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Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Winborne Jenkins Papers, 1751-1816

(Manuscript Collection #691-003)

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Title: Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Winborne Jenkins Papers
Creators: Jenkins, Winborne
Murfreesboro Historical Association
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1751-1816) including correspondence, estates records, wills, deeds and indentures, accounts and other financial papers.
Extent: 15.793 Cubic feet, 112 items , consisting of correspondence, estates records, wills, deeds and indentures, accounts and other financial papers.

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Accessions Information

February 6, 1996, 112 items; Papers (1751-1816) of Hertford and Northampton counties, N.C. landowner, including correspondence, estates records, wills, deeds and indentures, accounts and other financial papers. Gift of the Murfreesboro Historical Association, Murfreesboro, N.C.

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Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Murfreesboro Historical Association Collection: Winborne Jenkins Papers (#691-003), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Murfreesboro Historical Association

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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

Winborne Jenkins (d. 1796 or 1797) was a Northampton County, N.C., landowner. He and his wife, Emma, had five children and owned approximately 575 acres at the time of his death. Papers in the collection include wills, deeds, estate papers, guardianship records, receipts, slave bills of sale, and miscellany belonging to Winborne Jenkins and his son, Winborne Jenkins, Jr..

Most of the deeds in the collection are for large tracts of land along Potecasi Creek and Panther Swamp near the Northampton- and Hertford-County line. Some of the property purchases were made with North Carolina currency and others with Virginia currency. The transactions were among members of the Jenkins family and purchases that the Jenkins family made from the Futral/Futrell family.

Jenkins became the guardian of his grandson, Jason Ricks, upon the death of his son-in-law, Jacob Ricks. Upon the death of Winborne Jenkins, Sr., the responsibility of guardianship fell upon Winborne Jenkins, Jr. (d. 1813 or 1814). The collection includes several account sheets reflecting the expenses of guardianship incurred by the Jenkins family and the income derived from the rent of Ricks' plantation and from the hire of a Negro that belonged to Ricks. A lease agreement (January 1, 1786) of Ricks' farm stipulates the maximum limit of woodland to be cleared, that no tar burning and limitedtimber felling will occur, that the lessee must erect a fence and a dirt chimney, and that he must pay the taxes on the property. A receipt (April 8, 1804) indicates that Jason Ricks received the money in his father's estate and the legacy from both of his grandfathers.

Charles Jenkins' will (1772) includes the disposition of Negroes, a plantation, and other property to his children and grandchildren. Winborne Jenkins, Sr.'s will (1790) leaves Negroes and their increase, livestock, land, household utensils, and money to his wife, children, and grandchildren. This will also stipulates the disposition of property should his wife remarry after his death. Winborne Jenkins, Jr.'s estate sale (April 21, 1814) lists personal property liquidated in the sale and their purchasers.

One item of particular interest is a letter (December 20, 1795) from Alexander Martin to Benjamin Hawkins regarding the inefficiency of the United States Senate's ratification of a treaty with Great Britain, Edmund Randolph's resignation as Secretary of State, John Jay's services on the Supreme Court, and the possibility of John Rutledge being appointed to the Supreme Court. Other items in the collection include levy receipts (1752-1794); an official authorization (June 1, 1786) to act upon the property of Winborne Jenkins, Sr.'s, son-in-law, Saul Parker, who died intestate; bills of sale for slaves (July 21, 1803, September 20, 1806, June 1, 1807); and a printed handbill (December 23, 1811) listing the business that the North Carolina legislature would consider in its next term.

Card Catalog Entries Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Reading Room's card catalog. This system is no longer maintained, but it is left in place to help on-site researchers locate particular topics in the collection.

Geographic Entries :

  • North Carolina, Hertford County
  • North Carolina, Northampton County

Autograph Entries :

  • Martin, Alex[ander] 1795

Subject Entries :

  • CHARITIES--Orphans and Orphan Asylums
  • JAY, JOHN
  • LAND--Deeds and Sales--Northampton Co., N.C.
  • NORTH CAROLINA--GENERAL ASSEMBLY--1811
  • RANDOLPH, EDMUND
  • RUTLEDGE, JOHN
  • SLAVERY--Slave Trade--Northampton Co., N.C.
  • SOCIAL LIFE AND CUSTOMS--Death--Estates--Northampton Co., N.C.
  • SOCIAL PROBLEMS--Guardianships
  • TAXATION--Northampton Co., N.C.
  • TREATIES--Great Britain
  • U.S.--CONGRESS--Senate--1795

Genealogy Entries :

  • JENKINS FAMILY--Northampton Co., N.C.
  • FUTRAL/FUTRELL FAMILY--Northampton Co., N.C.

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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