Brooks Family Papers

Manuscript Collection #287
Brooks family
Physical description
0.044 Cubic Feet, 21 items , Photocopies, consisting of correspondence, deeds, bills of sale, and miscellaneous.
Preferred Citation
Brooks Family Papers (#287), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Papers (1783-1856) of a Shelby County, TN family to their Pitt County, NC relatives, consisting of correspondence, deeds, bills of sale of slaves and miscellaneous.

Scope and arrangement

The correspondence (1832-1835) in the collection is from members of the Brooks family in Shelby County, Tenn. to their relatives in Pitt County, N.C., describing life, agriculture, and trade in western Tennessee with references to western Mississippi. Mention is made of cholera epidemic in Shelby County, the expanding commerce of the area, the increase in land speculation in the western lands, and the number of new settlers. Included are numerous deeds (1791-1838) for tracts of land, the majority in Pitt County, N.C. in the area of Juniper Swamp south of the Tar River, involving William Adams and other Pitt County families. The will of James Wilson (1850) is also included, along with the bill of sale of a slave to Sarah Wilson (1839).

Administrative information
Custodial History

July 30, 1975, Papers (1783-1856) of Pitt County, N.C. family, including correspondence, deeds, bills of sale, and miscellaneous. Loaned for copying by Mr. Walter L. Tucker, 1501 Greenville Blvd., Greenville, N.C.

March 17, 1987 (unprocessed addition 1), 4 items; Letters (1840, 1841) and deeds (1791, 1866)

Source of acquisition

Loaned by Mr. Walter L. Tucker

Processing information

Processed by D. Speas, March 1976

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Key terms
Family Names
Brooks family
Cholera--Tennessee--Shelby County--History
Deeds--North Carolina--Pitt County
Land speculation--Tennessee
Slave bills of sale--North Carolina
Pitt County (N.C.)--History--18th century
Pitt County (N.C.)--History--19th century
Shelby County (Tenn.)--History--18th century
Shelby County (Tenn.)--History--19th century
Tennessee--Social life and customs--19th century