William Carl Buchanan Collection, 1820-1912

Manuscript Collection #34

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: William Carl Buchanan Collection
    Creator: Buchanan, William Carl
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1820-1912) including correspondence, receipts, accounts, notes, etc. relating to three brothers who settled in Eastern North Carolina.
    Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 120 items , consisting of correspondence, receipts, accounts, notes, bills of sale, and miscellaneous.
  • Description

    The collection contains the papers of one of the brothers, Noah Buchanan, and his children. There is only one letter (1850) which concerns Noah Buchanan. The bulk of the correspondence is written to or from his sons Nathan J., Alvin G., and Dr. J. R. Buchanan. The receipts, accounts, bills of sale, etc., indicate the activities of Noah Buchanan from 1822 to his death in 1854.

    Items of particular interest are the letters of Nathan J. Buchanan, written from Wharton County, Texas, to his brother Alvin G. Buchanan between the years 1855 and 1861. In these letters he relates, briefly, the rapid growth of Texas, the local weather, crops grown, prices of slaves, land costs, and the incursion of Mexicans and Indians into Texas. Also included in the correspondence are two letters (1861), possibly from a cousin of the Buchanans, W. J. Yarbrough, relating the location and activities of Camp Wiot [Wyatt], a Confederate camp located in New Hanover County, North Carolina.

    The bulk of the collection consists of receipts, accounts, notes, bills of sale, etc. Of particular interest is a Warrant for Arrest, dated 19 May 1820, and issued in Chatham County, against John C. Boling for non-payment of debt.

    The inventory of the estate of Noah Buchanan, conducted on 2 September 1854, by Alvin G. Buchanan, lists his property and financial holdings, and his Negro slaves by name.

    Miscellaneous material includes an 1861 leather bound notebook containing entries concerning farm work and a Democratic Party presidential campaign leaflet (1912) portraying Woodrow Wilson and Thomas R. Marshall and citing portions of recent speeches and public pronouncements.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    According to information provided by the family, three Buchanan brothers came from Pennsylvania to North Carolina in the early decades of the nineteenth century. One settled in Chatham County, one in the area of Sanford, and the other on the upper Cape Fear.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 9, 1967, 120 items; Papers (1820-1912) of the Buchanan family of Moore (now Lee) County, North Carolina. Collection includes correspondence, receipts, accounts, notes, bills of sale, and miscellaneous items. Loaned by Mr. Sammy Brown, Sanford, North Carolina.

    Acquisition Information

    Loaned by Mr. Sammy Brown

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    William Carl Buchanan Collection (#34), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by D. Lennon, February 1968

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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