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Shaw-Robinson Family Papers, 1792-1910

Manuscript Collection #92

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Title: Shaw-Robinson Family Papers
Creators: Robinson family
Shaw family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1792-1910) consisting of correspondence, slave records, land records, legal papers, grants and deeds of land,
Extent: 0.215 Cubic feet, 24 items , consisting of correspondence, slave records, land records, legal papers, cipher book, surveyor's field book, ledgers, poems, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

May 29, 1969, 24 items and 5 volumes; Papers (1792-1910) of Colon Shaw, Daniel Robinson, and various members of the Shaw and Robinson families, including correspondence, slave records, land records, legal papers, cipher book, surveyor's field book, ledgers, poems, and miscellaneous. Gift of Mr. Aubrey M. Shaw, Roseboro, N.C.

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Copyright Notice

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

Preferred Citation

Shaw-Robinson Family Papers (#92), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Aubrey M. Shaw

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Lennon, January 1971

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The Shaw and Robinson families of Bladen County were related through marriage and were the ancestors of the donor. Reverend Colon Shaw married Phebe, the daughter of George Bannerman, around 1840, and their son Irving married Graham Robinson, the daughter of Daniel Robinson.

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Correspondence in the collection consists of a single letter to Graham Robinson Shaw (1873) from a friend in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The correspondent elaborates on her views of chastity and marriage and her expected relationship to her future husband. The letter also contains comments on the difference of attitudes in the North and South toward the Civil War, plans for living at Newton in Catawba County, N.C., and dissatisfaction with the administration of Republican governor Tod R. Caldwell.

Of particular significance are the records of slave hiring (1851-1854) with the names of each slave, names of the hirers, and the price received. Also included is a brief list of birth dates for family slaves (1800-1855).

Miscellaneous legal papers include grants and deeds for land in New Hanover (later Pender) County, promissory notes, and warrants.

The collection contains several volumes of note including a cipher book, daybook, ledger, and surveyor's field book. The cipher book (1803-1806) was the property ofGeorge W. Bannerman and contains handwritten mathematical problems relating to business activities. The daybook (1844-1871) belonged to Daniel Robinson and reflects a variety of business activities. Typical entries pertain to the sale of farm products (bacon, potatoes, coonskins, etc.) while others deal with slaves' shoes, barrel-making, house rent, and land surveying. A second Daniel Robinson volume serves as a combination copy book (1837) and surveyor's field book (1840-1848). The 1837 portion contains rhymes, original verse, and penmanship practice. The major portion of the book contains surveys of land in New Hanover County prepared by Robinson as county surveyor. Although entries pertain to various sections of the county, many of the descriptions are for surveys in the Black River area of what is now Pender County. This volume also contains a record (1842) of rabbits, coons, squirrels, hawks, crows, and birds killed for bounty, records of expenses (1841) and surveying fees (1840-1843).

A later volume (1861-1894) appears to be a ledger of bookkeeping entries recorded by J. I. F. Shaw of Ivanhoe, N.C. Included are farm accounts of labor, expenses, yield, and profit on various crops, including wheat, corn, pork, beef, sheep and wool, tobacco, etc. There are also entries for a store account for the same general period.

Two final items consist of a loose-leaf notebook containing typescript copies of poems written by Daniel Robinson and a tax list (1885) for Franklin Township in Sampson County. This list contains names, race, land owned, and livestock, furniture, and equipment evaluations for all township residents.

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Container List Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Box 1#0092.1
Correspondence, slave records, legal papers, cipher book, daybook
Box 2#0092.2
Field book, ledger, tax list, poetry

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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