Finding Aid of the Burroughs Family Papers, 1859 - 1930, PC.1711

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Finding Aid of the Burroughs Family Papers, 1859 - 1930, PC.1711

Abstract

William L. Burroughs, son of Basil and Rebecca M. (Turner) Burroughs enlisted with his brother Charles G., in Company B, 12th N.C. Regiment on April 26, 1861. He was sick in the hospital at Petersburg in May 1862, and both boys were furloughed home on sick leave from 1862 into 1863, Charles G. returned to his regiment in April 1863, but William L. was at home from May 28, 1862 until Aug. 2, 1863 at which time he was reported as absent without leave from his regiment. Papers of two generations of the Burroughs family of Granville/Warren County. The seventeen items dating from 1859 through 1878 relate to William Luther Burroughs (born Oct. 1836), and the remaining items dating from 1892 to 1930 relate to his son William J. Burroughs (born 1875) and family connections.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Burroughs Family Papers
Call Number
PC.1711
Creator
Burroughs family
Date
1859 - 1930
Extent
2.00 folders, 57.00 items
Language
English
Repository
State Archives of North Carolina

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    Preferred Citation

    PC.1711, Burroughs Family Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA

    Collection Overview

    These papers represent two generations of the Burroughs family of Granville/Warren County. The seventeen items dating from 1859 through 1878 relate to William Luther Burroughs (born Oct 1836), and the remaining items dating from 1892 to 1930 relate to his son William J. Burroughs (born 1875) and family connections. The papers include 30 letters, 1 "Soldier's Bible", 5 deeds, 2 plats, and 3 copies of receipts. The earliest of the William L. Burroughs letters is dated in 1859 and is from his cousin Fannie giving news of the health and conditions of neighbors, two of wham are recovering from typhus. The following fourteen letters are dated from 1862 through 1864 and are written by or to friends and relations. Three of those letters are addressed to his cousin Jennie and relate to a slanderous tale being circulated against Burroughs; his letter to her dated September 10, 1863, reports the destruction of W. W. Holden's printingoffice in Raleigh by soldiers-- "I wish they could have got him." Three 1863 and 1864 letters from Leapold Henderson of Williamsboro, amusingly written, give news of neighbors and kinsmen. A letter of October 28, 1863, is a recommendation for Dr. R. D. Fleming to fill a vacant lieutenancy in the Warren Guards, and letters of Feb. 11, June 18, and Aug. 21, 1864, relate to Burroughs' work in the Quartermaster Department in Raleigh. Of these latter, the one dated Aug. 21, 1864, written by 1st Lt. James A. Marrow, Co. H, 55th Regt., gives instructions on the cutting of a new uniform to be made by the tailor, Michael Grausman in Raleigh. Two of the letters have a freemasonry relationship (one of Oct. 10, 1864, in connection with the funeral service for Burroughs' brother and one of Jan. 30, 1864, asking that Burroughs use his influence to prevent the writer from being sent on active duty in the Confederate Army).

    Filed with the Civil War letters, but not necessarily related to any of them, is a sixteen-page Confederate imprint, "The Soldier's Bible" by William W. Crumly, Chaplain of Georgia Hospitals, Richmond (by attribution, printed in Raleigh--see Crandall Unofficial #4619).
    The last of the William L. Burroughs letters is one dated 1878 and relates to his wish to purchase an upright stove suitable for a school house.

