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Collection Number: 02846

Collection Title: William Bethell Williamson Papers, 1780-1930.

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This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 50 items)
Abstract The collection is chiefly 20th century genealogical materials concerning the Williamson, Davidson, and Lea and related families. Also included is a diary, 1842-1848, of George Washington Jeffreys, a preacher in Caswell County, N.C., and Pittsylvania County, Va., concerning his religious thoughts and farming activities.
Creator Williamson, William Bethell.
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 William Bethell Williamson Papers #2846, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
All or part of this collection is available on microfilm from University Publications of America as part of the Records of ante-bellum southern plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series J.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Weldon Williamson of Asheville, N.C., in 1952.
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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The collection is chiefly 20th century genealogical materials concerning the Williamson, Davidson, and Lea and related families. Also included is a diary, 1842-1848, of George Washington Jeffreys, a preacher in Caswell County, N.C., and Pittsylvania County, Va., concerning his religious thoughts and farming activities.

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Contents list

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1 item.

Diary, 774 pp., of farmer and Methodist preacher George Washington Jeffreys of Caswell County, N.C., and Pittsylvania County, Va., beginning on 2 August 1842 with frequent entries until around July 1846 and a few entries thereafter until 31 January 1848. Most of the entries deal with Jeffreys's constant renewal of religious faith and meditations on the meaning of life and the role of religion in it. Entries also discuss more mundane matters, such as Jeffreys's preaching schedule and topics for sermons, and his success and failure with crops and livestock.

Folder 7

George Washington Jeffreys Diary #02846, Series: "2. George Washington Jeffreys Diary, 1842-1848." Folder 7

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, August 1992

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

This collection was rehoused under the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1992.

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