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Joseph Bryant Whitehead Papers


This small collection, dating from 1779 to 1911, relates to the family of Joseph Bryant Whitehead, one of the principal famers of Halifax County during the 19th century.The papers appear to be random survivals, apparently preserved for sentimental reasons by Whitehead's youngest son. Most of the eight letters were written by out-of-state relatives or family connections, and range from 1848 to 1882. Some of the papers relate to the estates of Halifax Conty decedents or to the guardianship of orphans. Deeds and land records, bills and receipts, and promissory notes make up a third of the collection. Other papers include an undated Valentine from the 1880s, invitations, including one to Whitehe ... (more below)

Title

Joseph Bryant Whitehead Papers

Collection Number

PC.1926

Date(s)

1779 - 1911

Language

English

Physical Description
Items
59
Genre/Physical Characteristic

including letters (8), bills of sale, bonds (legal records), bills (invoices), receipts, promissory notes, three invitations, and miscellaneous papers.

Abstract

This small collection, dating from 1779 to 1911, relates to the family of Joseph Bryant Whitehead, one of the principal famers of Halifax County during the 19th century.

The papers appear to be random survivals, apparently preserved for sentimental reasons by Whitehead's youngest son. Most of the eight letters were written by out-of-state relatives or family connections, and range from 1848 to 1882. Some of the papers relate to the estates of Halifax Conty decedents or to the guardianship of orphans. Deeds and land records, bills and receipts, and promissory notes make up a third of the collection. Other papers include an undated Valentine from the 1880s, invitations, including one to Whitehead's funeral; and memoranda of the births and deaths of family members.

Physical Location

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

Creator

Whitehead, Joseph Bryant, 1802-1888 and the McEwen Family.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Available for research.


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Processed by George Stevenson, November 26, 2002

Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, October 8, 2003


Joseph Bryant Whitehead (1802-1888) was one of the principalfarmers of Halifax County, owning a 1,600-acre plantation on Roanoke River where he raised corn and cotton. In 1827 he married Vicey J. Dew, daughter of John Dew, by whom he had eleven children (all of whom survived their mother who died in childbed with the birth of the last in 1848).


Joseph Bryant Whitehead (1802-1888) was one of the principalfarmers of Halifax County, owning a 1,600-acre plantation on Roanoke River where he raised corn and cotton. In 1827 he married Vicey J. Dew, daughter of John Dew, by whom he had eleven children (all of whom survived their mother who died in childbed with the birth of the last in 1848).


[Identification of item], PC.1926, Joseph Bryant Whitehead Papers, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.


Gift, Daisy Crump Whitehead, Lynchburg, Va., 1940.


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


This small collection of Whitehead's papers appears to be made up of random and happen-stance survivals that were preserved for sentimental reasons by his youngest son, Joseph Almarine Whitehead.

There are eight letters in the collection. They range in date from1848 to 1882. Most of them were written from out-of-state relatives or family connections.

Some of the papers relate to estates of Halifax County decedents or guardianship of orphans, including the estate of Whitehead's father-in-law, John Dew (Whitehead serving as executor of his will). There is but little in the collection touching on African-Americans: two bills of sale for slaves, and two 1866 apprentice bonds for two freedmen children. Deeds and land records, bills and receipts, and promissory notes make up a third of the collection. An undated valentine from the 1880s, an 1852 printed invitation to a party at Faucett's Hotel, a black beribboned 1888 invitation to the funeral of Whitehead, and two memoranda of the births and deaths of family members complete the collection.


This small collection of Whitehead's papers appears to be made up of random and happen-stance survivals that were preserved for sentimental reasons by his youngest son, Joseph Almarine Whitehead.

There are eight letters in the collection. They range in date from1848 to 1882. Most of them were written from out-of-state relatives or family connections.

Some of the papers relate to estates of Halifax County decedents or guardianship of orphans, including the estate of Whitehead's father-in-law, John Dew (Whitehead serving as executor of his will). There is but little in the collection touching on African-Americans: two bills of sale for slaves, and two 1866 apprentice bonds for two freedmen children. Deeds and land records, bills and receipts, and promissory notes make up a third of the collection. An undated valentine from the 1880s, an 1852 printed invitation to a party at Faucett's Hotel, a black beribboned 1888 invitation to the funeral of Whitehead, and two memoranda of the births and deaths of family members complete the collection.


  • McEwen, John S., 1810-1881.
  • McEwen, Robert, d.1841.
  • Dew, John, d.1836.
  • Jones, Harrod, d.1826.
  • Jones, Robert A., d.1835.
  • Abington family.
  • Shackelford family.
  • Whitehead family.
  • Apprentices--North Carolina--Halifax County.
  • Balls (Parties)--North Carolina--Halifax County.
  • Invitation cards--North Carolina--Halifax County.
  • Land records--North Carolina--Halifax County.
  • Mourning customs--North Carolina--Halifax County.
  • Slave bills of sale--North Carolina--Halifax County.
  • Valentines.
  • Halifax County (N.C.).

There are eight letters in the collection. They range in date from1848 to 1882. Most of them were written from out-of-state relatives or family connections. A letter written by a son in Barbour County, Alabama, briefly describes the town of Eufaula in 1852. Two from a son in Florida, written in 1853, describe prospects in farming and in the turpentine industry there. A kinsman in the Red River valley of Texas writes in 1852 merely to establish contact with some of his father's people in North Carolina. A single letter relates to Whitehead's farming operation. It is an 1869 letter concerning the sale of 18 bales of his cotton at Petersburg, Va.

Box: PC1926  
Folder: 1  
1848-1882
1848-1882

Folder: 2  
1866
1866

Folder: 3  
1858-1911
1858-1911

Folder: 4  
John Dew
1836-1840

Folder: 5  
Harrod Jones
1826-1838

Folder: 6  
Robert A. Jones
1835

Folder: 7  
Joseph Bryant Whitehead
1888

Folder: 8  
Hardaman and Littleberry Abington
1829-1830

Folder: 9  
Richard Shackelford
1855

Folder: 10  
Funeral
1888

Folder: 11  
Joseph Bryant Whitehead
1888

Folder: 12  
Deeds
1779-1835

Folder: 13  
Plats and Surveys, n.d.
1819-1835,

Folder: 14  
1833-1882
1833-1882

Folder: 15  
1846
1839, 1846

Folder: 16  
[1880s?]

Folder: 17  
1869-1881
1802-1848; 1869-1881