material, 1773-1835 #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 1

Chiefly land grants and plats of John McClelland including items from Iredell, Rowan, and Burke counties, N.C.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-985/1

McClelland land grants #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." OPF-985/1

Folder 2

South Carolina and Alabama material, 1825-1884 #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 2

Scattered letters relating to banking, slavery, and a few other matters.

Folder 3

Mississippi general material, 1826-1866 #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 3

Varied papers, chiefly antebellum, relating primarily to legal matters surrounding lands ceded to the United States by the Chickasaw Indians. These land papers are chiefly related to the Surget family of Natchez, Miss. Also papers of General and Chancellor Stephen Cocke of Mississippi, including letters from Jefferson Davis and Joseph Emory Davis.

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Folder 11

Gilleyen-Dowd material,1869-1913 and undated #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 4-11

Letters received and legal papers of Houston S. Gilleyen, lawyer of Aberdeen, Monroe County, Miss., with a few of his father-in-law, Colonel William Frank Dowd. Also material about Connor Dowd of North Carolina, a loyalist in the American Revolution; his son, William M. Dowd, soldier in the War of 1812 and Baptist missionary; their descendants, and the related Gillespie and Brown families.

Folder 12

North Carolina genealogy material #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 12

Includes Jackson, Connerly, and Arendall genealogy.

Folder 13

Miscellaneous #00985, Series: "James Perrin Quarles Jr. Memorial Collection, 1773-1948 (bulk 1869-1913)." Folder 13

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 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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