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Collection Number: 00623-z

Collection Title: David A. Ray Papers, 1796-1863 (bulk 1850-1860).

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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 45 items
Abstract David A. Ray was a merchant of Fayetteville, N.C., who settled estates and handled other business for persons in North Carolina, Georgia, and Mississippi, chiefly in the 1950s. His daughter, Malinda B. Ray, attended a seminary in Fayetteville, 1860-1861. The collection includes legal papers and business correspondence (in part, photocopies) of David A. Ray, including a letter describing a Karnes County, Tex., cattle ranch business, 1860. Also included is a diary, 1860-1861, of David Ray's daughter, Malinda B. Ray, concerning school life and early events of the Civil War in Fayetteville.
Creator Ray, David A., fl. 1848-1863.
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 David A. Ray Papers, #623-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of diary available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. S. W. Tillinghast of Fayetteville, N.C. March 1928.
Location of Originals
Originals in private hands in 1970.
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 A. Ray (fl. 1848-1863) was a Fayetteville, N.C., merchant who was an executor of the affairs of Thompson S. Tyson, Mississippi; W. L. Mansfield, Lumpkin, Ga.; Isabella Campbell, Fayetteville, N.C.; J. D. Campbell, Texas; and others. He was also the father of Malinda B. Ray who was a student at a seminary in Fayetteville, 1860-1861, that was run by William Hooper and John DeBerniere Hooper.

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The collection includes legal papers and business correspondence (in part, photocopies) of a David A. Ray of Fayetteville, N.C., including a letter describing a Karnes County, Tex., cattle ranch business, 1860. Also included are photocopies of a diary, 1860-1861, of David Ray's daughter, Malinda B. Ray, concerning school life and early events of the Civil War in Fayetteville. The diary mentions the departure of Malinda's brother David for the Yorktown, Va., area with what was then the 1st North Carolina (Bethel) Regiment and also records news of other local soldiers.

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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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