Murphey-Perry Papers, 1820-1901

Manuscript Collection #187

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Title: Murphey-Perry Papers
Creators: Murphey family
Perry family
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1820-1901) including correspondence, deed of gift, last will and testaments, commission to talk, bills, receipts, poems, etc.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 39 items , correspondence (1836-1847), deeds of gift, last will and testament, commission to talk, bills, receipts, miscellaneous, and a poem (1820-1901).

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Accessions Information

November 20, 1971, 38 items; Papers (1821-1857, 1901) of Murphey family of Franklin County, including correspondence, legal papers, financial records, and miscellaneous. Deposited by Mr. Russel Melvin Inscoe, Castalia, NC. Originals withdrawn December 15, 1978, and photocopies redesignated as Murphey-Perry Papers.

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

Murphey-Perry Papers (#187), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. Russel Melvin Inscoe

Processing Information

  • Processed by T. Coker, January 1972

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


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The correspondence (1836-1847) within this collection reflects in part the separation of segments of the Murphey family from their home in Franklin County, North Carolina. Friends and relatives had relocated themselves in Alabama (Decatur, Morgan City, and Madison) and several letters reflect the opportunities to be found there. The letters promote Alabama as a place of peace and plenty, with rich and fertile land. Also described is the financial situation, including the prices of cotton and corn, as well as their health and welfare, and other general topics of conversation. One aside from the major topics is the report (1847) of the victories of Generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott in Mexico and of Santa Anna's daring escape from imminent capture.

Deeds of gift for Negro slaves (1822) are all from Polly Perry, a member of the Murphey family, to various relatives. Also included is a last will and testament of Hartsfield Perry, a "commission to talk" or summons for Williamson Murphey, and bills and receipts reflecting the cost of various items and services (1820-1901). Miscellaneous items include a poem entitled "How Shall I Know," an apparent exercise in writing, and several unidentified receipts.

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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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