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A Listing of Historical Family Collections with Granville residents found in local libraries

(Transcribed by Deloris Williams)

Family documents contributed to various institutions, libraries, and universities can be a valuable asset in researching one's ancestors. They can contain many things, including family histories, bibles, plantation records, deeds,  slave records of all kinds, personal letters and other correspondence. North Carolina is fortunate to have many such collections, some of which I am listing below along with the time period covered  and linked to the institution where it is housed with a more complete description by clicking onto the title of the collection. Note that some of the collections have copies of actual documents attached to them which can be read online, so I suggest that you look through them thoroughly.  As I locate other collections with genealogical material, it will be added to this page, and listed as ***New***

Adkins, Davis, and Fulton Family Papers: 1856-1921
James Davis Jr. of Stokes County, N.C., married Elizabeth McAnally in 1817. Together they had 13 children including Mary Ann Davis, Emily Caroline Davis, and James William Davis. Mary Ann Davis, also known as "Polly," married Wilson Fulton in 1841, and they had nine children. The Fulton family moved to Texas shortly before the Civil War. Emily Caroline Davis married Hiram Adkins, a tutor for the Davis family children, in 1858. Hiram became a preacher in the Davis family chapel and helped with its operations as well as running other businesses in Stokes County, including lumber mills. The children of Emily Caroline Davis and Hiram Adkins included J.P. "Jimmie" Adkins, Sarah Louretta "Lizzie" Adkins, Nancy Margaret Eliza "Nannie" Adkins, Henry Adkins, Edwin Miles "Ed" Adkins, Charles Hiram Adkins, William "Jay" Adkins, and Susan Emily Vines "Susie" Adkins. Family Letters Stokes County and Granville County, North Carolina: Adkins, Davis, Fulton, Gooch, Jones, From Various Sources Volume of annotated typed transcriptions of letters compiled by J. Daniel Mahar in March 2005. The volume contains letters whose originals are not included in this collection.

Rufus Amis Papers: 1848-1938
Scattered family papers of Rufus Amis of Granville County, N.C., including letters, 1848-1850, to his first wife, Elizabeth ("Betty") Ann Ragland (1836-1900), from her brother, Robert L. Ragland in Colbert and Barton, Miss.; letters concerning Amis's illness and resignation from the Confederate Army; certificates; receipts; muster rolls, 1861, of Company I, 13th North Carolina Volunteers; and pages from the Amis and Chandler family Bibles and Amis family histories. Correspondence includes microfilm copies of two additional letters, one from Rufus to Bettie, 1857, telling her about prospects for settling in Arkansas and its advantages over North Carolina, and one, 1853, from John Barr Andrews, a student at the University of North Carolina.


Amis-Clark-Puryear Papers, 1760-1849
John Puryear appears in the 1830 census as the owner of sixty-three slaves. A survey of his land made in 1833, after his death, list the extent of his landholdings as 1,214 acres along Clark's Creek. Little is known about the career of Archibald Clark. He and members of his family owned a considerable amount of property in Granville County, and their papers thus document the importance of this county's role in antebellum North Carolina as the site of much land speculation. William Amis lived in the Abraham Plains district of Granville County (possible near modern-day Berea), where he is listed as a taxpayer in 1788. In 1804 he married Elizabeth Puryear. Amis appears in the 1830 census as the owner of thirty-three slaves. Among items in the Clark family correspondence are two letters (Oct. 20, 1813; Oct. 13, 1814), written during the War of 1812, which mention life as a soldier, sicknesses in a military camp, and provisions. Other letters concern health-related topics and describe symptoms of illnesses (Sept. 20, 1804; Mar. 17, 1815), relate agricultural concerns, request brandy for a pregnant woman (Oct. 8, 1824), discuss estate matters and education of family members, and request a deed of gift for a Negro woman and her two children (Oct. 19, 1809); legal and estate papers of the Clark family contain receipts for land transactions and public, county, and poor taxes; promissory notes; witnesses of accounts; indentures; lists of outstanding debts; bonds; and notices of property sales. Items of particular interest include a statement (June 10, 1793) explaining John Clark's reason for not voting in a Congressional election, documents (June 9, 1803) pertaining to a court case between a plantation owner and his overseer, a license (Aug. 15, 1814) to operate a still, a formal agreement (Jan. 9, 1819) to hire a schoolmaster, and the Methodist Meeting House List (undated). Several other items (1830-1831) relate to the estate of Archibald Clark. Among the property discussed in these papers are numerous slaves. Representative of material pertaining to them are an appraisal of slaves and property (Nov. 23, 1791), an agreement (June 7, 1833) to clothe and maintain a Negro woman and her child, a document (Dec. 28, 1835) revealing the division of Negroes in Archibald Clark's estate, papers (Dec. 27, 1837; July 31, 1839) concerning the hire of Negroes, and various receipts for sales of slaves. These estate-related papers also contain much genealogical information about members of the Clark family. Papers (1760-1849, undated) including correspondence, estates papers, receipts, promissory notes, land records and miscellaneous materials.


Samuel E. Asbury Papers: 1832-1947
Samuel E. Asbury (1872-1962), native of Granville County, N.C., was an historian of Texas, mainly concerned with North Carolinians in the Texas Republic. The collection includes correspondence and collected materials of Asbury chiefly related to his historical interests. Included are materials on Robert Potter and a typed transcription of an autobiography by Harriet A. Ames, describing life on the Texas frontier.


