Hardison Family Papers

1727-1947, undated
Manuscript Collection #767
Hardison family
Physical description
0.4 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box
Preferred Citation
Hardison Family Papers (#767), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
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Papers (1727, 1823-1896, 1924, 1947) of Martin County, NC family, including correspondence, land records, plats, mortgages, a recipe, promissory notes, summonses, account of estate sales, receipt, and miscellany.

Biographical/historical information

The Hardison family was from Jamesville, North Carolina., in Martin County. James Hardison, Sr. had two sons, Hodges and Durham. Durham had three children, Durham L. (born May 21, 1861), Golden (born July 6, 1870) and Eva (born November 2, 1877). Eva married S.J. Perry. Other Hardison family members mentioned in the papers include Alice, Lenoir, Lula, Beasley, James F., Hodges, Clayton, Julious, Lewis, Mary and Margaret Ann.

Scope and arrangement

The material in this collection covers more than three generations of the Hardison family. Most of the materials date from the middle to late nineteenth century. The bulk of the items associated with the Perry family date from the early twentieth century.

The Correspondence Series contains business-related matters, such as purchases of wheat, guano and shingles, as well as personal letters, including two written by soldiers stationed at Camp Martin near Kinston, N.C., and Camp Davis near Wilmington, N.C., during the Civil War.

The Land Records Series begin with a plat from 1727 and show a steady acquisition of land by various members of the Hardison family. Also included are land grants by James Hardison, Sr. to his sons Durham and Hodges, and by Durham Hardison to his children Eva and Golden.

The bulk of the Financial Records Series is made up of receipts and promissory notes, often in connection with the family's agricultural pursuits. Several contemporary Martin County businesses are mentioned in the documents, which are sometimes on company letterhead. Among these are The Roanoke, Norfolk & Baltimore Steamboat Company of Jamesville, North Carolina and J. G. Godard (Grocer) of Williamston, North Carolina. Some of the receipts are for state taxes, and a few are for a war tax during the Civil War. Also present are pages from a sales ledger listing several Martin County family names among the entries. Also of interest are documents related to the administration of the estate of James Hardison, Sr. These include a receipt for the sale of a slave woman named Harriet by one family member to another in 1862, and two receipts for the making of shoes for slaves in 1861.

The Other Printed Materials Series includes several items of miscellany, most notably an undated, handwritten recipe, appearing to date from the nineteenth century. There is also an instructive religious letter and two lists of Hardison family names and birthdays. The names appear to be the children of Durham Hardison. Of particular interest are Civil War-related documents pertaining to Durham Hardison. These include a service exemption from the North Carolina governor, a guard pass, and an oath of allegiance to the U.S. government.

Administrative information
Custodial History

June 12, 1998 (unprocessed), 146 items (165 pages); Papers (1727, 1823-1896, 1924, 1947) of Martin, County, N.C. family, including correspondence, land records, plats, mortgages, a recipe, promissory notes, summonses, account of estate sales, receipts, and miscellany. Donor: Miss Kathleen Perry (deceased) via Roy Watson.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Miss Kathleen Perry

