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Collection Number: 04712

Collection Title: Whitesides and Dickey Family Papers, 1818-1900

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 250 items)
Abstract Correspondence, financial and legal materials, and other items relating to members of the Dickey and Whitesides family of Lincoln and Gaston counties, N.C., including James Dickey, Alexander Dickey, Edward Whitesides, and A. M. Whitesides, who appears to have been Alexander Dickey's uncle. Much correspondence focuses on loans made by family members or land transactions in which family members were involved. Some agricultural information appears, mostly about cotton prices, and there are some letters relating to the settlement of various family members' estates. Also included are a few family letters, notably some to Rebecca McGill, who may have been Alexander Whitesides's wife, from relatives in Georgia; to Alexander Dickey from relatives in Arkansas; and to members of the Whitesides family from relatives in Texas. All of these letters discuss family activities and local conditions. Financial items include routine legal papers relating to land sales and estate settlements, bills and receipts for various goods and services, and items relating to money lending. There are a few items relating to the Beattie fammily, apparently Whitesides family relatives. Also included are miscellaneous notes, advertisements for various products, and a few poems from the 1850s by Rebecca McGill.
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 Whitesides and Dickey Family Papers #4712, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Fred and Kay Moss of Gastonia, N.C., in August 1994 (Acc. 94110).
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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Correspondence, financial and legal materials, and other items relating to members of the Dickey and Whitesides family of Lincoln and Gaston counties, N.C., including James Dickey, Alexander Dickey, Edward Whitesides, and A. M. Whitesides, who appears to have been Alexander Dickey's uncle. Much correspondence focuses on loans made by family members or land transactions in which family members were involved. Some agricultural information appears, mostly about cotton prices, and there are some letters relating to the settlement of various family members' estates. Also included are a few family letters, notably some to Rebecca McGill, who may have been Alexander Whitesides's wife, from relatives in Georgia; to Alexander Dickey from relatives in Arkansas; and to members of the Whitesides family from relatives in Texas. All of these letters discuss family activities and local conditions. Financial items include routine legal papers relating to land sales and estate settlements, bills and receipts for various goods and services, and items relating to money lending. There are a few items relating to the Beattie fammily, apparently Whitesides family relatives. Also included are miscellaneous notes, advertisements for various products, and a few poems from the 1850s by Rebecca McGill.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1841-1900 and undated.

About 90 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Much material in this series relates to business deals of members of the Dickey and Whitesides family of Lincoln and Gaston County, N.C. Many focus on loans made by family members, while others document land transactions in which family members were involved. A prime subject is the inability of those lent money to repay loans in a timely fashion. Items relate chiefly to James Dickey, Alexander Dickey, Edward Whitesides, and A. M. Whitesides, who appears to have been Alexander Dickey's uncle. Some agricultural information appears, mostly about cotton prices, and there are some letters relating to the settlement of various family members' estates.

Also included are a few family letters, notably some to Rebecca McGill, who may have been Alexander Whitesides's wife, from relatives in Georgia; to Alexander Dickey from relatives in Arkansas; and to members of the Whitesides family from relatives in Texas. All of these letters discuss family activities and conditions in the area where the writers live.

Folder 1

1841-1859 #04712, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1841-1900 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1861-1879 #04712, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1841-1900 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1880-1889 #04712, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1841-1900 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1890-1900 #04712, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1841-1900 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Undated #04712, Series: "1. Correspondence and Related Items, 1841-1900 and undated." Folder 5

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About 410 items.

Arrangement: loosely sorted by decade.

Material includes routine legal papers relating to land sales and estate settlements, bills and receipts for various goods and services, and items relating to money lending. There are a few items relating to the Beattie family, apparently Whitesides family relatives, but most items relate to James and Alexander Dickey and to Edward Whitesides. The 1818 item is a description of Owen Murphy's 200 acres in an unidentified locale.

Folder 6

1818, 1824 #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 6

Folder 7

1830s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 7

Folder 8-9

Folder 8

Folder 9

1840s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 8-9

Folder 10-11

Folder 10

Folder 11

1850s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 10-11

Folder 12-13

Folder 12

Folder 13

1860s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 12-13

Folder 14-15

Folder 14

Folder 15

1870s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 14-15

Folder 16-17

Folder 16

Folder 17

1880s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 16-17

Folder 18

1890s #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 18

Folder 19-20

Folder 19

Folder 20

Undated #04712, Series: "2. Financial and Legal Items, 1818-circa 1900." Folder 19-20

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About 25 items.

Included are miscellaneous notes, advertisements for various products, a few poems from the 1850s by Rebecca McGill, the private telegraphic code from 1895 of Jas. E. Taylor Company, and a copy of the 1897 Blum's Farmer's and Planter's Almanac.

Folder 21

Other materials, 1850s-1897 and undated #04712, Series: "3. Other Materials, 1850s-1897 and undated." Folder 21

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