Willis G. Briggs Papers: 1764-1954
Willis Grandy Briggs (1875-1954) was a Raleigh, N.C., lawyer and postmaster, and served as Republican Party chair for Wake County, N.C. The collection consists of political and personal correspondence of Briggs and materials relating to his ancestors and other relatives. Included is his interest in the history of Raleigh and the history of North Carolina Baptists; his genealogical studies of the Briggs, Grandy, Ferebee, Utley, Hunter, Alston, Hargrove, and Norwood families; and his miscellaneous biographical studies. Papers before 1893 are of the Briggs, Grandy, and Ferebee families in Camden, Currituck, Granville, and Wake counties, N.C., and include papers of Willis Sawyer Grandy (1822-1899), Dr. Enoch D. Ferebee (d. 1876), and the Civil War papers of Tazewell L. Hargrove (1830-1899), lieutenant colonel, 44th North Carolina Regiment, and others, including an autograph book from Johnson Island prison. Twenty volumes include the record book of the judge advocate of the Camden County militia, 1803-1835; the personal diary, 1866-1868, of Thomas Henry Briggs (1847-1928) of Raleigh.
Bullock Family Genealogy: 1900
Typed copy of notes on the Bullock family of Virginia and Granville County, N.C., compiled by Sally Hamilton Bullock Boyd in 1900.

Bullock and Hamilton Family Papers: 1757-1971
Bullock, Hamilton, Coleman, Tarry, and Watkins families of Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., Mecklenburg County, Va., and Lowndes County, Miss. Bullock family material consists of correspondence regarding finances, household expenses, and plantation management, with some letters on family matters and social events; financial and legal papers, including the 1854 will of Sally Fain, a "woman of colour," who owned slaves. Genealogical information; and printed material; as well as five manuscript volumes of general store and blacksmithing accounts and some diary entries for Bullocks of Williamsboro, Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., especially William Bullock (1776-1829) and his son John Bullock (1799-1866). Materials of members of the Hamilton and related families relate chiefly to Charles Eaton Hamilton (1816-1855), planter of Granville County, N.C., and Lowndes County, Miss. And the families of his wives, Jane Coleman (died 1850) and Sally Tarry, both of Mecklenburg County, Va.

Burnett Family Papers: 1842-1926
The collection includes family and personal letters of the Burnett family, farmers of Granville County, N.C., quoting prices of farm produce and groceries as well as discussing family matters. Included are letters, 1842-1863, from Zach Burnett to Atlas A. Burnett at Chapel Hill, N.C., and letters, 1911-1919, from members of the Oriental Missionary Society in Tokyo to Anna Burnett at Bynum, N.C. Letters from missionaries in China and Japan discuss their progress in Japan, Korea, China, and India, and comment on war and living conditions in China.
Burton and Young Family Papers: 1807-1911
Alfred M. Burton was one of several sons of Robert and Agatha Burton of Granville County, N.C. He was licensed to practice law in North Carolina, 1807, and in Tennessee, 1808, and settled in Lincoln County, N.C., in the first decade of the 19th century. His seventh child, Sarah Virginia, married Robert Simonton Young of Cabarrus County, N.C., who was killed in the Civil War, leaving her with four children and property in North Carolina and in Milan County, Tex. The collection includes family correspondence among members of four generations of the Burton and Young families who lived in Granville, Lincoln, Cabarrus, and Mecklenburg counties, N.C. Included are letters, bills, and other items, 1866-1896, to Sarah Virginia Burton Young sent by agents managing the cotton plantation she inherited near Cameron, Milan County, Tex., on the death of her husband in 1864. Letters discuss cotton cultivation, price, and sale; crop conditions; conduct of farm workers, especially rioting by freedmen; and the unsettled nature of local politics as related to freedmen's votes. Also included are bills, accounts, receipts, estate papers, and other items of the related Smith family of Charlotte, N.C., about family members.

H. G. Burton Papers, 1809-1839
H. G. (Hutchins Gordon) Burton (1782-1836) was a United States
representative (1819-1824) from and governor (1824-1827) of North Carolina.
The collection includes family, political, and business papers of Burton,including letters pertaining chiefly to North Carolina and national politics, including the 1824 presidential election, economic conditions, and horse racing. Many digital scans of the collection are included online, which can be viewed by double-clicking the images.

Robert Burton Papers: 1775-1866
Robert Burton (1747-1825), Revolutionary War officer, delegate to the Continental Congress, lawyer, and politician, owned a large plantation near Williamsboro in Granville County (now Vance County), N.C., as well as much land in what eventually became Tennessee. The collection includes correspondence; deeds, receipts, ledgers, and other financial and legal materials; and miscellaneous items of Robert Burton and his son, Horace A. Burton. Letters to Robert Burton include a letter, 1775, from Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1816), letters from his father-in-law, John Williams (1731-1799), from Richard Henderson (1735-1785) in Holston, Tenn., and Boonesborough, Ky., about the Transylvania Colony and other matters. Letters to Horace A. Burton include one from Elisha Mitchell (1793-1857) concerning Mitchell's testing of mineral water that Burton had sent him. Many of the legal papers are late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century items relating to land in Kentucky and the Powell River valley in Tennessee. Two ledgers of Robert Burton consist of general accounts, 1777-1785, including a record, 1780, of a sale of a horse to Daniel Boone and tables of depreciation and coinage for North Carolina and Virginia; and accounts of whiskey distilled, 1784-1789.


Burwell Family Papers (#112) 1745-1997
Burwell family of Warren, Vance, and Granville counties, N.C.,and Mecklenburg County, Va., and the Williams family of Warren County, N.C. Family members included Armistead, Lewis, and Spotswood of Mecklenburg Co.,VA.; personal & business records, slave purchases, runaway slaves, tax records, household & farm records.


Edmund Strudwick Burwell Papers: 1825-1883
Edmund Strudwick Burwell was one of twelve children of Robert Armistead and Anna (Robertson) Burwell, both Presbyterian educators. Edmund S. Burwell attended Mr. Ralph Grave's school in Granville, N.C., during the Civil War, while his father and four older brothers served in the Confederate Army. He attended Hampden-Sidney College, 1866-1867, and later became a businessman in Charlotte, N.C. The collection inlcudes letters, chiefly 1863-1867, to Edmund S. Burwell at school in Granville County, N.C., and at Hampden-Sidney College, from his parents, from his brothers serving in various Confederate regiments, and from his sisters at home in Charlotte, N.C. Civil War letters discuss military life and economic and social conditions at home, including the influx of refugees as General Sherman's troops moved towards the Carolinas. Letters in the 1870s are from Edmund's father at Peace Institute.

