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Collection Number: 04443

Collection Title: Eliza Mary Bond Weissinger Papers, 1785-1868

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

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 435 items)
Abstract The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal papers, and other materials relating to Eliza Mary Bond Johnston Weissinger of Hillsborough, N.C., and her family. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Weissinger, her first husband George Mulholland Johnston, and her aunt Mary Williams Burke concerning family and personal matters; social affairs in Hillsborough, N.C., and Marion, Ala.; real estate; slaves; and finances.
Creator Weissinger, Eliza Mary Bond, 1805-1875.
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 Eliza Mary Bond Weissinger Papers #4443, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Dr. and Mrs. George Burke Johnston, of Blacksburg, Va., and George Burke Johnston, Jr., of Lancaster, Ohio, in April and October 1986.
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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Mary Williams Burke was born in 1782, in Warren County, N.C., to Mary Freeman and Thomas Burke. She taught school in Hillsborough, N.C,, starting in 1810. In 1834, she moved with her niece, Eliza Mary Bond Johnston, to Greensboro, Ala. Burke and her niece later moved to Marion, Ala., where she continued teaching and tutoring until her death in 1869. She never married.

George Mulholland Johnston was born in 1800. Johnston was a merchant in Hillsborough with business connections throughout the state. In 1831 or 1832, he married Eliza Mary Bond. In August 1834, with his wife and her aunt, Mary Williams Burke, he moved to Greensboro, Ala., where he died in September.

Eliza Mary Bond was born to Frances Doherty and William Bond, in 1805. She attended school in Fayetteville, N.C., in 1821; otherwise, she spent most of her youth in Hillsborough. She moved to Greensboro, Ala., in 1834. Following the death of her husband, she moved with her son, George Doherty Johnston, and her aunt, Mary Burke, to Marion, Ala., where she later married Leonard Weissinger. Eliza Mary Bond Johnston Weissinger died in 1875.

(Adapted from a note in Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, William S. Powell, editor.)

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The collection includes correspondence, financial and legal papers, and other materials relating to Eliza Mary Bond Johnston Weissinger of Hillsborough, N.C., and her family. The collection consists chiefly of correspondence of Weissinger, her first husband George Mulholland Johnston, and her aunt Mary Williams Burke concerning family and personal matters; social affairs in Hillsborough, N.C., and Marion, Ala.; real estate; slaves; and finances.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence, 1785-1868 and undated.

About 350 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Chiefly correspondence of Eliza Mary Bond Johnston Weissinger and family, especially her aunt, Mary Williams Burke. Also included is business correspondence of George Mulholland Johnston. Seventeen pages of abstracts, written by the donor, of correspondence to Weissinger and Burke are filed in folder 1.

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Chiefly business correspondence between James Hogg of Hillsborough, Robert Freeman of Warren County, N.C., and George Doherty, of Hillsborough. Letters relate to real estate, slaves, and finances, including money belonging to Mary Williams Burke.

Folder 1

1785-1805 #04443, Subseries: "1.1. 1785-1805." Folder 1

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Family correspondence of Eliza Mary Bond and business correspondence of her future husband, George Mulholland Johnston. Eliza Mary Bond's correspondence is with her aunt, Mary Williams Burke, and with other friends and family members. These letters relate to family and social matters such as health, visits, and trips. George Mulholland Johnston's correspondence includes personal letters from business associates as well as more purely business correspondence. Business correspondence deals with such matters as real estate, loans, and slaves.

Folder 2

1819-1823 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 2

Folder 3

1824-1825 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 3

Folder 4

1826 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 4

Folder 5

1827 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 5

Folder 6

1828 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 6

Folder 7

1829 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 7

Folder 8

1830 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 8

Folder 9

1831 #04443, Subseries: "1.2. 1819-1831." Folder 9

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Continuing family correspondence of Eliza Mary Bond Johnston and business correspondence of her husband. This period also includes letters between George Mulholland Johnston and Eliza Mary Bond Johnston.

Folder 10

1832 #04443, Subseries: "1.3. 1832-1834." Folder 10

Folder 11

January-May 1833 #04443, Subseries: "1.3. 1832-1834." Folder 11

Folder 12

June-December 1833 #04443, Subseries: "1.3. 1832-1834." Folder 12

Folder 13

1834 #04443, Subseries: "1.3. 1832-1834." Folder 13

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Chiefly correspondence between Mary Williams Burke in Marion, Ala., and friends and family in Hillsborough. Letters to and from her niece, also in Marion, appear as well.

Folder 14

1835-1837 #04443, Subseries: "1.4. 1835-1868." Folder 14

Folder 15

1840-1845 #04443, Subseries: "1.4. 1835-1868." Folder 15

Folder 16

1846-1849 #04443, Subseries: "1.4. 1835-1868." Folder 16

Folder 17

1850-1868 #04443, Subseries: "1.4. 1835-1868." Folder 17

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 2. Financial and Legal Items, 1756-1837 and undated.

About 75 items.

Arrangement: by type.

Financial and legal papers of the family of Eliza Mary Bond Johnston Weissinger, including business papers of George Mulholland Johnston. Items include sales receipts, indentures, deeds, wills, and financial notes.

Folder 21-22

Folder 21

Folder 22

Deeds and indentures #04443, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1756-1837 and undated." Folder 21-22

Folder 23

Other financial and legal items #04443, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1756-1837 and undated." Folder 23

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10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Printed material and other items collected by Eliza Mary Bond Johnston Weissinger and George Mulholland Johnston. Included are items relating to an 1823 election in Orange County, N.C., and a certificate awarded to Johnston by the Xenophilean Society of Chapel Hill, N.C., in 1817.

Folder 24

Other material, 1817-1823 and undated #04443, Series: "3. Other Material, 1817-1823 and undated." Folder 24

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Processing Information

Processed by: Connie Cartledge, May 1986; Mark Beasley, January 1987; Revised by Suzanne Ruffing, March 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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

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