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Collection Number: 00730

Collection Title: Josiah Turner Papers, 1805-1923

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This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust. Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 850 items)
Abstract Josiah Turner was a lawyer of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C.; antebellum Whig politician; anti-secession Confederate officer; anti-Davis member of the Confederate Congress; and, during Reconstruction, a leading Conservative spokesman as editor of the Raleigh Sentinel. The collection is mostly family correspondence, 1859-1894, including Turner's letters to his wife, Sophia Devereux Turner, while he was a Confederate officer in eastern North Carolina, up to 1863; in the Confederate Congress, 1863-1865; and in Washington, D.C., seeking to be seated as a United States Representative, 1866. Other family correspondence is of Sophia Devereux Turner, her Devereux relatives, and the Turner children, chiefly 1859-1894. There is a smaller amount of political correspondence, including some relating to Turner's opposition to Republican Governor W. W. Holden and his expulsion from the North Carolina state legislature in 1880, as well as information concerning Confederate politics, Reconstruction in North Carolina, and the Ku-Klux Klan. Also included are speeches, clippings, bills and receipts, a small amount of printed material, a law journal, and a personal account book.
Creator Turner, Josiah, 1821-1901.
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 Josiah Turner Papers #730, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed 2005-2006) available.
  • Reel 1: Entire collection
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Joseph Freeland of Efland, N.C., before 1940.
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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Josiah Turner (1821-1901) was a lawyer of Hillsborough, Orange County, N.C.; antebellum Whig politician; anti-secession Confederate officer; anti-Davis member of the Confederate Congress; and, during Reconstruction, a leading Conservative spokesman as editor of the Raleigh Sentinel. Turner married Sophie Devereux, daughter of Thomas Pollack Devereux, in 1856, and with her had four sons and a daughter.

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The collection is mostly family correspondence, 1859-1894, of Josiah Turner and his wife, Sophia Devereux Turner during and after the Civil War, while he was a Confederate officer in eastern North Carolina, up to 1863; in the Confederate Congress, 1863-1865; and in Washington, D.C., seeking to be seated as a United States Representative, 1866. Other family correspondence is of Sophia Devereux Turner, her Devereux relatives, and the Turner children, chiefly 1859-1894. There is a smaller amount of political correspondence, including some relating to Turner's opposition to Republican Governor W. W. Holden and his expulsion from the North Carolina state legislature in 1880, as well as information concerning Confederate politics, Reconstruction in North Carolina, and the Ku-Klux Klan. Also included are speeches, clippings, bills and receipts, a small amount of printed material, a law journal, and a personal account book.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923.

About 850 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Correspondence, speeches, clippings, bills and receipts, and a small amount of printed material of Josiah Turner, Sophie Devereux Turner, and their children. There are eight folders of manuscript fragments, many of which appear to be speeches, editorials, and other writings.

Folder 1

1805-1859 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 1

Folder 2

1860-1863 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 2

Folder 3

1864-1867 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 3

Folder 4

1868-1870 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 4

Folder 5

1871-1877 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 5

Folder 6

1878-1880 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 6

Folder 7

1881-1889 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 7

Folder 8

1890-1894 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 8

Folder 9

1895-1923 #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 9

Folder 10

Undated: Josiah Turner and Sophie Devereux Turner correspondence #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 10

Folder 11

Undated: Family and other correspondence #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 11

Folder 12

Undated: Correspondence fragments #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 12

Folder 13

Undated: Speeches #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 13

Folder 14-16

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

Undated: Miscellaneous papers #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 14-16

Folder 17-24

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Undated: Fragments #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 17-24

Folder 25

Newspaper clippings #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 25

Folder 26

Bills and reciepts #00730, Series: "1. Correspondence and Other Papers, 1805-1923." Folder 26

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Processing Information

Processed by: Ellen Strong, 1964, and Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

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

Encoded by: Nancy Kaiser, March 2005

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, November 2009

Funding from the Watson-Brown Foundation, Inc., supported the encoding of this finding aid and microfilming of this collection.

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