George W. Burwell Papers: 1786, 1800-1884
George W. Burwell was a physician, planter, and businessman of Mecklenburg County, Va. He had family and business connections to Henderson, Granville County, N.C., and other locations along the North Carolina-Virginia border, largely through his brothers H. H., Louis, William, and Armistead R., and the family of his wife Elizabeth Gayle Burwell, particulary her parents Thomas Gayle (d. 1855?) and Elizabeth Gayle (d. 1868?). Correspondence, 1849-1883; financial and legal materials, 1786 and 1800-1884; and other papers relating to the Burwells, Gayles, and members of related families. Business letters chiefly document lending money and collecting debts, purchasing and selling land, managing tobacco plantations, and selling tobacco and other crops through commission merchants in Richmond and Petersburg, Va.

Samuel Clark Carpentry Book: 1855 -1869
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.  Samuel Clark, a Granville County carpenter, was born about 1833 and died in 1893.  This small pocket book contains memoranda of carpentry work executed by him between the years 1853 and 1869. They include charges for house carpentry, for cabinetmaking, and for coffin making, as well as notes on small sums paid to his assistant Urias Forsyth, days during which Clark worked with William Akin, and schooling for his son Laban at Mrs. Hatcher's, Miss Paschall's, and Elizabeth Green's.  The entries on p.42 relating to C. C. Wheeler, Co. I, 5th Cav. (N.C.T.) and Andrew N. Wheeler in 1864, probably refer to the brothers of Clark's wife, Louisa J. Wheeler, to whom he was married in Granville County in 1857. Extent: 1 item, (Small (3.75 x 5.75 in.) pocket memorandum book in leather wrappers of 45 pages, of which leaves numbered 5-6 and 39-40 are lacking.)


John Fuller Coghill Letters: 1862-1864
The collection contains letters from John Fuller Coghill (1842-1926), serving with the 23rd North Carolina Regiment in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, to his family in Granville County, N.C., concerning camp life, military movements, and battles, including the battle of Gettysburg.

Confederate Papers: 1861-1865
The collection includes miscellaneous papers from various sources divided into the following series: correspondence, 1861-1865; Part of the collection concerns Joseph S. Gooch (1842-1919) who was was the son of Dudley Snead Gooch and his first wife, Mary Janet Bennett. He was born in Granville County, N.C., but just before the Civil War, his father moved the family to Nash County, N.C., near Springhope. Dudley S. Gooch died in March 1863, and his estate was managed by his brother Amos Gooch (1802-1885), who was a wealthy farmer in Granville County, N.C. Amos was unmarried and lived with his unmarried sisters Hannah (1800-1890) and Nancy on the family farm located southwest of Oxford on the Tar River. Amos may be the "uncle" named in the letter. Joseph S. Gooch served as a private during the Civil War. He survived the war and returned to Granville County. In 1866, he married Sallie Wilder, daughter of Matthew and Martha Avery Wilder, who were neighbors in Nash County. He was a farmer, owned a country store in Wilton, raised a large family, and was active in the Banks Methodist Church, where he is buried.


Elizabeth Henderson Cotton Papers: 1926-1964
Elizabeth Henderson Cotten (1875-1975) worked in the Southern Historical Collection and was secretary of the Friends of the Library of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Papers include correspondence, reports, and clippings concerning restoration or historical projects in North Carolina. The collection is divided into six series, including: Old North Carolina houses; Tryon Palace (New Bern, N.C.); Nash-Kollock School (Hillsborough, N.C.); St. John's Episcopal Church (Williamsboro, N.C.); Virginia Dare; and the John Paul Jones-Willie Jones tradition.

Nathaniel Chesley Daniel Papers, 1836; 1851-1899
Nathaniel Chesley Daniel (1797-1853), son of James Chesley and Ann Venable Daniel, was born 20 July 1797 and died 9 May 1853. On 24 January 1828, he married Anne H. Bullock, daughter of James Bullock of Warren County, N.C. Anne was born 29 September 1804 and died 25 March 1833. The Daniels had eleven children, of whom the eldest was Nathaniel Beverly Daniel, born 1842. The Daniels lived at "Tranquility" in Granville County, N.C., a plantation of several hundred acres. From 1830 to 1837, Daniel and his brother, James B. Daniel, Jr., owned general stores in Waterloo, N.C., and Clarkesville, Va. Correspondence, financial and legal material, account books, and other material of Nathaniel Chesley Daniel and Anne H. Bullock Daniel (1804-1883), and of other Daniel family members from Tranquility Plantation, Granville County, N.C. Two photographs of three former slaves of the Daniel and Bullock families are included 


Daves Family Papers: 1708-1930
Scattered family papers and data pertaining to the descendants of John Daves (1748-1804) of New Bern, N.C., and to related branches of the Haynes, Pugh, and Collins families. Correspondence includes letters, 1803- 1818, received by Josiah Collins, Jr. (1768-1839) of Edenton, N.C. from relatives in New Bern, N.C., concerning business, banking, and family matters; deed of sale for slaves, Craven County, N.C., 1816; There are also items concerning William Eaton (d. 1759) of Granville County, who died in 1759, and a biographical sketch of Graham Daves (1836-1902) and a clipping about Myer Myers, an early New York goldsmith.


John Rust Eaton Papers: 1794-1815, 1910
John Rust Eaton was a planter of Granville County, N.C., representative of Granville County in the North Carolina House of Commons, 1801, 1802, and 1812, and horse breeder. The collection is two letters from John Rust Eaton to his father Charles Rust Eaton (1743-1822), and seventeen letters to John Rust Eaton--one from William H. Winder (b. 1775), two from Nathaniel Macon (1757-1837), eight from James Winchester (1752-1826), three from James Somervell, one from Robert Marion (1766-1811), and one from Benjamin Williams (1754-1814).

