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Collection Number: 05206

Collection Title: Sherrod Family Papers, 1802-1967 (bulk 1802-1865)

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract The Sherrod family resided in Franklin County, N.C., in the 19th century. Thomas Sherrod was a member of North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress, which met in Halifax on 4 April 1776, and he fought in the American Revolution, reaching the rank of colonel. He died in 1818, leaving Jordan R. Sherrod as one of the executors of his will. Jordan R. Sherrod's children included John, Henry, Lucian, Alphonzo, and Martha. John M. Sherrod and Henry H. Sherrod served in Company E, 15th Regiment North Carolina Infantry during the Civil War. The collection consists primarily of receipts, warrants, business correspondence, and other financial papers, 1802-1865. These papers provide a record of rent and tax payments, sales of cotton, and purchases of goods and services as well as transactions conducted to settle the estates of family members. Many of the receipts and warrants from the 1820s through the 1850s concern Jordan R. Sherrod, while most papers from the late 1850s and early 1860s relate to the business of Sherrod and Green of Franklinton, N.C., a partnership that included Henry H. Sherrod and Andrew Green. The collection also contains Confederate documents authorizing a disability discharge for John M. Sherrod and leaves of absence for Henry H. Sherrod. Other items include an 1802 marriage license, the text of Thomas Sherrod's 1818 will, an 1879 school report concerning Charlie Sherrod, and a 1967 letter about family genealogy.
Creator Sherrod 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 Sherrod Family Papers #5206, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Edith Sakell of Chester, Md., in April 2005 (Acc. 100057).
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 Sherrod family resided in Franklin County, N.C., in the 19th century. Thomas Sherrod was born in Northampton, N.C., in 1730. He was a member of North Carolina's Fourth Provincial Congress, which met in Halifax on 4 April 1776, and he fought in the American Revolution, reaching the rank of colonel. He may have been married twice, the second time to Elizabeth, and he had at least seven children: Temperance, Charity, Martha, Penelope, James, Nancy, and Benjamin.

Thomas Sherrod died in 1818, leaving Jordan R. Sherrod as one of the executors of his will. Their relationship is uncertain since the copy of the will in this collection refers to Jordan R. Sherrod as "formerly Jordan R. Steagall." Jordan R. Sherrod was probably born in the 1770s and died in 1859. His children included John, Henry, Lucian, Alphonzo, and Martha.

John M. Sherrod was born around 1828 and during the Civil War served in Company E, 15th Regiment North Carolina Infantry until he was discharged for disability in June 1863. Henry H. Sherrod was born around 1837 and served in the same regiment during the Civil War. In addition, he was an active partner in the business of Sherrod and Green in Franklinton, N.C., during the early 1860s.

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The collection consists primarily of receipts, warrants, business correspondence, and other financial papers relating to the Sherrod family of Franklin County, N.C. and dating from 1802 to 1865. These papers provide a record of rent and tax payments, sales of cotton, and purchases of goods and services as well as transactions conducted to settle the estates of family members. Most of the papers from the 1820s through the 1850s are receipts and warrants concerning Jordan R. Sherrod. The papers from the late 1850s through the 1860s are primarily receipts and letters relating to the business of Sherrod and Green of Franklinton, N.C., a partnership that included Henry H. Sherrod and Andrew Green. The collection also contains Confederate documents authorizing a disability discharge for John M. Sherrod and leaves of absence for Henry H. Sherrod. Other items include a marriage license dating from 1802, the text of Thomas Sherrod's 1818 will, an 1879 school report concerning Charlie Sherrod, and a 1967 letter about family genealogy.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Elise Allison, July 2005

Encoded by: Elise Allison, July 2005

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