Finding Aid for the Joseph Bryant Whitehead Papers, 1779 - 1911, PC.1926


Finding Aid for the Joseph Bryant Whitehead Papers, 1779 - 1911, PC.1926


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.

Descriptive Summary

Joseph Bryant Whitehead Papers
Call Number
Whitehead, Joseph Bryant, 1802-1888
1779 - 1911
59.00 items
State Archives of North Carolina

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Arrangement Note

By material type.

Biographical Note

Joseph Bryant Whitehead (1802-1888) was one of the principal farmers 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).

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents

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.

Apprentice Bonds
Bills and Receipts
Land Records
Promissory Notes
Slave Bills of Sale
Whitehead Family Record

Subject Headings

  • Abington family.
  • Shackelford family.
  • Whitehead family.
  • John S. McEwen, 1810-1881
  • Robert McEwen, d.1841
  • John Dew, d.1836
  • Harrod Jones, d.1826
  • Robert A. Jones, d.1835
  • McEwen Family
  • Joseph Bryant Whitehead, 1802-1888
  • 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.
  • Mourning Etiquette
  • Slaves
  • Halifax County (N.C.).
  • Acquisitions Information

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

    Processing Information

  • Processed by George Stevenson, November 26, 2002. Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, October 8, 2003. Updated by Fran Tracy-Walls, November 2019, for publication in Discover Online Catalog (DOC).