Ferebee, Gregory, and McPherson Family Papers: 1816-1913
Family members included Francis Roger Gregory, merchant in Petersburg, Va.; medical student at the University of Pennsylvania; physician and planter in Mecklenburg County, Va., and Granville County, N.C. In the 1830s, he married Nancy Alexander, and they had at least three children: William H.; Francis Roger, Jr., who a surgeon with the 12th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, and Martha, who married Nelson McPherson Ferebee of Oxford, N.C., a physician in the U.S. Navy, serving aboard the U.S.S. Indiana and the U.S. Flagship New York during the Spanish-American War. The papers include family correspondence, business papers, and genealogical information of the Ferebee, Gregory, Howard, and McPherson families of southside Virginia and Granville.

A.W. Graham Papers, 1805-1936
Augustus Washington Graham was an attorney in Hillsborough, N.C., 1872-1888, and in Oxford, N.C., 1888-1927; secretary of the Board of Arbitration to settle a boundary dispute between Virginia and Maryland and member of the board, 1873-1876; judge on the North Carolina superior court, 1895-1896; member of the Board of Town Commissioners of Oxford, N.C., 1889-1892; chair of the Board of Education of Granville County, N.C., 1907-1908; member of the North Carolina Senate, 1885; member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, 1901-1905, 1909, and 1913, serving as speaker in 1909; trustee of the University of North Carolina; cotton futures attorney for the United States Internal Revenue Service, 1915-1918; and president of the American Cotton and Grain Exchange Inc., 1919-1922. The collection includes correspondence and other papers documenting the law practice and the business and political interests of A.W. Graham of Hillsborough, and Oxford, N.C., as well as some material about his family and Confederate veterans' affairs, especially the United Confederate Veterans. Major topics include copper mining in North Carolina and Virginia; railroads, especially the Oxford and Coast Line Railroad, the North Carolina Railroad, and the Seaboard Air Line Railway; Granville County politics; North Carolina state politics, including Graham's terms in the North Carolina General Assembly; Graham's work as cotton futures attorney for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, 1915-1918, and as president of the American Cotton and Grain Exchange; and his activities as trustee of the University of North Carolina. Major correspondents include William A. Graham (1839-1923), Walter Clark (1846-1924), Josephus Daniels (1862- 1948), and Julian S. Carr (1845-1924). Also included are some papers of Graham's brother Robert Davidson Graham (1842-1905). The Addition of October 2006 consists of an autograph book belonging to Robert Graham while he was a student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. (A.B. 1868).

Granville County (N.C.) Miscellaneous Account Books: 1860-1892
The collection includes unrelated ledgers and daybooks, 1860-1892, for general merchandise, Granville County, N.C., and a record book of the Forlorn Hope Lodge, No. 54, I.O.G.T. [Independent Order of Good Templars], Tally Ho, Granville County, N.C., 1873-1879. Individuals who appear to have owned businesses represented here include James H. Webb and Jesse Meadows.


William Hargrove Papers 1773-1930
William Hargrove, b. 1776, was a planter of Granville County, N.C; he was the son of planter John Hargrove (d.1793) and his wife Amy. He remained in that county, farming around Lynesville (present day Townsville) and Williamsboro, both now part of Vance County. In 1798, he married Holly Dodson (1778-1806) with whom he had four daughters, including Polly Ann Hargrove (b. 1801) and Nancy J. Hargrove (b. 1803). His wife died in 1806, and, in 1807, he married Susan Sturdivant of Dinwiddie County, Va. William and Susan had at least seven children, including William Turner (b. 1808), Hester (b. 1813), John (b. 1815), Elizabeth R. (b. 1818), Susan (b. 1820) and Robert S. (b. 1823).. The collection includes a plantation record book, 1799-1850, of William Hargrove of Granville County, N.C., with family, slave, and stud records, and accounts for taxes, a store, a leather leather business, personal expenses, and other matters. Also, scattered correspondence, chiefly from Hargrove and Sturdivant relatives in the Missouri River Valley.


Hawkins Family Papers: 1738-1895
The Hawkins family, primarily of Warren and Franklin counties, N.C., included Benjamin Hawkins (1754-1818), who served with Washington in the American Revolution, was in the Continental Congress and the U. S. Senate, and, in the 1790s, was agent to the Creek Indians and superintendent of all tribes south of the Ohio River; John Davis Hawkins (1781-1858), who graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1801, studied law, and served in the North Carolina Senate; William J. Hawkins (1819-1894), who studied medicine, but worked chiefly in railroads and banking; Philemon Benjamin Hawkins (1823-1891), who was a planter and served in the North Carolina legislature; and Colin M. Hawkins (fl. 1860-1880). Records included are also 1738-1799 Deeds for lands, slaves, and other property, chiefly in Granville and Warren counties, N.C., but also Bute, Franklin, Montgomery, and Edgecombe counties.


