Perquimans County Historical Society Collection, 1733-1943

Manuscript Collection #299

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Perquimans County Historical Society Collection
    Creator: Perquimans County Historical Society
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1733-1943) consisting primarily of Stallings family papers, deeds, land surveys, wills, a Bible record, newspapers, clippings and miscellaneous.
    Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 38 items , consisting of papers (1733-1943), including deeds, land surveys, wills, a Bible record, Hertford lot assessment, a program, newspapers, clippings, and miscellaneous.
  • Description

    For the most part, the collection (1733-1943) consists of some thirteen deeds, two wills and fifteen newspapers. The deeds, which date from 1733 to 1904, were contracted primarily by members of the Stallings family of Perquimans County, N.C. The wills included in the collection are those of Elias Stallings (1778) and Jacob Jordan (1795). The Jordan will, written in Chowan County, is quite interesting and provides a comprehensive listing of his bequests, including a number of slaves. A variety of both in-state and out-of-state newspapers, dating from 1802 to 1943, comprise a major portion of the collection. Of particular interest are two Virginian newspapers, the Virginia Pilot (May 7, 1910) and the Ledger-Dispatch (May 9, 1910), both of which carry headlines devoted to the death of King Edward VII of Great Britain and the succession of George V.

    Additional materials in the collection include an 1840 land assessment of lots in Hertford, a Bible record of births and deaths, presumably of Stallings slaves (1842-1887), a newspaper clipping of Hertford Herald editorial (August 19, 1921), which comments on a "home coming day for all the absent ones who ever lived in Perquimans County; " an undated clipping entitled "The Battle of Plymouth," which describes the recapturing of Plymouth, N.C. by Confederate forces on April 20, 1864; another clipping (1932) entitled "Town of Edenton Has Rich Background of Colonial," which describes the settling of the town; and, lastly, a partial genealogical chart of the Stallings family of Perquimans County.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    February 4, 1976, 38 items; Papers (1733-1943) consisting of deeds, surveys, wills, Bible record, lot assessment, a program, newspapers, clippings, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mr. Herbert N. Nixon, President of the Perquimans County Historical Society, Hertford, North Carolina.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Mr. Herbert N. Nixon

    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

    Perquimans County Historical Society Collection (#299), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by N. Fulghum, May 1977

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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