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Collection Number: 02504

Collection Title: Woolley Family Papers, 1788-1917

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 140 items)
Abstract Vardy Woolley, planter of Brunswick (Glynn County), Ga., married Elvira Amanda F. Scott (daughter of Mary Scott) in 1832. Woolley served as guardian of Miss M. E. Barnard of Savannah in the mid-1850s and 1860s. The collection consists exclusively of financial and legal Papers, 1788-1869 and 1917, including bills of sale for slaves; deeds for land in Glynn County, Ga., and elsewhere; and family wills, tax receipts, and insurance policies.
Creator Woolley family.
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 Woolley Family Papers #2504, 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
Received from Helen Marshall of Rome, Georgia in November 1942.
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 following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

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This collection consists exclusively of financial and legal papers of Vardey Woolley and others. Papers from 1788 to the late 1820s are chiefly indentures related to land in Glynn County or Camden County, Georgia, and bills of sale for slaves to Mary Scott (Vardey Woolley's mother-in-law) and others. There are also a few documents concerning land in New York.

Starting with the 1832 marriage settlement of Vardey Woolley and Elvira Amanda F. Scott, papers are more explicitly related to the Woolley family. There are many receipts for state and county taxes, for taxes on a town lot in Brunswick, and, after the mid 1850s, Savannah city taxes. The bulk of the collection consists of papers from 1832 to 1869, including deeds, slave bills of sale, and the wills of Mary Scott, Eliza Abraham (sister of Mary Scott), and other members of Elvira Amanda F. Scott Woolley's family. Starting in the mid 1850s, papers document Vardey Woolley's guardianship of Miss M. E. Barnard, especially insurance and improvements to her home in Savannah.

There is also a typed copy of a memorial to Major William Page Couper of Georgia and north Louisiana by William A. Gordon. Among the undated papers are two holograph advertisements of land for sale, which list the improvements and distinguishing characteristics of the properties.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Lisa Tolbert, June 1990

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

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