Hayes Collection: 1694-1928
Johnston and Wood family members owned and operated Hayes Plantation on the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, N.C. Members of the Johnston family include Gabriel Johnston (1699-1752), royal governor of the colony of North Carolina and planter; his brother Samuel Johnston (1702-1757), surveyor-general of the colony of North Carolina and planter; Samuel Johnston's son, Samuel Johnston (1733-1816), North Carolina governor, state and federal legislator, delegate to the Continental Congress, judge, lawyer, politician, and planter; and James Cathcart Johnston (1782-1865), son of Samuel Johnston (1733-1816), planter and businessman. Members of the Wood family include Edward Wood (1820-1872), planter and businessman; his wife Caroline Moore Gilliam Wood (1824-1886); and their sons, Edward Wood (1851-1898) and John Gilliam Wood (1853-1920). Gabriel Johnston (1699-1752) was born in Scotland, but moved to North Carolina in 1734 following his appointment as royal governor to the colony. He married Penelope Golland, step-daughter of Governor Charles Eden and widow of William Maule, John Lovick, and George Phenney. They had one daughter, Penelope, who in 1758 married John Dawson, son of the president of William and Mary College. Gabriel Johnston also had children named Polly, Caroline, Isabel, and Henry, although their mother's identity is unclear. Following his wife Penelope's death, Gabriel Johnston married Frances Button, who after Gabriel's death would later marry John Rutherford. During his political career Gabriel Johnston worked to improve the collection of quitrents and negotiated a partial settlement of the boundary dispute between North and South Carolina. He also accumulated over a thousand acres of land, including the Possum Quarter and Fishing Creek plantations in Granville County, N.C.; Conahoe in Tyrell County, N.C.; and Mount Gallant in Northampton County, N.C. He lived at Eden House on the Chowan River in Bertie County, N.C., where he died in 1752.
Heartt and Wilson Family Papers: 1802-1926.
The Heartt and Wilson families of North Carolina were united by the marriage of Alice E. Wilson, daughter of Alexander Wilson (1799-1867), and Edwin A. Heartt. Alexander Wilson emigrated from Ireland in 1818 and settled in Raleigh, N.C. Wilson taught at Dr. William McPheeters's Raleigh Academy, 1818-1822; was principal of Williamsborough Academy, Greenville County, N.C., 1822-1829; was licensed to preach in 1830 by Orange Presbytery and served as pastor of Spring Garden Church in Granville County, N.C. Wilson was also heavily involved in the founding and administration of the Caldwell Institute (first located in Greensboro, N.C., 1836-1845, and then in Hillsborough, 1845-1850) and of an academy named for him at Melville in Alamance County, N.C. He was married to Mary Willis, also an Irish immigrant.

John Steele Henderson Papers (1846-1916); Covering the years: 1755-1945, 1962
Although he didn't live in Granville, he was from the HENDERSON family which lived in the County and whose roots are historically a part of early Granville County.
John Steele Henderson, member of the North Carolina General Assembly, United States congressman, lawyer, and a founder of rural free delivery of the mail, was born 6 January 1846 in Salisbury, N.C., the son of Archibald II and Mary Ferrand Henderson, a descendant of General John Steele, comptroller of the United States Treasury. In October 1874, Henderson married Elizabeth Brownrigg Cain (1850-1929). They were the parents of Elizabeth Brownrigg Henderson, who married United States Navy Captain Lyman A. Cotten; Archibald Henderson, professor of mathematics at the University of North Carolina, who married Barbara Curtis Bynum; John Steele Henderson Jr., electrical engineer for Westinghouse, who married Ruth King; and Mary Ferrand Henderson, who was active in the Democratic Party and in the Episcopal Church in North Carolina. The collection includes letters, financial and legal papers, and other items of John Steele Henderson and members of the Henderson and related families. Earliest items are deeds, indentures, wills, and other legal documents. Items from the 1820s and 1830s chiefly relate to Archibald Henderson's plantation business dealings. In the 1840s-1850s, most letters deal with family activities, especially those of John S. Henderson and his brother Leonard at school in Asheville, N.C., at the University of North Carolina, and at the University of Virginia. There are also items relating to slavery, including lists of slaves hired out, slave bills of sale, and at least four letters from slaves. During the Civil War, there are many letters from John S. Henderson at the University of North Carolina and from Leonard, an officer serving chiefly with the 8th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. After the Civil War, most of the items relate to activities of John S. Henderson, including his political career, and of his family. Included is material about Reconstruction; the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the women's suffrage movement; Democratic Party politics; literature and the performing arts; and travel, especially that of Lyman and Elizabeth Cotten in Japan, where Lyman served two tours of duty as naval attache with the United States embassy in Tokyo before World War I. Other family members in the post-Civil War correspondence include John S. Henderson's brother, Richard; his brother-in-law, William Cain; and his mother-in-law, Sarah Jane Bailey Cain. Volumes include several diaries, most notably that of Mary Ferrand Henderson, 1854-1861, in which she documented family activities.

Henderson is included in an extensive biography in "Makers of America, Vol. 2",  starting on Page 250, click name below:

John Steele Henderson


E. V. Howell Papers: 1725-1929
E. V. (Edward Vernon) Howell (1872-1931) was the founder of the University of North Carolina's School of Pharmacy and its dean for 33 years. The collection includes Howell's personal and professional correspondence, 1900-1929, relating to pharmacy standards and legislation and University of North Carolina affairs, together with historical materials, 1725-1871 (originals and copies), largely connected with North Carolina. The latter includes items relating to Richard Henderson (1735-1785), and the Transylvania (Ky.) Land Company; the Revolutionary War in North Carolina; the Confederacy (letters tax returns, army reports and rolls); Williams and Haywood, wholesale and retail druggists in Raleigh, N.C., 1858-1869; and members of the Burton family, Williams family, Lewis family, Boylan family, and Moore family in 18th-century and 19th-century North Carolina. Includes material related to Robert Burton (1747-1825), a native of Mecklenburg County, Va., who moved to Granville County, N.C., and to his descendants. Items are similar and related to those in the Historical Manuscripts series. Early papers concern Burton's business as a merchant and tobacconist in Virginia. There are also some letters discussing the progress of the Revolutionary War and one letter to Burton from Daniel Boone.

Memucan Hunt 1807 -1856
Memucan Hunt was born in North Carolina on August 7, 1807 in Granville County, North Carolina, the son of William Hunt, and grandson of the famous North Carolina statesman, Memucan Hunt (1729 - 1808). He attended the Bingham School in Hillsboro, and was later involved in business interests in Weldon, North Carolina and Norfolk, Virginia. In 1834 he moved to Mississippi to take charge of a plantation given to him by his father. Early in 1836, Thomas Jefferson Green arrived in Mississippi to recruit volunteers to fight in the Texas Revolution. Hunt, along with neighbor James Pinckney Henderson and several hundred others, joined Green, traveling down the Mississippi River to New Orleans. The men sailed from New Orleans to arrive at Velasco in June 1836. In August of that year, to prepare for a threatened invasion by Mexico, President David G. Burnet commissioned Hunt Brigadier General in the Texas Army. At his own personal expense, Hunt enlisted, organized and equipped troops for the Texas Army from Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi. In December of 1836, with the threat of a Mexican invasion apparently over, Hunt resigned his commission to return to his home in Mississippi, but he was persuaded by President Sam Houston to serve Texas as Minister to the United States. Hunt assisted William H. Wharton in gaining United States recognition of Texas independence.