Processing information

Processed by Keith Roberson, May 4, 2005

Encoded by Apex Data Services

Copyright notice

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

Container list
Box 1 Folder a Personal and business correspondence of Hodges Hardison, including references to guano, wheat and shingle purchases, a letter written from Camp Martin near Kinston, N.C. (1862), a letter from Clayton Hardison at Camp Davis near Wilmington, N.C. (1863), and a letter written by Hodges Hardison to "Sister Jannet" (1863), 1855, 1856, 1861-1863, 7 items, 7 pages
Box 1 Folder b Correspondence of Durham Hardison, including a request from Clayton Hardison that his cattle be looked after (while he is away at war, 1862) and a past-due account notice from B.B. Watts & Co. of Williamston, N.C., 1862, 1893, 2 items, 2 pages
Box 1 Folder c Hardison family land records pertaining to John Hardison, James Hardison, Hodges Hardison, Durham Hardison, Clayton Hardison, Julious Hardison, Lewis Hardison, Eva V. Hardison, S.J. Perry and Eva V. H. Perry, and others, and including deeds, sales records, grants, bonds, and plats; also including a contract for building a bridge on James Hardison's property, a sheet stating the extent of land of Samuel Pocosin (bordering Hardison property) and a letter to Eva Perry concerning a closed land mortgage (1947). 1727, 1823, 1858, 1861, 1868, 1870, 1878, 1881, 1882, 1887, 1894, 1924, 1947, undated, 16 items, 30 pages. Note: Some land records removed and relocated to oversized folder 767.os1 in the Oversized Series
Box 1 Folder d Promissory notes and receipt of James Hardison, Sr., Jamesville (Martin Co.), N.C., including a receipt for cattle bought at auction. 1853, 1858, 1860, 3 items, 3 pages
Box 1 Folder e Estate receipts and tax receipts of James Hardison, Sr., as administered by James Hardison, Jr., including receipts for the making of shoes for slaves, a war tax receipt, receipts for medical services and the making of a coffin, and the sale of a slave woman named Harriet. 1861-1863, 1866, 1867, 14 items, 14 pages
Box 1 Folder f Receipts of Hodges Hardison. Includes promissory notes and tax receipt, 1848, 1851, 1854, 1859-1861, 1878. 9 items, 9 pages
Box 1 Folder g Estate receipts of Hodges Hardison as administered by Durham Hardison, including records of monies distributed to Clayton Hardison, James Tier and Jennett Beasley, 1881, 7 items, 7 pages
Box 1 Folder h Receipts, promissory notes and tax receipt of Durham Hardison, including receipts for medical services, seed, timber, and groceries and general merchandise, and a receipt for exchange of cotton for guano. 1854, 1860-1864, 1871, 1874, 1879, 1881-1883, 1886-1888, 1891-1893, 1896, undated, 29 items, 29 pages
Box 1 Folder j Receipts, promissory notes, tax receipts and a chattel mortgage of S.J. Perry, Eva V. [Hardison] Perry, and Lucy Perry, including a postal money order receipt (1913), a cancelled check, and a list of grocery items. 1903, 1907, 1909, 1913, 1922-1925, 1927, 1928, 1930, undated, 14 items, 14 pages
Box 1 Folder k Promissory notes and crop lien of the Bond Hardison family, including a tax receipt for Mary Hardison (1901) and a receipt for a land transaction involving David Hamilton (1854). 1854, 1857, 1880, 1881, 1887, 1901, undated, 8 items, 8 pages
Box 1 Folder l Sales ledger, listing the Hardison family names of Modlin, Sexton, Coultrain [sic], Manning, Robason, Tyler, Beasley, Griffin, Reddick among the entries, 1870, 1 item, 4 pages
Box 1 Folder m Civil War-related documents of Durham Hardison, including a service exemption from the N.C. governor's office, a guard pass, and an oath of allegiance to the U.S. government, 1863, 1865, 3 items, 3 pages
Box 1 Folder n Hardison family court documents, including summonses issued because of complaints lodged by Hodges Hardison, James Hardison, and Lewis Hardison against Lowes [sic] Gardner (1860), and a page signed by the Register of Deeds and the Clerk of Superior Court, referring to Book LLL, page 580, but with little other information (26 March, 1904), 1849, 1860, 1904, 5 items, 5 pages
Box 1 Folder o Lists of Hardison family members, including two handwritten documents, one of which contains birthdates, containing the names Durham L., Alice, Lenoir, Lulor [sic], Golden, Beasley, James F., Eva (all Hardison), undated 2 items, 2 pages
Box 1 Folder p Hardison family documents, including a note address from Golden Hardison to Miss Katie Moore of Tarboro, N.C., letterhead from J.G. Godard, Dealer in Staple & Fancy Groceries of Williamston, N.C. (with a handwritten list of items on the reverse), a handwritten recipe, a religious document purportedly a copy of a letter written by Jesus Christ, and the beginning of a school report on Dutch Guiana, 1892, n.d., 5 items, 6 pages
Folder os1 Hardison family land records, including a land sale by James Moore to James Hardison, a survey map of land holdings of Durham and Hodges Hardison (1887), a Deed of Trust of Durham Hardison and his wife Margaret Ann Hardison (legal exchange of land for debt). 1823, 1829, 1837, 1860, 1872, 1876, 1883, 1887, 1888, 1894, 1896, 13 items, 14 pages