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Wynns Family Papers


The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one of great prominence in colonial North Carolina. The papers in this collection belonged to several members of the Wynns family and to relatives by marriage (for details see genealogical chart below). The majority of the papers are those of William B. (? - 1840) and his son James Madison Wynns (1834-1906).The collection consists of correspondence, deeds, accounts, receipts, promissory notes, wills, minutes, legal papers, ledger books, and miscellaneous material.

Title

Wynns Family Papers

Collection Number

MfP.91

Date(s)

1824 - 1927

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
c. 450
Microfilm reel
1
Physical Description
Items
450.00
Abstract

The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one of great prominence in colonial North Carolina. The papers in this collection belonged to several members of the Wynns family and to relatives by marriage (for details see genealogical chart below). The majority of the papers are those of William B. (? - 1840) and his son James Madison Wynns (1834-1906).

The collection consists of correspondence, deeds, accounts, receipts, promissory notes, wills, minutes, legal papers, ledger books, and miscellaneous material.

Physical Location

For current information on the location ofthese materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, State Archives of North Carolina.

Creator

Wynns Family

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Arranged by family member.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Don Lennon, May, 1967

Encoded by Lee Todd, February, 2008


The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one of great prominence in colonial North Carolina. A Mathew Winn is mentioned as a juror in court minutes as early as 1702, and George Winns was selling land in Bertie County (in an area which later became Hertford) as early as 1714. Several members of the Wynns family served in the General Assembly from Bertie and Hertford counties, and Benjamin Wynns was a member of the assemblies which created the county of Hertford (1759) and the town of Winton (1768). General Thomas Wynns (1764-1825) not only served in the General Assembly of North Carolina, but also was a member of Congress from 1802 until 1807.


The Wynns (Winn, Wynn, Winns) family of Hertford County was one of great prominence in colonial North Carolina. A Mathew Winn is mentioned as a juror in court minutes as early as 1702, and George Winns was selling land in Bertie County (in an area which later became Hertford) as early as 1714. Several members of the Wynns family served in the General Assembly from Bertie and Hertford counties, and Benjamin Wynns was a member of the assemblies which created the county of Hertford (1759) and the town of Winton (1768). General Thomas Wynns (1764-1825) not only served in the General Assembly of North Carolina, but also was a member of Congress from 1802 until 1807.


[Identification of item], MfP.91, Wynns Family Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Microfilmed, May, 1967, from originals in the possession of F. Roy Johnson, Murfreesboro, N. C., borrowed for filming through the courtesy of E. Frank Stephenson, Murfreesboro, N. C.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://www.ncarchives.dcr.state.nc.us.


Papers of the family of William B. Wynns (d. 1840) of Hertford Co., include correspondence primarily with brothers in the Bahamas (1824-1834), in Florida (1838-1841), and in Hertford Co. about trade and farming, transportation of slaves to Florida, and an Indian uprising there. His other papers include deeds; bills of sale for slaves and for a schooner; and estate records involving his Petty[s] Shore farm and fishery and his Florida property. A few papers relate to William's uncle, Gen. Thomas Wynns (1824-1825), and his brother James D. Wynns (1833-1864). Among papers of William's widow are those (1843-1868) of her second husband, John A. Southall, including financial, estate, and guardian records (1849-1868), and list of stockholders and minutes of the North Carolina and New York Steamboat Company (1855-1856). There are also business letters, deeds, agreements with freedmen, and financial records relating to John V. Lawrence, father-in-law of the Southall's daughter (1827-1875), including letters from John Williams about his female college in Brownsville, Tenn. (1868). Personal correspondence (1851-1906) of James M. Wynns, son of William B. Wynns, concerns family, the fishery, aid for Methodist college in Murfreesboro (1880), and horse breeding (1900-1901). His business papers include accounts, receipts, and promissory notes (1861-1880) and sample ledgers and time books for employees of the Wynns farm and the Petty[s] Shore Fishery (1871-1903).

Wynns Family genealogical chart.

Arranged by family member.


Papers of the family of William B. Wynns (d. 1840) of Hertford Co., include correspondence primarily with brothers in the Bahamas (1824-1834), in Florida (1838-1841), and in Hertford Co. about trade and farming, transportation of slaves to Florida, and an Indian uprising there. His other papers include deeds; bills of sale for slaves and for a schooner; and estate records involving his Petty[s] Shore farm and fishery and his Florida property. A few papers relate to William's uncle, Gen. Thomas Wynns (1824-1825), and his brother James D. Wynns (1833-1864). Among papers of William's widow are those (1843-1868) of her second husband, John A. Southall, including financial, estate, and guardian records (1849-1868), and list of stockholders and minutes of the North Carolina and New York Steamboat Company (1855-1856). There are also business letters, deeds, agreements with freedmen, and financial records relating to John V. Lawrence, father-in-law of the Southall's daughter (1827-1875), including letters from John Williams about his female college in Brownsville, Tenn. (1868). Personal correspondence (1851-1906) of James M. Wynns, son of William B. Wynns, concerns family, the fishery, aid for Methodist college in Murfreesboro (1880), and horse breeding (1900-1901). His business papers include accounts, receipts, and promissory notes (1861-1880) and sample ledgers and time books for employees of the Wynns farm and the Petty[s] Shore Fishery (1871-1903).

Wynns Family genealogical chart.