J.H. and Company Account Book: 1811-1813.
The collection is a general merchandise daybook of a Williamsboro (then Granville County, now Vance County), N.C., merchant.
Theodore Bryant Kingsbury Papers: 1840-1915
Theodore Bryant Kingsbury, born in Raleigh, N.C., was the son of Russell and Mary Sumner Bryant Kingsbury. His father, a native of Connecticut, arrived in North Carolina between 1812 and 1815 to settle in Granville County, where he became a farmer and merchant. Kingsbury's mother was from Scotland Neck, N.C., and died in 1836, when he was only eight. Kingsbury studied at the Oxford Male Academy and later at the Lovejoy Academy in Raleigh. In 1848-1849, he attended the University of North Carolina, but left without graduating despite his reputation as a skillful writer. After leaving the University, Kingsbury decided to enter the mercantile business, where he stayed for the next seven years. On 1 May 1851, Kingsbury married Sallie Jones Atkinson, daughter of General Roger P. Atkinson of Virginia. The couple had nine children. One of their sons was Dr. Walter Russell Kingsbury.
Robert Gilliam Lassiter Notebooks: 1909-1913
The collection includes a notebook, 1909-1913, of Robert Gilliam Lassiter (1881-1936), civil engineer, geologist, and contractor of Oxford, N.C., including notes on bids, bids of competitors, supplies and specifications for street work and engineering projects at various construction sites, mostly in towns and cities in North Carolina and Virginia; and a volume, 1909-1910, of production records and ore shipments for Durgy Mine, location unknown, but presumed to be in Granville or Person County, N.C., or in Halifax or Mecklenburg County, Va.
Alexander Robert Lawton Papers: 1774-1952
Alexander Robert Lawton of Savannah, Ga., was a lawyer, Confederate brigadier and quartermaster general, president of the American Bar Association, Georgia state legislator, and U.S. minister to Austria-Hungary, 1887-1889. The collection includes correspondence, chiefly 1839-1896, relating to the military, political, and business careers of Alexander Robert Lawton and to members of his family. Included are a personal and plantation diary, 1810-1840, of his father, Alexander James Lawton (1796-1876); a few items relating to A.R. Lawton's wife, Sarah Hillhouse (Alexander) Lawton (1826-1897); and some materials relating to the law career of his son, Alexander Rudolph Lawton (1858-1936). Correspondence related to Alexander Robert Lawton's Civil War activities include letters from Robert E. Lee, Varina Howell Davis, Jubal A. Early, and Jefferson Davis; The earliest papers in this series consist largely of deeds to land in Granville County, N.C., and Beaufort District, S.C. Also included are the 1818 and 1822 wills of Sarah Lawton, and the 1857, 1862, 1865 and 1867 wills of Alexander James Lawton, as well as some material regarding Lawton's estate and burial. Other materials include documents relating to the hiring of slaves and freedmen, bills from the University of Virginia and the Monroe Female College (Forsythe, Ga.)
Kemp Plummer Lewis Papers: 1908-1946
A member of the sprawling Plummer and Battle families of North Carolina, Kemp Plummer Lewis (1880-1952) was the son of Richard Henry Lewis and Cornelia Viola Battle, he was a lifelong textile executive with Erwin Mills in Durham, N.C, attended the University of North Carolina, where he was later president of the alumni association and a member of the first board of trustees of the consolidated university; was also active in Durham civic affairs and Episcopal church work. Among his siblings were Richard Henry Lewis, longtime president of the Oxford Cotton Mills in Oxford, N.C.; Martha (Pattie) Battle Lewis, who married Dr. Isaac Manning of Chapel Hill, died early in life; Kemp Plummer Lewis; and Ivey Foreman Lewis, biologist and dean at the University of Virginia. The collection contains family and financial correspondence of Kemp Plummer Lewis, including materials relating to Erwin Mills; the North Carolina Diocese of the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Edwin R. MacKethan Papers: 1794-1970
Edwin Robeson MacKethan was born in Fayetteville, N.C., on 7 September 1869. He was graduated from University of North Carolina in 1891. During the 1890s, MacKethan spent several years in Savannah, Ga., but later returned to Fayetteville where he lived and practiced law for the remainder of his life. Genealogical material contains information on the Biggs (of Kentucky), Taylor (of Granville County), McAlester, McNeill, and McKethan (of Cumberland County), Robeson, Tunstall, Lane, and Hill (of Virginia) families. Included is a biographical essay about "Captain Edwin R. MacKethan" of Fayetteville. More genealogical material was added in September 2003 (Acc. 99654). The added material includes a booklet, "Some Bible and Cemetery Records of the MacKethan Robeson Family," compiled by Edwin R. MacKethan III, July 2003, and other genealogical papers, chiefly photocopies of items from public records compiled by Edwin R. MacKethan (1869-1951).

Nathaniel Macon Letters
Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837) was a United States representative from North Carolina, 1791-1815; speaker of the House of Representatives, 1801-1807; United States senator, 1815-1828; president pro tem of the Senate, 1826-1828; and trustee of the University of North Carolina. The collection includes a letter, 1815, from Macon, while a United States representative from North Carolina, about midshipman applicants; a letter, 1826, from Macon to "The Rev'd Doctor Moore" about a favor asked of Macon; and a statement, 1835, by Macon about Joseph Seawell Jones's defense of "Mr. Hooper."


