Perquimans County Historical Society Collection

Manuscript Collection #299
Perquimans County Historical Society
Physical description
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.
Preferred Citation
Perquimans County Historical Society Collection (#299), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Collection (1733-1943) consisting primarily of Stallings family papers, deeds, land surveys, wills, a Bible record, newspapers, clippings and miscellaneous.

Scope and arrangement

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
Custodial History

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.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Mr. Herbert N. Nixon

Processing information

Processed by N. Fulghum, May 1977

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
Personal Names
Edward VII, King of Great Britain, 1841-1910
George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936
Family Names
Stallings family
Corporate Names
Perquimans County Historical Society
Bible records--North Carolina--Perquimans County
Deeds--North Carolina--Perquimans County
Real property--North Carolina--Hertford
Slavery--North Carolina--Perquimans County
Edenton (N.C.)--History
North Carolina--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Perquimans County (N.C.)--Genealogy
Plymouth (N.C.)--History, Military--19th century