    William J. Burroughs, son of the above, moved to Charlotte and continued to live there from as early as 1910. His papers include four letters written by Margaret Norwood of Hillsborough concerning the estate of her brother James (non compos mentis) in 1909; three letters dated in 1913 concerning the sale of land in Charlotte belonging to the estate of Patience Gardner; three letters from Burroughs' wife Hattie while vacationing at Green Park Hotel, Green Park, N.C.; two letters dated in 1922 and 1923 concerning the sale of family property two letters written by his sister in 1926 and 1930 on family matters; and five deeds and related papers. The 1926 letter from Burroughs' sister (Mrs. Thomas Tyack of Winston-Salem) expresses her disapproval of an aged uncle who had neglected his parents while looking for gold mines in California and now needs their assistance, and insists that Burroughs come to attend the Greensboro graduation of Annie Gray Burroughs (missionary to Liberia from 1931 to 1935). Mrs. Tyack's letter of Oct. 8, 1930, gives the account of a little girl who has come to stay with them and has traveled by herself from San Francisco to Washington, stopping only at Chicago where someone from the Traveler's Aid Association met the child and lunched and entertained her at Marshall Fields during the layover.

    Arrangement Note

    Chronological

    Biographical/Historical

    William L. Burroughs (b. 1836), son of Basil and Rebecca M. (Turner) Burroughs enlisted with his brother Charles G., in Company B, 12th N.C. Regiment on April 26, 1861. He was sick in the hospital at Petersburg in May 1862, and both boys were furloughed home on sick leave from 1862 into 1863, Charles G. returned to his regiment in April 1863, but William L. was at home from May 28, 1862 until Aug. 2, 1863 at which time he was reported as absent without leave from his regiment. He managed to get himself detailed to thirty days duty with Major W. W. Pierce in the Quartermaster's Department in Raleigh as a quartermaster clerk and a transportation clerk on December 16, 1863, but got that duty extended through December 1864 (during which period he was continuously carried on the regimental rolls as absent without leave). This equivocal position appears to have given rise to ugly rumors at home that Burroughs was at some trouble to put down.William married Rebecca Wood Cheatham in November of 1865 in Granville County. The couple had at least five children. William Luther Burroughs died in Vance County on May 1, 1914.

    William Llewellyn [J.] Burroughs, son of William Luther and Rebecca Burroughs, moved to Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C., and continued to live there from as early as 1910. On January 21, 1908 he was married to Hattie Brenizer, born ca. 1880. His death certificate of September 22, 1959 listed his birthplace as Vance County, N.C, his profession as real estate, and his wife as the former Grace Garrison.

    Contents of the Collection

    Subject Headings

  1. Burroughs, Annie Gray.
  2. Burroughs, William J., b. 1875.
  3. Burroughs, William L. (William Luther), b. 1836.
  4. Crumly, William W.
  5. Fleming, Richard D.
  6. Gardner, Patience.
  7. Grausman, Michael.
  8. Henderson, Leopold.
  9. Holden, W. W. (William Woods), 1818-1892.
  10. Marrow, James A.
  11. Burroughs family.
  12. Annie Gray Burroughs
  13. Burroughs Family
  14. Burroughs, William J., b. 1875.
  15. Burroughs, William L. (William Luther), b. 1836.
  16. Crumly, William W.
  17. Fleming, Richard D.
  18. Patience Gardner
  19. Michael Grausman
  20. Leopold Henderson
  21. Holden, W. W. (William Woods), 1818-1892
  22. Marrow, James A.
  23. Confederate States of America. Army.
  24. Green Park Hotel (Green Park, N.C.)
  25. Travelers Aid Association of America.
  26. Confederate States of America. Army. Appointments and Retirements
  27. Green Park Hotel (Green Park, N.C.)
  28. Travelers Aid Association of America
  29. Freemasons.
  30. Military uniforms.
  31. Correspondence.
  32. Freemasons
  33. Military uniforms
  34. Charlotte (N.C.)
  35. Green Park (N.C.)
  36. Raleigh (N.C.)
  37. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  38. Charlotte (N.C.)
  39. Green Park (N.C.)
  40. Raleigh (N.C.)
  41. United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  42. Correspondence.
  43. Acquisitions Information

    T. C. Beam, Raleigh, N.C., May 11, 1983.

    Processing Information

  44. Arrangement and Finding Aid by George Stevenson, July 12, 1989; arrangement and finding aid updated by Fran Tracy-Walls, 2019.