Miscellaneous Family Papers
The collection consists of family papers, particularly histories and genealogical materials, from many places in the South. Represented are the following families: Branscome, Burnett, Chorpening, Conyers, Cosby, Cox, Craig, Dalton, Darden, Ervin, Gorham, Hylton, Jarrott, McNeill, Mitchell, Preston, Ragland, Robertson, Schuster, Slaughter, Suggs, and many others. Of special interest is the biography of University of North Carolina alumnus and Confederate Army officer Julius Caesar Mitchell (1842-1876).
North Carolina Miscellaneous Papers: 1772-1948
Miscellaneous financial and legal papers, including documents relating to the settlement of accounts, tax returns, estate inventories, bills of sale for the purchase and rental of slaves, court papers, and other items from many dates and locations in North Carolina. Individual units have been cataloged separately. Includes Certificate of character for Susan Petteford, a free woman, 26 February 1861, by the acting justice of the peace of Granville County, N.C., W. R. White. Attached is an official printed state form, 5 April 1861, signed by the Granville County Clerk of Court Augustus Landis, the Governor's Secretary Graham Daves, and Governor John W. Ellis.


Nutbush Store Daybook: 1832-1834
Accounts of a general store at Nutbush, Granville County (now Williamsboro, Vance County), N.C., December 1832-September 1834.


Person Family Papers: 1728-1907
Person family members included Thomas Person (1733-1800), North Carolina Revolutionary leader, born in Brunswick County, Va., but resident from infancy in Granville County, N.C. He became a surveyor for Lord Granville, and, over the years, he acquired a large estate in North Carolina and Tennessee. He became a justice of the peace in 1756, sheriff in 1762, and was representative in the Assembly in 1764 and frequently thereafter. Thomas Person married Johanna Thomas of Granville County; they had no children. Thomas Person became a surveyor for Lord Granville, and, over the years, he acquired an estate of more than 82,000 acres lying in Granville, Halifax, Warren, Franklin, Orange, Caswell, Guilford, Rockingham, Anson, and Wake counties in North Carolina and in Davidson, Sumner, and Green counties in Tennessee. Thomas Person's brother was William Person Jr. Eliza Person Mitchell, wife of Warrenton, N.C., merchant Peter Mitchell, was probably his granddaughter. The collection includes letters, bills, receipts, deeds, land grants, slave birth records, as well as papers concerning Thomas Person's estate, and many other papers.

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Settlement of the Estate of Thomas Person: Distribution of Slaves
Original estate record and a transcription of the document with names of slaves distributed to the heirs of Thomas Person.


William C. Russell Papers: 1813-1935
William C. Russell was the son of James A. Russell, physician, of Granville County, N.C., and Lucy A. Heflin Russell. His brothers and sisters included: Kate Russell, who married James H. Webb of Tally Ho, N.C.; Robert Russell, who married Rebecca Lipscombe of Durham County, N.C.; John Russell, who married Emma Harris of St. Louis, Mo.; Harriet Russell, who married J. T. Booth of Granville County; Susan Russell, who married Joseph A. Webb of Oxford, N.C.; and Charles L. Russell, who married in Oklahoma.


Shanks Family Papers: 1801-1923
The William Shanks family and the William A. Moody family were related. Both were chiefly tobacco planters of Granville County, N.C., and Mecklenburg County, Va. The Royster family of Granville County was related to the Shanks and Moody families. Papers include family & business papers in relation to their plantations, including. earlier financial materials of William Shanks's father, Robert Shanks, mostly between 1801 and the 1820s, and of Williams Shanks's brother-in-law, William A. Moody, in the 1830s and 1840s. Later business papers are for William Shanks's son, Henry T. Shanks. Estate papers appear for Benjamin Moody, Francis Royster, Robert Shanks, Elizabeth Shanks, and others. The financial items consist of bills, receipts, accounts, slave bills of sale, slave lists, deeds, legal agreements, correspondence concerning personal finances and the sale of tobacco, and summonses. Family letters touch on social, religious, plantation, and school life; slavery; politics in Macon County, N.C., Fayette County, Tenn., Drew County, Ark., and several locations in Virginia.


G.C. Shaw Papers: 1921-1938
G. C. Shaw was pastor of Timothy Darling Presbyterian Church, Oxford, N.C., and founder and president of Mary Potter School, a secondary school for African Americans in Oxford. The collection includes two manuscripts, one photograph, and five pamphlets, all on microfilm. One manuscript (14 pages) is 1888-1932: A Glance Backward--A Present Meditation--A Forward Look by G.C. Shaw about his work in Granville County, N.C., beginning in 1888. In it, there is much discussion of the Mary Potter School. The other manuscript (13 pages), written by Mary E. L. Shaw around 1938, is an account of the beginnings of the Mary Potter School. The undated photograph is of G.C. Shaw. Also included are an undated pamphlet, ca. 1921, written by G.C. Shaw about the Mary Potter School; an undated leaflet, ca. 1926, listing the courses, fees, and other information about the Mary Potter School.

Thad Stem Papers: 1939-1984
Thad Stem Jr. (1916-1980) of Oxford, N.C., wrote novels, poetry, and short stories and contributed editorials and short pieces to the News and Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), The Pilot (Southern Pines, N.C.), and other North Carolina newspapers. Majors works by Stem include The Animal Fair (1960), Entries from Oxford (1971), Senator Sam Ervin's Best Stories (1973), and Thad Stem's Ark (1979). Stem is featured in Timothy B. Tyson's memoir Blood Done Sign My Name. The collection contains correspondence and literary materials of Thad Stem.


Benjamin Peter Thorp Papers: 1837-1889
(Collection #5285)
Business correspondence and accounts of the Thorp family, probably planters containing information on economic conditions in North Carolina and prices of various commodities, mainly during the 1840s.
William Worrell Vass Papers: 1834-1911
William Worrell Vass was treasurer, 1845-1893, of the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad and an official of the Chatham, the Raleigh and Augusta, and the Seaboard Airline Railroads (later merged into the CSX Corporation). Railroad business records, family and personal business correspondence, and other materials of W. W. Vass. Railroad materials are most plentiful for the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad, but are present for the numerous roads with which Vass was in some way associated over his long career. These materials include extensive incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence as well as financial records of many kinds; Family and personal business correspondence of Vass consists mainly of correspondence and other items concerning the numerous loans Vass made to individuals in Granville and Wake counties and other areas and to the properties he rented, particularly in Granville.


