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Collection Number: 04512

Collection Title: Roberson Family Papers, 1814-1902

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Personal correspondence among members of the Roberson family living in Orange County, Chatham County, Moore County, Bladen County, Raleigh, and other locations in central North Carolina. The letters primarily concern health and family matters. There are references to conditions during the Civil War. There are also bills of sale for slaves in Chatham and Orange counties; receipts and other items relating to the death of Allen Moore Roberson; and papers relating to Avis J. Roberson's work as a captain in the North Carolina militia during the Civil War, including lists of men, apparently from Chatham County, who were eligible for military service.
Creator Roberson 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 Roberson Family Papers #4512, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Gerald Oldham of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in January 1988.
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 Roberson (also spelled Robertson) family has lived in Orange and Chatham counties, North Carolina, since the seventeenth century. Thomas Roberson (fl. 1814) was the brother of Mary, Meriott (or Merit), William, and Nathaniel. Thomas's son Allen Moore Roberson (d. 1856) was the father of Alvis J. Roberson (fl. 1860-1902) and Thomas A. Roberson, who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Alvis J. Roberson served as a commissioned officer in the Confederate Army. It was his job to list the names of men in the surrounding counties who were eligible for military service. He and his wife, the former Elizabeth Ann Durham, were the parents of H. H., G. B., John A., Mary, and Delia. Three of their sons also served in the Confederate Army. Delia Roberson Oldham was the mother of Floy T. Oldham, and the grandmother of Gerald M. Oldham from whom this collection was received.

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Personal correspondence among members of the Roberson family living in Orange County, Chatham County, Moore County, Bladen County, Raleigh, and other locations in central North Carolina. The letters primarily concern health and family matters. There are references to conditions during the Civil War. There are also bills of sale for slaves in Chatham and Orange counties; receipts and other items relating to the death of Allen Moore Roberson; and papers relating to Avis J. Roberson's work as a captain in the North Carolina militia during the Civil War, including lists of men, apparently from Chatham County, who were eligible for military service.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1814-1902.

About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal correspondence among members of the Roberson family living in Orange County, Chatham County, Carthage (Moore County), Raleigh, and other locations in central North Carolina. The letters primarily concern health and family matters. A few letters, dated 1861-1865, mention the Civil War.

Folder 1

1814-1863 #04512, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1814-1902." Folder 1

Folder 2

1864-1887 #04512, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1814-1902." Folder 2

Folder 3

1900-February 1901 #04512, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1814-1902." Folder 3

Folder 4

April 1901-May 1902 #04512, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1814-1902." Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated #04512, Series: "1. Correspondence, 1814-1902." Folder 5

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About 50 items.

Bills of sale for slaves in Chatham and Orange counties, North Carolina; receipts and other items relating to the death of Allen Moore Roberson; and papers relating to Alvis J. Roberson's work as a commissioned officer in the Confederate Army, including lists of men from nearby counties who were eligible for military service.

Folder 6

Bills of sale for slaves, 1830, 1845, 1859 #04512, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1830-1868." Folder 6

Folder 7

Receipts and other items relating to the death of Allen Moore Roberson, 1856 #04512, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1830-1868." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

Materials relating to Alvis J. Roberson's involvement in the Civil War #04512, Series: "2. Other Papers, 1830-1868." Folder 8-9

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Processing Information

Processed by: Gina Overcash, April 1988

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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