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Joseph J. Roberson Papers


Joseph J. Roberson (1813-1862), a native of Carteret County, practiced his craft as a ship carpenter during the 1840s and 1850s in New Bern.The Joseph J. Roberson Papers consists primarily of miscellaneous papers of Roberson and his partners: Roberson and Brothers, and Thomas S. Howard and Robersons. The collection includes some correspondence, two contracts for building vessesls (1832 and 1844); accounts and receipts relating to shipbuilding, household accounts, and the building of a bridge in Onslow County. Promissory notes include record of rent and slave hire by Roberson and his partner(s).

Title

Joseph J. Roberson Papers

Collection Number

PC.1176

Date(s)

1830 - 1845

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
195
Genre/Physical Characteristic

includes correspondence, accounts, receipts, summonses, promissory notes, and contracts.

Abstract

Joseph J. Roberson (1813-1862), a native of Carteret County, practiced his craft as a ship carpenter during the 1840s and 1850s in New Bern.

The Joseph J. Roberson Papers consists primarily of miscellaneous papers of Roberson and his partners: Roberson and Brothers, and Thomas S. Howard and Robersons. The collection includes some correspondence, two contracts for building vessesls (1832 and 1844); accounts and receipts relating to shipbuilding, household accounts, and the building of a bridge in Onslow County. Promissory notes include record of rent and slave hire by Roberson and his partner(s).

Physical Location

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

Creator

Roberson, Joseph J.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


The accounts and receipts in this collection are arranged by the area of Roberson's life to which they pertain.


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 Betty H. Carter, August 26, 1968

Revised by George Stevenson, December 23, 2002

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, January 22, 2003


This group of papers was formerly designated the Joseph J. Roberson Collection. It also included 12 estrays that have been returned to their proper place in the series, "Inventories and Accounts of Sale, 1712-1798" in the records of the Secretary of State.


Joseph J. Roberson (1813-1862), a native of Carteret County, practiced his craft as a ship carpenter during the 1840s and 1850s in New Bern. Sometimes he worked in partnership with his brothers Malachi B. and William Roberson, and at times with Thomas S. Howard and William Roberson. Upon completion of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad in 1858, Roberson gave up shipbuilding and became a road master for the railroad.


Joseph J. Roberson (1813-1862), a native of Carteret County, practiced his craft as a ship carpenter during the 1840s and 1850s in New Bern. Sometimes he worked in partnership with his brothers Malachi B. and William Roberson, and at times with Thomas S. Howard and William Roberson. Upon completion of the Atlantic and North Carolina Railroad in 1858, Roberson gave up shipbuilding and became a road master for the railroad.


[Identification of item], PC.1176, Joseph J. Roberson Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Received prior to February, 1964, when the present shelf mark was assigned to the collection.


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.


Roberson's papers contain three letters concerning family matters and a partial draft of one concerning partnership difficulties (1842) that was probably meant for his brother Malachi. There are two contracts for building vessels: that include detailed specifications for their construction (1832, 1844). The 1832 contract is a copy of an agreement entered into by the shipbuilding firm of Thomas Sparrow and James Howard (father of Thomas S. Howard) of New Bern and appears to have been used as a model for the 1844 contract entered into by the firm of Howard and Robersons. His papers also include promissory notes (1836-1843); accounts and receipts (1830-1845) reflecting personal household purchases (some of them by his mother, Elizabeth Roberson), tools and supplies relating to shipbuilding, and supplies used by the firm of Howard and Robersons to build a bridge in Onslow County (1844-1845). The collection includes a few legal writs and a witness ticket.

The accounts and receipts in this collection are arranged by the area of Roberson's life to which they pertain.


Roberson's papers contain three letters concerning family matters and a partial draft of one concerning partnership difficulties (1842) that was probably meant for his brother Malachi. There are two contracts for building vessels: that include detailed specifications for their construction (1832, 1844). The 1832 contract is a copy of an agreement entered into by the shipbuilding firm of Thomas Sparrow and James Howard (father of Thomas S. Howard) of New Bern and appears to have been used as a model for the 1844 contract entered into by the firm of Howard and Robersons. His papers also include promissory notes (1836-1843); accounts and receipts (1830-1845) reflecting personal household purchases (some of them by his mother, Elizabeth Roberson), tools and supplies relating to shipbuilding, and supplies used by the firm of Howard and Robersons to build a bridge in Onslow County (1844-1845). The collection includes a few legal writs and a witness ticket.


  • Howard and Robersons (shipbuilders) (New Bern, N.C.)
  • Roberson and Brothers (shipbuilders) (New Bern, N.C.)
  • Sparrow and Howard (shipbuilders) (New Bern, N.C.)
  • Bridges--North Carolina--History--19th century.
  • Shipbuilding--North Carolina--History--19th century.
  • Slave labor
  • New Bern (N.C.)
  • Onslow County (N.C.)

Records of personal and professional accounts. The bridge-building accounts relate to the construction of a bridge in Onslow County by the shipbuilding firm of Howard and Robersons of New Bern, N.C. The personal bills and receipts pertain to the Roberson family of Carteret and Craven counties. The shipbuilding file for Roberson and Brothers includes accounts and receipts pertaining to the shipbuilding partnership in New Bern, N.C., of Malachi B., Joseph J. and William Roberson. The shipbuilding file for 1832 and 1844 includes an 1832 contract to build a vessel, setting forth specifications, entered into by a New Bern firm of shipbuilders.

18756
Bridge-building, Howard and Robersons
1844 - 1845

18757
Personal
1830 - 1845

18758
Shipbuilding

Howard and Robersons,(bulk 1843 - 1844), n.d.
1842 - 1845 (bulk 1843 - 1844)
Roberson and Brothers
1841 - 1843
,1844
1832 1844

18762
1843 - 1844
1843 - 1844

18763
Rent and Slave hire
1836 - 1842