A. W. Venable Papers: 1847-1872
Abraham Watkins Venable (1799-1876), the son of Mary S. Carrington and Samuel Woodson Venable, was born in Prince Edward County, Va.; educated at Hampden Sydney and Princeton; became a lawyer; and in 1824 married Isabella Alston Brown of Granville County, N.C. Venable moved to North Carolina in 1829 and became active in politics as a Democrat, serving as a presidential elector in 1832 and 1836 and in the United States House of Representatives, March 1847-March 1853, representing the fifth congressional district of North Carolina. After congressional redistricting in 1852, Granville County was in the new fourth district, which he failed to win. Venable was a presidential elector on the Breckinridge-Lane ticket in 1860; a delegate from North Carolina to the Provisional Confederate Congress; and a member of the Confederate House of Representatives, 1862-1864. He died in Oxford, N.C., on 24 February 1876.

Webb Family Papers: 1795-1960
Persons represented include Alexander Smith Webb (fl. 1830s) of Person County, N.C., and his wife Cornelia Adeline (Stanford) Webb, daughter of U.S. Representative Richard Stanford (1767-1816) and Mary (Moore) Stanford; and five of their ten children, including: James Hazel Webb (1829-1902) of Person County; Richard Stanford Webb (1837-1901), Methodist minister and Confederate chaplain; Alexander S. Webb (1840-1928), Confederate soldier; William Robert Webb (1842-1926). Volume 3, 1973, 85 p. "Abram's Plains 1765," includes a typed volume of genealogical and other records of the Webb, Smith, and Davis families, relatives of Samuel Smith (1729-1800) and his wife Mary Webb Smith (1740-1827), the founders of Abram's Plains in Granville County, N.C. Included are typed genealogical notes, charts, pictures, photocopies of documents, biographical materials, and other items.


James Webb Papers: 1725-1918
James Webb (20 February 1774-17 February 1855) was a physician in Hillsborough, N.C., a founder of the North Carolina State Medical Society, Presbyterian educational leader and philanthropist, merchant, and banker. He was born at Tally-Ho, Granville County, N.C., the second child and eldest son of the ten children of William (1745-1809) and Frances (Fannie) Young Webb (died 1810), and the grandson of James (1705-1771) and Mary Edmondson Webb (1712-1795) of South Farnham Parish, Essex County, Va. Webb attended the University of North Carolina, 1795-1796. In 1798, he enrolled in a medical course at the University of Pennsylvania under Benjamin Rush, and established himself as a physician and merchant in the town of Hillsborough in the closing years of the eighteenth century.

John Williams ledger:  1770-1803
John Williams (1731-1799), of Williamsboro, Granville (now Vance) County, N.C., was a planter, lawyer, and judge. He married Agnes Bullock Keeling (d.1803), widow, 12 November 1759. Their daughter Agnes married Robert Burton. Along with his cousin Richard Henderson, Williams organized the Louisa (later the Transylvania) Company in 1774 in order to develop and sell land between the Cumberland and Kentucky rivers. Williams and Henderson had engaged Daniel Boone to explore the region in 1760. Williams was the resident agent of the company in Boonesboro, Ky., from December 1775 until April 1776. He became one of the first Superior Court judges of North Carolina under the Constitution of 1776, a position he held for twenty years. He was elected delegate to the Continental Congress in 1778 and was a signer of the Articles of Confederation. Williams was one of the original trustees of the University of North Carolina. Ledger, 258 p., of John Williams, restored and bound in red leather in about 1930. Entries cover the period from 1770 to 1803 and include accounts, court attendances and fees, and Williams's salary as a delegate to the Continental Congress (p. 144)Also included are records of the settlement of the estate of Williams's cousin and partner, Richard Henderson. There appear to be no entries for the period when Williams was in Boonesboro as agent for the Transylvania Company.


John Williams Papers: 1775-1824 (Collection #5768)
Papers of John Williams, colonel in the North Carolina militia during the American Revolution, relating chiefly to the Transylvania Company and to the Revolution. Included are letters from William Johnston discussing the procurement of powder and provisions for the colonial troops in 1775, the granting of land deeds and titles in the Transylvania area, and financial affairs of the Transylvania Company; letter, 1775, from James Hogg concerning the proceedings of an assembly, possibly the assembly of the area being settled by the Louisa Company; letters, 1775, from Nathaniel Henderson requesting that Williams come to Transylvania to settle some disputes over land titles and discussing the future of the area, the interest showed by James Harrod in settling there, and the election of his brother, Richard Henderson, and Williams to represent the area at the Continental Congress; letter, 1776, from Bromfield Ridley pertaining to the raising of troops in North Carolina and the plan to prevent the Tories from joining the British governor in the state; letters from John Luttrell concerning taking new partners into the company, the choice of Abner Nash as the company's counsel in a dispute over land claimed as part of Virginia, and the selection of Williams as Granville's representative in the state assembly; letter, 1779, from Charles Bondfield asking to be among the next party to go to Transylvania; letters from Richard Henderson concerning the Transylvania Company's dispute with Virginia, action on land titles by the North Carolina legislature, and their law partnership; letter from William Hooper urging that judges' salaries be increased, that the death penalty be abolished for horse theft, and that John Penn be publicly commended; a receipt; an indenture concerning Transylvania lands; and a letter from James Stephens to John Williams, Jr., during Williams's service as Clerk of Superior Court..

Family Bible Records Online

Images in the State Library Collections can be read online

Bass Family Bible (original)

Alfred M. Burton Family Bible

William R. Coleman Family Bible

DAR Bible Records, Book B/Various Families

Hanks Family Bible

William & Bettie Jones Harding Family Bible

Hardy-Hardee Family Bible

Hester Family Bible

James Hunter Horner Family Bible

Charles Harris McKenzie Family Bible

Montgomery Family Bible

George P. and Mary Erwin Harris Nichols Family Bible Records

Frank Marion Williams Family Bible

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