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Collection Number: 01907-z

Collection Title: Francis Taylor Diary, 1786-1799.

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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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Abstract Francis Taylor (1747-1799) was an officer in the American Revolution and later a planter in Orange County, Va. Taylor lived at Midland Plantation with his father, Colonel George Taylor (died 1794). The collection includes a typed transcription of a diary, 1786-1799, of the daily activities, business and leisure, of Francis Taylor. In addition to farm activities, the diary records daily weather conditions, social and religious activities, purchases, election returns, and local events. From 1789 until 1799 there is a chronological list at the end of each year of the births, deaths, and marriages in the neighborhood. Persons mentioned belonged to the Burnley, Catlett, Madison, Pendleton, and Taylor families. Also included are some military returns of the 4th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army.
Creator Taylor, Francis, 1747-1799.
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 Francis Taylor Diary, #1907-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Loaned by Philip H. Scott of Gordonsville, Va., October 1951.
Location of Originals
Originals believed to be at the Virginia State Library.
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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Francis Taylor (1747-1799) was an officer in the American Revolution and later a planter in Orange County, Va. Taylor lived at Midland Plantation with his father, Colonel George Taylor (died 1794).

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The collection includes a typed transcription of a diary, 1786-1799, of the daily activities, business and leisure, of Francis Taylor. In addition to farm activities, the diary records daily weather conditions, social and religious activities, purchases, election returns, and local events. From 1789 until 1799 there is a chronological list at the end of each year of the births, deaths, and marriages in the neighborhood. Persons mentioned belonged to the Burnley, Catlett, Madison, Pendleton, and Taylor families. Also included are some military returns of the 4th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Army.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

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.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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