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Cornelius Wesley Coghill Collection


Cornelius Wesley Coghill (1879-1938), born in Vance County, to Kinchen W. and Fannie Lassiter Coghill, moved to Rocky Mount, Nash County, in 1889. He was an insurance and real estate executive, and collected these materials during the course of his career.Papers include indentures land grants, plats, promissory notes, receipts, a bond of apprenticeship, concerning various families and originating in several North Carolina counties, primarily Halifax and Northampton, with a small quantity from Bute, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, and Hyde counties. There are two slave bills of sale, 1837, naming children Doona, Hilliard, Jacob and a man, Jarrot, transferred to Dr. Matt C. Whitaker, Halifax Cou ... (more below)

Title

Cornelius Wesley Coghill Collection

Collection Number

PC.2133

Date(s)

1753-1861

Physical Description
1 fibredex box; 1 oversized box
Abstract

Cornelius Wesley Coghill (1879-1938), born in Vance County, to Kinchen W. and Fannie Lassiter Coghill, moved to Rocky Mount, Nash County, in 1889. He was an insurance and real estate executive, and collected these materials during the course of his career.

Papers include indentures land grants, plats, promissory notes, receipts, a bond of apprenticeship, concerning various families and originating in several North Carolina counties, primarily Halifax and Northampton, with a small quantity from Bute, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, and Hyde counties. There are two slave bills of sale, 1837, naming children Doona, Hilliard, Jacob and a man, Jarrot, transferred to Dr. Matt C. Whitaker, Halifax County. Includes an 1861 annual report of the Fairfield Canal Company, Hyde County, and other material of interest.

Creator

Coghill, Cornelius Wesley

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Chronological


Processed by Fran Tracy-Walls, 2015; Finding aid by Fran Tracy-Walls, December 2015


Cornelius Wesley Coghill (1879-1938) was born in Vance County, in or near Henderson, to Kinchen W. and Fannie Lassiter Coghill. He moved to Rocky Mount in 1889, and at the age of 10 began to work in the Bank of Rocky Mount as an errand boy. Eventually his career was in insurance and real estate, and Coghill was active in Presbyterian, civic, and fraternal affairs. He had been chancellor commander of the Grand Lodge in the Knights of Pythias, grand chancellor of the state organization, and imperial representative of Ziza Temple. Coghill was also a member of the board of directors of the Pythian Orphanage at Clayton. In the Masonic order he was a member of both the Scottish and York Rites. In 1904 he was married to Meta Chappell, who died in 1911. In 1917 Coghill married the former Rose Putney of Charleston, West Virginia. He was survived by his wife and three children, C. W. Coghill, Jr. a student at the time at Davidson College, Henry Coghill of Rocky Mount, and Mrs. Pauline Coghill Dixon, the only child by his first wife.


[Identification of item], PC.2133, Cornelius Wesley Coghill Collection, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C., USA.


Transfer of collection, 3 August 2012, from the Braswell Memorial Library, 727 N. Grace St., Rocky Mount, N.C. 27804 . Originally the collection was a gift to the library by the widow of C.W. Coghill, Rose Putney Coghill, 1960.


Papers include indentures land grants, plats, promissory notes, receipts, a bond of apprenticeship, and other materials from individuals and families including but not limited to the Fort, Kinchen, Webb, Ricks, Whitaker, Wooten families and originating in several North Carolina counties, primarily Halifax and Northampton. There is a State of North Carolina Ordnance, a printed copy of the period, 21 July 1788, in regard to future meetings of the General Assembly and referencing the plantation of Isaac Hunter. There are three fragments, 1796, concerning commissions, justice of the peace, appointed under John Sevier, County of Washington, State of Tennessee. There is an indenture, 1799, between Silas Long, guardian of orphans of Benjamin Bryan, Northampton County and Elias Forte, Halifax County. Additionally, there is small quantity of material from Bute, Craven, Edgecombe, Granville, and Hyde counties, from the latter part of the 18th century as late as 1861, such as an 1832 indenture issued by the Hyde County Wardens of the Poor for one hundred acres to several citizens, including David Carter.

Of particular interest, there are two slave bills of sale, in transactions, Halifax County from Robert Ransom (father of Robert E. Ransom, a Confederate general) to Dr. Matt C. Whitaker, May and December 1837 and naming Doona, a six year-old girl, a man named Jarrot, a fourteen year-old boy Hilliard, and an eight year-old named Jacob. [See PC.865.Robert Jansom, Jr. (1828-1892) Papers.]

Papers also include a third and final annual report of the Fairfield Canal Company, dated April 1861, by the president, David Carter, Hyde County, and a drawing of the area. The only item in the collection that seems related to Coghill's ancestral line is an Indenture of Apprenticeship, assigned to James O'Kelly Coghill (ca. 1812-1900), Granville County, 1839. This was for a three-year old orphan, Parthenia J. Mitchell, who was to be trained as a "Spinstress," with the requirement of learning to read and write struck through. For the most part, the connections among these individuals and families is unknown unless stated in a particular document. The only item in the collection that seems related directly related to Coghill's ancestral line is an Indenture of Apprenticeship, assigned to James O'Kelly Coghill (ca. 1812-1900), Granville County. He may have been related to the Kinchen family, Halifax and Northampton counties.


North Carolina Death Certificates, 1909-1975; North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011; United States Federal Census, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1920.



Transcription -

Slave Bill of Sale, 24 May 1837, by R. Ransom

For and in consideration of one Negro man named Jarrot which I hold and have received of D. [Dr.] Mat [sic] C. Whitaker I have this day bargained Sold and delivered unto the said Matt C. Whitaker, one Negro girl (Slave) named Doona, which girl I warrant a good and ? Lawful unto the D. Whitaker, against the claim or claims of all persons. Witness my hand & Seal this 24th day of May 1837.

R. Ransom (seal)

Transcription -

For and in consideration of the sum of six hundred and forty eight Dollar. 84/100 in two notes on [?] with Interest from the 1st [?] 1831 to me in hand paid by Mat [sic] C. Whitaker. I have bargained Sold and delivered and by these present do bargain Sell and deliver Two Negro Boys, Hilliard and Jacob, Slaves for life. Hilliard aged about fourteen , and Jacob about eight to him and his heirs against this Claim or Claims of all and every person or persons. I warrant and defend as good and lawful Title. Witness my hand and seal this the 2nd day December 1837.

Rob. [Robert] Ransom.

The conditions of the above Bill of Sale is if the said Thom. [Thomas] G. Johnson fails to pay to R. Ransom the full amt of Notes with Interest that the said Whitaker is to pay it, the day and date above. Rob. [Robert] Ransom.