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Brooks Family Papers, 1783-1856

Manuscript Collection #287

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Title: Brooks Family Papers
Creator: Brooks family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 0.044 Cubic feet, 21 items , Photocopies, consisting of correspondence, deeds, bills of sale, and miscellaneous.

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Accessions Information

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)

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

Brooks Family Papers (#287), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Loaned by Mr. Walter L. Tucker

Processing Information

  • Processed by D. Speas, March 1976

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

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).

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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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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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