Finding Aid for the Whedbee Freedmen Papers, 1854 - 1882, PC.1762


Finding Aid for the Whedbee Freedmen Papers, 1854 - 1882, PC.1762


Files of Judge William Armistead Moore, receiver of so much of the estate of James P. Whedbee of Perquimans County, N.C., as had been bequeathed to his slaves in 1852. Upon suit by Whedbee's heirs at-law in 1866 to prevent distribution of a portion of the estate among Whedbee's former slaves, the Supreme Court of North Carolina ruled there had been no lapse in the terms of the will and that distribution was to be made. Judge Moore, as receiver, searched out the original slaves and their heirs (scattered in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Yorktown, Va. and various North Carolina towns) in order to pay them their share of the bequest.
Includes correspondence, lists of slaves and freedmen, affidavits of identity, powers of attorney, receipts from freedmen for distributive shares and so forth.

Descriptive Summary

Whedbee Freedmen Papers
Call Number
Moore, William Armistead.
1854 - 1882
273.00 items
State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.1762, Whedbee Freedmen Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Biographical Note

James P. Whedbee of Perquimans County was married to Lavinia Whedbee. Whedbee, whose children had all predeceased him, died at the end of 1852 leaving an estate worth in excess of $200,000. In addition to specific bequests, Whedbee left a class bequest of 2/7ths of his property to his slaves, who were to be manumitted upon Whedbee's wife's death. Whedbee further provided that if his wife remarried she was to take the same share of the property as if he had died intestate. Mrs. Whedbee remarried Abram Riddick. Judge Willima Armistead Moore served as receiver of a portion of the estate. As receiver, Judge Moore employed his sons, Augustus Minton Moore and John A. Moore, to track down the original slaves and their heirs.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Petition re Will of James P. Whedbee of Perquimans County, ., 1867
Correspondence, ., 1867-1882
Notes owing to Whedbee Estate; Fees on Actions; Taxes; etc.
Lists of Whedbee Slaves/Freedmen, Legatees, ., 1854-1874
Affidavits of Identity of Whedbee Freedmen, ., 1868-1879
Powers of Attorney given by Whedbee Freedmen, ., 1867-1877
Freedmen's Receipts for Distributive Shares of Whedbee's Estate.
Deeds and Land Records-Whedbee Estate.

Subject Headings

  • Moore, William Armistead.
  • Whedbee, James P., d.1852.
  • Whedbee, James P.
  • Moore, William Armstead
  • Slave records.
  • Freedmen
  • Slaves
  • Perquimans County (N.C.)
  • Liberia
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift of Elizabeth Vann Moore, Edenton, N.C., and Mary Moore Rowe, Boston, Mass., 19 January 1989.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, March 26, 1991. Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, July 17, 2002. Revised and updated by Fran Tracy-Walls, August 2019, for publication in Discover Online Catalog (DOC).