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Collection Number: 03622-z

Collection Title: William C. Russell Papers, 1813-1935

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Size 100 items
Abstract Chiefly personal letters, mostly 1870s-1880s, received by Russell of Sardis, Miss., and Petersburg, Va., from relatives and friends. Correspondents include members of the Webb family of Granville County, N.C.; a resident of Batesville, Ark.; and other persons scattered over most of the southern and several eastern and midwestern states. Also included is "The Russells, the Heflins, and the Webbs of Granville County, N.C." (18 p.), by William James Webb, 1935, consisting of genealogical data, copies of wills, and information about slaves and the location of Webb lands and houses.
Creator Russell, William C.
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 William C. Russell Papers #3622-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Robert H. Williamson of Fayetteville, N.C., in November 1960 and March 1963.
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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William C. Russell was the son of James A. Russell, physician, of Granville County, N.C., and Lucy A. Heflin Russell. His brothers and sisters included: Kate Russell, who married James H. Webb of Tally Ho, N.C.; Robert Russell, who married Rebecca Lipscombe of Durham County, N.C.; John Russell, who married Emma Harris of St. Louis, Mo.; Harriet Russell, who married J. T. Booth of Granville County; Susan Russell, who married Joseph A. Webb of Oxford, N.C.; and Charles L. Russell, who married in Oklahoma.

This collection consists of more than ninety letters, 1871-1894, received by William C. Russell from his mother; sisters, Kate, Hattie, and Sue; brother, Bob; friends; and cousins. During the 1870s, Russell was living at Sardis, Miss., but, by 1887, he was living in Petersburg, Va., where he married Mrs. Anne Love. His mother lived at Tally Ho and his three sisters also lived in Granville County. There are additional undated letters apparently from this same period. Also included are an indenture, 1813, of John C. Russell, and genealogical data, copies of wills, and slave information in "The Russells, the Heflins, and the Webbs of Granville County, N.C." by William James Webb of Oxford, N.C., written in April 1935.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

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

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