Joseph J. W. Powell Papers, 1830, 1836-1855, 1872-1945

Manuscript Collection #453

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Joseph J. W. Powell Papers
    Creator: Powell, Joseph J. W., 1807-1861
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Papers (1836-1842; 1872-1889) of Halifax County, NC physician, including correspondence, plantation, relationship to patients, medication, charge, estate payments and general account ledger personal ledger (1849-1855), letter press books (1883-1912), writing ledger (1830, 1873-1876), receipt book, farm ledgers (1877-1945), and miscellaneous materials. Rec'd. 11/3/1982, 4/2/1993
    Extent: 1.715 Cubic feet, 2 items , Halifax County physician's ledgers, 1836-1842; 4 volumes, Edgecombe County general account ledgers, 1872-1889.
  • Description

    Dr. Powell's physician's ledgers reflect his work in Halifax County from 1836-1839 and 1840-1842. The ledgers include each patient's name, often their relationship to other patients, date of visit, medication prescribed, charge, date paid, and estate payments. Visits to slaves were noted under the owner's family name.

    The general account ledgers document purchases and payments for general merchandise and supplies, cotton-picking, buying and selling (1877-1880), and wages paid and purchases against them (1874) in Edgecombe County, N.C.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Dr. Joseph J. W. Powell (1807-1861) was a prominent Halifax County physician who purchased an Edgecombe County plantation in 1845 and developed it into Coolmore. The mansion was completed shortly before Powell's death in 1861.

  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    November 3, 1982, 6 volumes; Halifax County, N.C. Physician's ledgers (1836-1842) and Edgecombe County, N.C., general account ledgers (1873-1888). Deposited by Miss Mary Collins Powell and Mr. Joseph Clay Powell, Tarboro, N.C.

    April 2,1993 (unprocessed addition 1), ca. 50 items; Halifax County, N. C. physician's ledgers (1832-1835, 1846-1851), personal ledger (1849-1855), letter press books (1883-1912), writing ledger (1830, 1873-1876), receipt book, farm ledgers (1877-1945), and miscellaneous materials. Donor: Miss Mary Collins Powell.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Miss Mary Collins Powell
    Gift of Mr. Joseph Clay Powell

    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

    Joseph J. W. Powell Papers (#453), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Processed by M. Boccaccio, March 1986

    Encoded by Apex Data Services

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General account ledgers, 1873-1889

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