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Collection Number: 03210

Collection Title: Sarah Frances Hicks Williams Letters, 1838-1868

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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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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 100 items)
Abstract Sarah Frances Hicks Williams (born 1827) was educated in Albany, N.Y. In 1853 she was married to Benjamin F. Williams, a North Carolina state legislator, railroad investor, and owner of turpentine properties, and thereafter resided in North Carolina and Georgia. The collection includes letters from Sarah Frances Hicks to her parents in New Hartford, N.Y., while she was a student in Albany, N.Y., visiting relatives in New York, Ohio, and New Hampshire, and after her marriage. Letters, 1853- 1856, were written from Clifton Grove, Greene County, N.C.; 1857-1860, from Burnt Fort, Charlton County, Ga.; and 1860-1868, from Sunny Side, Ware County, Ga. They contain detailed accounts of daily life as wife, mother, and northern member of a southern family.
Creator Williams, Sarah Frances Hicks, b. 1827.
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 Sarah Frances Hicks Williams Letters, #3210, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Warren Lott of Blackshear, Ga., April 1956.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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Sarah Frances Hicks Williams (b. 1827) was educated in Albany, N.Y. In 1853 she was married to Benjamin F. Williams, a North Carolina state legislator, railroad investor, and owner of turpentine properties, and thereafter resided in North Carolina and Georgia.

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The collection includes letters from Sarah Frances Hicks to her parents in New Hartford, N.Y., while she was a student in Albany, N.Y.; visiting relatives in New York, Ohio, and New Hampshire; and after her marriage, in 1853, to Benjamin F. Williams, North Carolina state legislator, railroad investor, and owner of turpentine properties, in North Carolina and Georgia. Letters, 1853-1856, were written from Clifton Grove, Greene County, N.C.; 1857-1860, from Burnt Fort, Charlton County, Ga.; and 1860-1868, from Sunny Side, Ware County, Ga. They contain detailed accounts of daily life as wife, mother, and northern member of a southern family.

Letters pertaining to North Carolina were published as "Plantation Experiences of a New York Woman" in the North Carolina Historical Review (July and October, 1956).

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

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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