  • Lawrence, John V.
  • Southall, John A.
  • Williams, John
  • Wynns, James Dean
  • Wynns, James Madison
  • Wynns, Thomas
  • Wynns, William B.
  • Winn family
  • Winns family
  • Wynn family
  • Wynns family
  • Methodist College (Murfreesboro, N.C.)
  • North Carolina and New York Steamboat Co.
  • Agriculture--Florida
  • Agriculture--Economic aspects--North Carolina
  • Fisheries--Economic aspects
  • Seminole War, 2nd, 1835-1842--Campaigns
  • Slave trade
  • Hertford County (N.C.)--History-19th century
  • Account books
  • Correspondence
  • deeds
  • Receipts (Acknowledgments)

Among the earliest papers in the collection are three items (1824-1825) pertaining to General (Congressman) Thomas Wynns. These include an account, a letter to the General, and a notice of the sale of his estate.

A second small grouping of papers are those of James Dean Wynns (? - 1864), younger brother of William B. Items in his papers (1833-1864) include a summons, promissory notes, letters discussing family and business matters, various financial papers, and accounts of the settlement of his estate.

The William B. Wynns papers cover the period from 1824 until his death in 1840, and estate papers for him continue until as late as 1854. Correspondence is primarily from his brothers Benjamin, Thomas, and James Dean Wynns, and is concerned with various business activities in which they were engaged. Thomas wrote several letters (1824-1834), mostly from Turks Island in the Bahamas, commenting on commercial activities, giving instructions for handling business matters, and denying any part in the ownership of the schooner  "Pigot." Benjamin, who apparently had several misunderstandings with his brothers, wrote from his new farm in Florida, telling of crops, new farm buildings, and trouble with his son William, and giving instructions for the transporting of his slaves to Florida (1838). Other correspondence tells of the farm situation in Hertford County, business activities, William B. Wynns' involvement in Florida farming, and crops, weather, health, and an Indian uprising in Florida (1839-1841).

Other items in the William B. Wynns papers include deeds and/or indentures for property, slaves, and shares of the Winton Ferry (1825-1837); a bill of sale for the schooner  "Pigot of Newbern" (later renamed  "Pigot of Murfreesboro"); financial records for Wynns; an account book for his estate, including records for his Petty Shore farm and fishery and his Florida property (1840-1854); a description of his route from Hertford County to Florida; a newspaper clipping concerning Benjamin Wynns; and various miscellaneous items.

18948
Correspondence
1824-1841, n.d.

18949
Legal Papers
1824-1838

18950
Accounts and Receipts
1823-1839, n.d.

18951
Miscellaneous

18952
Estate Account Book
1842-1854

Mary Pipkin Wynns, widow of William B. Wynns, married John A. Southall sometime after 1842. Papers belonging to Mary Pipkin Wynns Southall include a listing of items bought from the estate of her late husband (1840), accounts (1840-1842), and a property tax listing (1885).

John A. Southall papers in the collection include personal financial papers (1843-1864), an account book pertaining primarily to estates settlements and guardianships (1849-1868), and a resolution of association for and minutes of the North Carolina and New York Steamboat Company (1855-1856).

The overwhelming majority of papers in this collection were the property of James Madison Wynns, son of William B. and Mary Pipkin Wynns; The correspondence dates from 1855 and is primarily concerned with business and personal family matters. During 1863 and 1864, several letters were received from his Uncle James Dean Wynns, telling of the elder Wynns' ill health and reporting that Yankee troops had taken all of his clothes, leaving him destitute and in great need of assistance. Topics of particular interest in the correspondence include activities at Petty Shores Fishery, aid for Methodist College at Murfreesboro (1880), description of Japan and the Japanese people (1886), Wynns family history (1894, 1896), breeding of horses for trotting purposes (1900-1901), and the death of James M. Wynns (1906).

The bulk of James M. Wynns' papers consist of his business and financial records. These accounts, receipts, and promissory notes begin in 1861 and, with accounts of his estate, continue as late as 1948. Supplementing the financial papers are approximately fifty personal ledger books giving detailed accounts of all his business activities. Because of the quantity of material involved and the marginal research value of the more recent of these records, only the financial papers prior to 1880 and samples of the ledger books have been microfilmed. Among the ledgers selected for filming are several time books for the Wynns farm and for Petty Shore Fishery, listing names of employees, hours worked each week, and wages paid for these services (1873-1874, 1881-1882, 1891-1892, and 1902-1903).

Other papers belonging to James M. Wynns include his will (1894); legal agreements; certificates; genealogical and historical notes; poems and essays; the constitution and by-laws of the  "Charles Egbert Craddock Club" (n.d.); list of officers (captain and above) of the 15th Battalion, N. C. Troops, as of 22 July 1863; and a variety of miscellaneous items.

18953
Correspondence
1851-1907

18954
Legal Papers, Agreements, Certificates, etc.
1861-1905

18955
Financial Records
1858-1903

18956
Poems, notes, genealogical, and historical material

18957
Miscellaneous

The final group of Wynns papers consist of a few pieces of correspondence belonging to Thomas B., son of James M. Wynns. These letters (1906-1927) concern Thomas' father, Wynns' genealogical requests, and other family matters.

Included in the collection is a group of papers belonging to John V. Lawrence. Lawrence was the father-in-law of Susan E. Southall, daughter of Mary P. Wynns and John W. Southall. The papers contain business correspondence (1853-1868); deeds (1827-1875); true copies of the wills of Elisha Lawrence (1832) and Mary Lawrence (1843); legal papers (1849-1873); financial records (1845-1875); and various miscellaneous items. Many of the business papers pertain to the firms of Lawrence & Vaughn Company and J. V. Lawrence & Son.

18958
Correspondence
1863-1868

18959
Deeds and Indentures
1827-1875

18960
Legal Documents
1834-1873

18961
Financial Records
1845-1875