The collection consists primarily of business records, which reflect the transport of lime, corn, linseed oil, fish oil, buckram, Manila rope, nails, flour, and snuff. Documents concerned with the
WALTER MERCHANT reflect maintenance work being done in 1847; wages paid out in July 1848; billing for pilotage of the schooner over the Ocracoke bar in February 1849; and billing for the altering of sails in October 1849. In July 1849, while on voyage from New York, the schooner put into Norfolk, Virginia, in distress; and bills indicate what work was done, the amount paid, and who did the work. The verso of one document lists the cost of wages, provisions, and payments for taking care of the vessel. Bills of lading and shipping records indicate that in other years the family used the schooners
WILLIS WILLIAM (1846),
EFFORT (1847), and
MARY JANE (1850).
The remainder of the collection contains Hyde County land indentures and miscellaneous legal documents. An indenture (May 1851) between Sheriff Jesse Gibbs and Thomas Ballance notes that Gibbs took Henderson Ballance's right to sixteen acres of land for debt and sold them to Thomas Ballance. Another indenture (March 1856) details the mortgaging of land by Caleb Ballance to Amasa Harris for $1,000, and a legaldocument (June 1853) designates property that could be retained by an individual seeking protection under the Poor Debtors Act.
The oversize folder contains an 1851 land indenture for Hyde Co., N.C.