Finding Aid of Hewitt A. Brown Cumberland and Harnett County Collection, PC.2042


Finding Aid of Hewitt A. Brown Cumberland and Harnett County Collection, PC.2042


Items concerning the Buie, Johnson, and Kelly families of Cumberland and Harnett Counties, N.C., 1797-1902, including deeds and indentures, receipts, bills of sale for slaves, and photographs and negatives. Items regarding the Gifford family, including genealogical information and records of Mary Hayes Gifford, Kenneth Gifford, and Kenneth Steve Gifford.

Descriptive Summary

Hewitt A. Brown Cumberland and Harnett County Collection
Call Number
Buie family
1794-1996 1794-1902
0.400 cubic feet
State Archives of North Carolina

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] PC.2042, Hewitt A. Brown Cumberland and Harnett County Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

Collection Overview

Collection concerns some individuals and families (surnames include Johnson, McKethan, Kelly, Dickson, and Buie) who lived Cumberland County during the antebellum era; and some who lived in Harnett County (post-1855), after its formation from the northern portion of Cumberland. Papers include land grants; indentures; tax and other receipts; miscellaneous materials; and two slave bills of sale of a young boy named Gim, and a girl named Patsy.

Apparently unrelated to these early families is a small quantity of additional material (photographs, negatives, certificates, etc.) concerning the Gifford family, whose members saw U.S. Army military service from World War II until circa 1980. Material concerning the Gifford family, reflects their life in the U.S. Army and about fifty small photos and negatives of the family and scenes reflecting military life.

Arrangement Note

By material type and chronologically therein.

Biographical/Historical note

Cumberland County, formed from Bladen in 1754, yielded much of its northern land (1855) to the new county of Harnett. Family surnames represented in this collection (during an approximate time span of 150 years) include Johnson, McKethan, Kelly, and Dickson, McCormick, Morrison, and Buie. During the antebellum era and latter 19th century farming was the chief occupation, with cotton a leading crop. Until the Civil War, 1861-1865, slavery was the overarching social and economic reality.

By the latter part of the 20th century, a large number of families in Harnett County, represented in this collection by the Giffords, had seen military service and had strong connections to the U.S. Army installation of Fort Bragg. (Additionally, Mary Gifford was formerly Mary Hayes of Erwin, Harnett County N.C. Possibly she had long familial roots in the area.) In general, in contrast to the population of the previous two centuries, active military personnel and retirees in the post World War II era came to represent the area's fastest growing demographic.

Contents of the Collection

Container Count
1 Box, 26 Folders

Subject Headings

  • Brown, Hewitt A.
  • Buie, Neil
  • Gifford, Kenneth S.
  • Gifford, Kenneth
  • Johnson, Angus
  • Johnson, Archibald
  • Johnson, Catherine
  • Kelly, D.M.
  • Kelly, Gim, Slave of Hugh Kelly
  • Kelly, Hugh
  • Kelly, Neil
  • Kelly, Patsy, Slave of Hugh Kelly
  • McCormick, Daniel
  • McCormick, Patsy, Slave of Daniel McCormick
  • Morrison, Gim, Slave of Maures Morrison
  • Morrison, Maures
  • Buie Family
  • Gifford Family
  • Johnson family
  • Kelly family
  • Johnson, Catherine
  • Neill D. Buie
  • Buie, D .M.
  • Estates--North Carolina
  • Land grants
  • Slave bills of sale--North Carolina--Cumberland County--Sources
  • World War, 1939 - 1945
  • Slave bills of sale
  • Cumberland County (N.C.)
  • Harnett County (N.C.)
  • Moore County (N.C.)
  • West Virginia
  • Cumberland County (N.C.)
  • Indentures
  • Photographs
  • Acquisitions Information

    Gift of Hewitt A. Brown, Coates, N.C., 2012.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Jennifer Davis; Fran Tracy-Walls.