Seals Family Papers, PC.1772


Seals Family Papers, PC.1772


This collection consists of correspondence and papers of the family of William and Jane Seals of Richmond County, N.C., ranging from 1842-1956. Correspondence dates from 1862 to 1904 and includes letters written home by sons, William, James, John, and Harris from Civil War encampments and trenches; letters written by some of the sons as they seek work during the economic depression of the 1870s; and various letters concerning family and business matters. The collection also includes bills for cotton seed and receipts from baled cotton of Alexander and Porter T. Seals and cotton insurance for Porter T. Seals (1872-1956); deeds, grants, and land papers (1842-1945) relating to the land of Alexander and Porter T. Seals in Richmond County, N.C.; burial association, funeral, and literary papers (1878-1956); and bills and receipts (1866-1946).

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Seals Family Papers
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Seals Family
State Archives of North Carolina

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    William Seals, a small farmer, appears to have lived in South Carolina, the native state of his wife Jane (called Jincey in the letters) from the 1820s until the outbreak of the Civil War. The 36 letters in the collection fall naturally into three small groupings of the following date ranges: 1862-1864; 1870-1877; and 1887-1904. Additionlly, there are 208 items that fall into the following categories: Cotton Crop and Insurance, 1872-1956; Deeds, Grants, and Land Papers, 1842-1945; Burial Association; Funeral; Literary Papers, 1878-1956; Bills and Receipts, 1866-1946.

    The numerous progeny of the Seals seem all to have been born in South Carolina: William, Jr., Harris, James, John, Robert, Thomas, Travis, Alexander, Rachel, Ann, and Leuicy. Several of the sons served in the Civil War.

    Although a Civil War service record has been found only for John (enlisted in Co. F, 18th Regt., N.C.T., at the age of 18 in June 1861), pension applications show that Harris, who was wounded in the right wrist and thigh, and Alexander, who had his left forefinger shot off, both served in Co. D 26th Regt., N.C.T. Letters in the collection show that William was in service with troops in Southampton County., Va., in Dec., 1862, and, at Fort Clifton, near Petersburg, Va., in Dec., 1863.

    Similarly, James writes to his wife from Sullivan's Island, S.C., where he was under the command of Gen. Evans, and he may have been with a South Carolina regiment. Sons Robert and Thomas were of an age to have served, and might have enlisted in regiments of their native state, South Carolina.

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    Contents of the Collection

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  1. Alexander Seals
  2. Jane Seals
  3. Seals, Porter T.
  4. Seals, William
  5. Scotch Fair
  6. Cotton growing--Costs
  7. Depressions--1873--Georgia--Paulding County
  8. Depressions--1873--United States.
  9. Funeral rites and ceremonies.
  10. Agricultural insurance
  11. Mourning Etiquette
  12. Acquisitions Information