|Title:||Joseph J. W. Powell Papers|
|Creator:||Powell, Joseph J. W., 1807-1861|
|Repository:||ECU Manuscript Collection|
|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.|
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.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Joseph J. W. Powell Papers (#453), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Processed by M. Boccaccio, March 1986
Encoded by Apex Data Services
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.
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.
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