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Collection Number: 04252

Collection Title: Toole Family Papers, 1756-1894

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 270 items)
Abstract Chiefly items relating to the buying and selling of land in Edgecombe County, N.C. Some of the items are directly related to members of the Toole family, but others appear to have been collected by family members, who were perhaps attempting to gather evidence to be used in property disputes. Included are materials documenting ownership of land by members of the Bellamy, Blount, Braswell, Cotten, and Nash families, among others. Also included are a few bills, receipts, wills, and legal documents relating to court actions, chiefly property disputes. During the 1840s and 1850s, there are a small number of slave bills of sale.
Creator Toole 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 Toole Family Papers #4252, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Pembroke Nash of Tarboro, N.C., in 1948 and Jacquelin Pembroke Nash of Tarboro, N.C. in 1980.
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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Among the members of the Toole family of Edgecombe County, N.C., were Laurence Toole (1708-1761) and his wife, Sabra Irwin Toole (1719-1789), of Shiloh Plantation, which was located about three miles up the Tar River from Tarboro. Their son Henry Irwin Toole (1750-1790) married Elizabeth Haywood, with whom he had daughters: Mary (1787-1958), who married Theophilus Parker (1775-1849) of Tarboro; and Arabella (1783-1860), who married James West Clark (1779-1843).

Mary and Theophilus Parker's daughter was Elizabeth Toole (1820-1895), who married the Reverend Joseph Blount Cheshire and had Annie Gray Cheshire, who married S. S. Nash. Catherine Caroline was also a daughter of Theophilus and Mary; she married the Reverend Robert Brent Drane (1797 [or 1800]-1862).

Arabella and James West Clark's daughter was Mary Sumner, who married Geroge Thomas and had Jordan Sumner.

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Chiefly items relating to the buying and selling of land in Edgecombe County, N.C. Some of the items are directly related to members of the Toole family, but others appear to have been collected by family members, who were perhaps attempting to gather evidence to be used in property disputes. Included are materials documenting ownership of land by members of the Bellamy, Blount, Braswell, Cotten, and Nash families, among others. Also included are a few bills, receipts, wills, and legal documents relating to court actions, chiefly property disputes. During the 1840s and 1850s, there are a small number of slave bills of sale.

Materials have been roughly sorted by decade.

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Contents list

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, March 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, January 2010

Materials received in 1948 were orginally accessioned as Edgecombe County Miscellaneous Papers (#1504). These materials were transferred to the Toole Family Papers in 1980, after it was established that they had originally been owned by family members.

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